A very surprised looking sperm whale and a bowl of petunias.

Mad Genius Club

Or why, if the people ‘really the only reason ‘Ancillary Justice’ won a Hugo Award’ was that it was much better than ‘Warbound’, that there is no ideological bias at all in the entire Hugo Award process, and that, indeed, they personally didn’t know what so-and-so politics were, are right, then Ann Leckie and her fellow winners should buy a lottery ticket and become a multi-millionaires overnight.

Try, if you can, to realize this is not an attack on any one individual or work, I’m not saying so-and-so should have won. Nor do I think no outspoken left-winger should ever win. If that was happening, I’d be here fighting to see they got a chance. Nor is this an attack on the Hugo committee – their sins seems to be largely of omission, not commission. I would love to see the award become – as it was in my…

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Inside Creative Writing by Robert Olen Butler

I was going through the Writer’s Digest videos on youtube when I came across Robert Olen Butler. Here is the first of many videos where he describes the creative process. He also takes you along how his creative process works.

I think it is worth watching to get any idea on how another writer accomplishes his/her craft.

My Collection of Books on Writing

I decided to finally make a list of books I own or currently have that deal with writing. Many of the Kindle books I grabbed when they are free on amazon. I do not own a Kindle, but I have the Kindle for PC app. They also have a Kindle for the web app so I can read it on a web browser. Which is great for my little linux netbook.
I thought about making each one a link to Amazon but decided against it. WordPress site might have a problem with that. The books should be super easy to find by the copy and paste method.

I hope you find this list useful.

A little picture for the eyes courtesy of http://www.hdwallpapersplus.com/

Kindle ebooks:

