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Fun for Friday: Penguins Writing Prompt

| January 19, 2018

According to our calendar from our local zoo, tomorrow (January 20th) is Penguin Awareness Day. As my husband said, “I am aware that there are penguins.” So am I. I have both petted and fed a penguin at our local zoo, so I can confirm that they are definitely real animals. They’re also one of […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse: What’s It All About?

| January 18, 2018

My next novella, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse, will be out in a couple of weeks, and it’s available for pre-order now! The title hints at what it’s about, but the blurb explains it a bit better! Without warning, most of humanity stopped speaking. Acting in silent unison, they overthrew the world in service to an […]

Author Recommendation: J. Tullos Hennig

| January 17, 2018

This past weekend at Rustycon, I was on a number of panels with J. Tullos Hennig, the author of a series known as The Books of the Wode, which she explains as “a reimagining of Robin Hood as a queer druid.” I’d met Jen previously through Broad Universe, and I’ve had one of her books […]

Camp Haunt, Then and Now

| January 16, 2018

In 2016, I wrote an epistolary horror novel. I called it Camp Haunt, and I published it 3 times a week on Channillo. After I’d finished it, I realized that while I had told one version of the story, I wanted to tell it in a different way. So now, I’m working on rewriting Camp Haunt with […]

Taking Time to Relax

| January 15, 2018

Though the picture to the right isn’t my actual view today, I’m taking a bit of a break from my usual posting schedule after a weekend at Rustycon. I’ll be back to the grind tomorrow. But for today, I’m imagining being off on some tropical island and getting in some well-deserved relaxation!

Fun for Friday Writing Prompt: A Winter Scene

| January 12, 2018

You know how they say that a picture is worth a thousand words? Today’s writing prompt is the picture to the right. Sure, it looks like a simple wintery scene, but there’s a deer grazing at the edge of the only partially cleared road, and there’s a woman walking away. One might assume that the […]

Two Heads are Better

| January 11, 2018

What’s better than a superhero? A team-up! Any time you get two (or more) superheroes involved, you’ve got potential for more exciting happenings. And, likely, more exciting conflict. In Sparx and Arrows, Kara Sparx, who is very much not a team joiner, works with Huntsman to deal with a problem that they’ve both had to confront–robotic […]

Comic Book Review: East of West

| January 10, 2018

I had a bit of time to read a few of the graphic novels that are currently in my towering stack. (This stack is intimidating. And possibly dangerously tall.) One of them was East of West: Volume One. This graphic novel seemed like it should be right up my alley, with its weird west/alternate history vibe. […]

Inspiration: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| January 9, 2018

As I’ve mentioned before, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse came out of the 2017 Write Like You’re Alive challenge from Zoetic Press. This also wound up informing the format for the story, too. See, I normally outline using Mark Teppo’s outline structure (which I’ve talked about before), which leads to an 18 chapter outline, with […]

The Daunting First Page

| January 8, 2018

Soon, I start working on my next novel. It’s always an adventure to start in on a new book, even though I’ve got my outline firmly in hand. But even though my rational brain tells me that whatever I put on paper first doesn’t have to be a super clever opening line, my emotional brain tells […]