Interview with Spring Farm Cares: Animal and Nature Sanctuary, by Clare Dugmore
CQ author Jordan Elizabeth recently came to us about donating July’s royalties from her book Cogling to local animal and nature sanctuary Spring Farm Cares, in Clinton NY. It’s where she adopted her own cat, Dora, and a recent visit lead Jordan to discovering the sanctuary is desperately under-funded. As CQ are a team of animal […]
Wilbert Stanton, by Wilbert Stanton
Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Wilbert Stanton, author of recently released steampunk fantasy, GEARS OF FATE, which hit Amazon on June 20, 2017! In the comments, please join us in asking Wilbert Stanton anything you’d like to know about writing, his new book, and life […]
Connections, by Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
Here’s a secret. Authors cheat. We cheat all the time. Constantly cheating. For instance, Damico’s personal history is pretty much my personal history with a few exceptions. Lifting my backstory started as a joke and turned into a major cheat. Another cheat evolves out of the fact that you don’t want to put a factual […]
8 Tips on How to Write Credible Family Characters, by Helena Halme
Most characters in a story will have a family member featuring at least in a minor role in the plot. But how should you write them to make them credible? All characters need to be credible A character in a script, a novel or novella needs to have a personality, inner conflicts, outer conflicts, nuance […]
Teaching Grit, by Dani Eide

Teaching Grit

June 14, 2017
By Dani Eide
Recently I read an article* about the characteristics of grit and how important it is for success. In the article it says: According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit in the context of behavior is defined as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Strength is a much touted personality trait that is a part of nearly every […]
Fyrecon, by Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
I spent this weekend pouring my sweat, my energy, and several layers of my vocal cords into the Fyrecon. This was Fyrecon’s first year and they made a fine showing. Most of the people involved are old pros at the con scene in one way or the other, but this is the first time they […]
Samantha Bryant, by Samantha Bryant
Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Samantha Bryant, author of recently released menopausal superheroes short-story collection, FRIEND OR FOE, which hit Amazon on June 15, 2017! In the comments, please join us in asking Samantha Bryant anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, […]
Jadah McCoy, by Jadah McCoy
Joining Curiosity Quills for another edition of our Author Spotlight: Question & Answer Coloumn, is Jadah McCoy, author of recently released sci-fi romance, ORGANIC, which hit Amazon on June 13, 2017! In the comments, please join us in asking Jadah McCoy anything you’d like to know about writing, her new book, and her move to […]
The Culture of Now – A Writer Mom’s Teaching Moment, by J. Lynn Else
Has anyone else noticed that we’re living in a culture of “now?”  My daughter will often say something at home to the effect of: “Mommy, I’d like to learn to knit.”  Typically, my response would be, “that sounds like a fun idea.”  She will then reply with, “I want to learn now.”  And when she […]
Alien Covenant – Brain Dead Space Truckers, by Jason Purdy
While Alien Covenant was a fun film, the entire crew of the spaceship make repeatedly stupid decisions throughout the entire film, getting themselves rightfully slaughtered in a feat of space Darwinism.
The Benefits of a Long Commute, by Robert J Defendi writing as Bob Defendi
My mother is disabled and lives with me, but for years before that, I’d drive to her house most every Sunday for dinner and a movie. I lived in Orem, UT. She lived in Salt Lake City. I hadn’t discovered podcasts yet, so I spent most of that time listening to music. But more importantly, […]