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December 2019 and Overall 2019 Recaps!

| December 31, 2019

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 177 Acceptances received: 3 Rejections received: 71 Stories withdrawn: 0 (+2) Resubmissions: 72 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 169 December was theoretically back to normal, though I was still juggling a lot of crochet and craft fairs. But […]

Writing to a Theme

| December 30, 2019

I write a lot of stories that are prompted by themed calls for submissions. These are often for anthologies, but they are sometimes for a themed issue of a magazine or for a magazine with a very specific genre/aesthetic. I’ve had fairly good luck with placing my stories in themed anthologies, so today, I’m talking […]

Fun for Friday: January 2020 Writing Prompts!

| December 27, 2019

2019 is coming to a close, so it’s time for the January 2020 writing prompts! Most of the words for this month are themed to the season, but there are also a good handful of really random things, so that you can have some non-seasonal prompts! You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with […]

“Dry Spell” in Denizens of Distant Realms

| December 26, 2019

One of the stories in my fantasy collection, Denizens of Distant Realms, began life as a fantastical history story. “Dry Spell” was originally about an enslaved Romani woman living in colonial Virginia during an extensive drought. Based on the research I had done, this scenario was plausible–there were Romani slaves in the American colonies, and there […]

Article Recommendation: Pre-Code Hollywood

| December 25, 2019

I recently came across this article, which talks about how very different Hollywood and American film-making was in the days prior to the Hays Code, also known as the Motion Pictures Production Code. This morality code changed the film-making industry dramatically, particularly for women in the industry, who found that their previously powerful and liberal […]

“Nochnaya Serenada” and “The Gift” Out Now!

| December 24, 2019

I’ve got a reprinted story, “Nochnaya Serenada,” out in the latest issue of Curiosities. This issue is a collection of World War II-era stories, so my Night Witches stories fit right in. You can read more about what I had to say about this story here. I’ve also got a Christmas-themed story out at The Bronzeville Bee, […]

Poetry Forms: Paradelle

| December 23, 2019

The paradelle is one of my favorite forms of really ridiculous poetry. United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins made it up as a JOKE. But I latched onto it as an interesting and somewhat challenging form that I could logic my way through. And folks, I do love a challenge I can solve with logic! […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts with a Twist

| December 20, 2019

Sometimes, you’ve got an idea for a story but you just need the right twist to make it different from stories that have come before. Whether you’re looking for a twist or a whole idea, here’s a list of 30 short story ideas with twists! The ideas are meant for middle school students, but that […]

Out Now: “A Pale Imitation”

| December 19, 2019

I’ve got a second new story out recently: “A Pale Imitation” is included in The Twofer Compendium, an anthology of stories about twins. There are 36 stories on that theme included in the anthology, which sounds like a great read! The twins in my story are Soledad and Marisol Lopez, the twin sisters who double […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To: December 2019 Edition

| December 18, 2019

Reading: A book to review, and a couple of comics here and there. I finally read the first trade paperback of Doctor Aphra and promptly requested MOAR! Aside from that, though I haven’t read much lately. I had to return the library copy of Chilling Effect, so I bought that for my Kindle (since I was […]