Q & A: In the Jane Eyre novel, which quotes show how her childhood changed her or show her transitioning from her childhood self to her adult self, and why?

When I was assigned this book for the first time I thought “here we go… this looks BORING!” It was even the same time of year, so reading about the windswept moors of the British countryside wasn’t all that appealing.

But I had nothing better to do, so I sat down to read the first paragraph. And I discovered… “hey, this language is pretty cool…” So I read a little more, and saw a little girl dragged into the infamous Red Room to do battle with a ghost. Say What???

See, what the English Teachers of the world forget to tell students is that Jane Eyre, apart from being one of the more important works of English literature, is a fantastic ghost story. In fact, poor Jane lives in not one but two haunted mansions in her lifetime. This poor kid lives through some of the most epic struggles you can imagine, and she just refuses to go down even when the entire world seems out to stomp her.

Give this book a try. After I got over my initial suspicions about it, it landed in my “Best books of all time” pile (and that’s a pretty short stack).


What to NEVER say to a writer. EVER.

tumblr_inline_n9g140tV701s1ll4kOr… how to earn a first class “E Ticket” into one of my stories.

I’ve seen lots of articles like this.  “10 Things To Never Say to a Writer“.  “Eight Things You Should Never Say to a Writer”  “19 Things You Should Never Say to a Budding Writer” (I like how that one tossed in “budding”).  People love lists.  And most of these cover the generic situations writers of all genres find mildly annoying.

Included in nearly every list are questions like “Will you write my paper for me?”  and “Can I be in your story?”  Personally, I’ve never met anyone bold enough to ask me to write something for them, but I’m often asked (sometimes joking, sometimes serious) if whoever I’ve just met can be a character in my book.  My friends know better.  If you end up in one of my stories, typically it’s not because I like you.  My stories are angst-fests so ending up in one generally means you’re either in for a lot of suffering (if I like you) or you’re a red shirt.

The last person I specifically wrote in was a stick-up-his-ass hotel manager in New Orleans.  I had asked if I could look around for a bit, because I’d love to use the place as a setting.  He – swear to God – had me escorted out of the building by security.  That earned him multiple appearances in several of my stories.  Usually  he ends up something like this:

Some days, it’s good to be a writer.

I found this note waiting for me on my NaNoWriMo account, from an admirer who will remain anonymous.

I thought that I signed up for the nano trial version of Scrivener and that it would last until december, however I went to use it today and was informed that the trial version was finished and would have to pay the full amount to continue.