. THE PULSE POUNDERS THRILLER BUNDLE Curated by Kevin J. Anderson www.storybundle.com/thriller
Tick. Tick. Tick.
Do you feel your pulse pounding? Time is running out.
Sometimes it feels as if life is like a nuclear reactor overheating, a race car with a stuck pedal, accelerating out of control. Your "To Read" stack grows higher and higher, while your reading time decreases each week. Too many responsibilities. Too many distractions. Too little quiet time.
Did you ever notice that some buskers (street performers) bring a box or milk crate to stand on while they perform? They do that so that more people can see them. Some people may choose to pass by without watching. Heck, some people may turn away after the performance has started because they don't think the performance is worth their time. But if passersby never see the performer, there's almost no chance that they'll stop and watch and maybe drop a few coins or a bill in th
It’s a staple of writing thrillers that the stakes and the difficulties for the protagonist must keep ratcheting up throughout the story. After all, if the protagonist is faced with a difficulty, comes up with a plan to overcome it, and executes that plan seamlessly, there’s not really that much tension/suspense. Heck, there’s not even much of a plot.
There’s a whole raft of things that can be done to thwart the protagonist’s efforts. He can have underestimated the difficul
Just watched A Good Day to Die Hard (Die Hard 5) a few days ago. This isn't a movie review column, so I won't go into why, despite the fact that the original Die Hard is one of the best action movies ever, the latest installment is a murky, boring, and unlikeable movie ranking as one of the worst action movies of all time (unless you have a car crash fetish). But it highlighted some of the thoughts that I had been mulling recently about the isssue of collateral damage in movi
When I was in law school, at The University of Chicago on the south side of the city, I dated someone from one of the tony, rich suburbs on the lakeshore north of the city. One evening as I was driving her home from our date, I noticed there was an MG dealership in her posh suburb. Since I had the silly notion at the time that I might buy an MG-B when I graduated, I decided it would be nice to get a general idea of the price of the coveted car, so I drove around the block, pa
I do plenty of readings at writing and genre conventions, book signings, local author nights, and the like of excerpts from my books or short stories. You can find two of my readings online: Seasons Critiquings at http://vimeo.com/57106257; and Someday at http://vimeo.com/63190661. I think I do a pretty good job at readings and I like the opportunity to add pauses and inflection to the bare words to make them even more dramatic.
But I never felt that I was up to the task of
I've already blogged about serendipity in my writing career and about my reluctance to write for free, at least in situations where I am not writing to assist a charity or cause I support or am not writing to promote my other work or some aspect of my development as a writer.
One way, of course, to help develop your career as a writer and to help hone your writing skills is to take on projects that are outside of your comfort zone, that introduce you to new genres, new edit