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Paige Hawthorne: Blog

April 25, 2017
Posted at 9:40 am

I’m No Score Whore, But …

As my reader ratings continue to plummet, it becomes time for introspection. For serious inner-examination. I have to ask myself … what the fuck is wrong with you guys?

Prose written at the Winter caliber should have readers throwing confetti parades for me.

But perhaps there's a low-score clue buried in the hate-mails. One consistent gripe is that my stories meander around too much. Why can't I start a theme and just see it through? Before starting on another narrative?

Several readers tell me they've given up reading me because of this zig-zag pattern.

So, I may experiment with "Winter's Voyage" by, sigh, going A, B, C. Who knows, maybe it'll be an improvement. But if I don't like the result, that emended version will never breath SOL oxygen.


April 23, 2017
Posted at 12:40 pm

One Quirky Writing Tip. True or False? Or Both?

A guy told me it's better to write: 'Winter said, "You are so wrong."'

That version is preferable to: '"You are so wrong," Winter said.'

He claims it's better to put the 'who' in front of the quote rather than behind it. It's a subtle reader prompt, an aid, to make narrative flow a bit more smoothly.

Of course boys have been telling me a lot of stuff for a lot of years, hopeful hands sliding up toward hopeful goals.


April 21, 2017
Posted at 10:59 am

Which Authors Do You Talk With?

When I'm reading a pretty compelling book, I find myself having imaginary conversations with the writer. We discuss character quirks. Plot detours. Certain lines and phrases that are particularly felicitous.

I find myself rather erudite on a surprising number of topics. In fact, I'm sometimes so eloquent that certain authors, alive or dead, encourage me to pursue a writing career.

Some of my best conversational encounters have been with John D. MacDonald, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly (Lincoln Lawyer), Lawrence Block (the Hit Man series for some reason), Thomas Perry, P. G. Wodehouse (I speak in an English accent of course) and Donald Westlake (especially John Dortmunder).

How about you guys?


April 20, 2017
Posted at 10:54 am

Thanks a Bunch! (Note Sarcastic Tone.)

Apparently someone wrote a laudatory review praising my writing skills. Several readers (a couple of them gleefully) explained that this is the kiss of doom.

There seems to be a contingent of folks in here who react negatively to the positive. Readers, many of whom wouldn't have otherwise read my stories, celebrate their contrarian nature and low-score me.

The teeming masses - - go Teem go! - - become resentful of those who are praised.

Is this true? Or an urbane legend?

Not that I pay the slightest attention to reader scores.

Hmm … now that I consider the nature of this treachery … obviously the favorable review was penned by an envious author, jealous of my scores, and determined to undermine them.

No, that's paranoia at work.

A reasoned, meditative, investigation will surely reveal that it's not a single author who is sabotaging my efforts. It's obviously a consortium of many writers, banded together in common cause, who fear my literary efforts will outshine theirs.



P. S. This devilish ploy will not succeed. I am toiling away at "Winter's Voyage" despite the duplicity rampant in here.

April 16, 2017
Posted at 2:33 pm


First of all, thank you. For reading my stories, voting (more on that in a mo!), for sending me emails.

Now personally, I don't even notice my reader scores so I wouldn't have brought the subject up except that so many of you - - would hordes be an exaggeration? - - have referenced the twin culprits responsible for my low numbers.

Low, despite the near perfection of my prose. The dichotomy can be partially traced to editorial … um, fallibility.

Now Thorny - - thornfoote - - is, I am somewhat sure … well, not sure, but hopeful, a decent chap. But limited in his well-meaning way. If you catch my drift. He's not overly burdened with the rigor of sentience.

Of course it would be unfair, and inaccurate, to point the middle finger solely at Thorny. Reluctant as I've been to acknowledge the ever-louder whispers about SOL as an institution, the bribery-for-ballots issue on reader scores can no longer be kept from public scrutiny.

If the site authorities here decide to crack down on this whistleblower and this blog post should suddenly go blank you'll understa