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Fun for Friday: Having Fun Writing Novels

| March 15, 2019

If the picture on the left of the tortured writer reminds you entirely too much of yourself, check out this article on 3 ways to make writing your novel easier. While not all of the advice will apply to every author, there’s at least some commiseration that some novels are harder to write than other […]

New Story Out: Coffin Coffee Table

| March 14, 2019

I’ve got a new story live as of yesterday! “Coffin Coffee Table” is now available at The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. It’s a tiny piece of flash that started out based on actual plans once upon a time to build a coffin-shaped coffee table. But as I wrote it, it turned into a piece about […]

Emerald City Comic Con this weekend

| March 13, 2019

This weekend, I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con. I don’t have any panels or signings, and I’m not working at a table. I’ll just be hanging out and doing stuff. Which means, in part, I don’t have much of a plan yet. I’ll probably be hanging out with other writer types, attending a few […]

Finished First Draft!

| March 12, 2019

On Sunday, I typed the final words in my first draft of the novel I’m tentatively calling Promise Me Nothing. It’s a young adult novel with paranormal elements, but I hesitate calling it urban fantasy (even though that’s probably what it falls under). It’s still going to need a lot of work before it’s publishable, […]

Temporary Slow Down

| March 11, 2019

I’ve spent this past weekend sick with a cold, which means I’m a little behind on a few things, including blog posts with real substance. Check back tomorrow for your regularly scheduled posting to resume.

Fun for Friday: Inspirations from Music

| March 8, 2019

If you’re looking for writing inspiration, sometimes, you can turn to music and find what you need! This New York Times article suggests nine exercises that can be used for students to get inspired to write, but you don’t have to be a student to use these ideas!  

Checking Out My Patreon

| March 7, 2019

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 and learn about what I’m working on! I haven’t quite reached my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories […]

Show Recommendation: The Umbrella Academy

| March 6, 2019

If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve probably seen people raving about The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. And I have to say, all the raving is justified. I haven’t read the comic books, but I’ve heard from people who have that they’ve done a good job in the conversion from comics to live action. And […]

February 2019 Recap

| March 5, 2019

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 56 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 39 Stories withdrawn: 1 (1) Resubmissions: 38 New Submissions: 6 Stories out at the end of the month: 56 It’s a strangely parallel looking month, with the same number of stories out at the beginning and end of […]

Handwriting for a Change

| March 4, 2019

I spent part of yesterday morning handwriting a list of the things that I need to fix in Brass and Glass 3. And while I’m definitely the sort of author who can’t imagine what it was like to write without a computer on hand, there’s something about writing by hand that can change your perspective on […]