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“Miasma” is in the 2017 Write Well Award Anthology!

| September 21, 2017

My story, “Miasma,” was selected as one of the winners of the 2017 Write Well Award, which means that it’s now included in their 2017 anthology, which is now available! You can find it in print or ebook on Amazon!

Review of Everfair

| September 20, 2017

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is for Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, a fascinating alternate history steampunk-fantasy look at a nation forged from the defeat of King Leopold in the Congo in the late nineteenth century. This book really appealed to me as a historian and a steampunk author! If you’re interested in learning more about it […]

Utter Fabrication is now available!

| September 19, 2017

Mad Scientist Journal’s fourth anthology, Utter Fabrication: Historical Accounts of Unusual Buildings and Structures, is available today. I’m one of the two editors of this anthology, which is filled with stories about haunted houses and other weird and creepy places. It includes 22 such stories, ranging from the cute and delightful to the downright haunting, so […]

How Do You Know You’re the Protagonist? The Weird Stuff Happens to You

| September 18, 2017

The other day, one of my co-workers came by my desk and asked about the plastic penguin that I have there. It came from the Mold-O-Rama at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, and I had to explain to him the backstory of WHY I had to have a critter from the Mold-O-Rama, which involves the […]

Fun for Friday: Turning Drawing Prompts into Writing Prompts

| September 15, 2017

Often times when I’m looking for a random inspiration for something to write, I turn to lists that are designed for artists who want random prompts for daily drawings. It’s not that difficult to turn a drawing prompt into a writing prompt. Instead of drawing whatever is on the list, you can write a story […]

Character Inspirations

| September 14, 2017

Last week, I finished up the first draft of Brass and Glass 2 (which doesn’t have an official subtitle yet) and started outlining book 3. In doing so, I had a chance to look at some of my characters, their motivations, and the inspirations behind them. One of my friends read the first chapter of The Cask […]

Book Recommendation: A. Grimsbro, Warlord of Mars

| September 13, 2017

Previously, I recommended reading Matt Youngmark’s hilarious take on the Wizard of Oz, The “Wonderful” Wizard of Futhermucking Oz. Now, I’m recommending his second book in the series, A. Grimsbro, Warlord of Mars. A. Grimsbro, Warlord of Mars continues Arabella’s adventures through literature, to great hilarity. Now she has to deal with the world perceiving […]

Now available on Channillo: Cross and Circle

| September 12, 2017

I’ve added Cross and Circle to Channillo. If you’re already a subscriber, you can subscribe to it here. If you’re not a Channillo subscriber, you should check it out. For as low as $5 per month, you can read up to 10 different books by a variety of authors. Jeremy and I both have multiple books you can […]

Keeping Track of Story Ideas

| September 11, 2017

My friend Nate has a Field Notes notebook obsession. He is never without at least one of them, and often has several of them between his pockets and bag. More than a couple of times, he’s grabbed one, flipped it open, said, “no, it’s not in this one,” and had to go hunting for another […]

Fun for Friday: Random EVERYTHING Generators

| September 8, 2017

You know I love random things, and today, I’m sharing with you the motherlode! Fantasy Name Generators may sound like a site with just a single purpose, but it’s SO much more than just a place for random fantasy names. It’s a HUGE collection of random generators, from the general to certain-realms-of-pop-culture specific. And in addition […]