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Fun for Friday: July 2019 Writing Prompts

| June 28, 2019

It’s nearly July, so it’s time for the July writing prompts! I’m really loving what the random word generator gives me, so here are some more randomly selected words. Use them for a story, poem, or other creative idea! Check back on the last Friday of each month (or occasionally the first day of a […]

Locus Weekend!

| June 27, 2019

This weekend is the Locus Awards in Seattle, and I’ll be attending for the first time! (No, I’m not winning anything, just attending!) I’ll be around on Friday evening and pretty much all day on Saturday, and I’m looking forward to meeting some online friends for the first time, as well as meeting other people […]

Cool Kickstarter: Superhero Pride Enamel Mask Pins

| June 26, 2019

I’ve backed this Kickstarter in the hopes that they’ll unlock some of the other pride pins, because I’d love to have a couple of different enamel mask pins to wear. It runs until the end of June, so if you, too, would like some awesome pins, check it out and back it!

Coming Soon: Brass & Glass 3

| June 25, 2019

We’re getting ever closer to having Brass & Glass 3 ready for purchase, with a current target date of mid-August! The third book will be the final book in this series, but it doesn’t mean we’ve heard the last of Svetlana and her crew. I’ve got several ideas for short stories to write using the same […]

Integrating a Day Planner into Writing Planning

| June 24, 2019

While my spreadsheet (of doom) is my primary method of organization for writing planning and submitting stories, I’m also a fan of redundancy and stickers, hence why I also use a day planner. The day planner I prefer starts each week on a Monday, and has large spaces for weekdays, with smaller spaces for weekends. […]

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!