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Review of Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

| December 13, 2017

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is now up. Today, I’m reviewing a short story collection, Cry Your Way Home, by Damien Angelica Walters. Though I’ve read some of Walters’ stories before in anthologies, the stories in this collection were all new to me. They’re creepy and beautiful at the same time. Cry Your Way […]

2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide now available!

| December 12, 2017

The 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now available, including my story, “Far From Home.” This is my second year with a story in this fantastic anthology of short stories for younger readers, and I’m so excited to be sharing the table of contents with a number of other writers who are also returning for […]

Gifts for Writers: Mugs!

| December 11, 2017

Many writers are fueled by caffeine. I’m not one of them, but I still appreciate a good coffee mug for my tea. Or milk (with cookies). Or, sometimes, a mixed drink. If you’ve got a fueled-by-caffeine-or-other-beverages writer in your life, a mug can be a great gift. Especially one as cute as this one from […]

Fun for Friday: Winter Word Etymology

| December 8, 2017

Ever wonder where the English words for our seasons come from? Winter is, apparently, an old Germanic word that spread into other languages, but there are still some questions as to its roots. You can learn more about this at Oxford University Press’s blog. And if you’re interested in finding out about the other seasons, […]

Anglicon this weekend!

| December 7, 2017

This weekend, I’ll be at Anglicon selling my crocheted items, but I’ll also be appearing on a couple of panels! Friday, December 8: Steampunk 101, 3-4 p.m., Cascade 2 What is Steampunk? Where did it come from? We will answer those questions, explore the literary roots of the genre, and discuss its current popularity. Saturday, December […]

Comic Book Reviews: Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread (vol. 1)

| December 6, 2017

My stack of graphic novels is currently at least a foot tall. Probably closer to two feet tall, because there are actually two stacks right now. So before they gain sentience and become a monster in our hallway, I decided I should read some of them. So I threw a couple in my bag to […]

Strange Paths to Super Heroes

| December 5, 2017

I did not come into writing about super heroes in the usual way. The first comic books I ever read were Archie and Richie Rich. These were comics that had belonged to the children of a friend of the family, and I was reading them in the 80s. The comics themselves were probably from the […]

Gifts for Writers: Helpful Books

| December 4, 2017

There are many books about writing available, and every writer has some that they like better than others. If you’re looking for some books to buy an aspiring writer who may not have already picked out some favorites, check these out! Jumpstart Your Novel by Mark Teppo. This is my go-to book for outlining novels, […]

Fun for Friday: SciFi Name Generators

| December 1, 2017

I don’t write a lot of sci-fi, though occasionally my stories lean in that direction. So most of the random generators I post are for fantasy writing. But today, I’m sharing a page with sci-fi name generators, which will be helpful to my readers who like to write on that side of things. And someday, […]