  • Write your novel in a month by Jeff Gerke (added 12-28-2013) $9.99
  • Plot versus Character by Jeff Gerke
  • The Art of Character by David Corbett
  • Please Understand Me II by David Kerisey
  • APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch (added 12-17-2013) $0
  • 2014 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market by Rachel Randall
  • Let’s Get Digital: How to Self Publish, And Why You Should by David Gaughran
  • The Seven Moments in Storytelling That Really Matter by Christian Blake
  • The Seven Moments in Storytelling – How to Use Discovery by Christian Blake
  • The Seven Moments in Storytelling – How to Use Conflict by Christian Blake
  • The Seven Moments in Storytelling – How to Use Reinforcement by Christian Blake
  • SHORT STORY: From FIRST Draft to FINAL Product by Michael Milton
  • The Writing of the Short Story by Lewis Worthington Smith
  • Writing Habit Mastery by S.J. Scott
  • 7 Minutes a Day to Mastering the Craft of Writing by Rob Bignell
  • How to Write a Fiction Novel in 30 Days or Less by Nicholas Black
  • The Technique of Fiction Writing by Robert Saunders Dowst
  • Questions That Easily Write Books by Ian Stables
  • Building Your Book for Kindle by Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Read Their Mind by Sandi Krakowski
  • 21 Websites That Pay You To Write by Jenny Kellett
  • Creative Writing by Anon
  • How To Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich
  • How to Be a Writer and Earn a Living While You’re At it by De Novo Digital Media
  • The Writer’s Tune-up Manual by Craig Hart
  • How to Become a Freelance Writer by William Carter
  • How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour by Steve Scott
  • Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
  • The Prolific Writer: How to Write Faster, Better, and More Easily than Ever Before by Ethan Miller
  • Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-Mail Overload by Mark Hurst
  • Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 1 by Kristin Sevick
  • Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 3 by Stacy Hague-Hill
  • So, You Want to Write a Book – Simple Guidelines to Creating Your Publishable Book by Othniel Seiden
  • Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K.M Weiland
  • Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
  • A Novel Idea: Story Structure Tips for the Break-Out Novelist by Eddie Jones
  • The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell by Rob Parnell
  • The Book on Writing Paula LaRocque
  • Tell, Don’t Show! by James Lofquist
  • Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay
  • Show or Tell? A Powerful Lesson on a Crucial Writing Skill by James Thayer
  • Fun to Write Novel Writing Action Kit by Donna Monday
  • How to Write Amazingly Hypnotic Copy to Sell Your Stuff Easily and Quickly by Curtis Burns
  • Beyond the Writing by Jennifer Malone Wright
  • WRITE EVERY DAY: How to Write Faster, and Write More by Cathy Yardley
  • Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley
  • Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel by Cathy Yardley
  • 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. (added 8-25-2012) $.99
  • Hooked by Les Edgerton
  • Write Fast: 21 Powerful Ways to Cut Your Writing Time in Half by Bryan Hufford
  • Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs by Marcia Riefer Johnston
  • Telling Details, 2nd Edition by Kat Duncan
  • How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
  • How to Write a New York Times Bestseller in Ten Easy Steps by Jason Mulgrew
  • Creative Thinking by Infinite Ideas
  • Secrets of Successful Writers by Darrel Pitt
  • Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by Peter Elbow
  • The Definitive Guide to Writing on Your Terms, Using Your Own, Honest-to-God, Gut-Wrenching… by Rebecca Tsaros Dickson
  • Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail by Mary Buckham
  • Writing Active Setting Book 2: Emotion, Conflict and Back Story by Mary Buckham
  • Creating Characters: How to Build Story People by Dwight V. Swain
  • Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero’s Journey by William Bernhardt
  • Story Structure: The Key To Successful Fiction by William Bernhardt
  • Creating Character: Bringing Your Story To Life by William Bernhardt
  • Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris
  • The Busy Writer’s One-Hour Character by Marg McAlister
  • The Busy Writer’s One-Hour Plot by Marg McAlister
  • The Busy Writer’s Book of Checklists by Marg McAlister
  • The Busy Writer’s Self-Editing Toolbox by Marg McAlister
  • The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman
  • The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus – A Writing Study by Sam Stone
  • The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus II by Sam Stone
  • Story Structure to Die for by PJ Reese
  • How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers by Steve Scott
  • Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing by Jessica Bell
  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark (added 8-3-2010) $8.99
  • The Prolific Writer’s Toolbox: No Nonsense Tips For Writing Fast by Greg Scott and David Masters.
  • How to Edit A Book Fast And Easy: The editing, grammar, and punctuation system that works by Ian Stables
  • Write A F*$%’ing Book Already – How To Write a Book To Skyrocket Sales and Boost Your Career by Jim Kukral
  • Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker
  • Self Publishing Books 101: Helping You Get Published and Noticed by Shelley Hitz
  • Sporadic – Read this and Crush your writer’s block! by Gregory Warshaw
  • How To Diagnose Your Character: Using Psychology To Create and In-Depth Character by Joshua Hoyt
  • The Creative Writing Workbook Create and Develop the Writer Within by Susan Clayson
