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Fun for Friday: Bunches of Writing Prompts!

| May 20, 2022

When you’re staring at a blank page with no ideas, pop over to Wrighting Words’ list of writing prompts! Whether you do best with random bits of dialogue, titles, or random words, there are a bunch of different ways to get your writing started! With six different categories to choose from, you could even pick […]

Have You Checked Out Doorways in the Gloom?

| May 19, 2022

Have you had a chance to check out Doorways in the Gloom? It’s got a bunch of spooky stories and poetry just waiting to scare and unsettle you! Doorways can lead to many marvelous places. In this collection, however, the scenes they reveal are shrouded in gloom and darkness. See where the doorways take you in […]

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Superhero Day Raffle!

| May 18, 2022

Have you signed up for the Superhero-Fiction.com raffle yet? You could win 18 superhero books in paperback, or one of the ebook packages! If you haven’t already done it, you’ve got ten more days to get signed up! From action to romance and everything in between, this is a must-have prize package. It includes my […]

“Orbit 41” in New Moons Under Which to Sleep

| May 17, 2022

“Orbit 41” is an odd little piece of flash. I managed to squeeze three points of view into the story, and one of those points of view is that of a satellite. The story is based on the first Indian satellite, the Aryabhata, which was launched in 1975. After a few days in orbit, the satellite […]

Writing Small

| May 16, 2022

I moderated a panel on “Writing Small” at Flights of Foundry, during which we talked a lot about flash fiction and other stories told in very small word counts. I was on a similar panel four years ago, since which time I’ve written and sold a lot more flash fiction and gotten a better grasp […]

Fun for Friday: Merfolk Inspired Images

| May 13, 2022

For this week’s Fun for Friday, it’s image prompts, all on a merfolk-related theme without being just about merfolk! The first image is a forest scene with a lightbulb-shaped vessel holding water and a very small merfolk, along with a ladybug perched atop the bulb and an ant to the left. The second image is […]

C. and M. Marsh, Girl Detectives Coming Soon!

| May 12, 2022

The very first story I wrote as an adult, with an intent of publication was a sweet little story about two young girls living in a mechanical garden. Because I was very lucky, I sold that story, and then sold it several more times as reprint. It wound up inspiring me to write more, and […]

Review of Lost in the Archives by E. Saxey

| May 11, 2022

Lost in the Archives by E. Saxey (Lethe Press, 2022) is a collection of the author’s short stories, many of which have been previously published. The stories include several in historic settings with speculative elements, as well as modern and future settings, all rendered with exquisite characterization and inventive plot elements. Some of the stories […]

“Safe Haven” in Intercity Illusions

| May 10, 2022

“Safe Haven” came out of a very specific prompt for an anthology: write a story that takes place in a hotel and only covers five minutes of time. That anthology was Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove, and I was super excited to place “Safe Haven” in it! My story involved a werewolf who needed to find […]

Stephen Fry on Meter, Part 3

| May 9, 2022

As I mentioned previously, I’m working through Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled very slowly to absorb as much wisdom as I can about writing poetry. This week’s post covers Chapter 1, Section 3, on other meters. After sections on iambic pentameter and variations, this section introduces lines with fewer than or more than five “feet.” […]