Author Archives: Sean O'Mordha

About Sean O'Mordha

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

Harold

There are only three things in life Harold enjoys—food, sleeping, and family, pretty much in that order. Until his world is turned upside down.

The Edit

Writing a book involves a lot of work — a lot. Writing means starting with a vague idea and writing a synopsis to visualize what you want and where to go with the story. Next is making some kind of outline, a road map. That can be as… Read more »

Of Quirks and Challenges

As much as I try to walk on water, it doesn’t happen – unless it’s frozen and then I get cold feet. So, why should my characters be perfect? That opens a whole world of challenges to explore. Perhaps, I have a sadistic streak, but I like to… Read more »

The Innkeeper

Azriel greeted the Hebrew month of Aviv with open arms. This was the beginning of a new year and the month of redemption, a redemption he wasn’t expecting.

Character Building

Creating and tracking fictional characters in your story made a bit simpler.

Count Words not Beans

Once an author’s idea for a story begins to gel, there are two considerations to tackle, 1) the genre and 2) the word count. Word length in General: Classification Word count Novel 40,000 words or over Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words Short story… Read more »

December 26

Arif pulled up the too-large T-shirt to cover his nose as the putrid stench of dead bodies rose up from below.

Harland’s Cove

Mother, three children murdered in Harland’s Cove By Betty Francis, NMDR Staff Reporter October 11, 2001, 1:37 pm HARLAND’S COVE, Maine ― Members of Harland’s Cove founding family were found murdered in their home Wednesday morning according to an Independent County Sheriff spokeswoman. The small coastal community on… Read more »

Breaking Out . . .

. . . of the Rut I will be up front. Writing this eFile is sporadic, not that I don’t have anything to say. Why be redundant? Everyone perceiving themselves experts in the writing field has said it. So, if something appears important, I will address it, otherwise,… Read more »

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 »