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”

MileHiCon 50 Thoughts

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 at MileHiCon, a literary speculative fiction convention. His line is one of the best things I heard at the convention. That's one of my favorite uses of fiction: the modeling. Bacigalupi… Continue reading MileHiCon 50 Thoughts

David Farland Missed the Point About Discrimination in the Writing World

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A 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 “boring,… Continue reading David Farland Missed the Point About Discrimination in the Writing World

Goodbye, Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

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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

Pans in the Fire, Hands Writing Ire

campfire in a woods

Where's the line between Horror and Dark Fantasy? The question bothered me earlier this week. Is my classification of darker works appropriate? I've always heard the Horror genre defined by the author's intentions, along the lines of "Horror is anything meant to scare the reader." That makes sense, though it's strange to acknowledge that I… Continue reading Pans in the Fire, Hands Writing Ire

A Few Ways to Get to Publishing Agents

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Though my focus this month remains on my short stories, I know many of the writers I see online are holding on to completed book manuscripts in need of homes. Are you ready for an agent or content editor? Manuscript Wish Tracking I came upon resources for querying publishing agents that is now in Www-writing… Continue reading A Few Ways to Get to Publishing Agents