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Camp Haunt for a Summertime Read

| June 16, 2020

It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, but it may not feel like it is if you’re limiting your contact with the outside world. If you want to relive the highs and lows of summer camp, with some extra creepy aspects, check out my epistolary novella, Camp Haunt. It’s exclusively available at Channillo, and it’s broken up […]

That 2020 Day Planner

| June 15, 2020

There’s a meme talking about how the most useless purchase was a 2020 planner. I’ll admit, I have more than my fair share of things crossed out in my planner this year, and I’m not someone who makes a lot of social plans. My planner is also where I record what I’ve worked on or […]

Fun for Friday: Three Fantastical Images

| June 12, 2020

Three fantastical images today for your writing inspiration! The first image is from a Cirque du Soleil performance, and it involves one performer in a green bodysuit contorting themself into what looks like a growing plant, while a person in the background plays music. The second image is a closeup of a lotus flower, which […]

Coast to Coast Stars Available for Pre-Order!

| June 11, 2020

My latest collection, Coast to Coast Stars, will be out on June 30, 2020, and you can pre-order it now! This will be an ebook only publication of five superhero short stories and flash pieces, most of which take place in Cerulean City. (One story takes place in Cobalt City.) Cerulean City, California. Home to the […]

Review of Weird Dream Society edited by Julie C. Day

| June 10, 2020

Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible and Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES (Reckoning Press, 2020), edited by Julie C. Day, is an anthology of weird speculative fiction stories that run the gamut from unbelievably surreal to quite believable. The twenty-three stories range in length and scope, but they come together to form a […]

New Things Coming on Patreon!

| June 9, 2020

Did you know that I have a Patreon? I do! It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing and learn about what I’m working on! I haven’t reached my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or […]

Writing Play

| June 8, 2020

While writing practice is important to improving craft, writing play is also important to work into your routine. To me, the idea of writing play is that not every word that you commit to paper (virtual or otherwise) has to be publishable or even usable. Sometimes, it’s just important to write things that are fun–to […]

Fun for Friday: Creative Writing Exercises

| June 5, 2020

If you’re looking for some writing exercises you could work on to get your brain in gear, check out these 10 creative writing exercises. They aren’t geared toward any specific genre, which means there are thousands of directions you could take them in!

May 2020 Recap

| June 4, 2020

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 136 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 63 (+3) Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 61 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 129 My overall submission numbers seem small this month, but I also haven’t had a lot of rejections coming my […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Early June 2020

| June 3, 2020

Reading: Books to review, though I will run out of those I’ve promised to review soon, and then I get to start pulling all those books from my TBR pile, some of which may have been there for … a while. Watching: We watched “Knives Out” recently, which was a fun movie. And we’ve been […]