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Fun for Friday: A Trio of Photos

| September 13, 2019

It’s time for another three photos to inspire your writing! This week, we’ve got an interesting sci-fi scene in which scientists are working near a tube with what appears to be bodies inside, and more observers, or possibly bodies, are on the outskirts of the room. The second image is an ibex with impressive antlers, […]

A Reminder about My Patreon

| September 12, 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 […]

Review of The Great Faerie Strike by Spencer Ellsworth

| September 11, 2019

I’d been wanting to read Spencer Ellsworth’s The Great Faerie Strike since I found out about it early this year, and I’m pleased to say it was worth the wait! If you like steampunk and humor, you’ll love this book, which is filled with just the right balance between silly and serious. You can read my […]

Brass and Glass 3 Pre-Orders!

| September 10, 2019

We’ve just re-released books 1 and 2 of my Brass and Glass series via DefCon One Publishing, and now I’m pleased to say that Brass and Glass 3: The Boiling Sea is available for pre-order! Here’s the blurb for the final book in the trilogy: In the turbulent skies of the Republic, it’s not always […]

A Question from the Audience: Starting Stories

| September 9, 2019

I recently had a question from one of my fellow author friends, which I was given with an eye toward blogging about the topic. So here we go. First ever question from the audience! Do you always start writing in the same place? Scene? Character? Descriptions? Dialogue? Start-to-finish? End first and write backward? Write the […]

Fun for Friday: What 3 Words

| September 6, 2019

I’ve seen the what3words website pop up a few times, but one of my author friends posted about using the three words associated with a given location as a writing prompt for microfiction, and I think it’s a fantastic idea! The premise behind what3words is that they’ve assigned three words to every 3 meter square […]

August 2019 Recap

| September 5, 2019

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 150 Acceptances received: 3 Rejections received: 109 Stories withdrawn: 7 (+1) Resubmissions: 106 New Submissions: 10 Stories out at the end of the month: 146 The numbers are all over the place this month. First up: the acceptances! I’ve signed all three of those […]

An Interview with Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire

| September 4, 2019

I’ve been fortunate enough to have two of my stories published by the fine folks at The Future Fire. “Salt in Our Veins” appeared in their Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology, and “I Believe” appeared recently in the magazine itself. They’ve recently published their 50th issue, which they celebrated by accepting longer stories and long poems! […]

Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering and The Long-Cursed Map Re-Release!

| September 3, 2019

If you’re an observant follower of this blog, you might have noticed that the cover art on my main page for the Brass and Glass books changed recently. The reasoning behind this is that my previous publishers, Razorgirl Press, are closing up shop and released the rights to my books to me. Since book 3 wasn’t […]

Poetry Forms: The Crown Cinquain

| September 2, 2019

Since I’ve been writing so much poetry lately, I’ve decided to start talking about some of the different forms of poetry I’ve attempted, and how I’ve approached them. One thing I know is that I don’t always approach poetry in the same way that someone who considers themselves a poet might. I consider myself an […]