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Poetry Form: Rimas Dissolutas

| January 18, 2021

There’s something of a perception that French forms of poetry are among some of the more difficult forms. However, if you’d like to dip your to into the world of French poetry, the rimas dissolutas form is one that I’ve found a little easier than others. (Weirdly, the name “rimas dissolutas” appears to be Portuguese, […]

Becoming a Merfolk

| January 7, 2021

Several of the poems and some of the stories in What If I’m a Merfolk? revolve around the idea of someone becoming a merfolk when they previously were not. In some cases, it’s a hereditary condition that emerges at a certain point in a character’s life. In other cases, it’s a blessing bestowed by another […]

Setting Goals for 2021!

| January 5, 2021

While 2020 didn’t go entirely as planned for many folks, even after a promising start, I’m hopeful that 2021 will be an improvement. True, things can still get worse, but I’m choosing hope in terms of creating my goals this year. One of my goals for 2020 was to become agented, but that didn’t pan […]

My 2020 Poetry Publications

| December 22, 2020

In 2020, I had eight of my poems published, in addition to the ones I included in What If I’m a Merfolk? “Play with Us” is a cute little poem published in Eye to the Telescope in January, about aliens and humans interacting through a sport or game. “Motes and Morsels” was a poem that […]

Poetry Forms: Magnetic Poetry

| December 21, 2020

Magnetic Poetry certainly isn’t a standard form of poetry, but it’s a fun way to play at writing poetry with possibly very cool results. I’ve had a variety of magnetic poetry sets over the years, but I can’t stick them to my fridge right now, for fear that my cats will remove and literally consume […]

“The Sea Sings Back” at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

| November 10, 2020

I’ve got a new poem out this month at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly titled “The Sea Sings Back.” While I write a lot of things from the perspective of things that live in the water that want to murder you, this poem personifies the sea, reminding readers that the sea, too, is capricious. And wants to murder […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Games!

| November 6, 2020

If you’re stuck in a rut, sometimes playing a game can help get your writing flowing again. Here are 20 games to play with writing! This list is a lot of fun because it’s a mix of poetry, writing from scratch, and revision games. So you can pick and choose which ones work best for […]

Poetry Forms: Clogyrnach

| October 26, 2020

I’ve been interested in trying some of the Welsh poetry forms, but I find a lot of them intimidating due to their requirements for meter and rhyme. While the Clogyrnach also includes those requirements, they seem a little more friendly in this shorter form. The Clogyrnach (pronounced Clog Ear Nak) is a Welsh poetic form […]

Poetry Forms: Diminishing Verse

| September 28, 2020

Diminishing verse is an interesting form. There aren’t requirements related to meter or rhyme, but instead to the last word of each line of the poem. You begin with one word at the end of a line, and then the next line removes one letter (or more, according to one source) from that specific word […]

Things in the Water that Will Kill You

| September 8, 2020

When asked to summarize what I write, I often tell people “I write about things in the water that will kill you.” And while not all of my stories share that distinction, I have more stories about murderous aquatic creatures than nearly any other topic. I’ve written about vodyanoi, nixes, the stromkarl, selkies, and, of […]