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Fun for Friday: April Writing Prompts

| March 30, 2018

April is just around the corner, so it’s time for April’s writing prompts! This month, the words are mostly spring themed, but there are all sorts of interesting directions you might take words like “awakening” or “thrive,” for example. There are a few other things tossed in for good measure, include a couple of words […]

The Marsh Sisters are Coming Back!

| March 29, 2018

The protagonists of The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, Marigold and Chrysanthemum Marsh, are at it again! Their latest tale of excitement and mystery, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” has been accepted for publication! I’ll give more details once the contract is signed, but suffice it to say, I’m excited to get another tale […]

Review of The Bathwater Conspiracy by Janet Kellough

| March 28, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. Today, I’m reviewing The Bathwater Conspiracy by Janet Kellough, which was a fast read for me, both in terms of book length and the page-turning quality of the story. I read the whole thing in under 4 hours on the plane back from Philadelphia! I don’t read […]

Don’t Forget: Norwescon this weekend!

| March 27, 2018

Here’s a reminder that Norwescon is this weekend, Thursday through Sunday! And if you’re going to be there, you can find me on the following panels, readings, and autograph session. I’ll be at the DefCon One table in the Dealer’s Room most of the rest of the time! Thursday The New, New Doctor 2:00pm – […]

Tips on Reading Aloud

| March 26, 2018

This past week saw me at two separate readings. The first was my friend Amanda’s solo reading for her debut novel, Rites & Desires. But we also put together a Cobalt City group reading, where I read one of my unpublished Cobalt City stories, along with four other authors in the shared universe. And I’ve got […]

Fun for Friday: Spring Photo Prompt!

| March 23, 2018

This week’s Friday fun is a writing prompt in the form of a photograph. It’s clearly spring in this photo, and there’s a very nicely maintained path amidst the flowers and blooming trees. So where does this path lead? What’s just out of sight in this photo? Who’s about to walk down this path? The […]

Have You Checked out Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse Yet?

| March 22, 2018

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse has been out for about a month and a half now, and I’m still curious to hear what people think of it. That’s typically the case whenever I write something, but with this book, it’s extra heightened because I put it together in such a different way from my normal […]

Book Recommendation: Rites & Desires

| March 21, 2018

If you’re looking for a book with a slightly wicked protagonist, check out Amanda Cherry’s debut novel, Rites & Desires, which is out as of yesterday from DefCon One Publishing! I won’t be reviewing this book, because I’m the book’s editor, but I can definitely say that I was so delighted when I got to read […]

“Tarnish” at Mirror Dance

| March 20, 2018

My story, “Tarnish,” is now available in the Spring 2018 issue of Mirror Dance, found on their website. I’m thrilled with the image they found to go with my story, too. It’s PERFECT! “Tarnish” is one of my several King in Yellow stories, this one with a late nineteenth century pageant backdrop in St. Louis. […]

Travel to Recharge

| March 19, 2018

We’ve just gotten back from our vacation with friends in Philadelphia. And while sometimes when I travel, I come back with ideas, this was not one of those trips. I got way behind on things I needed to work on, and spent most of the time just relaxing. And that’s the kind of vacation I […]