Writing Update: July 13, 2020

I kind of hate writing the last draft of a short story. By this point, I’ve gone over everything so many times I know exactly where everything falls, I’ve got a fussy little pile of characters who didn’t make the word count cut, gorgeous analogies that took up too much time and space, and atContinue reading “Writing Update: July 13, 2020”

A Little Writers of the Future Update

So since last time I did a writing update on Writers of the Future stuff…books and certificates and authors ahoy! I decided to treat myself to the seven-volume package of Writers of the Future anthologies that was on sale a few months ago. They came in a big cardboard box carefully packed all snug togetherContinue reading “A Little Writers of the Future Update”

ARC Review: Writers of the Future Vol. 36 (Part II)

Picking up where we left off yesterday, “Making Collaboration Work for You or Co-writing with Larry and Sean” by Sean Williams Another segment of writing advice, and probably good…but to be frank, it sounds so mercenary to my ears. I started collaborating with a friend about a year ago. We didn’t plan to launch ourselvesContinue reading “ARC Review: Writers of the Future Vol. 36 (Part II)”

ARC Review: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol. 36

Time to plunge into all things science fiction and fantasy with this year’s collection of the best of the best contest winners.
Read on for intergalactic travel, linguistic debates with squid people, fluffy deaths, and murdery time travelers.
Strangely no dragons this time around…

A Brief Book Blog Post

So a big drumroll please, because tomorrow, Writers of the Future Vol. 36 is released! And somehow I made it onto the advanced reader list for one of the biggest science fiction and fantasy anthologies of the year. One does not turn down that opportunity, however madcap the schedule. So in between the usual lifeContinue reading “A Brief Book Blog Post”

Overthinking Fantasy

After submitting a short story, I usually go through a couple days of an emotional slump. I’ve never figured out if this is because of the stress I don’t realize I’m putting on myself in submitting work, the weird sleep habits of peak writing time at 1:00 a.m., or just because I’m lonely for theContinue reading “Overthinking Fantasy”

Submitting (Another) Short Story

Spent the dawning weeks of spring typing like a madwoman (yes, between 11:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. for the most part, really don’t try that at home). The result? One completed science fiction short story ready for submission to the internationally renowned and equally terrifying Writers of the Future contest.

Probably.

The Fog Diver

Book Review No. 9: The Fog Diver by Joel Ross Series: The Fog Diver, book 1 of 2 Genre: Children’s dystopian fantasy/science-fiction (with a dash of steampunk flair for seasoning) Content for the sensitive reader: Some highly dramatic elements/tension, death of one character depicted in some detail. Little concerning language or other objectionable content. ReviewContinue reading “The Fog Diver”

Writing Update: Nine Days of NaNoWriMo

So we’re just over a week into the writing madness of NaNoWriMo–50,000 words in 30 days. While I probably don’t have the time/shouldn’t be stealing the time for this…well, the lure was too much. I’m not sure if my experience should encourage or discourage someone thinking about doing it. I kind of think of NaNoContinue reading “Writing Update: Nine Days of NaNoWriMo”

To Fantasy, High and Low

A list of the best and worst in fantasy for anyone just starting to read (or write) the genre.

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