  • Smashwords Style Guide – How to Format Your Ebook by Mark Coker
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide by Mark Coker
  • A Step By Step Guide to Formatting Kindle Table of Contents by Victoria Sunsett
  • How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent by Noah Lukeman
  • Audacious Creativity by Stephanie Gunning
  • Climbing Your Inner Mountain: Ten Steps to Reaching Any Goal by Robert S. Shumake
  • 13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster: 2 Pro Writers Share Their Secrets by Linda Formichelli and Carol Tice (added 4-25-2013) $.99
  • Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams by Laurie Schnebly
  • How to Write Short Stories in 6 Easy Steps by KS Tan
  • Essays in the Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Deconstructing Tolkien: A Fundamental Analysis of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Jane Yolen and Edward J. McFadden III
  • Writing Fiction For Dummies by Peter Economy and Randy Ingermanson (added 11-26-2010) $0 (note: this is where I got Randy’s Snowflake Pro for 50% off)
  • How to Write More Words More Easily by Terrance Field (added 1-22-2014) This little book cost me $0 at Amazon. It was a fast, easy read and has lots of good, actionable material in it.
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King. (added  1- 31-2014)
  • Creating Characters: A Sure-Fire Method for Making Real People Out of Nothing at All by Jennifer Dahl (added 5-18, 2014) $1.49
  • Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly by Jim Denney (added 5-26-2014) $3.99
  • Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!) by Alexandra Sokoloff (added 5-27-2014) $3.99
  • FLOW by Ian Hollander (added 5-29-2014)
  • The Adventure of Creation (Think Sideways Writers Anthology Book 1) by Holly Lisle (added 6-27-2014) $0
  • Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer’s Toolbox Series) by
    C. S. Lakin (added 6-28-2014) $4.99
  • Creativity STORM by Auden Sparks (added 5-29-2014)
  • The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby (added 7-5-2014) $8.49
  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (added 7-11-2014) $5.99
  • The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (added 7-11-2014) $5.99
  • I Am A Writer – A Story About Finding Your Inner Author (“The Mentor Code” series – How To Be A Writer Book 1) by C.G. Cooper (added 7-27-2014) $0
  • Novelsmithing, The Structural Foundation of Plot, Character, and Narration by David Sheppard (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels by Jim Driver and Jack Davies (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series 5) by William Bernhardt (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales by Seumas Gallacher (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • Story Alchemy: The Search for the Philosopher’s Stone of Storytelling (Author’s Craft Book 2) by David Sheppard and Richard Sheppard (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • How To Write Irresistible Stories by David Ho, Rebecca Patrick-Howard, Victoria Davidson (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • Slow Your Prose: 25 Tips on How New Authors Can Improve Their Craft by James W. Lewis (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • Ditch the Publisher: 40 Indie Authors on Their Unique Self-Publishing Journeys by Russell Blake, Beth Orsoff, Michael J Sullivan, Lindsay Burouker, L.J. Sellers, David Jay Ramsden, Scott Nicholson, Hayley Sherman (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • Beginners guide – to setting up your writing career (was, ‘How to be a writer, or not!’): Direct discussion on SP, formatting, character building for beginners! by Ruth Watson-Morris (added 8-11-2014) $0
  • 1600 Words An Hour: How To Write Faster, Better & More Polished Books For Kindle Using The QC System by Jim Driver, Jack Davies (added 8-16-2014) $2.99
  • How To Write The Million Dollar Story: Complete Step-By-Step Guide To Story Structure & Writing Novels: Fastest Way To Master Plotting & The Art of Story by Jim Driver, Jack Davies (added 8-21-2014) $3.99
  • Create A Character Clinic: A Step-By Step Course in Creating Deeper, Better Fictional People by Holly Lisle (added 11-25-2014) $9.95
  • Holly Lisle’s Create A Culture Clinic (WORLDBUILDING SERIES Book 2) by Holly Lisle (added 11-29-2014) $9.95
  • Holly Lisle’s Create A World Clinic (WORLDBUILDING SERIES Book 3) by Holly Lisle (added 11-29-2014) $9.95
  • Secrets of the World’s Bestselling Writer: The Storytelling Techniques of Erle Stanley Gardner by Francis L. Fugate, Roberta B. Fugate (added 12-7-2014) $9.99
  • Gotta Read It! – Five Simple Steps to a Fiction Pitch That Sells by Libbie Hawker (added 12-7-2014) $.99
  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) by Randy Ingermanson (added 12-8-2014) $.99
  • Checking on Culture: An Aid to Building Story Backgrounds by Lee Killough
  • Writer’s Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (and What You Can Do About It) Bryan Hutchinson, Joe Bunting, Joan Faith Hutchinson
  • Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell
  • 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected by Mike Nappa
  • How to Write a Great Query Letter: Insider Tips and Techniques for Success by Noah Lukeman
  • Writer’s Friend by M. D. Ainsley
  • The Writer’s Book of Inspiration: Quotes on Writing and the Literary Life by Stephanie Gunning
  • How NOT To Write Short Stories Seven Errors To Avoid (Essential Writers’ Guidebooks Book 2) byJohn Howard Reid
  • 25 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block: (While Improving Your Writing Skills) by Paul Carroll
  • The Happy Writer: Your Secret Weapon Against Rejection, Dejection, Writer’s Block, And The Emotional Pitfalls Of The Writing Life by Writer’s Relief
  • The Cunning Man: A Hippo Yeoman Anthology by John Yeoman (added 12-12-2014) $4.57

