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My Urban Fantasy Books

| August 31, 2021

If you prefer your fiction contemporary but with supernatural elements, I’ve got a few urban fantasy books that might fit the bill! Volatile Figments is a collection of slightly darker contemporary fantasy short stories. Each of the stories has a female protagonist dealing with something unusual and sinister. Cross and Circle is a novella-length book […]

Poetry Form: Cento Sonnet

| August 30, 2021

Earlier this month, I talked about sonnets not being quite as difficult as they’d originally seemed to me. And quite some time ago, I explained the cento. But what if you mash them together? Recently, I constructed a cento sonnet, which took lines from existing sonnets and rearranged them together into a cento, which used […]

Fun for Friday: September 2021 Writing Prompts

| August 27, 2021

It’s time for the September 2021 writing prompts, as the northern hemisphere slides into autumn. The prompts this month are mostly September-related words, with plenty of random stuff to keep you guessing what you might do with the combination of the three words for each day! You’ll also see lots of things reminiscent of autumn, […]

Have You Checked Out New Moons Under Which to Sleep?

| August 26, 2021

Have you had a chance to check out my book of science fiction stories, New Moons Under Which to Sleep? It’s got nine reprinted stories and six poems, which are a mix of reprints and new for this collection. Unusual spacecraft, aliens among us, and finding new ways to survive. New Moons Under Which to Sleep is a collection of science-fiction […]

Board Games for Writers

| August 25, 2021

If you’ve ever got a group of writers together, whether they’re trying to get writing done or not, odds are that you will eventually wind up NOT getting writing done. When that happens, why not get your writer friends to play some board games? This article lists 15 board games that can help writers write […]

My Steampunk Books

| August 24, 2021

Steampunk is one of my big loves, with it being the genre for my published trilogy and one other book. Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering started out as a short story. Then it became a novel. Then, when asked if I had more set in this world, it became a trilogy, with Brass and […]

Dealing with Deadlines

| August 23, 2021

I’m fortunate that I’m at a stage of my writing career when the majority of my deadlines are self-imposed, rather than external. On most of the occasions where I do have an external deadline, it’s one I’ve chosen to try to meet for a call for submissions or other opportunity. But it’s fairly unusual for […]

Fun for Friday: More Writing Games!

| August 20, 2021

I had a short list of writing games a couple of weeks ago, but now, here’s a list of twenty-five games from Scott William Carter! These games appear to mostly be geared toward productivity, but if they provide some fun with that productivity, they might be a great way to trick yourself into doing work […]

“Follow My Lead” in Old Legends and New Fables

| August 19, 2021

Whenever something comes up about “you know you’re in a specific author’s story when,” I generally have two answers. One of them is “you know you’re in a Dawn Vogel story when there are things in the water that want you dead.” “Follow My Lead” in Old Legends and New Fables is sort of one […]

Death in the Mouth on Kickstarter

| August 18, 2021

Death in the Mouth will be an anthology of horror by authors of color, edited by Sloane Leong and Cassie Hart. In addition to short stories, they will have an abundance of art included in the anthology, by artists of color. They’ve solicited stories from some authors, but if the project funds, they plan to […]