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Fun for Friday: Speculative Fiction Writing Prompts

| October 12, 2018

If you’re looking for a list of speculative fiction prompts that can last you a good long while, check out this list from author Eric J. Krause! There appear to be maybe 100 different prompts here, and they’re all over the place in terms of theme and content! This is going to become my go […]

Unfixed Timelines Finishing on Channillo

| October 11, 2018

Today’s the day when the last of the five essays from Unfixed Timelines appears on Channillo. The book will still be available to read there by subscription. If you’d prefer an ebook version, you can find that on Amazon. I’m always writing new historical fantasy stories, and as those are published and have the rights revert […]

Review of Bikes Not Rockets

| October 10, 2018

It’s fitting that I’ve just finished reading and reviewing a book about bikes, since I’m getting ready to go on a bike trip … sort of. I won’t actually be on a bike, but I’ll be accompanying my mom and sisters on a bike trip as their driver. This way, we can throw all of […]

Three Stories Out Now!

| October 9, 2018

Three of my stories have come out since the beginning of October, so here’s a round up post to point you to all three! “At Least No One Else Will Suffer” is in the October 2018 issue of Factor Four Magazine. This is a flash fiction piece about an evil king getting what’s coming to him. […]

The Importance of Notes

| October 8, 2018

When I’m not writing, I’m often gaming. Some of our games are bi-weekly or monthly, but I also run games at a convention once a year. And as I’m prepping my games for this year’s convention, I’ve discovered a horrifying thing. I didn’t take notes. What’s worse, neither did my players. And this in a […]

Fun for Friday: Grammatically Correct Sentences That Sound Wrong

| October 5, 2018

English is weird, difficult for non-native speakers to master, and confusing even to native speakers. Case in point, check out the diagrammed sentence to the right. I can’t exactly explain what it means, but it’s apparently grammatically correct. So are these other sentences. While they may be grammatically correct, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want […]

Checking out my Patreon!

| October 4, 2018

Have you checked out my Patreon lately?  It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing! I’m getting close to my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or an excerpt from a longer piece! So if I get […]

Movie Recommendations for Halloween

| October 3, 2018

One of the things that’s often fun to do in the days leading up to Halloween is watching appropriately “spooky” movies. Not everyone enjoys the same level of horror or scares, so “spooky” can be a wide range of things. When I was in grad school, some of my friends and I embarked on a […]

September 2018 Recap

| October 2, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 32 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 18 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 16 New Submissions: 4 Stories out at the end of the month: 31 While it doesn’t seem like I’ve had a whole lot of submissions this month, part of that is that I’ve […]

Thinking Through Story Problems

| October 1, 2018

One of my co-workers brought in a puzzle. This has, of course, escalated, and now we have a STACK of puzzles in the office. I think we’re even doing a swap with one of our other locations, where we each send the other office the puzzles we’ve already done, so we both get lots of […]