Richard specializes in historical fiction. Including a series set in Pre-Mayan Mesoamerica as well as middle grade fiction.
This is where I like to play. Want a steampunk noir thrillier? We’ve got that. Want horror? We’ve got that too.
Shakespeare used it, Tolkein used it, and I aspire to use it. Read some of my award winning poetry here.
For crying out loud, PLOT! The old adage if you fail to plan, you plan to fail is (usually) true. When you are performing improvisational comedy you have to have a strong structure in place. For example: We’ll play the props game. So I give you a prop and you have to react to it Read more about Thought on Plot[…]
Back in February of this year I had an event which totally rocked my (writing) world: I was offered a contract by Trifecta Books with a 10/1 deadline. As a previous self-publisher and self-promoter I was in the habit of writing at my own pace – suddenly, I had to write 80,000+ words in a Read more about Increase your word count with audio recordings[…]
This has been sitting in my draft box for a month or so. It was written on May 25th 2016. So I was about 50,000 words into my novel when I realized that I was not quite sure where I was going. It was a terrifying feeling. Especially because I kept thinking “I’ll fix that Read more about The power of prayer and set backs.[…]
My writing group does an activity from time to time where we look at a random list of words and then pick 2-5 words from the list to inspire a 1 hour writing prompt. The idea is to have a beginning, middle, and end to our story. The first time we did the activity I Read more about Random word writing prompt[…]
A different “Getting Published” option I finally got a piece of poetry published!! It was actually a piece that I workshopped a bit on writingforums.org and then submitted so thank you for the community and the comments. The thing is, I didn’t get it published in the way that I thought I would. It was Read more about FF – My First Published Poem[…]
Floating, falling, buffeted wildly. Sinking, sailing, on brittle wings. Frail, fractured, I am cut loose. Spiraling, spinning down down down till I rest and nestle deep. Blown, with brothers, across the night. Thinning, broken, transparent light. Flecked, decaying, returning to earth. Pieces, nutrients, giving new birth.
There is good and bad writing – but in writing, like all art, quality is really measured by the consumer…sort of. There are technical elements which make some writers “better” than others. For example, structure, grammar, literary device usage etc. These are things that people use to quantify writing. Like in any art form, writers Read more about Measuring Your Writing Success.[…]
A heady dance. Hearts combine in a twirling trance Hot blood pounding coral cadance Across my vivid rainbow. The setting sun. Burning opal as we run into its holding, folding arms safe within my secret rainbow. Laugh with me. Shimmering diamonds on a golden sea. Our amber bodies, wild and free waltz across Read more about Arco Iris by Roy G. Biv[…]
“The illusion of the first time” is a great acting phrase used by Stanislavsky. This short story has nothing to do with it. This short story did, however, take 2nd place in the Murray City writing competition as well as the people’s choice award over at writingforums.org. I hope you enjoy it 🙂 The Read more about The Illusion of the First Time[…]
A sudden shock. Darkness, bubbles. I am swimming but not moving, Floating on surface zero. There is light. Spinning rays Reaching for my limp life, Lifting past steel and stone. I can see! Celestial starscapes sail past my enhanced vision Or do I sail past them? There are others. Glowing forms joining me on my Read more about Further Up and Further In[…]