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Movie Review: In the Heights

| June 30, 2021

We saw the stage production of In the Heights at the height of Hamilton popularity, when it was nearly impossible to get a ticket for the latter. We decided that the ticket prices for In the Heights were much better, so we went to see a musical we knew very little about, aside from the fact that […]

“A Balance of Power” in Unfixed Timelines 2

| June 29, 2021

I feel like I’ve always had an interest in Jack the Ripper, and I have no idea what started it, though it’s likely the mystery of who he was that has kept me interested over the years. When I finally decided to write a Jack the Ripper story of my own, however, I didn’t want […]

Convention of Heroes Recap

| June 28, 2021

Last week was the Convention of Heroes, an online event hosted by Superhero-Fiction.com. There were a ton of great panels, and the best news is that you can watch recordings of all of them on YouTube! I particularly found the “How to Craft a Hero” and “Captivating World Building” panels useful for someone who writes […]

Fun for Friday: July 2021 Writing Prompts

| June 25, 2021

July is still a few days away, but today’s the day to get your fresh writing prompts for the next month! It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, so we’ve got some July-inspired words, but also a lot of fairly random words. As always, I’ve tried to include some that have more than one potential meaning, […]

Looking for Some Fantasy Reads?

| June 24, 2021

If your idea of a great summer read is something from a world of fantasy, I’ve got a couple of books that might fit the bill! What If I’m a Merfolk? spans traditional fantasy and more modern fantasy, but presents a load of interesting merfolk poetry and a handful of short stories, all dealing with […]

Review of Mask of Silver by Rosemary Jones

| June 23, 2021

Mask of Silver by Rosemary Jones (Aconyte Books, 2021) is an Arkham Horror novel, related to the Arkham Horror board game. Set in the 1920s, it’s a fun mix of historical fiction and the creeping dread horror that is conjured when one says Lovecraft or Arkham. The story focuses on a film production team, including […]

Cover Reveal for New Moons Under Which to Sleep!

| June 22, 2021

My next book is just around the corner, with a release date of July 20th! New Moons Under Which to Sleep is a collection of sci-fi stories and poetry. All of the stories have been published previously, while the poems are a mix of previously published and new to this collection, which takes its title from […]

Writing Tools: Reckless Deck

| June 21, 2021

I’ve accumulated a large collection of card-based writing tools, each of which is useful to different parts of my writing process. So I’ve decided to do a series of posts about the various decks I own and how I use them in my writing. Though it was originally envisioned as an artist prompt deck, Reckless Deck, […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Exercises from Famous Authors

| June 18, 2021

Writing isn’t all fun and games, but if you bring the right attitude to it, you can leverage that for a bit more fun. Today, I’ve found an article about writing exercises suggested by famous authors. And while most people see the word “exercise” and anticipate a decided lack of fun, the exercises listed in […]

Have You Checked Out Old Legends and New Fables?

| June 17, 2021

Have you had a chance to check out Old Legends and New Fables yet? It’s got a wide variety of poetry and a handful of short stories, and the topics wind their way through familiar and unfamiliar mythology, legend, and other stories. Here’s the blurb for the book: The gods of old have become stories, as […]