Nook ebooks

  • 250 Things You Should Know About Writing By Chuck Wendig
  • 500 Ways to Be A Better Writer by Chuck Wendig
  • 500 More Ways to Be A Better Writer by Chuck Wendig
  • Revenge of the Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig
  • Write That Novel by David Farland
  • Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing by David Farland
  • Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland
  • Elements of Fiction by Orson Scott Card
  • The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
  • How to Write a Great Book by Tom Evans
  • Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver
  • Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers
  • Let’s Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting
  • The Magic of Writing by Linda Falkner
  • Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time by Jordan Rosenfeld
  • Modern Library Writer’s Workshop by Stephen Koch
  • Scrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez
  • Sharp Writing: Building Better Writing Skills by Kaplan
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
  • Story Starters: Mini Edition by Clifford Fryman
  • The Storyteller’s Art: How Not to Bore Your Reader to Sleep, Tears, or Homicide by Francis W. Porretto
  • The Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
  • Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson
  • Writers Write by William Meikle
  • Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Brian Stableford
  • Writing Fiction For All Your Worth by James Scott Bell
  • Writing to be Understood by G. Allen Clark
  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

Physical books

  • On Writing by Stephen King (This one I was rather meh about as I was expecting something I could use immediately. It took me awhile to realize that his concept of the writer’s toolbox is something every writer needs to develop on their own. Thus my collection on how-to on writing had dramatically increased in the past few years).
  • The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
  • 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
  • The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D
  • What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter
  • The Art of Dramat!c Wr!t!ng by Lajos Egri
  • The Only Book on Grammar You’ll Ever Need by Susan Thurman
  • Body Trauma: a writer’s guide to wounds and injury by David W. Page
  • Writer’s Digest Guide to Novel Writing
  • No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty
  • Worlds of Wonder by David Gerrold
  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey
  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel II by James N. Frey
  • The Key by James N. Frey
  • Strunk and White The Elements of Style 3rd Edition
  • Strunk and White the Illustrated Edition
  • Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks
  • Write What You Want & Sell What You Write by Skip Press
  • The Pen Commandments by Steven Frank
  • How to Write & Sell Your First Novel by Oscar Collier
  • Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz
  • 30 Steps to Becoming a Writer and Getting Published by Scott Edelstein
  • The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference by Writer’s Digest
  • Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block
  • Elements of Fiction Writing: Plot by Ansen Dibell
  • Elements of Fiction Writing: Description by Monica Wood
  • Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
  • How to Write Short Stories by Arco Publishing
  • Cause of Death: a writer’s guide to death, murder & forensic medicine by Keith D. Wilson
  • Malicious Intent: a writer’s guide to how murderers, robbers, rapists and other criminals think by Sean P. Mactire
  • Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
  • 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
  • The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells by Ben Bova
  • Novelist’s Boot Camp by Todd A. Stone
  • Character-Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet
  • Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon
  • Page after Page by Heather Sellers
  • Chapter after Chapter by Heather Sellers
  • Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain (yes I have a ebook of this one as well. I thought I lost it and found it after I bought it online for Kindle).
  • A Creative Writer’s Kit by Judy Reeves
  • How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
  • You Can Write A Novel by James V. Smith Jr.
  • Fiction Writer’s Brainstormer by James V. Smith Jr.
  • Breathing LIFE Into Your Characters by Rachel Ballon
  • Writing The Novel by Lawrence Block
  • The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature by Philip Martin
  • The Describer’s Dictionary by David Grambs
  • The Writer’s Partner by Martin Roth
  • Writing the Wave by Elizabeth Ayres
  • First Draft in 30 Days by Karen Wiesner

Poor, starving and near homeless writers category

  • CHEAP MEALS and Amazing Drinks – 70 Recipes to Impress Your Friends & Save Money by Cyrille Malet (Kindle) NOTE: Possibly renamed Budget Recipes – 70 Easy Recipes That Save You Time & Money

Haven’t written in days

Nanowrimo is almost over. It is the 25th of November. I looked at my dropbox folder at the date I last modified my story.
It was November 14th.
What have I been doing instead of writing?
Sleeping, eating, sleeping some more. Watching documentaries on youtube. Playing games on Facebook and Steam.
Anything but writing.
I am in my fourth month of unemployment as my store closed down in August. I haven’t found a place that would hire me. Seven years in the Seafood business, total of ten years at the same company. You would think I would be someone to hire as I stay with a job.
I think it is because I make too much money. Just a unproven theory.
I am looking at being homeless in a couple of months.
I have been looking at online jobs. Tried getting into some.
Rejection, rejection, rejection.
My mental state has been deteriorating.
People that I want to be around haven’t talked to me in months. Normally I think they are busy. I suspect that they don’t want to be around me.
I was told that I am a nice guy. Fun.
Reality sets in.
I should be writing. The thing is that it won’t make me any money.
Last year, I actually finished Nanowrimo with a novel. Instead of going back into it and see if it is worth anything, I gave up on it and tucked it away.
I shown it to a few people.
I got only one feedback. Only one.
It was positive though.

