Some Personal Thoughts about Writing on Valentine’s Day

One of the things I have learned in being a writer is measure. Everything must be done in a measured way when you are writing. Even when you are going great guns and your typewriter (or in this day and age your computer) is hot you have to be measured in the way you approach …

The Saga of Ragnar Greenkirtle and the “graskinna” Loki

One of the things I like about being a writer is how I can do research about topics that interest me and use that information to generate story ideas. I have always been interested in Viking culture and when I read the Sagas I was taken with the voice used to tell their stories. Being …

Violent Love and Quick Death with a Beautiful AI Construct in Star City, Russia

Mark here. My story "The Bonebreaker" has a strange germination. It grew out of my first novel  Fevreblau in that I cherry-picked a few parts from the book and expanded them into a story. Writers do this a lot in case you didn't know. We write a story about a character and then we might …

Love, Betrayal,and Recombinant DNA Gone Wrong in Cabo San Lucas

I remember when I first began to write the short story "Dead Reckoning" and the challenges I faced. The prompt came from a writing class I was taking at the time. They were talking about an exercise the teacher gave a year or so ago in which he wanted the students to write a scene …

No one understands a writer like another writer.

Writing is difficult at the best of times. When things are going badly, or when things are going well, it always helps to have another writer to talk to. Because no one, and I mean absolutely no one, understands a writer like another writer. I see this often. Family members may be supportive. They may …

Ideas are a dime a dozen. But stories are forever.

I remember when I began to get serious about writing. I was in my early twenties. One of the things that really worried me is would I have enough ideas for stories? It worried me. At the time it only seemed I had one or two ideas worth developing. It didn't look good for the …

“Why, the character just took over the story! I had no control at all!”

See: Title of post. Ha. I must admit I get a little chuckle when I see or hear a writer say this. As if. I know what they are feeling. I guess I understand what they are trying to express. But they are writers. At our core we are challenged to write about the human …

A Very Dark Haxan Story “Alpenglow” has been Released from Argo Navis

I've had a special place in my heart for this story a long time. I like a lot of things about it, especially what I tried to do with the characterization. I am never interested in playing it safe, and this story was my attempt at crossing a line or two, but still with the …

Woot! My new science fiction story “Tennessee Waltz” is available from Argo Navis. Hope you guys enjoy it! :)

Tennessee Waltz “Mark Hoover is a writer who never hesitates to go deep, to try to find the core of what it means to be human and take a good hard look. If he has to stare down a nightmare or two along the way, well, that’s just fine.” —Richard Parks, author of the Lord …

A new Haxan story! “Wuthering” has been released by Argo Navis Publishing. Thanks, guys!

My new Haxan story "Wuthering" has been released by Argo Navis. I hope you enjoy the new story! 🙂     Hoover's Haxan stories are a delightful blend of the Western and dark fantasy genres. Once you enter the Haxan universe, you may not be able to leave.  —Matthew Pizzolato, editor of The Western Online

Stuck on a Haxan Story for a Year…and I’m Glad

Yesterday at the coffee shop I sat and listened to some old Gunsmoke radio episodes. These are always good for recharging my batteries, so to speak. Especially when I am deeply involved in writing western stories...or stories in general. The dialog is fantastic and the pacing and structure of the old time radio stories are …

“Alpenglow” – New Haxan Story Coming Soon. Woot!

My new Haxan story "Alpenglow" will be released soon from Argo Navis Publishing. This is a dark fantasy/horror story about the Old West. An ancient trapper named Cesar Coffin comes unannounced out of Taos into the grinding maelstrom of Haxan. He has fresh scalps...and an even darker secret hidden in the fragments of his soul. …

Fishing the Styx – Coming Soon From Argo Navis Publishing (Update: Published!)

FISHING THE STYX by Kenneth Mark Hoover Copyright 2011 by Kenneth Mark Hoover Argo Navis Publishing “Hell is truth seen too late.”  —Thomas Hobbes 1. The Leviathan    Keep going, Sayeth the demon. Past the iron shore where pale arms whip the water into black foam. Through the blast furnace radiating from the crying walls …

Conversation with Story: When to Keep Going, When to Quit

Story: Hello again. Me: Oh, you're back. That was quick. I submitted you to the magazine only two weeks ago. How are you doing? Story: Boy, it's brutal out there. Me: I'm sorry. I keep sending you out and you keep getting rejected. You look kind of beat up. Story: Yeah, that last editor was …

Talking to Story: Rejection, and why it doesn’t matter

Story: What's wrong, spanky? You have such a sad face today. Me: I had a story rejected. Story: Oh, I'm sorry. So what? Me: What do you mean so what? I had a story rejected today by an editor. I'm supposed to celebrate that? Story: No. But why do you care? Me: What do you …

Therapy with Story: How to deal with self-doubt and not freak out!

Me: Help me! I think I'm freaking out! Story: So in other words it's like every other day in your life? Okay, skippy, calm down and take a deep breath. What's wrong now? Me: I'm having trouble finding an entry point into this story. Grr! I'm starting to doubt myself and I can feel the …

I Could Write This Story All Day Long, But I Won’t

A stranger rides into Haxan. He badmouths Magra Snowberry. Marshal Marwood then meets him in the plaza. I am here to tell you I could write this story all day long. I love this story. I could write it again and again, in different ways and perspectives, and be in clover. I would love it. …

My New Haxan Story Slated to Appear in February Issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine!

I got the contributor copies of Ellery Queen Magazine in the mail a day or so ago. They have my story "Phaedra" and it will appear in the upcoming February issue. This was a big sale for me and I'm glad it is coming out now. I have made many other professional sales to many …

Talking Honestly with Story: Finding Confidence in Yourself

Story: What's wrong, slappy? You look a little blue. Me: I'm wondering if what I am doing is the right thing. Story: In what particular, are we speaking of? Me: We are speaking of writing. Sometimes I wonder if I'm wasting my time. I work and work, write and write, and I don't appear to …

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