Creative Chocolate has moved!

My blog has moved.  If you liked Creative Chocolate, you will love the new one!


Ready to Submit the Query?

The novel is complete.  The last edit is nearly complete.  The query is sitting and ready to go.

Now What?

Let it go?  Keep tweaking?


Time Stands Still-Page a day blog 100th page

via Facebook | Erin Gilman.

Creative Copy Challenge #24

Creative Copy Challenge #24.

In the comments, use the 10 random words below to create a cohesive, creative short story tying all the words together. And remember: after you finish, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words (if you’ve missed some challenges, go back and try those too).

  1. Unstressed Syllables (hat tip to Aaron Pogue)
  2. Knucklehead
  3. Demerol (hat tip to me)
  4. Freak
  5. Piss
  6. Crowbar
  7. Pansy
  8. Infiltration
  9. Beast
  10. Sizzle

My comment

Sweat poured off Gregg’s face, the Demerol was wearing off.  ”What are your scanners picking up?”  he asked Jesse.
“I’m picking up a Knucklehead at 100 paces, moving toward us, infiltration of our perimeter was at 0900 hours.  God, they smell.  Tell me again why do they call them knuckleheads?”
“I guess you haven’t seen one yet.  Get ready and don’t scare the beast.  You think they smell now, if it takes a piss, we’ll need our gas masks.”  Gregg’s grip on the crowbar tightened as he hedged forward.  He looked back as Jesse hesitated.  ”Pansy,” Gregg whispered moving on toward the prehistoric creature.
Freak.” Jesse retorted as he inched forward behind Gregg, his eyes clued to the vegetation the animal used as cover.  Suddenly,  it emerged in full view, its cranial cap knotted like the knuckles of a fist.  Jesse back tracked crushing dry leaves and twigs with strangled unstressed syllables of expletives rising in his throat.
“Quiet!”  Gregg hissed but it was too late.  The noise startled the beast.  It raised its massive head in fear.  The sizzle of acidic urine created a toxic cloud of an unimaginable stench.  Gregg fumbled for his mask in vain as winds blew the noxious fumes to their location within seconds.
The large reptile approached the two inert bodies, just feet apart.  It leaned its snout toward the first and sniffed.  Coughing and sneezing, it shook its massive head to clear away the foul odor from its nostrils before fleeing back into the forest.

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: I Stop Reading When

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: I Stop Reading When.

The Swivet [Colleen Lindsay]: On word counts and novel length.

The Swivet [Colleen Lindsay]: On word counts and novel length.

My word counts seem to be all over the board.  I have a novel that is at 70K words but still a few chapters to go to finish.  My short stories range from 7K to 22K words and I can’t seem to write flash fiction to save my life!

7 Editing Questions « The Wright Words

7 Editing Questions « The Wright Words.

Here is another article I found effective and usable for editing.

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