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Trying All the Things!

| July 16, 2018

I’m primarily a short fiction writer, though I delve into longer things now and again. But I’ve also dipped my toes into poetry and flash fiction–at first in a sort of accidental way, and eventually in a more intentional way. One of the tips that’s given to writers is to give your characters sufficient try-fail […]

Fun for Friday: Creepy Photo Prompt

| July 13, 2018

While not everyone will find this photograph of an abandoned bus in the woods creepy, I think this photo prompt is a horror story waiting to happen! Take a look, and see what it inspires in you!

Have You Checked Out My Patreon Lately?

| July 12, 2018

If you like reading what I write, have you considered backing my Patreon? I’m getting close to my first goal, which involves a monthly video reading from me for my patrons! So if you back, you’ll get to see my face reading my words. And while I can make no promises about the helpfulness of […]

Media Consumption

| July 11, 2018

When we’re not writing or working on Mad Scientist Journal, we’ve been watching a bunch of different stuff lately. Luke Cage (season 2) is shaping up to be just as amazing as the first season. If you haven’t started it yet, look forward to the scene with Misty and Colleen in the bar. I loved […]

“The Glorious Dead” in Bards and Sages Quarterly!

| July 10, 2018

The latest┬áBards and Sages Quarterly is now out, and it includes my story “The Glorious Dead,” the story of cousins and zombies in the American Civil War. Bards and Sages published one of my longer stories as a stand-alone last year, and it will be appearing in a collection from them later this year. I’ll […]

Setting a Timer

| July 9, 2018

I’ve been getting a lot of writing done recently, and I can credit my word counts solely to one thing: half-hour writing sprints. I had a couple of free days over the weekend, so once I was up and settled in, I started writing whenever the clock hit the half hour mark, and stopped writing […]

Fun for Friday: Random Prompt Generator

| July 6, 2018

I find that I get a lot of mileage out of really random generators. Today, I’ve found a random prompt generator on Tumblr, which gives you eleven potential prompts for the price of one. (For the record, the “price of one” is clicking on a link. So free.) There are all sorts of ways that […]

Brass and Glass 3 progress

| July 5, 2018

I’m chugging along with writing the first draft of┬áBrass and Glass 3, which I’m hoping to have done by the end of July. I passed the 2/3 point on the manuscript over the holiday yesterday! One of the things that I’m finding as I work on this third book is that the number of times […]

Research Tools: Climate Data Summaries

| July 4, 2018

One of my co-workers sent me a link the other day to the Western Regional Climate Center’s climate data summaries for the western United States. This is a great research tool if you’re writing fiction set in the western United States from the 1960s to the present day and need information on weather for your […]

June 2018 Recap

| July 3, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 33 Acceptances received: 2 Rejections received: 18 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 16 New Submissions: 4 Stories out at the end of the month: 33 The numbers are strange this month. I’ve got a lot of stories out in the world, and most of them […]