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Coffin: Part II Catching Whitefriars

Author and storyteller Tom Bradbury begin this incredible tale of mystery and intrigue with the first chapter titled, The Drunken Bricklayer. I pick up where he left off… Jason peered inside the envelope and like the first one, found only an old photograph. This time it was of a large blue vase. On the back of the photo was written the single word, “Fourmaintraux”, and what appeared to be some sort of icon that resembled a hooded monk or friar and the initials “P. F.” When Jason saw the photo he knew what it meant. Matt was giving him another…

Fitzwater Hughes: Character Development

Well, I’m on track to finish this novella on time! I plan to begin edits on August 1st. Another primary character in this book is a Texas Ranger by the name of Fitzwater Hughes. He’s a new Ranger and currently assigned to Sgt. Bright for training. Prior to his assignment with the Rangers, Hughes worked as a Highway Patrolman in West Texas for a little over ten years. So he has plenty of law enforcement experience and is comfortable working cases alone. His friends and colleagues call him Fitz and he’s an imposing figure to look at. Fitz stands nearly…

Frisco Memorial Hospital

All units BOLO: 2017 White Toyota 4Dr, occupied 2x, last seen northbound on Holly Street. The driver is a nude white female wanted for the attempted capital murder of a police officer. Be advised she may be armed and is considered to be dangerous. Approach with caution. The doctor came into my room and told me I was lucky. The blade had missed all of my vital organs but I still needed over 200 stitches to sew me up. He planned to keep me for a couple of days for observation. I was laid flat and turned on my right…

Kort Bright: Character Development

Gabriel’s Sword has several characters and this post discusses the most important character in the novella. Kort doesn’t enter the storyline until the 3rd scene. By then, the storyline is well underway and the plot is beginning to develop. Kort is introduced as a secondary character who plays a Texas Ranger brought in to investigate several law enforcement murders. Kurt’s personality propels him to a primary status because his role required him to be involved more than initially thought. This is a good thing because Kort’s background  shows he used to getting involved. His demographics are Catholic Irish, 25+ with…

Accepting tips & coffee donations!

Here’s a really quick post about a new widget I added over in the sidebar. I like to do most of my writing late at night after the house has gone to bed and it’s just me, the dog, the cat, and the two kittens. I can get a surprising amount of words written in a short time frame because there are no interruptions and I stay focused. Then it dawned on me that I recall seeing some blogs that solicit donations and tips. Now I realize this project of mine isn’t going to make me rich unless some powerhouse…

Ulrich Collins: Character Development

Gabriel’s Sword began as a tribute to the lonely walk every patrol officer makes when they turn on their emergency lights to signal a violater to pull over and stop. You just never know what may happen. Some folks will stop right where they are. Others may continue to drive for blocks, or even miles, looking for a safe place to stop. Some may decide they don’t recognize your authority to delay them and take off in an attempt to elude you. For the most part, the average violator will find the first available safe place to pull over and…

Word Count Progress

Gabriel’s Sword continues to progress at a much faster rate than I anticipated. I set a goal of 30,000 words for this novella and a goal date of July 31, 2021. I don’t believe I’ll have any problem meeting both goals. It’s only the 13th of the month and I’m already nearing 20,000 words. I have yet to go back and build out my characters and had substance to the scenes. So far, I’ve been focused on the plot and keeping the storyline moving forward. I have to admit I’m having fun doing this. I also have to admit that…

Name change for the Novella

One of the first things I learned way back in college when writing fiction was to let the creative juices flow and hold off on editing until after you’ve got the first draft ready. There are some valid reasons for this, but it’s human nature to make changes if they just make sense. Such is the case with the title of this novella. I chose the title, “The Arrest“, originally because it described the opening scene of the story and I needed a name to save the file. I had every intention of changing the title when the time came.…

Excerpt from “The Arrest”

The following excerpt is from the beginning of the novella. I’m writing this in the first person since it’s easier to get my thoughts on paper quickly. This is the first draft and as I develop the story further, I will most likely change narrators occasionally and I’ll definitely add more scripted conversations between the characters. I am struggling with where is the best place to develop my characters. Should I pause the story whenever a new character is introduced and provide a semi-in-depth character backstory then, should I develop them in full whenever I introduce a new character or…

Vocal.media & My Stories

About six months ago, I stumbled across a website while browsing Instagram. Vocal.media promotes users’ blogs through a membership program and contests. I signed up and have since published 25 short stories on their website. It’s a unique service that brings like-minded writers together into communities where they can share their stories, collaborate and become a resource for each other. You can see my published work at https://vocal.media/authors/joey-lowe. Since I’m new to Vocal, I’ve been experimenting with their different communities looking for a home from which to explore my writing further. So if you do decide to check out any…

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