The CKFiction Dictionary: My Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves

The last post in this series focused on all the best words.  This time, we’re going to shift and go in the opposite direction.  As somewhat of a wordsmith, there are terms and phrases that I hear on a daily basis that drive me mad.  We all know the standard cliches.  This post is about to be one of them.  But I’m going to focus more on commonly misused words or sayings.  Here’s what I have in mind: Continue reading

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The Flame

Is there anything better than laying in a field on the earliest autumn days, soaking up sunshine as the rays warm your face?  There’s really not.  The serenity of enjoying every second of that moment is unparalleled, which makes the next turn of events in my story even more jarring.

Imagine laying in a field as I just described, only to be ripped from your makeshift bed.  Abducted against your will, tossed into the trunk of a random vehicle, and taken to some strange house that you’ve never seen before.  My captors don’t even have the decency to take me inside.  I get forgotten and neglected for days, left outside in the elements.  I can see into the house through a window down the side of the front door.  That’s the only way I can keep track of the concept of time.  There’s a daily calendar just inside that keeps track of my days.  The calendar flips to October, and my mind starts racing.  What do they have in store for me??  Then I get some company.  On the first of the month, they drop another hostage right next to me.  There’s a chill in the air, then they grab my newfound friend and haul him inside. Continue reading

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Exploring the Writing Community: Circle City Publishing

Recently I’ve shared about some awesome writing communities that I’ve discovered via the good ol’ internet.  After putting a couple features together and working on a couple more, I realized that I had completely overlooked my own little slice of the writing world.  Whoops!  So today let’s get to know a little bit about the Indy Indie imprint that I helped co-found, Circle City Publishing!  Admittedly, the startup has lacked in being proactive and engaging, and it’s hampered by the fact that both founding members have too many time commitments to fully realize the dream and goal of CCP.

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Kings of Chaos Behind the Scenes: the Bikes

 

Now that you’ve learned a little more info about the Kings of Chaos backstory and the world, let’s take a closer look at some of the badass bikes from the series.  When I developed the first idea for Crossroads, it was all based on my experience and knowledge of being a biker.  For me, riding out on the open road is almost a religious experience, so if I can share that wonder with people in any way, then it’s worth trying.  The machines that facilitate those experiences are just as awesome.  If you’re not a biker, you’ll just have to take my word for it and trust that I’m speaking gospel here.

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Blogumentary: Desktop Inspiration

Inspiration can be a fickle beast.  Sometimes it hits you like a ton of bricks…usually right before you drift off to sleep or are in a position where writing notes is an impossibility, like driving down the road or standing in the shower.  So, in times when I’m ready to write and can’t find my muse, I find it’s important to keep as much manufactured inspiration on hand as possible.  I try to keep trinkets, tchotchkes, and motivational items in sight around my work area to help me stay in the groove.

 

So far in my writing career, my main subject matter has centered around motorcycles.  It’s really easy to find Motorcycle knick-knacks, but I try to be as specific as I can with my totems.  For my ongoing Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club series, I use my display poster board from signing events propped on the back of my desk like a backdrop.  I have a miniature replica of the main character’s motorcycle from the first book, and a topographic map of the Rough River in Kentucky – the real life geographic location for the fictional town in the series.  I even have a Lego mini-fig biker to portray the hero from the series.  Lastly, there’s a deconstructed and expanded bullet display from Ballistic Concepts. Continue reading

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Kings of Chaos Behind the Scenes: Big H Character Bio

 

Today, I thought it might be fun to get to know a character from the Kings of Chaos world.  After the release of Crossroads, a close friend suggested including him into my next book.  I don’t think he knew exactly what he was asking for at the time, but I sure worked him into the story!  And with that, let’s get to know Big H just a little bit better.

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Blogumentary: Learning As I Go

I’ve previously shared about my lifelong love affair with writing.  However, I’ve also shared that English classes were never my strong suit.  I began writing simply because I love to read and thought I wanted to take a crack at writing my own stories.  I’ve never taken a single creative writing class.  I didn’t major in English, journalism, or communications in college.  My whole writing career has been a hands-on, learn-as-you-go type of experience up to this point. Continue reading

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