297 Flabby Words and Phrases — and a grain of salt

I saw this linked-to on Kboards. It’s a list of words and phrases guaranteed to rob your writing of its mojo.  I think it’s useful to go through the list — not to completely avoid these words and phrases but to understand how writing is robbed of its virility by cliches and redundancy.

Here’s one I really liked:

15. All of – Flabby expression. Drop of. Ex: All of the guests loved the party. Better: All the guests loved the party.


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Sunday Word Count: Not applicable, lots of editing though

FarkusYay, I finally get to use this photo of Scut Farkus.  I haven’t been writing anything new, but I have been doing lots of editing. All the major inconsistencies are fixed, no visible plot holes left, lots of clunky writing declunkified, and the typos that are left are hiding in plain sight no matter how many times I read them.  A few more passes and I’ll be ready to send “Kick 2″ off to my beta readers. Oh yeah, I’m probably going to have to rename it from “Ride” to something else — there’s another novel called “Ride” and I’d rather not confuse things if I don’t have to. Also, I like to avoid the image of being a claim jumper.



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Author Interview: Harvey Click

John L. Monk:

Interview with Mr. Evil himself. Totally looking forward to “Demon Frenzy”.

Originally posted on Dirty Little Bookers:

Thank you to our CALLING ALL INDIES! winner and new boogeyman for infiltrating our happy place with some pretty indelible horror imagery. Here we get to know a little bit about the mysterious writer/professor, and why he may never write again (NOOOOOOO!!!!!!). Enjoy.

DLB: What do you want readers to find when they open The Bad Box?

HC: A dark jewel with many facets. I want them to be constantly entertained to the last page, often chilled to the bone, and at least occasionally moved. Horror needs to be entertaining, thrilling, and scary or else it’s not worth reading. But I think a good horror novel should also have a resonance that lasts after the last page is turned. What interests me most in the horror genre is the element of the fantastic, and I think the resonance I’m talking about requires this element.

Some people say that supernatural…

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First draft of Kick-2 is done (working title: Ride)

Spice Ralphie

Spice Ralphie

Just wanted to say it’s done(ish).  Still a lot of editing to do, lots of mistakes and inconsistencies to fix.  I mean, I have people’s hair color changing from one chapter to the next, and they’re not even teenagers.  But I did it, I finished the sequel to Kick, and I’m happy with the result.

I thought I’d spice-up my word count Ralphie this weekend.


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Sunday Word Count — 9k

ralphieI think I’m going to invest in one of those word count tracker things for the blog.  My problem is I have a wordpress.com site, and they limit the plugins available.  I need to do more research.  Meanwhile, this last week was touch and go for a while.  By Friday, I’d only written 4,000 words.  I’d hit a transitional point in the story (the middle), and had to go slow while I sorted it out.  That’s right, I’m writing the middle :)  I actually wrote the ending first, the beginning second, and…yes, complicated and obtuse, but that’s how it happened. Anyway, sitting at 69k of fun for the whole family.  I’d like to end it at around 80k, but if not, so be it. Who wants to read long strings of “very very very very” in front of everything?  Anyway, it looks like the first draft of the sequel to Kick will be done in a week or two. During the editing phase, I may drop a few comments on how I’m doing with it, but that’s it.


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“Like a junkie returns to his needle”


If you dare…

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Dell Zero is here…

Ok, this message is to the 12.5 people out there who actually come to my sad little blog and read about my dumb word counts every week.  First of all, thank you, you rock.  Second of all, allow me to return the favor by telling you a rather astonishing piece of news: Dell Zero is now available on Amazon.

Dell Zero, by Carol Ervin, author of Girl on the Mountain, is hands-down one of the best dystopian sci-fi novels I’ve ever read (I beta’d it).  The story was so incredible, and the writing so good, that I recently offered to buy it for a friend of mine. And seriously, me buying stuff for people?  I don’t do that, I’m way too cheap. I mean look at the masthead on my blog — it’s my book cover, stretched wide.  Who does that, really?

dell-zero-ebookFor centuries, Vita-meds have kept the Chapter’s populace at peace and on task, constantly restored to youth and vigor. How wonderful it should be! But on meds, everyone forgets, and John doesn’t feel wonderful. Now his colleague is missing, and though no one in the Chapter ever disappears, John fears he may be next. And what is he to make of his colleague’s replacement, Dell? Is she an aberration, a worker who has survived for centuries without transformation, or an outlaw, one of the species who breed in the wild?
Even Dell doesn’t know where she came from. She’s grown up in the system without being part of it. If she’s not careful she’ll be branded an outlaw. She’s desperate to belong somewhere, maybe to someone, but in the Chapter, no one loves, and no one breeds.
The Chapter of the immortals is crumbling, threatened by sloppy work, sabotage and power struggles. While old-timers languish, newborns like Dell–-the ones who haven’t been transformed–-will save or destroy their world.


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