C.B. McCullough Loves Sequels… Sometimes

C.B. McCullough Loves Sequels… Sometimes Sequels: the double-edged sword of the film industry. Like all movie geeks, I love a good sequel, and I hate, hate, hate a bad one.  It’s a pity that such a vast majority of Part 2s fall into that second category.  So what do good sequels do right, where the bad ones go […]

The Writer’s Road

“Some, dreading that awareness of how they do what they do would cripple their spontaneity, never study the craft. Instead, they march along in a lockstep of unconscious habit, thinking it’s instinct. Their dreams of creating unique works of power and wonder are seldom, if ever, realized. They put in long, tough days, for no […]

Turning Reality Into Fantasy: Birds of Terror

During his voyage to the Galapagos Islands in 1831, Charles Darwin observed and classified finch species.  The varying attributes and behaviors of these birds led Darwin to conclude that it was not by mere serendipity that each was so well-suited to its environment and lifestyle. A narrow, sharp beak gave one species the advantage over another for boring through […]

Digital Plotting: 4 Steps To Visually Track Story, Plot And Character Arcs in Fiction

Body hunched and head bowed, hammering the keys, breaking the stream of words only long enough to grab the mug and gulp down coffee that’s been cold for hours: the writer at work, delving into territories unknown. We’ve romanticized the art of fiction to almost spiritual levels.  To hear some people talk about it, you’d think simply sitting […]

Editing for Ebooks – What Do You Think?

My name is C.B. McCullough, and I’m an author.  I began my professional writing career as a ghostwriter shortly after college.  After a couple of years spent in the workforce (with writing on the side) I dove headlong into self-publishing. That was over a year ago, and I still remember my shock, when I began pricing editing services for […]

The Enrichment of Creation

“So great is the bounty with which (man) has been treated that he may now, perhaps, fairly dare to guess that in Fantasy he may actually assist in the effoliation and multiple enrichment of creation. All tales may come true .” –  J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories, 1947