Writer’s angst over the word count is such a common thing. 17.000 words in a month may or may not be impressive to someone. To me –  it is one hell of an accomplishment, and I attribute it to the following factors: Ellie Maloney ≡ Jalapeño Fiction blog (this blog), because it motivates me to write […]

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Hi everyone! I am entering the #BlogBattle writing contest with the Episode 4 of my Sci Fi mini-series “Million Deaths of Lt. Mazula“! It’s my third submission to the contest, and I am growing to like it a lot.  Every week the contest host Rachael Ritchey offers a prompt word to build your story around. This week […]

Sometimes I wonder where our stories come from. There are stories that result from a little inspiration and a lot of hard work. Others, like the ‘Suburban Evil’, write themselves. One day I opened a new word document, put my fingertips on the keys, and wrote about Arthur Coppola, a lawyer strangely obsessed with domestic […]

Here is the rough list of things I’ve done over the past year (outside of the ‘real’ work) to avoid finishing my 2 novels. Sketching my characters Sculpting my characters from clay Reenacting scenes starring my sculpted characters Improving major science theories On this one, my spouse sometimes walks in and I give him ‘that’ look: […]