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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, […]

Fun for Friday: Etymologies of Food, Beverages, and Pants

| June 7, 2019

So many English words are derived from words from other languages. Things like cappuccino make sense–we know that’s an Italian word when we see it. But jeans? You’d think that’s one of the most quintessentially American words there is. Guess again. It’s Italian too! This article gives the etymologies of eight words, some of which […]

Heroes of Necessity: Running in Seattle

| June 6, 2019

I got the idea to write “Origin Story” while I was driving behind a car with multiple marathon stickers plastered across its back end. Seeing all of those stickers made me think what Seattle would be like if the zombie apocalypse hit. Would we get fast zombies simply because there are so many runners in […]

Music Recommendation: Pentagon

| June 5, 2019

One of the things I’ve learned since starting to listen to K-pop is that the groups primarily play in ENORMOUS stadiums. A friend of mine saw BTS in New York recently, and the stadium there is VAST. Seattle doesn’t have a stadium or arena of the appropriate size to host these sorts of groups, so […]

May 2019 Recap

| June 4, 2019

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 74 Acceptances received: 4 Rejections received: 48 (+5) Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 68 New Submissions: 5 Stories out at the end of the month: 87 May was a HUGE month for submissions and acceptances. I received four acceptances, which is the most I’ve ever […]

Working within Limitations

| June 3, 2019

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that I have physical, mental, and emotional limitations that either weren’t there when I was younger, that I had the energy to work around, or the sheer bullheadedness to push through. However it worked then, it doesn’t work the same now, and I’ve had to learn to acknowledge my […]