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Holiday Reading: Cross and Circle

| November 21, 2017

If you’re looking for something to read after your Thanksgiving dinner, why not check out Cross and Circle? Though the story itself is set closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving, it’s still a lovely holiday read, as it navigates questions of blood relations vs. chosen family, all in the scope of a contemporary fantasy setting. You can […]

Writing Scenes to Cut Them

| November 20, 2017

Recently, I started working on a new story, and wrote what I originally thought would be the first scene of that story. As I worked on it, though, I realized that while something momentous was happening, it wasn’t the momentous thing that the story was going to need. But I kept writing it anyway, because […]

Fun for Friday: Weird Word Origins, Thanksgiving Edition

| November 17, 2017

Just in time to impress your friends and family members around the Thanksgiving table, here is a list of the origins of ten common Thanksgiving words. In addition it talks a little bit about what goes into some of the foods we consume at Thanksgiving, including why marshmallows really aren’t marshmallows any more! So whether […]

Dissecting a Book Cover: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| November 16, 2017

We recently went on vacation to one of our favorite spots, the Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale, Oregon. It’s one of the McMenniman’s properties, using the renovated buildings from the old Multnomah County Poor Farm. While we were there, I remembered that one of the trees on the property is the tree that I photographed to […]

Comic Book Recommendation: DC Bombshells Enlisted

| November 15, 2017

I finally got a chance to read one of the many graphic novels on my stack, DC Bombshells: Enlisted. I’d been looking forward to this one because I’m a big fan of the Rosie the Riveter-like look that they gave Wonder Woman for this series (to the point that I’ve put together my own cosplay of […]

Superheroes in Other Times

| November 14, 2017

The first Cobalt City story I ever wrote (which was also the second story I wrote) was a late nineteenth-century look at one of Cobalt City’s legacy superheroes, The Huntsman. Since then, I’ve written another story of The Huntsman that takes place after World War II. Because The Huntsman is a legacy hero, it’s super […]

The Value of a Writer’s Group

| November 13, 2017

Even before I started writing fiction, my then-boyfriend (now-husband) introduced me to his writer’s group. Affectionately nicknamed the “Type and Gripe,” they were local like-minded speculative fiction authors who got together every other week to sit down and put words on virtual paper. (sometimes actual dead tree paper. We don’t judge.) It wasn’t exactly a […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Leaves Story Seeds

| November 10, 2017

One of my favorite things about autumn is the leaves. I grew up in the Midwest, so for me, the colors are amazing, there’s a smell in the air from people burning leaves, and you can crunch through the ones on the sidewalk. All of these things are much less true in Seattle, but every […]

“Tarnish” to appear at Mirror Dance

| November 9, 2017

Now that the contract is signed, I can talk about my latest acceptance, which I mentioned in my October 2017 recap. My story, “Tarnish,” will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Mirror Dance. This story first appeared in Unfixed Timelines as one of my historical fiction stories accompanied by an essay about the real history. The […]

Things to Look Forward To: Wayward Sisters comic anthology

| November 8, 2017

If you’re looking for what promises to be an awesome anthology of comics by and about women and non-binary folks, you’ve got a couple more days to check out Wayward Sisters. This Kickstarter project is already fully funded, but they’re still trying to hit a few more stretch goals before the end of their funding period. I […]