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My Steampunk Trilogy

| December 31, 2020

As I’m working toward the release of my first stand-alone novel, I don’t want folks to forget about my steampunk trilogy. Though the topics are different, I think people who enjoyed the Brass and Glass series will also like Promise Me Nothing, and if you come into my writing with my young adult urban fantasy, you might […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Late December Edition

| December 30, 2020

Reading: More books for review, and a few comics here and there. Watching: We were reminded recently that we’d stopped watching Runaways, so we’re working through season 2 of that, along with our other watching. I finished up Reign and have (re-)started Medici (according to Netflix, I watched two seasons of it already, but I remember VERY […]

Two New Stories Out!

| December 29, 2020

After I posted my list of 2020 short story publications, I had two more flash fiction pieces come out! Both of these were Drawlloween stories from 2018, which might have been my most successful monthly writing challenge to date–I’ve sold 13 of the 31 pieces I started that month! “Maija Spencer, Internet Witch” is a […]

Happy Holidays to Me!

| December 28, 2020

Because 2020 has been a hell of a year, and all of our normal vacations were cancelled, I found myself with a surplus of vacation time this year. As such, I decided to take the time between Christmas and New Years off to spend some time relaxing (and, let’s be honest, writing). So I’m taking […]

Fun for Friday: Seeing Things in Clouds

| December 25, 2020

This week, I’ve got some images of clouds for the photo prompts. People have long been seeing other things when they look at the clouds, so see what you see in these clouds, and base your story or poetry on that. The first photo is of Foehn clouds, which are also known as lenticular clouds. […]

A Series of Small Walls at Fantastic History!

| December 24, 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 fifth post, and the last one of my guest posts for 2020, “A Series of Small Walls,” is up now! There’s an old Eddie Izzard bit about how archaeologists are always […]

Awesome Finds: It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility

| December 23, 2020

I’m looking forward to It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility, which is currently funding on Kickstarter. It will be an anthology of “speculative short fiction about positive queer possibility”. The idea of an anthology full of positive stories with queer characters is absolutely delightful to me, and I can’t wait to read it. The […]

My 2020 Poetry Publications

| December 22, 2020

In 2020, I had eight of my poems published, in addition to the ones I included in What If I’m a Merfolk? “Play with Us” is a cute little poem published in Eye to the Telescope in January, about aliens and humans interacting through a sport or game. “Motes and Morsels” was a poem that […]

Poetry Forms: Magnetic Poetry

| December 21, 2020

Magnetic Poetry certainly isn’t a standard form of poetry, but it’s a fun way to play at writing poetry with possibly very cool results. I’ve had a variety of magnetic poetry sets over the years, but I can’t stick them to my fridge right now, for fear that my cats will remove and literally consume […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Games for Long Nights

| December 18, 2020

As we make our way into the part of the year with long nights, sometimes you’re looking for a new game to play with your household (or online with friends). Why not make it a writing game? This website has several writing game ideas that you can try out! Poke around and see which ones […]