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Moms Having Adventures in Cross & Circle

| January 26, 2021

Not too long ago, someone on Twitter was looking for fantasy books that involve mothers as protagonists. Their ask was related to epic/high fantasy, not urban fantasy. If they’d been interested in urban fantasy, I could have recommended Cross and Circle. In Cross and Circle, Evie is pregnant for a good chunk of the book, then […]

How Do You Use Your Planner Book?

| January 25, 2021

Some recent house cleaning unearthed a couple of my old planner books, which of course led to me flipping through them and seeing how my planner book use has changed over the years. In 2017, I made detailed lists at the beginning of the week that listed what I planned to get done that week, […]

Fun for Friday: Biopunk Ideas

| January 22, 2021

If you’re not familiar with biopunk, start with this article on biopunk and utopias. But if you’re ready to launch into some biopunk writing, check out this prompt and see what ideas it sparks in you! (darkliquid has additional prompts here on different themes. I haven’t read through all of them yet, so I’m not […]

“Have You Seen Him?” in Unfixed Timelines 2

| January 21, 2021

I’ve had an interest in the King in Yellow of the Lovecraftian Mythos for years, and versions of the King in Yellow have shown up in three of my stories, including “Have You Seen Him?” in Unfixed Timelines 2. In this case, it’s the Yellow Spirit, a demonic entity with whom the protagonist’s father made an […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, January 2021 edition

| January 20, 2021

Reading: Still working through books for reviews. Watching: We cruised through the final season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and we’re nearly through the final season of Runaways. Then it’s on to the backlog of things we abandoned, or something new that catches our attention. Listening To: Jeremy added me to his YouTube subscription as […]

Promise Me Nothing is Available for Pre-Order!

| January 19, 2021

Promise Me Nothing comes out on Tuesday, February 16, but if you plan on buying it in ebook, you can pre-order it now, which means it will be automatically delivered to your electronic book reading device on release day! Here’s the blurb for this young adult contemporary fantasy novel! Supernatural Reform School or Horrifying Death […]

Poetry Form: Rimas Dissolutas

| January 18, 2021

There’s something of a perception that French forms of poetry are among some of the more difficult forms. However, if you’d like to dip your to into the world of French poetry, the rimas dissolutas form is one that I’ve found a little easier than others. (Weirdly, the name “rimas dissolutas” appears to be Portuguese, […]

Fun for Friday: Three Images of Renewal

| January 15, 2021

For this Friday, we’ve got three images on a renewal theme, but as you use them as inspiration for your writing, feel free to take them in different directions. The first image is thin, brightly colored curved lines that look like they could be a close-up image of a Slinky or curled tinsel. They vaguely […]

Family, Teamwork, and Responsibility in a Kid-Friendly Book!

| January 14, 2021

Spiders of the Shifting Swamp is my children’s book about family, teamwork, and responsibility. Even though the characters are mostly spiders (and some lizards), they have a lot to teach about working together and taking care of each other. It’s a great book for young kids to have read to them, and for early readers […]

Review of The Dragon Stone Conspiracy: A Strowlers Novel by Amanda Cherry

| January 13, 2021

The Dragon Stone Conspiracy: A Strowlers Novel by Amanda Cherry (Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, 2021) is a tie-in novel to the Strowlers urban fantasy series from the creators of The Gamers. Set during World War II, this novel features action, adventure, and fighting against Nazis and the Third Reich, coupled with magic, fae, and a mysterious artifact. Pepper […]