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Fun for Friday: Camp Writing Prompts

| July 17, 2020

Summertime is often a time for summer camps or family camping trips. While more folks are sticking closer to home this summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about camping, and perhaps turn these summer camp journaling prompts into fiction prompts!

Cover for What If I’m a Merfolk?

| July 16, 2020

You may have already seen the cover for my next collection, What If I’m a Mermaid? on my main page, but if you haven’t, check it out! The artist is Ariel Alian Wilson, who we worked with regularly for Mad Scientist Journal. The collection will have 23 poems, most of which were written in May for […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Mid-July 2020 Edition

| July 15, 2020

Reading: A few more comics, but also Gideon the Ninth, which is delightful. Many of my friends have already read it, so as I get through bits, I can talk about those with them. Watching: Juggling Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, though we also took a break to watch Hamilton at the beginning of the month. Listening […]

The Nineteenth Kentucky Essay at Fantastic History!

| July 14, 2020

Catherine Schaff-Stump is hosting some of my articles about the real history behind my stories from Unfixed Timelines at her Fantastic History blog. The second post, “The 19th Kentucky,” is up now! The characters in my story, “The Glorious Dead,” were members of the 19th Kentucky, and one of those characters, James J. Ray, was […]

How I Use Stickers for Motivation

| July 13, 2020

I am easily motivated by cute things, and one of my favorite cute things is stickers. I was in grade school through most of the 80s, which meant I was just the right age for the sticker craze. And it occurred to me, as an adult, that now I have my own money and I […]

Fun for Friday: Three Visionary Images

| July 10, 2020

Today’s image prompts are all inspired by the word “vision.” The first image is of a blue “telescope” of the sort that are often found near scenic viewpoints, where you can insert coins to have a more binocular view of a distant point. But in this case, the “telescope” is upside down in the image, […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse when You Feel Like You’re in the Apocalypse

| July 9, 2020

When you’re in the midst of an uncertain time, it can be difficult to read some types of books. Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse may best fit into the category of “post-apocalyptic,” but I like to think of it as an apocalypse with a bit of hope–a little taste of hopepunk, if you will. Sure, the […]

Comic Review: Princeless vol. 2

| July 8, 2020

I read the first volume of Princeless a while ago, but I didn’t wind up reviewing it. So as a quick recap, Princeless is the story of Princess Adrienne, whose parents have locked her in a tower (as they’ve done with her many other sisters) to keep her “safe”. She escapes, and her family thinks she’s been […]

“For the Weird Girls Who Want to Be Mermaids” Out Now!

| July 7, 2020

I’ve got a flash fiction piece out in a literary magazine, for their Literary-Speculative Issue. The story is “For the Weird Girls Who Want to Be Mermaids,” and you can find it at Orca: A Literary Journal. I wrote the bulk of this story on a plane, though it underwent some big revisions later to […]

Talking to Rubber Ducks

| July 6, 2020

Computer programmers have a practice called “rubber duck debugging,” in which they explain their code, line by line, to a rubber duck in order to find errors. While the idea of talking to a rubber duck might seem strange, it can also be a good tool for authors, when you’ve reached a point in a […]