Creative Outlets: Take 2

ebook covers

I shared yesterday what my creative outlets have been through recent years. Lee Lowry's post on A Taste for Murder reminded me of another outlet on my better health days: graphic design. I put together several of the design elements across my website, including headers and the donation badge in the site footer. However, my… Continue reading Creative Outlets: Take 2

ISWG Creative Outlets

The Insecure Writer's Support Group badge

I've been feeling insecure as a writer this evening, which is convenient. Today is this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group day! Typically, I remember a day too late to participate. What IWSG does is prompts writers to talk about their writing-related fears and doubts on their blogs. Participants are then encouraged to support each other… Continue reading ISWG Creative Outlets

Fresh Friday Cover Face-Off

Friday Face-Off at shadowsinmind.net

Welcome to the Friday Face-Off, a weekly event of bloggers pitting several book covers for one title to present a favorite. This is my first time participating. I'm fascinated by book cover designs. The best covers are art, yet unlike art in a gallery, the designs are meant to be judged for their appeal at… Continue reading Fresh Friday Cover Face-Off

Release Day: “Grotesquery”

My first ebook is available exclusively as an Amazon Kindle download. This sword and sorcery fantasy is a short story based (very) loosely on my research of medieval Wales. The ebook will be offered for free as an All Hallow's Eve deal from tomorrow (Monday) through Thursday. Subscribers of Kindle Unlimited will continue to have… Continue reading Release Day: “Grotesquery”

Post-Convention Thoughts and Reimagining

Image of Jupiter from a moon's mountain range

quotes and lessons from MileHiCon 50, a literary speculative fiction convention Modeling the World in Fiction There's a quality of fiction that's modeling--that's showing a model of the world. Author Paolo Bacigalupi said this last Friday during a panel discussion. His line is one of the best things I heard at the convention. That's one… Continue reading Post-Convention Thoughts and Reimagining

David Farland Missed the Point About Discrimination in the Writing World

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A recognizable speculative fiction author published a blog post that I feel needs attention before it spreads through the writing community as gospel. In "Discrimination in the Writing World", David Farland opened with, A few days ago, I saw a Facebook post from a woman who complained that she didn’t want to see panels by… Continue reading David Farland Missed the Point About Discrimination in the Writing World

Goodbye, Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

2018 Winner of Camp NaNoWriMo header

When I posted "NaNoWriMo 2018: Late to Camp", we were already in the second week of July. I'd committed to a new project and no cabin for encouragement. Feeling alone and behind schedule makes for an intimidating start. Fortunately, Camp is far more relaxed than the big NaNoWriMo challenge in November. A few people joined… Continue reading Goodbye, Camp NaNoWriMo 2018