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An Interview with Author Amanda Cherry

| February 28, 2018

Today, I’m interviewing Amanda Cherry, whose first book, Rites & Desires, will be out on March 20, 2018! It’s the first Cobalt City novel with a villain as the protagonist, and those of us in the Cobalt City family are super excited to have a fresh new voice in the universe. I asked Amanda to answer […]

Battling in All Her Finery Kickstarter Concludes Tomorrow Night!

| February 27, 2018

We’ve reached the penultimate day for our Kickstarter for Battling in All Her Finery! If you’d like to celebrate with us, pop over to our Facebook event tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Pacific time, for a livestream with our herd of Feline Interns! Also if you’ve backed our Kickstarter, are you also a backer on […]

Things I Love: Research!

| February 26, 2018

One of the things that I love most about writing is actually doing the research. Some people might think this is odd, but to me, doing research is a bit like being a detective. You’re pulling out the little pieces of information, or clues, and turning them into a story, or solving the case. My […]

Fun for Friday: March Writing Prompts

| February 23, 2018

It’s nearly March (can you believe it?!), so here are my March writing prompts. The themes this month are mostly applicable to the northern hemisphere, as spring is on the way! But there are a few other oddities tossed into the mix. Here’s the text version! Lion Melt Green Blossom Nest Rain Worm Charm Umbrella […]

Battling in All Her Finery is Funded!

| February 22, 2018

Mad Scientist Journal‘s Kickstarter for Battling in All Her Finery is now fully funded, and still chugging along toward some stretch goals! If you’re a writer, and you’ve got some ideas about women leaders, keep an eye on this space, as I’ll be sure to announce the submissions guidelines here and at Mad Scientist Journal. In […]

Show Recommendation: Altered Carbon

| February 21, 2018

If you love cyberpunk and noir, the new Netflix series Altered Carbon will definitely scratch that itch! We had heard a few of our friends saying good things about it, so we sat down to watch the first episode and were hooked. We haven’t binge watched the whole series yet, preferring to savor it a little […]

Volatile Figments: The Less Spooky

| February 20, 2018

While most of the stories that appear in Volatile Figments are pretty spooky, the least spooky of the bunch is probably “Justice is Blind.” There’s a girl with psychic powers and a doctor doing unethical experimentation, but there aren’t really any creepy critters lurking in the shadows. It’s much more about human beings. That doesn’t keep […]

Robotic Former Presidents

| February 19, 2018

It’s President’s Day today, and what better way to celebrate than to read some stories featuring robotic former presidents? Granted, they’re not the protagonists in this stories, but they make great antagonists for the Huntsman (in two eras) and Kara Sparx to protect Cobalt City from! You can check out “Daddy’s Little Girl” and “Blast […]

Fun for Friday: Unusual Tree Photo Prompt

| February 16, 2018

For this week’s Fun for Friday, here’s a photo prompt. I love the carefully made hole through which this tree is growing. But what is the wall for? Is it keeping something out? Or is it keeping something in?

Unfixed Timelines: Salt in Our Veins

| February 15, 2018

My story “Salt in Our Veins,” which was recently reprinted in Goddesses of the Sea, was a story that I wrote originally for the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology from The Future Fire. They were looking for stories set in the historical Mediterranean region, and I fell down a research rabbit hole. I knew I wanted […]