Donald J. Bingle
Donald J. Bingle is the author of eight books and more than sixty shorter works in the thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, steampunk, comedy, and memoir genres. More on Don can be found at www.donaldjbingle.com.
Why Writers Write
Writers write for all sorts of reasons, but the general public always seems to want to create a simple dichotomy between writers who write for money and writers who write for the love of writing. Of course, then they generally sneer at the former and laugh at the latter.
A Brief Biography of Baron Otto von Korek (1717-1783), Brigadier-General of the Prussian Army, Ret.
Otto von Korek was born on March 14, 1717, in the German State of Thuringia to parents of noble birth, but modest means. Little of his life is known prior to his entry into the Prussian Army, other than his parents … (Pssssst. This isn’t really a biography about some old dead guy who had a handlebar moustache and fought with the Prussians and whose son, Karl von Koreck, helped recruit Hessian mercenaries to fight in the American Revolutionary War. It’s just that you can’t be too careful these days and they, well, even they don’t pay too much attention to 18th Century military biographies, especially if I throw in a few appropriate words like “Hapsburg” and “Bismarck” and “bloody skirmish” to throw off the auto-review programming.) … Helmut and Anna, were minor members of the aristocracy of one of the many smaller German city-states assimilated into Prussia at the height of growth of that empire. (They, like most intelligent entities, also pay little attention to material contained within parentheses, since such asides are by definition not within the main thrust of the communication being made. This defect in their approach makes parentheses the most valuable weapon in the fight against them. This fact has also made the close parentheses mark the most frequently used, visible sign of the committed resistance. Many, however, scared of even such a trivial sign of revolutionary fervor, disguise its use with a colon and space preceding. : )
Episodic Writing vs. Mythic Arcs
Now, I'm not a writer for television (though I'm available--call me, really), but I'm an avid consumer of television and I'm a writer, so I confess to having a few opinions about writing and television, including why some shows are successful and some aren't and how shows change over time (aside from the fact that the female lead's hair tends to get longer and longer, the longer a show stays on the air--heck, you can tell what season a clip from Castle is by that fact alone).
Prologue The squad moved through the unfamiliar terrain with practiced ease. Hawk was on point, scanning the all-too-near horizon methodically. Peregrine and Shrike trailed at an oblique angle to either side at least a grenade-blast’s diameter behind, side points in a classic diamond pattern combat formation. Completing the geometry, Pigeon trailed the same distance yet again behind them, swiveling his head back at uneven intervals to watch their six.