Two Point of Views of the Same Scene

I watched Eric run around the track. Every step sent up a puff of dust that the wind picked up and carried until it had drifted far away from its point of origin. The sun made the sweat on his forehead and on the back of his neck shine like rivers of mercury. Continue reading

Dialogue Snippet

Dialogue is a beast. It sometimes seems easy to write and flows well when read out loud. Other times it sounds clunky and forced. Writing short snippets of dialogue based on a scenario, or a moment in time, or a part of an overhead conversation seems to me to be the only real way to improve writing dialogue. In other words, just practice. Practice like this little exchange here between two college-aged friends. Continue reading

Review: The Gifted

Last year I had the genuine pleasure to represent the wonderful Blood-Jet Writing Hour as a journalist at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2014. However, an article I wrote for them never made it into print and likely never will since the next Comikaze Expo is on its way. Therefore, I decided that I might as well post this review myself in order to give the good people at CME comics the praise they deserve. Continue reading

Plum Pie

Plum Pie

By Cameron Turner

For Eunice Marie Thornburg 1919-2014

The crust you made was always flaky, always buttery,

but as you always said, “the crust is only important

by association. Without the filling it is nothing.”

And so we roll the dough and shape the edges

like waves along the rim of the pan and fill it with

the black and blue innards of plums. We try

not to watch it bake because of your folklore

and nearly kill ourselves sprinting for the oven

when the timer goes off. And we eat in silence,

heads low over steaming slices of your lost magic

and say, “It’s good, but…”

It isn’t until later we find out you always used

a different kind of plum.


Back when I was still an undergrad, in the far distant past of 2013, I had a professor who wanted everybody in the class to make a list of 100 verbs. Since then I have continued to add to the list. The total count is now somewhere around 300, and counting. I have found that, not only is it good to go back and add to the list, but to drop different words from the list into my writing if I find I have been using the same verbs over and over again.

Here is a copy of the list as it stands. I always appreciate the addition of new verbs, so feel free to type some out for me if you so desire. Continue reading