Tag Archives: Eric Keizer

Worldbuilding: Creating a Specific Mood

Remember Mood Rings?  Back in the 70’s we were entranced with the thermal sensitive stone set in a simple gold or silver ring (most of which turned your finger green). According to the color chart, when worn on the finger, the stone reacted to body

Book Review: Urban Mythology by Eric Keizer

Title: Urban Mythology Author: Eric Keizer Genre: Poetry Amazon rating: n/a Eric Keizer, in his first poetry chapbook, Urban Mythologies, documents the places in, and the people of, Chicago who have made lasting impressions on his life. He celebrates the commonalities all Chicagoans share, while tying the Classics

Tips for Writing an Epic Western Part 3: The Final Roundup

Howdy Pardners! I reckon y’all are doing fine on this beautiful March morning. For my part, I can smell the coffee pot Cookie has simmering over the campfire. The wind is gently blowing through the sage, and my Pinto is softly neighing for me to

Self-Editing Your Poetry

Poetry is tough to create. There are so many diverse styles we can choose from to express our thoughts, emotions, and visions. Word choice is perhaps the single most important variable we must consider when planning our poems, yet we often hurry to “get it

The Business of Writing by Eric Keizer

You’ve really gone ahead and done it now. You’ve started your novel in earnest. You’ve gone through the dreaming and fantasizing phases and are making your dream a reality. Before you sit down and start typing away, please understand that if you’re looking to translate

Tips for Writing an Epic Western 2

“It’s high noon in some nameless border town. The unknown gunman stands directly before you, facing the sun, with his hand hovering just above the pearl handled pistol in his holster…” Wait a minute. Some nameless border town? An unknown gunslinger?  If you’re trying to

Guest Post: Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

Hello, gentle readers! As we begin a new year, I would like to wish each of you good health, happiness, personal and professional success, and peace. Let me begin by telling you that I don’t do resolutions. Sure, my intentions are always good. I plan

Tips for Writing an Epic Western 1

Howdy Pardners! We grew up on them. We love them, the tales of heroes and criminals; tales of loss and redemption, set upon a well-worn- saddle and slinging lead at bad guys in black hats. In honor of this ubiquitous and uniquely American genre, I

Poetry: Sad Santa by Eric Keizer

Christmas is one day away, and tonight Santa will weave magic as he leaves packages of all colors and sizes for children all over the world. For us adults, though, sometimes it seems like more work than we expected. We need a little relief and

Developing Your Poem

Hello, gentle readers! Over the years, I have talked with numerous poets- some of whom were well-versed in creating fantastic pieces, while others had inklings of ideas, but felt unable to proceed in creating a complete piece. It is tough, sometimes, to develop more than

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