Personal Update: The Cost of Living

On a typical day, I very much enjoy being a homeowner. Rent becomes a mortgage payment, I have a yard the kids can play in, and I don’t need to worry about people above me getting rowdy. But inevitably things break, and then there’s no maintenance staff like in my old apartment building who will …

New Blog Posts to Come

Inspired by fellow author/blogger Berthold Gambrel, I’m going to try something new with my blog. He recently finished a series in which he breaks down some of the most memorable 90’s action films (you can read the last in the series here, posted just this morning), and that was fun to read. Therefore, in a …

Weekend Update: Super Bowl 2022

Even if you don’t follow football at all, you were probably aware that this past weekend was the Super Bowl weekend. It’s watched by about 100 million people every year, making it one of the most American events of the year. Friends and families gather to eat a lot of good food, spend time together, …

Back at it Again

As you may recall, back in December I decided to take a brief hiatus from working on my current manuscript, Creed: Solomon’s Fortune. I’d ran into a brick wall of writer’s block and needed some time away from it to get fresh ideas. Well, this weekend I finally managed to dive back in and I’m …

Writer’s Block

The title says it all. Unfortunately right now I think I’m dealing with some major writer’s block for Creed: Solomon’s Fortune. Especially during this holiday season and all that comes along with that, I just can’t find the proper inspiration to continue the story at the moment. I still have the first book in this …

What’s in a Name?

Ask 100 different authors what the most difficult part of writing is and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. Ask me that question, and I’ll tell you: Picking a damn title. I mean, the title is that first big impression; you can’t afford to blow it! It has to entice the reader, but not be …

Critiquing Yourself

One thing I’ve always struggled with when it comes to writing is critiquing my own work. I’ve noticed that I tend to be an extremely harsh critic of the things I write, and that’s led to a few cases of extended writer’s block. Where I don’t write anything for days or even weeks because I’m …

Weekend Update: Pumpkins!

We did some pumpkin carving at the Martuneac household yesterday! The kids picked some classic designs for theirs, a spooky ghost and cat, the wife chose Disney castle, and I made a valiant attempt at the Chicago Bears ‘C’ logo. Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday, but the kids love it and that makes the related …

Should You Use Real Presidents in Fictional Worlds?

The office of the President of the United States is arguably the most powerful, influential position in the world at this time in history. That makes whoever holds that office a pretty easy target for the authors of fiction. But should you pluck this low-hanging fruit? Last year, I read a dystopian book in which …

How to Write a Good Fight Scene

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly good at writing one kind of scene versus another, but one thing I’ve been told consistently by readers and reviewers is that they really enjoy my fight scenes. So I guess I’m pretty good at writing fight scenes. With that in mind, today I’ll be sharing some advice …

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started