The key jams in the lock, not wanting to go in.

The realtor looks at him nervously and smiles.

“It’ll go in.  The key works.”  His grimace gives face to the lie.  He isn’t so sure it will work.

He fiddles and struggles with the key for too long before the rusting lock mechanism finally unwillingly gives and allows them access.

His smile is almost sickly with relief.

He turns to the prospective buyer, hoping yet again that this is not a big waste of his time.  His commission is going to depend on how much the house actually sells for.  It’s not the usual commission deal.  He is getting more than the average commission percentage, an unusual agreement made with the municipal office that wants only to unload the property and get it off their books, doubtful anyone will bother to bid on it.

This guy is the only person who has shown an interest.  He could bid a dollar, the lowest bid allowed, and walk away with the property for nothing, less than the price of a cup of coffee.

He tries the door, hoping it opens easily.  A warped door can turn off a buyer before they see anything else.

The door sticks in the frame and, after he puts some weight into it, gives with the dull sound of two pieces of swollen wood pressed against each other giving up the fight to hold together.

They enter the house and step back thirty years in time.


Special Features with Stacey Shaw

Way back in 2004, BBC Two aired a 13-part miniseries based on “The Kingdom” a Danish series by Lars von Trier. This US adaption, retitled “Kingdom Hospital” was developed following this by the one and only Stephen King and made good use of a much larger budget for both special effects and casting.

What Is Kingdom Hospital About?

The miniseries is set in the fictional Kingdom Hospital in Lewiston, Maine. It is unlike any other hospital in both looks and what’s inside. This huge building that stands out completely from the rest of the town houses the oddest patients and staff you could ever imagine, including a near blind security guard, a German shepherd with an accent, a patient who believes she has psychic powers and a recently deceased man who’s missing a very important part of his body. Unfortunately for both patients and staff, there are some other matters…

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Elite Digital Advertising

Advertising has evolved.  We are no longer stuck with the usual print, radio or television advertisements.  Make way for the digital era! Everywhere we go we are starting to see digital screens popping up, catching our eye.  We’ve said it ourselves…”it’s starting to look like Times Square around here”.  Not that we are complaining, we love Times Square!  Say goodbye to the old style billboard.  With all due respect, you have served us well, but your time is now up!  It’s all about video, graphics and moving imagery.  This exciting and innovative way to advertise will dominate 2017 and beyond.

We go a little further when it comes to digital advertising.  Not only do we target our audience in a fantastic way but we are also mobile.  This means we can drive to our target audience and show them exactly what they need to see.

You product, company, event or just…

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An Andro Named Sue

If there’s one thing that’s ticked me off over the years, its watching novels continually fail to portray mental illness accurately, realistically, and for the sake of character not plot. So, without further ado, here are your seven steps to getting mental illness right in your next story.

  1. How did they get here?
    You better make this fucking plausible, alright? You can have it be from trauma, you can have it be from family history, but whatever you do you have to do your fucking job and explain it and EXPLAIN IT WELL. Don’t just tell me it runs in the family and leave it you asshole, tell me how. Both sides of the family? One side? DNA or brain abnormality or environmental? This is everything. This is how the illness works and affects. If you don’t do this part well, your illness is going to fall flatter than a…

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Rachel Poli

Guests appear on my blog three times a month. If you would like to know more about this, please visit my Guest Bloggers Wanted page.

Today’s post is brought to you by Heena Rathore P. Thanks, Heena!

What Makes For A Good Psychological Thriller? [Guest Post by author Heena Rathore P.]Image Credit: TC (talkingcomicbooks.com)

When I hear the term ‘psychological thrillers’, I feel a shiver of anticipation run down my spine. Is it just me? I don’t think so; I’m sure that almost everyone who’s read at least two good psychological thriller books (or even movies) feels the same way, especially those who love the genre.

The term itself makes me feel a rush that I just can’t describe; it means anticipation and intrigue, a lot of thrilling action, psychological twists, unimaginable turn of events, gritty situations, incomprehensible acts of self-preservation and a nice ending that’ll definitely blow the mind. At least for me, this is how I feel when I hear this term.


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The Plot Thickens…

T. R. Woodward


Plotting can be one of the hardest parts of writing, mostly because writers get overwhelmed with the process. I have given you 3 different styles of working out a plot. You can take parts from all of them and mix them or keep them separate. Keep in mind that this is different than an outline. We are just focusing on the story or events nothing more. We will get into characters and settings later, then mix them all in the outline.

You can make this as simple or as complex as you want. Just understand that the more complex a story is the longer it will take to be ready for the writing stage. Simple plots are good if you want to be making more up as you go along. Your choice is how you want to start. Let’s assume that you have never written out a plot before in…

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Northern Editorial

(and romance, mystery, history, fantasy …)


novel writer tools

By making your book as good as it can be, of course (what else did you think I was talking about?).

Ok, now that I have your attention, you weren’t really going to publish your book without getting it edited first were you? You know, deep down, that your book deserves it.

Here’s why:

  • Readers will quickly desert you, even if you’re the best storyteller in the world, if they can’t get past the typos.
  • They will also desert you if what made perfect sense in your head fails to unravel properly on the page.
  • Readers will make you sad if they post shitty reviews on Amazon, because they really couldn’t get past the typos and spaghetti-like plot (and that’s if it even gets past Amazon’s new standards).
  • Your reputation as an author will suffer if you don’t publish the best possible version…

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