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Review of The Adventure of the Incognita Countess

| November 22, 2017

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for a fun short novel featuring characters from throughout Victorian-era literature, along with the daughter of Mina (Murray) Harker and Count Dracula. To no one’s surprise, I was really excited to get to review this book. And it turned out to be a quick, […]

Review of Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich

| October 11, 2017

My latest book review for Mad Scientist Journal isn’t for a spooky read, but it’s for a good read! Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich is a super hero book set in a place that reminds me a bit of Seattle or Tacoma, and I suspect her fictional Jet City is based on some amalgam of the two […]

Review of Everfair

| September 20, 2017

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is for Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, a fascinating alternate history steampunk-fantasy look at a nation forged from the defeat of King Leopold in the Congo in the late nineteenth century. This book really appealed to me as a historian and a steampunk author! If you’re interested in learning more about it […]

Review of The Refrigerator Monologues

| July 26, 2017

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. You can read about my thoughts on The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente. The quick synopsis? This book is brutal and challenging and also beautiful and a must-read! Check out the full review here!

Book Recommendation: Ink Calls to Ink

| July 19, 2017

Today, I’m recommending a book that I read a few years ago. This is one where I wrote a review as well, which you can find at Mad Scientist Journal. But even though the book has been out for a while (my review is almost two years old now), it’s one that’s worth checking out […]

Review of Cassilda’s Song

| July 5, 2017

I’ve got a new review up at Mad Scientist Journal today, this time for Cassilda’s Song, an anthology of 18 stories in the King in Yellow mythos by women authors. Check out my review to learn more about it!

June 2017 recap

| July 1, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 23 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 13 Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 14 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 25 Pretty good month in June, since I managed to finish and submit a couple of stories. One was written for a specific market, […]

Review of Call of Cthulhu: A Coloring Book

| June 21, 2017

While I mostly review fiction, sometimes I get really interesting things that aren’t fiction, per se. In this case, I got a copy of the Chaosium coloring book, Call of Cthulhu. You can read my thoughts on it, along with the thoughts of my friend and MSJ illustrator Shannon (aka Red), at Mad Scientist Journal today. And […]

Friday recap is back!

| May 18, 2012

Yeah, I know. I haven’t remembered to recap for a while. My bad. Then again, I haven’t had a lot to recap. See, hubbie found this MMO, and it’s all been downhill from there. It’s got me sucked in, which means that most of my spare time is now spent gardening and trying to level. […]

Friday Recap

| February 3, 2012

This week, I managed to finish my story for January and get it submitted, a day ahead of schedule! I also wrote and submitted another review, and got started on a sort of urban fantasy short story, which currently has no title. I also went through Jeremy’s novella manuscript with a fine toothed comb, so […]