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Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts with a Twist

| December 20, 2019

Sometimes, you’ve got an idea for a story but you just need the right twist to make it different from stories that have come before. Whether you’re looking for a twist or a whole idea, here’s a list of 30 short story ideas with twists! The ideas are meant for middle school students, but that […]

When Sickness Overtakes Productivity

| November 11, 2019

I got back from vacation last week and had one productive day before getting sick for the rest of the week. So I’m way behind on pretty much everything in my life right now, including writing. Some folks are able to write through their sicknesses, and normally, I’m one of them. This time around, though, […]

A Brief Break

| November 4, 2019

As I told friends recently, “I feel like I’ve been running three marathons at once.” This was a result of finishing up a novel and a novella by the end of October, plus a very hectic two days of work as everyone tried to get things to me before I went on vacation. And now […]

Off on an Adventure!

| July 29, 2019

We’re off on an adventure at the moment, so I don’t have any writing advice to offer this week. I’m looking forward to a little time off from writing and to be reenergized when I’m back!  

A Well-Deserved Rest

| June 17, 2019

Its been a busy weekend with Washington State Summer Convention, so I don’t have much in the way of advice to offer. Other than that sometimes, taking a day off to rest after you’ve been really busy is the best plan in the world!

Another Slow Down

| April 8, 2019

Spent another weekend under the weather, which means I’m behind on a whole lot of things. Regular posts will resume tomorrow. I think I’ve had my fair share of illness this year now!

Temporary Slow Down

| March 11, 2019

I’ve spent this past weekend sick with a cold, which means I’m a little behind on a few things, including blog posts with real substance. Check back tomorrow for your regularly scheduled posting to resume.

December 2018 Recap

| January 1, 2019

By the numbers:Stories out at the beginning of the month: 46Acceptances received: 2Rejections received: 38Stories withdrawn: 1Resubmissions: 38New Submissions: 6Stories out at the end of the month: 51 December was another month of keeping a lot of stories in circulation, which was challenging at times. But I also sold two stories in December, so all […]

Merry Christmas, Friends!

| December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas! While we don’t celebrate Christmas in an entirely traditional way, we still have our own traditions. We drink hot cocoa and eat cookies on Christmas Eve while we read some books, and we see a movie on Christmas Day, possibly with Thai food (since I can’t eat most Chinese food). Regardless of how […]

Happy Halloween!

| October 31, 2018

It’s my favorite holiday of them all, Halloween! Strangely, I’m not doing anything particularly Halloween-y today. Though there will probably be some candy consumed. Okay, there will definitely be some candy consumed. This is also the beginning of my final vacation/trip this month/year, as we’re off to our annual gaming convention in Portland. Happy Halloween […]