Author Archives: Sean O'Mordha

About Sean O'Mordha

Author, journalist, editor, publisher with over 50 years under the pen.

The Lava Beds

“Cap, just got a call from Halin Pearson. Seems his boy, Grady, didn’t come home last night.”

“Humph. Probably overslept. I’d love catchin’ that prick bangin’ an underage girl.”
“His parents have called all his known girlfriends.”

“Well, that pretty well covers the town. Handle it. Jist keep the Pearsons outta my hair. And take that college geek intern with you. He’s gettin’ on my nerves.”

Are there any . . . out there?

There are numerous forms of punctuation, all useful when applied properly – often hilarious when they are not. One which seems ignored is the ellipsis. This series of (dots, periods, points – choose your favorite term) is . . . to indicate an omission, suspension, or to emphasis… Read more »

An Author’s Power Tool

[Please Note: WordPress made a change recently to its editor. The Beta edition worked reasonably well. As you notice, it does not recognize paragraph separation. Their customer service has not responded. If and when they do, this post will be cleaned up and resent.] In a recent epiphany… Read more »

Starborn Personalities

Creating characters can be daunting. There are simply so many personality traits to juggle. Once having drafted a synopsis the time comes to hold auditions. Pick the wrong traits and the character could very well take over. Brevet General George Custer’s scout, Half Yellow Face of the Crow… Read more »

The Innkeeper

Background ~ ~ ~ One element of the story surrounding the birth of Jesus the Christ impressed on my youthful mind involved the behavior of the innkeeper in Bethlehem. Joseph of Nazareth and his very pregnant wife arrive having completed an arduous, ninety-mile trip which would have taken… Read more »

A Writer’s Notebook – part 2

As you begin constructing a new story, you will begin generating notes about the current story under construction. Call me old-fashion but these are handwritten or printed out and placed in a one-inch, 3-ring notebook for specific reasons. Digital copies should be made as a backup. The first… Read more »

A Writer’s Notebook – part 1

Generally, when writers talk notebook, they focus on the general things that are read, seen, or heard which could influence a current or future story. No way around it, that is one important notebook. There is a second which is equally important – the current story notebook containing… Read more »

The Chamber of Smoke

Lonnie stepped onto the large, covered front porch overlooking a long meadow and mountains beyond wishing he were back in juvenile hall. So began week two of his 24/7 solitary confinement. It wasn’t his fault getting into trouble. The guys got bored and thought to brighten a stupid… Read more »

Colorizing Characters

Whether animate or inanimate, characters carry the plot to its conclusion. How an author presents these characters is the reason for spending so much time discussing them. It is important to know not only what they are and their role but who they are and why they behave… Read more »

The Pitcher Plants

As the door chimes faded, two men in Brooks Brothers suits waited on the tiled entrance. Behind them a teenage boy clad in a badly soiled T-shirt and torn jeans wedged between two police officers. “Good day, Sir, I’m Detective Azoris. This is Detective Salnave,” one explained, displaying… Read more »

Revise – Revise – Revise again

“What’s a rewrite?” Tom Clancy quipped at a recent conference. “I write them pretty much the way you guys read them and I turn in a fairly clean product.” Clancy feels he is the exception to the rule although I’ve seen a fair share of places his story needed… Read more »

Good Boy – Dead Boy

A Short Who-dunnit by Sean Patrick O’Mordha * Small, rural towns are notorious for knowing what’s going on with their neighbors. The smaller and further removed from “the big city,” the more people know as if living in the same house. Secrets carried on the winds of gossip… Read more »

Copyright — Explained

From time to time the subject of copyright law comes up either as a direct question or within an online conversation. Yes, I have a degree in Constitutional Law. Yes, I served as a special prosecutor for the US Government. I know criminal law, not copyright law. I am familiar… Read more »