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Fun for Friday: Inspirations from Music

| March 8, 2019

If you’re looking for writing inspiration, sometimes, you can turn to music and find what you need! This New York Times article suggests nine exercises that can be used for students to get inspired to write, but you don’t have to be a student to use these ideas!  

Fun for Friday: Band Name Origins

| November 2, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered how famous bands got their name, look no further! Wikipedia has you covered with this list of band name etymologies! It’s interesting to see the prevalence of names that come from dreams and also from Tolkien. Take a look through and see if your favorites are mentioned!

Music Recommendation: Savage (Songs from a Broken World) by Gary Numan

| November 29, 2017

I’m a music junkie–back in the early 2000s, when large hard drives were pricey, I shelled out for a 300 GB hard drive to house my music. (All that music now lives on my laptop hard drive, with room to spare, because we live in the future!) But I haven’t bought a ton of new […]

Musical Inspiration

| June 13, 2017

Recently, while I was attending an event as part of DefCon One Publishing, one of the volunteers circulated among all of the authors and asked them a simple question: If they were to make a movie of your book, what song would be the opening song? I didn’t have to think too hard about my […]

“Vodyanoi” at Beyond Science Fiction!

| May 1, 2015

I mentioned my latest acceptance yesterday, but now that it’s available, here are the details! My short story, “Vodyanoi,” appears in this month’s issue of Beyond Science Fiction, which is available on Amazon (digital only). “Vodyanoi” is a story that I wrote a while ago, and which went through a number of incarnations before I finally […]

Writing with Music

| January 24, 2012

I’m one of those authors who frequently listens to music when I write. Sometimes, it’s so that I can focus more closely on what I’m doing in a crowded space. But more often, it’s for a bit of inspiration when I write. I normally make playlists for any longer piece that I’m working on, but […]

A new story

| February 25, 2011

While I don’t think I’m going to finish one story by the deadline, I managed to sit down last night and bash out a full rough draft of a different story. I think this may be the first time that I’ve gotten an entire first draft out in one sitting. I was listening to a […]