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My 2018 Publications

| November 20, 2018

With the proliferation of awards posts popping up across the internet, I went back and looked over what I’ve had published this year and what I’ve written this year, because I started feeling like I hadn’t done much. Turns out (go figure), my brain is a filthy liar. Sales and Publications: I’ve sold 11 pieces […]

Learning from Other Authors

| November 19, 2018

I recently came across a great article by Forrest Brazeal, a relatively new author working in the speculative fiction genre, talking about his experiences writing and publishing short fiction. There’s a lot of fantastic knowledge imparted in this brief article, and it’s interesting to see this topic from the perspective of someone who is new […]

Fun for Friday: Hundreds of Writing Prompts

| November 16, 2018

If you’re stuck in a rut or need a prompt to get you started on a new story, have you checked out Penguin Random House’s Writer’s Academy prompt list? The list includes prompts for fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and sci-fi, and you could always pick elements from multiple lists if you want to do something […]

Winter Reads: Brass & Glass

| November 15, 2018

If you’ve got a steampunk lover in your life, have they got a copy of Brass & Glass books 1 or 2 yet? If not, you can buy them either book on Amazon (book 1, book 2). I don’t have any more book selling events this year where folks can find me in person. However, if […]

Winter Reads: Battling in All Her Finery

| November 14, 2018

Have you checked out Battling in All Her Finery yet? I’m super proud of this book as one of the editors, but also as a reader who loves stories about women leaders! The anthology includes 21 stories along those lines, ranging through fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. The stories are meant to appeal to all […]

The Next Big Thing

| November 13, 2018

Near the end of October, I typed “THE END” for the second book I’ve finished writing this year, which is tentatively titled Wasteland. This was a NaNoWriMo project that I worked on a few years back, but I only got about five or six chapters done before I set it aside. My biggest reason was […]

Stickers as Writing Motivation

| November 12, 2018

I was always a fan of stickers as a reward for good work as a kid, and it turns out that stickers are still a fantastic motivator for me. I joined a sticker club (Pipsticks [link is a referral in case you’re interested in getting stickers too!]), which means that I get a ton of stickers […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Writing Prompts

| November 9, 2018

If you’re looking for some seasonal writing prompts for autumn, check out this list from Bustle. Not all of them are speculative fiction oriented, but you could take some of those non spec fic prompts and twist them a little to point them in the direction you want to go. They also invite you to […]

My Patreon

| November 8, 2018

Did you know that I have a Patreon? I do! It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing! I haven’t quite reached my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or an excerpt from a longer piece! […]

Review of Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman

| November 7, 2018

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. This week, I’m reviewing a fun book that mashes up science fiction and superheroes and chosen family: Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman. If you loved Firefly, Heroes, or Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll enjoy this book! And you can read my full review here!