Tell, Don’t Show??

Searching through Amazon.com again, I found this ebook titled, Tell, Don’t Show! * by James Lofquist.

Blink, blink.

I stared in disbelief. I have been researching on what I need to possibly have a chance at having someone take a look past the first page.

One of them is “Show, Don’t Tell” technique.

For those that need help, showing is usually better writing than telling.

For example: Instead of writing, “His arm was burning.” You could write, “Jim put a cold compress on his arm.”

So, there I stared at this product in a simmering rage/shock thinking, “Is this guy serious?”

Anyways, I picked it up. For 99 cents, I figured why not?

My eyes opened up.

It is a very short book so I won’t go into great detail. From what you can see from the Amazon site on the contents is that James gives you:

  • How to Tell
  • What it looks like
  • Questions and answers
  • Exercises

The idea here is that showing first in your stories is a great way to bottleneck your productivity and writing.

Being more productive is good.

Not getting much writing done or none at all is bad.

You can and should get the showing done in the rewrite(s) of your draft. Telling stuff first gets it down faster. The flowery prose can come later.

In the end though, this is just another tool that you can use. If it does not work for you, then don’t use it.

I hope it is useful.

*this is an Amazon affiliate link.

A New Writing Resource

Just the other month, I picked up a book on Amazon called The Emotion Thesaurus. I haven’t taken the time to look through it, but it was inexpensive so I had to have it. Also some of the other books I recently got said I need to bring out the emotion in the reader. Another plus for getting this book.

Anyways, I just cracked open this book and found out that the authors have a website: http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.ca/

The site is for helping writers in their descriptive endeavors. Something new that I don’t think I have much of on my bookshelf. Whether it is physical or electronic.


Just going to put it in my bookmarks for now. Must resist temptation to sit there for a few hours or so.

Flash Fiction Challenge ABC Meets XYZ

This is my flash fiction for the ABC Meets XYZ Flash Fiction Challenge presented at terribleminds.

Pride and Prejudice meets The Godfather. Under a thousand words. Also I just suck at making titles. Also has profanity.

Two for the Price of One

The stretch limo pulled in front of Winter’s Bakery. Sitting in the back of his limo, Tommy ‘Quickfingers’ Buzzetta looked thoughtful and unhappy. Drumming his fingers on his drink. His men sitting across from him avoided eye contact.

“It should have been mine Joe.”

The bigger of the two men nodded,“Yes boss.”

“I had everything in place. This bakery was perfect for the business. Just he wouldn’t sell. Stupid fuck. Showed him though.”

The owner of the bakery Trey Winters just died last week, natural causes. Better be natural causes for all the money he paid for the job. It would probably take the CIA to detect anything. With Trey Winters gone, Tommy was sure the business would fall to him. The proper hands been greased. This should have been a done deal.

“Then this fucking bitch came from out of nowhere! What’s her name…”

“Cynthia Winters.”

Cynthia Winters. Trey’s daughter. A desk jockey from overseas. In some American embassy in some dirt pile of country that had a name with stan on it. All those backwards countries seem to like stan for some weird reason.

“Cynthia fucking Winters. Once I will get done with her, she will be bow-legged for life.”

“Yes boss,” the men chuckled.

“Who the fuck does she think she is? I run this town. How dare she come back from her embassy deskjob and ruin everything!”

“She knows who to blow boss.”

Tommy laughed, “We will see whose dick she will be sucking tonight.”

“At least she was willing to meet with you boss.”

“I asked first. My place. She said no. That is disrespect. No one disrespects me.”

“She asked to meet at the bakery.”

Tommy finished his drink, “I call the shots. Not her. She’ll find that out.”

He gestured to the door, “Let’s go.”

Joe knocked on the glass partition separating them from the driver. The passenger got out, a tough looking middle aged man. He looked around and opened up the door. Joe stepped out. Business was normal. There were few people out this cold Sunday morning. None were on the sidewalks nearby. Some cars crossing down the street. No vans in site. It doesn’t look like a sting. Cold though. Still cops could be anywhere. Probably inside the bakery eating the donuts. He smiled at his own joke.

Seeing nothing amiss, he gave the ok for the boss to step out.

