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A Story from a Spooky Camp

| July 16, 2019

If you’ve got some extra time for reading this summer, and you like your summer reads to be spooky, check out Camp Haunt! Camp Haunt grew out of my love for going to camp in the summers of my childhood, combined with a love for all of the creepy things that COULD happen at a […]

Surviving Rejection

| July 15, 2019

As someone who writes a lot of stories and poems, and submits them regularly, rejection notices are a very common part of my life. And while a series of rejections with no acceptances starts to wear on me, I’ve found that as I’ve been writing and submitting longer, it’s easier to deal with the rejections […]

Fun for Friday: Three Strange Things

| July 12, 2019

This week’s three things are a little on the strange side, especially when grouped together. What on Earth (or maybe not on Earth?) could a starscape, a guitarist, and a strange symbol have to do with one another? (Images are a starscape showing a constellation and marking a planet, a white woman with long blonde […]

What’s New on My Patreon?

| July 11, 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! If you back it, you get the opportunity to see some of the things I’m working on in various stages in the process. Sometimes it’s snippets from a short story […]

Review of The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

| July 10, 2019

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is up, today for a wonderful noir detective story with imaginary friends, called The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes. If this sounds like a weird mashup of genres, I can assure you that it both is, and that it is also SO perfect. The book is filled with imaginative characters […]

Locus Weekend Recap!

| July 9, 2019

I spent the weekend at the end of June at the Locus weekend events, which was a fun time! I got to hear some great readings by Amal el-Mohtar (from This is How You Lose the Time War, which she co-wrote with Max Gladstone, and which I am super excited to read) and Connie Willis (from […]

Balancing Productivity and Burn-Out

| July 8, 2019

I turned the Fourth of July holiday into a long weekend by taking Friday off, and I gave myself a lengthy to-do list for the four-day weekend. I’m pleased to say that I made it through the list, but there were a few times when looking at it made me feel a bit overwhelmed, like […]

Fun for Friday: Ridiculous Generators for Story Ideas

| July 5, 2019

It seems like there’s a new ridiculous generator popping up on Facebook every other week these days. They might tell you how to make a B-movie title based on your initials or birthdate or something similar. Sometimes they just give you a new name. Other times, they can suggest to you an entire plot. The […]

Coming Soon: Denizens of Distant Realms

| July 4, 2019

I’m getting ready to launch my next short story collection, which will be called Denizens of Distant Realms, and feature six of my secondary world (meaning set in worlds that are definitely not our own) fantasy short stories. Within its pages, you’ll find dragons, cats, witches, magical items, demons, and, of course, mermaids. I’ll have a […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, July 2019

| July 3, 2019

Reading: Slush for Mad Scientist Journal, books for review, and re-reading stories for I Didn’t Break the Lamp as we proofread them. The slush will go into the final issues of Mad Scientist Journal, and the book reviews will be posted there too. I Didn’t Break the Lamp will be out in October! Watching: Season 3 of Jessica […]