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Fun for Friday: Spooky Photo Prompt

Posted By on October 19, 2018

Board reading "I'm killing time"Okay, this isn’t necessarily the spookiest of photos, but you could definitely take this photo prompt in a spooky direction. You could also make it seem like you’re going in a spooky direction but then do something entirely different.

Either way, or any other way that your mind wants to take this phrase, I think that it makes an interesting opening line for a story or piece of flash. So have fun with ti!

Brass & Glass 1 and 2 at GeekGirlCon!

Posted By on October 18, 2018

Cover art for Brass & Glass 2I’ll be attending GeekGirlCon on October 27th and 28th as part of DefCon One Publishing, but Razorgirl Press, which publishes my Brass & Glass series, will also be on hand. Our booths don’t appear to be near each other on the preliminary map, but perhaps I’ll pop over to their booth to sign for a little while. Failing that, you’ll be able to find me at the DefCon One booth, and I’ll be happy to sign our books or theirs!

Just looking over the list of vendors, it’s going to be a fantastic show, and I can’t wait to be there! Just a week and a half!

Review of Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

Posted By on October 17, 2018

Cover art for Alice Payne ArrivesMy latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal today. This week, it’s Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield, a novella of time travel, steampunk, and science fiction. It’s a very quick read, but enjoyable all the way through!

This book comes out on November 6th, but you can preorder it now!

Battling in All Her Finery is out today!

Posted By on October 16, 2018

Partial cover art for Battling in All Her FineryThe latest anthology that I co-edited is out today! Battling in All Her Finery includes twenty-one stories of women leaders, from queens, princesses, and generals, to musicians, CEOs, and activists. We’re super excited to see this book in the world, and we hope that readers of all ages will enjoy the stories of women leaders!

You can find it on Amazon (link goes to the ebook, but the print book is available too) and other fine book retailers. And if you’ll be at GeekGirlCon on October 27 and 28, we’ll have plenty of copies there for purchase!

Another Adventure!

Posted By on October 15, 2018

Bicyclists on the Katy TrailI’m off on another adventure this week! As I mentioned last week, I’m accompanying my mom and sisters on a bike ride across the state of Missouri, though I’ll be in the vehicle, not on the bike. I’m doing a little work for the day job throughout the week, but I’m also going to take advantage of a lot of free time to do a lot of writing! I’ve charted out the public libraries along the route where I can hole up for a few hours at a stretch, soaking up the free wifi and getting some work done, without being so far from my family that I can’t get to them quickly in an emergency. I’ll be sure to photo document those too, since at least a couple of them are going to be in historic buildings!

I’m also hoping for gorgeous autumn leaves and lots of wine. Because wine is what my family does. 🙂


Fun for Friday: Speculative Fiction Writing Prompts

Posted By on October 12, 2018

Scrabble tiles spelling out What IfIf you’re looking for a list of speculative fiction prompts that can last you a good long while, check out this list from author Eric J. Krause! There appear to be maybe 100 different prompts here, and they’re all over the place in terms of theme and content!

This is going to become my go to for random prompts when I want to write but don’t have any ideas!

Unfixed Timelines Finishing on Channillo

Posted By on October 11, 2018

Cover art for Unfixed TimelinesToday’s the day when the last of the five essays from Unfixed Timelines appears on Channillo. The book will still be available to read there by subscription. If you’d prefer an ebook version, you can find that on Amazon.

I’m always writing new historical fantasy stories, and as those are published and have the rights revert to me, I plan on doing more volumes of Unfixed Timelines. So I hope that my readers have enjoyed this one, whether on Channillo or in ebook format!

And if you’ve enjoyed this book, I have three other series available at Channillo, which you can find here! One of these (Camp Haunt) can’t be found anywhere BUT Channillo!

Review of Bikes Not Rockets

Posted By on October 10, 2018

Cover art for Bikes Not RocketsIt’s fitting that I’ve just finished reading and reviewing a book about bikes, since I’m getting ready to go on a bike trip … sort of. I won’t actually be on a bike, but I’ll be accompanying my mom and sisters on a bike trip as their driver. This way, we can throw all of our stuff in a car, and I can bring them food, water, or whatever else they need, or pick them up if there’s a problem with the bikes.

But that doesn’t really tell you anything about Bikes Not Rockets, other than the fact that it’s related to my upcoming trip. It’s a fun anthology of eleven stories featuring bikes and messages of hope.

If this sounds awesome, you can check out my review at Mad Scientist Journal, or you can pre-order the book (and/or its predecessors) at Microcosm Publishing!

Three Stories Out Now!

Posted By on October 9, 2018

Mariya DolinaThree of my stories have come out since the beginning of October, so here’s a round up post to point you to all three!

“At Least No One Else Will Suffer” is in the October 2018 issue of Factor Four Magazine. This is a flash fiction piece about an evil king getting what’s coming to him.

“Happily Never After” has already appeared in the collected version of The Colored Lens, but now you can read it on their website too! This is a Cassidy Sweet story, which is adjacent to the Cobalt City Universe, but it takes place in Cerulean City, California, instead of on the East Coast. It’s set in the 90s, when Cass is caught up in a mall tour she hates, but gets to meet some cool super heroes.

And finally, “Nochnaya Serenada,” my historical fantasy story about the Night Witches, appears in the most recent Wild Musette Journal, subtitled Vegetable Pulp. This is also the second of my stories featuring a Russian title–this one means “night music,” though it’s a bit of a play on “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (a little night music in German).

All of these stories are fantasy stories, and the first piece is definitely the darkest of the bunch, though the third story does involve somewhat brutal parts, including an onscreen (though not incredible graphic) murder. The second one is, strangely, the happiest.

The Importance of Notes

Posted By on October 8, 2018

Notebook with handwritten textWhen I’m not writing, I’m often gaming. Some of our games are bi-weekly or monthly, but I also run games at a convention once a year. And as I’m prepping my games for this year’s convention, I’ve discovered a horrifying thing.

I didn’t take notes.

What’s worse, neither did my players.

And this in a game where a MAJOR event happened. No one can quite come up with the details on said event. Which means we’re going to have to rebuild some of it from scratch.

The same problem can emerge when you’re working on story ideas. You may think that you’re going to remember all of the clever things you’ve come up with, but will you remember them next week? Will you remember them in a month? Will you remember them if life intervenes and you have to put aside the project you’re working on for an entire year? The odds are slim to begin with, and they get more slim with every passing hour.

I take a lot of notes about ideas–mostly on my phone and in email, and sometimes in drafts of stories. And it’s come in very handy, when I can only recall one or two small bits about a story idea. I can search my email, look through the notes on my phone, or look in my old drafts folder for the version of the story with the notes in it. It’s not always the more organized method, but at least then I can put something aside and know I’ll be able to come back to it later!

In the meantime, I’ll be making up a new story on the major event from that last game.