Review: The Collector by Terri Wallace

collectorWhen ten year old Junie Rae Campbell wakes up in the parking lot of a seedy motel, and her mother is found dead inside, she has no choice but to go with the social worker who comes to collect her and take her to the tiny, sun-baked Oklahoma town of Crankston’s Landing to live with Granny Enid. But when lies and lechery threaten Junie and the people she has latched onto, secrets are exposed, untapped abilities reemerge… Junie Rae learns that a safe life comes at a very high price.

Terri Wallace’s short story, The Collector, is one about secrets. About the heavy burden of keeping them. Continue reading

The “baby”

babyIf you write long enough odds are that you’ll start working on a story for longer than normal. Odds are that you’ll try to make it perfect, even when it’s clear that you’re just afraid to let it go. You’ll fear rejection and bad reviews. You’ll think you’re not good enough to write the story the way it deserves to be written. You haven’t lived long enough and stuff like that.

Maybe you do so because you feel this story’s the “one.” This is the story where you actually say something no one else can, where you leave behind more of you than you’ve done before. It’s a story that defines who you are more than anything else ever written. Continue reading

Never give up on your dreams

523213_441480405922775_1158081202_nOne of my favorite quotes goes like this: “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

Ambrose Redmon said that.

Fear is an impulse, or like the tattoo on my arm says, “Fear is the mind killer.” Frank Herbert said that. In Dune. So you can’t stop being afraid, but you can fight fear, you can control it.

I don’t think I ever told you how I became a writer. Or if I did, it was long ago. Continue reading

Fate

Untitled-1I don’t know if you believe in fate or not, if you believe in a predetermined order of things. If you believe we’re all puppets on strings, and some higher consciousness is controlling our actions. Maybe you think free will is an illusion, and, in a way, you’d be right to think that.

Why?

Because, whether or not you like it, society, as in everyone who has the power to influence our lives, is constantly trying to “guide” us. It’s how this world has functioned ever since we invented civilization. Everyone around you is trying to help you into becoming who they need you to be.

Not who you want to be, not who you’ve always dreamed of being, but who they need you to be in order for them to be who they want to be.

It’s not complicated or great or sad. It’s just how things work.

But what if you want more? What if you don’t feel like giving up without a fight? What then? Continue reading

January advertising opportunities

Hi guys,

So… this month’s advertising options:

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You’ll get interviewed by me. (1 post)
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You’ll be mentioned as post sponsor on five of my posts, which means that at the end of said posts you’ll be mentioned and thanked. Also, you’ll be able to provide a short description of your blog/website.

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Payments are secured via PayPal. Also, you can purchase as many options as you like, as available. After that we get in touch via e-mail and set everything up.

The funds raised through your purchases will be used to pay for the editing of my upcoming novel.

The right thing

the_right_thing“The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”Neil Gaiman

It is rare that people hurt others just for their own amusement. Most times, people hurt others because they believe that is the right thing to do. They believe in their cause, in their rights, or they believe the others deserve it.

The worst atrocities have been committed because people thought they were doing the right thing. What had to be done. I find this particular concept to be so hard to grasp, because it implies that morality, virtue, good and evil, are all subjective. Continue reading

vertigo: a novel

vertigoMy dear,

What I hate most in this world are the bitter circumstances that turned me into a writer. All the petty frustrations, the pain, the regrets, the disappointments. All the tears that welled up inside my soul until all I could do to find a bit of comfort was to sit down at my desk and write… write about people I was not but wished to be. Continue reading