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Fun for Friday: Architectural Images?

| October 23, 2020

This week’s images are mostly based on architectural things, except maybe that last one. The first image is a tall, slender white building atop a hill. The structure of the building looks as though it is twisted in a counterclockwise direction when facing it, and it gives the impression of a unicorn’s horn emerging from […]

At What Cost? now out!

| October 22, 2020

I’ve got a new story out this week! “At What Cost?” is included in the second volume of the House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature. The inspiration for this story came from the week-long stints I used to do for work, where I would drive into a former limestone quarry known as “The Cave” […]

Two Kickstarter Projects!

| October 21, 2020

A couple of folks I know have Kickstarter projects going right now, which I think some of my readers might be interested in! Atthis Arts is currently seeking support for In This Moment, an anthology of stories and poetry for global justice, reflecting the protest and resilience that fill our lives in 2020. The already slated […]

What If I’m a Merfolk?: Big Fish

| October 20, 2020

The new story that appears in What If I’m a Merfolk? is “Big Fish,” which is a very short flash piece. It’s told in an unusual style for me, in that it’s a first person story in which the narrator responds to unstated questions from an unseen and unheard second character. But for this story, […]

NaNoWriMo Advice

| October 19, 2020

I’ve talked before about why I personally don’t do NaNoWriMo anymore, but despite that, I still have advice for NaNoWriMo folks, based on my experience in past years! I think NaNoWriMo is valuable for newer writers, and even some experienced writers who need the proverbial kick in the pants to get started on a project. […]

Fun For Friday: Using Short Writing Exercises for a Novel

| October 16, 2020

This article has some neat ideas for short writing exercises that can help with novel writing. Though they call them “flash fiction” exercises, I think they are more meant to be done in a short period of time than to produce actual flash fiction. For those who are doing NaNoWriMo next month, they could provide […]

Have You Checked out Unfixed Timelines 2?

| October 15, 2020

Have you gotten a copy of Unfixed Timelines 2 yet? It’s been out for a month now, and I’m looking forward to see what people think about the stories and essays in this volume! In the coming months, I’ll talk a bit more about the various stories and histories I used to write those stories. In […]

Review of Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov

| October 14, 2020

Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov (Metaphorosis Publishing, 2021) is a beautiful blend of steampunk and fantasy together in a novella that both asks and answers many questions. The main character, Shea Ashcroft, is a diplomat who made a choice to save lives that resulted in him being “politely” exiled, sent away from […]

Sure Shot in Las Capas cover art!

| October 13, 2020

I’ve been posting my book covers on my main page before I talk about them here, so that super fans can get a little sneak peak! But now I’m revealing the cover for Sure Shot in Las Capas: The Case of the Absent Star. “Sure Shot” is the new superhero identity of Sarah Castile, who formerly […]

Finding a Writing Spot

| October 12, 2020

Finding the right place to write is a task that all authors need to figure out. Many of us, myself included, started out writing wherever, which was mostly in the lovely rust-colored chair in the photo. I had my pillow for back support and a tray for my laptop to keep it from overheating, but […]