Tag Archives: Do Some Damage

THEM BLOGS, THEY AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE

While surfing the blogs today, I landed on Do Some Damage, where Sandra Ruttan posted a very thoughtful piece on the emergence of publishing techniques as a dominant topic in authors’ blogs. Sandra remembers the days when the craft of writing was the primary topic of discussion by authors, who were basically tossing around shop talk […]

CAN I GET SOME NICE HOT COCOA WITH THOSE CUDDLY EUPHEMISMS?

Over at the Do Some Damage blogspot today, Joelle Charbonneau noted that with the rise of self-published e-books, the authors of those books have taken to calling themselves “independently published”. Apparently, “self-published” is too stigmatizing or too…whatever, I don’t know. Anyway, that’s their new alias: “independently published”. This got me to thinking about the euphemism-driven, […]

OH, IF ONLY THEY’D HAD COMPUTERS IN 13TH-CENTURY ENGLAND

Scott D Parker posted a blog on the Do Some Damage site today which got me to thinking. He posited the analogy of a book to a concert t-shirt. When you read a book, according to Scott, the book becomes an artifact of the reading experience, in much the same manner as a t-shirt becomes […]

GUY WALKS INTO A NOVEL…

Today I saw an intriguing post by Russel D McLean on the Do Some Damage blogspot regarding the creation of characters.  Seems he’d written some PI short stories, which were published in national mystery magazines. Feeling he had something going with this character, he wrote a novel around him, which his agent promptly rejected, saying […]

HOW LONG, BABY, HOW LONG?

Russel D McLean put up a thoughtful post on today’s Do Some Damage blogspot. It concerned the length of novels, with a side conversation about pricing relative to length. The length part was what caught my eye, though. I’ve had all kinds of problems with this. My first published novel, The Take, will be coming […]

OUT OF THE PAST

I read an interesting blog today by Mike Knowles on the Do Some Damage blogspot. Mike is a successful Canadian crime fiction author, and he hit on a subject which I suspect has troubled many authors from time to time. Without putting any pink ribbons on it, it’s writer’s block. He writes “without a net”, […]

SERIES WRITING

While browsing the “Do Some Damage” crime fiction blogspot, I came across an interesting post by Jay Stringer.  He talked about novels as part of a series, and how everyone asked him if his upcoming book was in fact the opener of a series.  It led me to think more about the idea of series […]