Wendy Weiss – Crimes of Desperation and Other Insurance Oddities

Be careful which medicos you allow into your home

Medical Thriller Author Wendy WeissHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s author, Wendy Weiss, is an expert on desperate crimes…no, no, no, that’s not correct. She’s an RN working in the insurance industry (by day) and that experience has led her to understand people walking the edge of what medical science knows and what the insurance industry will do, not always a fun place to be.

There’s an English teacher in every bookclub.

 
I’d like everyone to stand up and give Wendy Weiss a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.

There are days when I hate my characters.

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Characters Part 4 – Minor Characters

Nobody cares who the masked man is if he doesn’t use his gun.

Are they noticed then forgotten?

 
Does a character not have a name but is noticed by primary or main characters? That’s a minor character. Minor characters show up once or twice in a story but interact with the primary and main characters to reveal something the author wants to reader to know.
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Philip Mann – Oddball Jewish Paranormalism

Did you know orthodox jews are from the Galileo Quadrant? Some of them, anyway…

Philip MannHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews.

Today’s guest is Montreal native Philip Mann, author of the Dark MUSE Jewish Paranormal series. This is a special treat because, if you’re like me, you don’t know much about judaism or how that belief’s concept of the paranormal differs from other orthodoxies. Prepare to be educated. I’d like everyone to stand up and give Philip Mann a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.

In many presentations in the popular media, jewish life is caricatured, or watered down.

 
Philip’s Bio
Philip told me he was born in the Galileo quadrant, north-northeast sector of the Andromeda strain, and that he’s always had a vivid imagination, but only focussed it in 2010, more or less. His wife puts up with his ramblings knowing that it keeps him from serious, possibly certifiable acts.

Beyond that, nobody’s saying anything.

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The Chuckster

He’s been here longer than we have, we thinks.

It’s been a while since I wrote about our backyard residents. They’ve been around, I’ve been busy.

Hecate, last year’s racoon mother, is showing up once again, daily. We know she has kits, she’s not deigned to share them with us yet. No pics yet.

Her three surviving kits from last year, Sheldon, Veronica and Porgy, come by nightly and wait for me. It’s interesting to recognize that racoon memory spans years, like ours, and that they remember me from one season to the next, through their winter nocturnes, and associate me with…goodness? Food, definitely, and easy to get food at that.
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Writers Groups – Critiquing Methods – Ruled to Death

Beware the Sayer of the Law

This is the last installment of a thread covering critiquing methods I’ve encountered in my writing career. This post is a catch-all for any workshop/critiquing group that hands you a list of rules you have to follow. I highlight three distinct types I’ve encountered.

Review
Finding a critique group that’s good for you is based on one question:

What is your goal/reason for being in a critique group?

 
My goal is simple and direct; improve my storytelling and storycrafting/increase my skill levels/learn my craft.

Rules
Any time or place a group of people get together for a single purpose, rules will apply. The best rules are those shaped by consensus and accepted democratically. They may be spoken, unspoken, written, tacked on a wall, handed out, understood, …
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