IWSG: Heroes & Villains


It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group time!

Optional March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

This is a really good question for me this month. I’ve been working on back story for an epic fantasy novel. I’ve been meeting an interesting range of characters, thinking about who interests me and why.

I like the kind of heroes who I probably wouldn’t want to live next door to because they have some serious attitude problems and/or they attract chaos like a magnet. And I like the kind of villains where – after a while – you think, what they’re doing is wrong, but they have a point.

In that sense, I guess the boundaries aren’t all that clear. For example, the main antagonist in the novel may not actually be the main antagonist – and she might have good reasons for doing the evil, definitely destructive things she does. Then again, maybe not. Regardless, beating her may not be the end of my protagonist’s problems after all.

I like writing both in different ways. I love writing (and reading!) vicariously, crazy stories about good and bad guys who would do things I would never dream of doing – well maybe *dream* but never do.

What about you? What kind of characters do you like to read – and write about?

Release Day: Trouble By Any Other Name

road receding into the distanceLori MacLaughlin, author of Lady, Thy Name is Trouble, is releasing her sequel novel Trouble By Any Other Name today May 23rd. Congrats Lori!

Trouble By Any Other Name

Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She’s yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn’t dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?
With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret. Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.

Happy Monday!


He Was a Hairy Man


Source: “Esau Christianity?” in Internet Monk

Yesterday we spoke about Gary, who was a great guy. Today, we continue his tale, with his kids. As men tend to do when left to their own devices, Gary found a wife and had kids.

Most of Gary’s descendants were like him: hairy, inquisitive, and reasonably intelligent. However, some of Gary’s descendants took after their mother: intelligent, crafty and maybe a little deranged. These outliers were conspicuously well-groomed and less hairy and gods tended  to prefer them because well that’s a bit of a mystery. Who really understands the mind of gods?

To this day, “hairy men” are often favorites of their fathers and the more crafty, cultured are favorites of their mothers. Some speculate that this is yet more proof that God is probably a woman.


This is my H post for the A-Z Challenge and my second in a two part series on Gary. Hope you have a great weekend. We’re having some surreal late season snow here.

The Artist


Whenever she pictured him, he held

A brush in his hand, mouth pursed in thought.

Together, they imagined universes and colors and sound like the

Delicate cool blue whirl of the pulsar like the ocean at the heart of every star.

Whenever she pictures him, colors stain his fingers,

Many colors swirled in a chaotic mess

Like their love, like their passion

Yields eventually to the whirl of daily reality,

Of family, of dinners made hastily and conversations murmured in between

Predictable as the planets spin around a yellow sun.

This is my submission for the A-Z Challenge where this month I am going to post a flash fiction (or in this case flash fiction poetry) a day. Happy April!

Upcoming Release: Like the Full Moon

A quick post to celebrate the upcoming release of It’s Like the Full Moon, by Glorie Townson, and to share her book cover contest. Which one do you like the best? (I like the third one best.) Glorie let me have a peek at a Digital ARC and I have to admit, pretty fun little romance. Read on for more.
See reviews, interviews, and follow this tour here.

Title: It’s Like the Full Moon
Series: Sayings Series 1
Author: Glorie Townson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Adult
Content Rating: PG-13
Formats: paperback and ebook
Pages: 235
Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist; but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.
A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?
This book is currently available for Pre-order as an ebook through Amazon.com and as a paperback direct from the author. Be sure to pre-order your copy at its reduced introductory rate and save your receipt number to earn extra entries into Glorie’s cool giveaway.

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Which cover do you like?




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Glorie Townson is more than just a pen name for the author, Toi Thomas; she’s an entirely different personality. Glorie is the softer side of Toi, who puts down her comic books and picks up a volume of Robert Frost poems. Like Toi, Glorie is happily married to her wonderfully supportive husband, and together they share a home with their pet turtle, Betty. This is Glorie’s first publication, but she’s already feeling the inspiration to pen another tale, to which she’ll gladly share with the world.



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Friday Fictioneers: Sometimes

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I’ve been away from Friday Fictioneers for a while. Life has been crazy. Just finished up my first week at new job. (I survived!) And have a closing for my new house scheduled for next week. So I’m finally starting to feel like, okay, my life is going to be normal or at least normalized…. And, how I’ve missed writing flash fiction for Rochelle, who every week posts these fascinating prompts for 100-word stories.

Hope you enjoy my take below. If you’d like to participate with your own story and/or read more flash fiction, click the froggy.


Sometimes, I dream of you. At least I have not forgotten you.
In the dream, we stand together in a long, unending room with no doors. At the end of the room shines a brilliant light, a blindingly bright light, a light I cannot reach, not yet.
Perhaps, the light is heaven. Perhaps, that is where you are.
In my dream, you are young, brown curls bouncing on rosy cheeks. I hold you tight, never wanting to let you go. And that’s when, usually, I wake up.
Most days, life goes on. Life must go on. But sometimes I still remember.

FROG 2.0 – in which a 21st century female Mangles the Work of the author formerly known as Samuel Clemens


This is my first time writing for Monday’s Finish the Story, and I know we’re supposed to write 100 to 150 word fiction, but I thought – just this once – it might be okay to relate a true story, based on a guy I once met.

When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in!

Many years later, Leonidas (Leo) Smiley vowed to avenge great-great-granduncle Jim for a challenge, which the challenger won by cheating, big time. Armed with the kind of knowledge common to folks in stories, he developed FROG 2.0, an addictive free-to-download frog jumping app with lots of in-app impulse purchases. Then, he sought out and convinced the last living descendant of that cheater that FROG 2.0 was “2 Kewl, LOL : ) !!!!!”.

The very next day, Leo checked his bank account, prepared to cackle with glee, knowing he had his revenge. But no, he’d been hacked, his app stolen. That no good family had struck again.

Leo never was able to re-coup his losses from FROG. That’s okay, though, because his next app took off and made him even more money. You’ve probably heard of it. One Eyed Cow Tipping: If At First You Don’t Succeed.

True story.