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Self-Editing Tips, Part 2

| August 17, 2020

Last week, I shared three tips about editing your own writing. This week, I’m back with a couple more! 4) Listen to Feedback! If you’re writing and submitting stories, or if you have a critique group or beta readers, you may wind up with some feedback on your writing. It’s less common for story submissions […]

Fun for Friday: Another Set of Images

| August 14, 2020

Three more images for your writing inspiration! The first image is a very low to the ground shot of a blacktopped road with bright yellow double lines down the center. In the distance are mountains and a blue sky that seem to be in a desert environment. The second image is a silver skull-shaped ring […]

Three More Stories!

| August 13, 2020

I’ve got three stories out recently. The first is a podcast version of a story previously published at Intrinsick, “Dakota Travis, Saurallero Extraordinaire,” which the Manawaker Flash Fiction Podcast posted in late July. In case you always wanted to have a slightly humorous obituary read to you, here’s your chance. The second is a new […]

A Couple of Cool Kickstarters

| August 12, 2020

There are a couple of Kickstarters for anthologies that I think will be super cool. If you agree, you can still back both or either of these Kickstarters, which are close to their goals but not quite there, as of this writing. Even though I’m not a parent, I completely love the idea of Don’t Touch […]

Don’t Forget about my Patreon!

| August 11, 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 […]

Self-Editing Tips, Part 1

| August 10, 2020

Last week, I talked about the different types of editing. This week, I’m going to share some of my tips for editing your own work, or self-editing. I begin with a caveat, as an editor: paying an editor to edit your work is ALWAYS a good choice, no matter how much experience you have as […]

Fun for Friday: Creative Writing Prompts on Instagram!

| August 7, 2020

If you’re looking for some very cool creative writing prompts, check out Writing.Prompt.S on Instagram! I’ve spotted some of these prompts on Pinterest as well, and they’re always really intriguing ideas that seem to be right up the alley of a speculative fiction author. Sometimes, they are snippets of dialogue that create all kinds of […]

July 2020 Recap

| August 6, 2020

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 102 Acceptances received: 3 Rejections received: 43 Stories withdrawn: 1 (+2) Resubmissions: 62 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 114 Some reasonable numbers this month in terms of resubmissions! Also, this month was good for acceptances! I’ve signed the […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Early August 2020 Edition

| August 5, 2020

Reading: I’ve still got more comics to read, and a small lull in between books I’m scheduled to review, so now I have to decide which series to tackle first, because most of my remaining pile is the sort of series that need to be read all in one go! Watching: Mostly The Chilling Adventures […]

What If I’m a Merfolk? Out Today!

| August 4, 2020

My first collection comprising mostly poetry is out today! What If I’m a Merfolk? features 23 poems and 3 stories about being a merfolk or becoming a merfolk. The majority of the poems were written during Mermay this year, and I paired those up with a handful of other pieces of merfolk poetry and fiction I’ve […]