Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

“Make Good Art”

Very strange. I thought I had scheduled this thing to post yesterday, but I didn’t, I set it for Tuesday, instead. I wasn’t here yesterday. We went to Massachusetts for a wedding, a lovely affair, and a totally knew experience for me: the bride is of Cambodian descent, and we got to participate in a […]

Writing with the King

First off, big thanks to everyone who commented on my post earlier this week. The question, can you get away with a character who doesn’t change? drew many interesting responses. And this may be one of these things where I have to take another look at the story and character in question, and see if […]

Change, or Lack Thereof

This weekend I found myself watching what I believe is the penultimate episode of TV medical drama, House. In the episode, House is ‘kidnapped’ by his only real friend, Dr. Wilson, for a three day cruise across the country. Wilson received rather unconventional treatment in the previous episode for cancer, and will be finding out […]

A Random Act

As you undoubtedly know, the wonderful Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of The Bookshelf Muse have been hosting a week-long event to celebrate the release of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. They’ve been running giveaways all week, including a companion guide to the thesaurus, available as a free download. Best of […]

First Loves Blogfest

Okay, this is a spur of the moment thing for me. I didn’t know about this until today, when everyone’s ‘First Loves’ started popping up in my feeder. Perfect, because the weekend passed too fast and I was left scrambling to pull together a topic. So, first, thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting. And […]

Across the Sound

I’ve already told you once before that I used to live in this magnificent building: It’s bigger on the inside This is Caumsett, once the estate of millionaire-philanthropist-playboy, Tony Stark – err, Marshall Field, III (for the record, I do not know if ‘playboy’ applied to Field, but I just saw The Avengers this week, […]

Musical Monday: A Quick One While He’s Away

AT nearly eight minutes, not so quick, perhaps. The Who performing their ‘mini-opera,’ A Quick One While He’s Away for the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus in 1968. Originally released in 1966, A Quick One is probably the first rock opera. In an interview, Pete Townshend told how his producer asked him to write […]

B-17: An Origins Story

I’ve already told you about my illustrious start in writing back in the fall during the Origins blogfest, how my sixth grade teacher gave us an assignment that just set me on fire. I believe I’ve also said, in an early post that I can’t find (or maybe it was in Origins, also), how I […]