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Fun for Friday: Drawlloween as Writing Prompts

| September 28, 2018

Normally, today’s the day when I would post my list of prompts for the month of October. But October is Drawlloween, which is a great month of prompts for artists to draw a spooky thing every day of the month. And I like to use Drawlloween prompts as writing prompts, because I love spooky things! […]

Brass & Glass 3!

| September 27, 2018

Last week, I sent off the manuscript for Brass and Glass 3 to my editors at Razorgirl Press. There will still be a lot of work to do before it’s published, but for a little while, it’s out of my hands and in the hands of those who are ultimately its first readers! Getting this off […]

Now on Kickstarter: Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5

| September 26, 2018

The fine folks at Dreaming Robot Press are currently running a Kickstarter for the fifth volume of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. I’ve had stories in the last two, and I will also have a story, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” included in volume 5! My story is a steampunk detective story featuring the […]

Puyallup Festival of Books

| September 25, 2018

My next event will be the Puyallup Festival of Books on Saturday, October 6th, at the Puyallup Public Library, which is an event featuring a whole bunch of local authors and small presses selling their books! I’ll be there as part of DefCon One, but I’ll also have my Brass and Glass books with me […]

Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone

| September 24, 2018

I write a lot of fantasy stories, a lot of stories about siblings, and a lot of stories about things that live in the water and want to kill you. That’s my comfort zone. With the various flash fiction contests I’ve been participating in, I’ve found myself writing WAY outside of my comfort zone. I’ve […]

Fun for Friday: A New Sci-Fi Photo Prompt

| September 21, 2018

I found this photo when looking for a photo prompt for today, and it’s astonishing. I think it may be mocked up, because I thought drones were much bigger than this. Still, it makes for a good sci-fi writing prompt. What kinds of mischief could tiny little drones like this, if they became self-aware, get […]

Reading Unfixed Timelines

| September 20, 2018

Have you been reading along with Unfixed Timelines on Channillo? Or have you read the ebook version? I’m curious to learn how different people are reading this book, and also whether they prefer one version over the other. The ebook version presents the essays before each story, while I reversed that order for Channillo, to see […]

Book Recommendations: Cobalt City

| September 19, 2018

Sometimes, I only wind up reading books because I’m editing them, and that’s the case with the books I’m talking about today. I’ve recently edited three books for DefCon One Publishing in the Cobalt City Universe, which I also write in. All of these books are re-releases, but I did a little bit of polishing […]

“Justice is Blind” available in The Society of Misfit Stories Presents … Vol. 2

| September 18, 2018

The second volume of The Society of Misfit Stories Presents … is now out, and it includes my story, “Justice is Blind.” Bards and Sages Publishing originally published it as a stand-alone ebook, but now has compiled it with 34 other stories for an ebook and print book. The Society of Misfit Stories is specifically […]

Just Write

| September 17, 2018

I’ve spent the weekend working on a flash fiction story for a contest. The contest gives an assigned genre, location, and object, and when I read the ones I had been assigned, I groaned. It was a genre that I don’t write, read, or really enjoy. And that was a problem for me trying to […]