Horror Writer Goes in Seach of Michigan Dogman…Will Said Author Return Alive?

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Sometimes, writers hit a wall. It happens to the best of us. I won’t call it “writer’s block”. This frightening tale is an urban legend used to scare young  and developing storytellers. Anyone with a work ethic can find a way to put words on a computer screen. Maybe what a person writes is bad, but it can always be rewritten. There's no such thing as not being able to write at all.However, at some point, a writer comes to a point where the Well of Imagination from The Mystical Realm of Creati … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Tom Calen

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(As everyone knows, I just became a fully active (and proud) member of the Horror Writer's Association. So, I thought it would be a cool way to celebrate Halloween by interviewing some writer's from the HWA about the genre. Tom Calen has some great insights below...) What made you want to write horror?By the fourth or fifth grade, I had made my way through Poe and was on to Shelley and Stoker. About a year after that, I “borrowed” my sister’s copy of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. I was blown away … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Exclusive: Teen Author Boot Camp To Announce their Main Speaker for 2015!

As regular readers of The Rogue know, staff writer, Jo Schaffer, along with the other ladies at Writer's Cubed, started an amazing writer's conference called Teen Author Boot Camp. They've started to attract some of the largest names in the YA business, including last year's speakers James Dashner and Ally Condie. If you're at Salt Lake City Comic Con this weekend, they will announce the main speaker for next year's Teen Author Boot Camp. So, make sure you stop by the Writer's Cubed/Teen Author … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Names Me to FIVE Panel Discussions…

I woke up this morning to an amazing email from Salt Lake City Comic Con. My publishing company (Open Road Media) submitted my name for panel discussions as they ramp up their marketing for 3 Gates of the Dead, and the sequel, Dark Bride (March 2015).  According to the email, they had over five hundred panel  submissions and hundreds of willing participants.Salt Lake City Comic Con has exploded on the scene as a major player in the geek world. This is pretty amazing when you realize this is o … [Read more...]

Robin Williams, the Canary Prophet

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 The news of Robin Williams’ apparent suicide yesterday hit the Internet with blinding speed. People are pouring out their grief and utter disbelief. How could someone who brought so much joy and beauty end their life? How could he do something so contrary to what he brought to others?While no one will say it outright, some believe that anyone who commits suicide is a failure. They think that people who take their own life fail to see happiness of life and cannot face their "own … [Read more...]

Successful People are Weirder – Right?

Billy Murray brilliantly smashing his clock in Groundhog Day. Columbia-Tristar.

Her ideal man is handsome but doesn't know it, brilliant but unassuming, successful and kind. So says Rita (Andie MacDowell) to Phil (Bill Murray) in one of the greatest movies of all time, Groundhog Day.But don't we humans tend to get weirder the more successful we get?   … [Read more...]

Eve Ain’t What She Used to Be…..Shattering the Hollywood Woman

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In the beginning, Hollywood created women… as the fainting ingénue in the arms of a mustache twirling villain or the Mata Hari seductress using sexuality as a way to exploit men and gain power. Women were the love interest, the comic relief, the damsel in distress to make the hero look good.Then came the Mrs. Cleaver/ Donna Reed phase of shiny coiffed women in pearls and heels bustling about their perfect homes, cooking dinner and hanging on every word pouring from their all-knowing hu … [Read more...]

The Isolation of the Self Righteous in Ivory Towers

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I’ve never been one to open up about my journey of faith.  Notwithstanding the two and a half decades (give or take a few tough years) it would take to recount the lifelong  tale, but I’ve always felt that my faith, like so many things in my life was my personal choice – I didn’t feel obligated to kiss and tell about those intimate details of my relationship with God.Navigating the labyrinth of my life and my faith has always been very much like I’m flying on wings fashioned of feathers and w … [Read more...]

Getting Hit and Moving Forward: Pursuing the Dream of Full Time Writing

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Some say that once you figure out what you truly want to do as a career, you never have to work a day in your life. I've never believed that. Don't get me wrong, I'm convinced there's immense joy in being paid to do what you truly love. But getting there and - just as crucial - staying there takes the kind of grunt work that will most likely break your back and shatter your soul in the process.At least, as I'm learning, that's how it is for those pursuing full time careers as writers.As … [Read more...]

Inspiration isn’t from within: My journey as an aspiring writer

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Earlier this spring, I was out driving aimlessly in the rain, during one of those rare times that I have the car to myself, gallivanting into the unknown down some winding country road with the music too loud and the windows cracked just enough to let the smell of damp earth transport me to a tranquil place. My thoughts, like my driving that day, had no real destination, only a great big world of what-ifs and endless possibilities. Reminiscing over past friendships and conversations, looking to … [Read more...]


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