It’s been a little more than a week since I finished my first Futurescapes writing workshop. I’ve been meaning to do this write-up ever since, but I had a beta read to do, some admin work to catch up on for various groups I help run, and the Nebula Conference was this weekend. Needless to … More My First Futurescapes Workshop
One of my favorite fun activities is playing board games. For many years in the Before Times, I hosted a board game party on New Year’s Day because it forced me to start the year with a clean house, and getting to play board games with my friends was a reward for the cleaning. Carrot … More Board Game Bonanza!
I’ve always worked best when there’s a deadline involved, so this spring has been extremely productive for me. For just over a year, I’ve been working with The Ubergroup, a developmental editing program that works in six weeks cycles with a week off in between. It’s been incredibly helpful to have those cycles to help … More Writing To Deadlines
No one warned me that getting a puppy would mean arguing with said puppy every time it rains. Princess Buttercup is not quite a year old, but her Pembroke Welsh Corgi stubbornness is full-grown. At least, I hope it is. I don’t think I can handle her getting any more stubborn! Anyway, she has OPINIONS, … More Rainy Day Puppy
One of the most consistent (and most consistently annoying) pieces of advice I’ve gotten over the years is to write short stories and submit them as part of trying to build my brand as a writer. I’ve found the advice to be annoying mostly because I love epics, stories that build a world where I … More Join My Short Story Club!
Happy Valentine’s Day to those who celebrate! If you’re perpetually single, like me, may you find an abundance of your favorite heart-shaped candy in the clearance aisle later this week. Personally, I’ll be on the lookout for Reese’s Hearts. Mmmmmnomnom. What’s a perpetually single woman doing writing sci-fi romance? Aside from the escapism of it … More Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’ve been meaning to write up this blog post for a while now so I can drop links to it instead of typing it all out again every time I want to explain it to other people. Synopses are the bane of most querying authors’ existences because if we could tell the story in two … More The But/Therefore/Meanwhile Synopsis Method
As expected, Twitter’s new owner just cut the social media platform’s staff by thousands, a move that’s sure to prompt yet another round of users to close their profiles and go in search of greener social media pastures. The problem is, I’m not sure they exist. If they do, it won’t take capitalism long to … More Late-Stage Capitalism and Social Media
HOW? How is it May already?!? Y’all, this has been one busy frickin’ year. I had planned to start querying again in January and ramp up my ARC reading. Instead, I test drove and then joined a semi-pro critique group. The first six-week cycle was rough, but the second was even more labor-intensive because I … More It’s May
A Scribophile group had a contest for Drabbles (works that are exactly 100 words long) inspired by David Bowie songs. I saw it too late to enter the contest but wrote one anyway, based on Lazarus from his final album, Blackstar. Changes, Under PressureThe Man Who Sold the WorldSo many of my memoriesAre connected to … More Davie Bowie Drabble