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Fun for Friday: Etymology and Spelling

| October 18, 2019

Ever wondered why English has such unusual spellings when it comes to some words? Some of it can be blamed on etymology, and others can be blamed on false etymology. This article talks about the origins of the English language dictionary and how etymology and false etymology impacted spelling. It’s a fascinating read, and lots […]

New Poems and Stories Out!

| October 17, 2019

Since I’ve been writing and submitting a lot more poetry lately, I’ve sold some of my poems! And I’ve also got a new story out this week! “The Fairest” appears in the Trickster issue of Eye to the Telescope. It’s told from Eris’s point of view, and it touches on the start of the Trojan […]

Reading, Watching, Listening To: Mid-October 2019 Edition

| October 16, 2019

Reading: An ARC of A Family Matter by Ox Aaronson, which I’ll be reviewing soon! Watching: We finally saw Pitch Perfect (yeah, WAY behind on that franchise), but otherwise, we haven’t been watching many of our TV shows recently. Listening To: There’s a lot of new K-pop I’ve found recently. Favorites include Onewe (which is a […]

I Didn’t Break the Lamp Out Now!

| October 15, 2019

The latest (and theoretically last) Mad Scientist Journal Presents anthology is out today. I Didn’t Break the Lamp is a collection of stories told from the perspectives of people with imaginary friends and the imaginary friends themselves. “When I was little, I didn’t have an imaginary friend, I had an imaginary bully. She was a little girl […]

Guest Post: Avoiding Pratfalls

| October 14, 2019

Hi, I’m Kurt, and I’m invading Dawn’s blog again. I think of myself as a humorist. My published work has been a mix of funny and serious, but my most recent stories and my best stories have been comedies, and even my more serious stories usually have some humorous elements to them. So I thought […]

Fun for Friday: Three Spooky Images

| October 11, 2019

It’s the spooky time of the year, so today’s three images are all spooky ones–a night time scene of a woman dressed in nineteenth century clothing, holding a parasol, with her back to the camera; a hallway with unusual shadows cast by the iron bars in the distance11; and a steam-shrouded train engine, viewed head […]

I’ve Got a Patreon

| October 10, 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 […]

Farscape: No One is Nice

| October 9, 2019

We’ve recently finished watching the first season of Farscape, and as we were getting toward the end of the season, a character from earlier on (Gilina) came back. In her previous appearance, she’d helped the crew, but I found myself expecting her to betray them at any moment. I took a step back and thought about […]

Now Out: “Despite All My Rage” in A Punk Rock Future!

| October 8, 2019

A Punk Rock Future is out today, and it includes my flash fiction piece, “Despite All My Rage.” I wrote this piece mostly in a single night–I drafted up what I called an angry rant, only my friend Torrey misheard that as “an angry rat” … and I ran with it. I revised the story […]

When a Story Doesn’t Work

| October 7, 2019

When I get an idea for a story, I generally try to see that story through to the end. I’m a firm subscriber to the maxim that “perfect is the opposite of done,” so I try my hardest to get a draft finished before I start poking at it. But sometimes, I get that story […]