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Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts on Pinterest

| June 21, 2019

If you’re looking for a great source of a varied bunch of writing prompts, check out Mandy Corine’s Writing Prompts Pinterest! Most of the prompts here are simple suggestions of a scene or snippet, but many of them can be used to flesh out a character, as a warm-up exercise to get started, or even […]

She Puts the Sparx in Sparx & Arrows

| June 20, 2019

Kara Sparx was a character in Cobalt City that I attached myself to early on. She was mostly a minor background character in some of the initial Cobalt City books, but I wanted to do more with her. After all, she was a nerdy techie with a cool robot, and who did a lot of […]

Review of Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks

| June 19, 2019

My newest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. Today, I’m reviewing Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks, which is the sequel collection to Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, which I reviewed back in January. Wireless is three more stories featuring the same characters as Murder on the Titania, and they […]

A Reminder about My Patreon

| June 18, 2019

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 […]

A Well-Deserved Rest

| June 17, 2019

Its been a busy weekend with Washington State Summer Convention, so I don’t have much in the way of advice to offer. Other than that sometimes, taking a day off to rest after you’ve been really busy is the best plan in the world!

Fun for Friday: Three Things, One Story

| June 14, 2019

Today seems like a good day for some very different images to put a story together from. Rainbow portals, sunsets, and fluffy bunnies? Sounds perfect!

History That Never Was at Washington State Summer Con

| June 13, 2019

This weekend, I’ll be at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, for Washington State Summer Con. The event will have celebrities, cosplay, vendors, and more, and DefCon One is among the vendors. If you’re attending the convention, you’ll be able to find us in booth A57 all weekend! Razorgirl Press will also be in […]

Show Recommendation: Good Omens

| June 12, 2019

We’ve been looking forward to the Good Omens TV show since they announced it, and now that it’s here, it’s just as delightful and wonderful as I hoped. I read the book long enough ago that I don’t remember details, but there are little bits, here and there, that I do remember with great glee when […]

Out Now: “One-Tenth”

| June 11, 2019

I’ve got another story out as of the beginning of June. The Eastern Iowa Review picked up my short science-fiction story, “One-Tenth.” I don’t remember what inspired me to write this story, but I do know that it was one that I started to write and then didn’t know how to finish. After letting it […]

Optimizing Your Computer Setup

| June 10, 2019

Most writers I know use a laptop as their primary working computer. But with laptops come a lot of problems in terms of ergonomics– you’re often looking down at your screen, typing on an awkward keyboard, and trying to avoid hitting the trackpad. Particularly for writers who spend a lot of time on their computer, […]