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April 2022 Recap!

| May 3, 2022

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 137 Acceptances received: 2 Rejections received: 71 (+3) Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 44 New Submissions: 3 Stories out at the end of the month: 107 My submission numbers are a little on the low side this month, which is partially a result of retiring […]

Day off!

| November 8, 2021

Between my annual gaming convention over the weekend (virtual this year) and NaNoWriMo, I’m a little tapped out today. Thankfully, it’s a day off work already, and it’s also going to be a day off from the blog. Back tomorrow!

A Well-Earned Day Off

| March 29, 2021

Okay, I’m not at the beach today, but I am taking a well-earned day off after a weekend of online gaming. It was lovely to be able to “attend” a convention that’s normally at a time when we can’t travel this year, thanks to it being entirely virtual. So today is a day for catching […]

An Interview with Yaroslav Barsukov

| March 17, 2021

Today, I’m chatting with Yaroslav Barsukov, whose book, Tower of Mud and Straw, I reviewed last October, which has just been announced on the Nebula Award shortlist! DV: Tell us a little about yourself and your writing background. Yaroslav Barsukov: I’m a Russian living in Vienna, writing in English 🙂 It’s like an answer to a […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, January 2021 edition

| January 20, 2021

Reading: Still working through books for reviews. Watching: We cruised through the final season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and we’re nearly through the final season of Runaways. Then it’s on to the backlog of things we abandoned, or something new that catches our attention. Listening To: Jeremy added me to his YouTube subscription as […]

Happy Holidays to Me!

| December 28, 2020

Because 2020 has been a hell of a year, and all of our normal vacations were cancelled, I found myself with a surplus of vacation time this year. As such, I decided to take the time between Christmas and New Years off to spend some time relaxing (and, let’s be honest, writing). So I’m taking […]

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!