Tommy got out of the limo and looked at the bakery. “I’m going to change the name. It is going to be called Dumb Broad Bakery.” The men chuckled.

Joe opened the door to the bakery, a bell sounded and a whiff of fresh bread made his stomach growl.

Stepping in, Tommy noticed that there was no one at the counter. Looking up at the corners, he saw that there were no cameras. Dumb way to run a business. Everyone has a camera these days.

“There is no one here boss,” Joe piped up.

“I can see that. She must have sent the workers home for the day.”

Just then the door behind the counter opens and a knockout of a lady walks in. Her blonde hair was tied up in a bun, she was dressed in all white, tight fitting and dusty with flour.

“Hello, you must be Mr. Buzzetta.” She said, holding out her hand.

The three men stared at her. Ignoring her proffered hand, Tommy cleared his throat. “Yes, I am Mr. Buzzetta. You are Cynthia Winters?”


Tommy pointed to the back of the bakery, “We will talk back there. Frank, keep watch.”

Flustered, Cynthia was shoved back through the door. “You don’t have to do that.” Tommy just pushed her to the floor and she scrambled away to a table. The backroom of the bakery was full pastries, donuts and other bread products.

“Joe, check to be sure there is no one here.”

“Sure thing boss.”

Tommy looked around. Picking up a donut, he took a bite. “Tasty. Don’t mind if I do.” He took another bite.

“You can have it all. Just don’t hurt me.”

He finished off the donut and started to unbuckle his belt, “No, we haven’t started to negotiate.” Her eyes narrowed in horror of what was to come.

Joe returned, “The building is empty boss.”

“Have yourself a donut. We will be staying awhile.”

Cynthia got up from the floor only to receive a slap from Tommy, knocking her back down. “That’s for disrespecting me.”

She cried out in pain as he grabbed her wrist, yanking her to him. He whispered into her ear, “You’d better please me or else.”

He started groping her chest. She screamed and stomped her foot down his shin onto his foot. Yelling in pain, he backhanded her, flinging her towards one of the counters.

Joe smiled, chomping on donuts as he watched.

Stumbling, Tommy was enraged, “You bitch!” He advanced towards her.

Then he doubled over as sharp pain wracked his gut.

“Wha..?” He fell down gasping for air. He was having some sort of seizure. He noticed Joe was on the floor too.

Standing over him, her eyes locked with his. He noticed the stone cold iciness of them.

Seeing his confusion, she knelt down, “The donuts were poisoned. In fact every bread item in here is poisoned. Similar to the stuff you used on my dad, but slower in killing.”

“You..you…”, he tried to call her a bitch but he couldn’t get the words out. In fact he is having a hard time just breathing.

“I give you and your friend about a half hour before you die. It is more than you deserve you sack of shit.”

Tommy couldn’t reply as his body shuddered in pain as the poison did it’s work.

She walked calmly over to the door, he saw her holding a plate of donuts. Turning around, she smiled, “Your crew looks hungry.”

Lack of Confidence in Your Writing

There it is. The C-word. Confidence. One of the things that can stop you from writing and that is not good.

So I went and did a search online about writers and confidence. Of course there are a lot of people out there that have the same feeling. Even the published ones. I came across one of my favorite sites (absolutewrite.com) and found this on the forums and found a comment that was just too awesome not to share.


The comment below was awesome. Credit goes to the poster at absolutewrite.com  Layla Nahar. I just corrected one spelling error because I am picky 😉

“I’d recommend two things. ah – nope three things

1) Make your immediate goal the completion of your first draft.

2) set aside all concerns about your writing and think only of your story. (the quality of your writing is the concern for your revision. The completeness of your story is the concern for your rough draft)

3) When you get stuck for what happens next, make lists.
Do you take a lunch break, or have time between classes? keep an appointment with yourself at least once a week, and write at least 1 question about your story and come up with at least 5 different answers for that question. Write 5 answers, not 5 good answers. If you give too much thought to the quality of the answer you may stall. the first answer will be the most obvious. Two answers are likely to be stupid (remember, the goal is *5 answers* not 5 *good* answers. Let the dreck flow.) Of the other two you’ll end up with some good material. Make this a practice and your subconscious will get more and more used to sending you fitting solutions to your stuck places in your stories.

keep at it!”

Layla Nahar