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Shade and Light in Worldbuilding

| May 27, 2019

When you’re world building, how much thought do you give to places that have shade and places that are brightly lit? And how do your characters react to the same? In this article, which talks about the lack of shade in Los Angeles, and how it is a marker of economic disparity, there are all […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse “Pinspiration”

| May 23, 2019

When I write many of my longer pieces, and even some of my short stories, I make a Pinterest board where I collect images that connect to the themes, characters, or other aspects of my writing. For Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse, which drew on the major arcana of the tarot deck for inspiration, my Pinterest […]

Fun for Friday: A Person, A Place, and A Thing

| May 10, 2019

I’ve got another trio of images for this week’s Fun for Friday: a person, a place, and a thing. What sort of poem or story can you turn them into?

Site Recommendation: Medieval Fantasy City Generator

| May 1, 2019

If you’re in need of a randomly generated medieval fantasy city for writing or gaming, check out Medieval Fantasy City Generator. I could easily lose HOURS playing around with all of the functions here–I’m particularly in love with the “Warp” feature right now, which lets you do weird things like extend the city out into […]

Fun for Friday: Images as Inspiration

| February 15, 2019

I’m a very visual person, so it’s not entirely surprising that I get a lot of mileage out of images of unusual things. It might be something as simple as these glass-like flowers. The description I found for them says “A flower whose petals turn clear as glass when wet… Diphylleia Grayi otherwise known as […]

I Didn’t Break the Lamp Story Thoughts

| February 12, 2019

As the Kickstarter for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances continues, I’ve started thinking about the kinds of stories that we may see in the slush pile. Because our authors always end up surprising us with their imaginative takes on our anthology themes, it’s a little difficult to pin down our expectations, […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Inspiration

| February 8, 2019

Some days, the words just aren’t there, the well has run dry, or one of several other metaphors about not knowing what to write. When you’ve reached that point, this list of 31 ways to find inspiration for your writing might be helpful! While not all of these techniques work for everyone, odds are that […]

2019 Goals

| January 7, 2019

2019 is already off to a roaring start, but I’m just now posting my goals for the year. Like last year, they’re largely numbers driven. 43 completed stories/poems and 34 others at least started This seems like a HUGE number of stories, but it’s definitely viable. There are three contests I take part in that […]

Music Recommendation: Korean Pop

| December 26, 2018

My current music obsession has surprised some folks, while other folks have just nodded knowingly. Jeremy got me completely hooked on Korean pop music. It’s become my go-to music for when I need to concentrate on a repetitive task but need some sort of music to keep me motivated. The fact that I can understand […]

My Drawlloween Recap

| November 6, 2018

With October gone, I can now report on my Drawlloween project! In the course of the month of October, I wrote every day of the month, using the prompts found here. I wound up with four poems, fourteen completed flash fiction pieces, and thirteen incomplete short stories. I’ve already sent three of the four poems […]