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“To Make Haste” in Intercity Illusions

| August 17, 2021

“To Make Haste” is one of the older stories in Intercity Illusions. It was inspired by a day at work when I was scanning pages from books, and my mind got to wandering. I thought how awesome it would be if the books could scan themselves, with a magic spell or something. But I also acknowledged […]

Writing Tools: Reckless Deck Worlds

| August 16, 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. I’ve talked previously about the core Reckless Deck, but today, I’m […]

Fun for Friday: Water Images!

| August 13, 2021

This week’s photo prompts are based on a search related to water, which seems like a nice thing as the summer continues on! The first image depicts a person in a bridal gown with a very long veil standing beside a placid swimming pool, with the water reflecting the person. The sky is blue, and […]

Patreon and Future Publishing

| August 12, 2021

Did you know that I have a Patreon? I do! It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing and learn about what I’m working on! I haven’t reached my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, August 2021

| August 11, 2021

Reading: Still reading books to review them, but they’re books from my ginormous to be read pile at the moment. And books that I suddenly decide I must have. Current read is “Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey, which is from 1951. But it’s a historical mystery, and it’s pretty interesting! Watching: More Owl House dropped, […]

My Post-Apocalyptic Books!

| August 10, 2021

If you enjoy reading things set after the collapse of society as we know it, you might enjoy my post-apocalyptic books! Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse is a strange, experimental novella, in which each chapter is based on a card from the major arcana of the tarot deck. The story that ties them all together […]

Scheduling My Weeks

| August 9, 2021

I’ve recently switched from using a weekly planner to using a daily planner. Instead of having seven days spread over two small pages, I now have a single day on a large page. It’s both wonderful and a little overwhelming. It’s nice to have space to not have to scrawl what amount to shorthand notes […]

Fun for Friday: Interactive Creative Writing Games

| August 6, 2021

If you’re looking for some writing games to play, check out this list from Language is a Virus! There are ten different games to check out, so give them a look and see what seems like a fun or productive way to play with words!

Story and Poem Out Recently!

| August 5, 2021

I’ve had a story and a poem out within the past month! “Terpsichore” was reprinted in Horror for the Throne, which is a collection of very short horror and dark reads. My story involves a dance instructor, a candlelit dance studio, and a “muse” who might not be what she seems. My poem, “The Message,” […]

Review of It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility edited by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin

| August 4, 2021

It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility, edited by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin (Speculatively Queer, 2021), is a lovely collection of 22 affirming stories of queer possibility. The stories range between science fiction and fantasy, worlds you can easily recognize and those you can’t, and always filled to the brim with queer characters […]