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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 […]

Fun for Friday Writing Prompt: A Fresh Start

| January 5, 2018

What would your character do if they had the opportunity to make a fresh start? Would they continue on where they were already headed, or would they do something completely different? If you’re stuck writing a character, try this out as a way to get unstuck. Write that character with a fresh start, and see […]

Rustycon Appearance!

| January 4, 2018

Rustycon is a small local convention now in its thirty-fifth year. It’s the weekend of January 12-14, but they’ll be shifting to October dates later this year. But for this one, I’ll be speaking on a number of panels about gaming, writing, and editing! Here’s my schedule of panels: Fri Jan 12 5:00:pm – GMing […]