2019 Publications Round-Up

I’m sorry for my silence this fall. It’s been busy with a full course load, conventions, edits, and writing. Actually, this whole year has been super busy, and my list of publications is so much smaller than last years. My first publication of 2019 was a poem called “Is Listening Visiting.” It was published inContinue reading “2019 Publications Round-Up”

IWSG Day: Rebellious Character Surprises!

The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. August’s Question is: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming? For me,Continue reading “IWSG Day: Rebellious Character Surprises!”

IWSG: Fantasy is Still My Favorite Genre

The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. June’s Question is: June 5 question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why? Fantasy is and always has been my favorite genre toContinue reading “IWSG: Fantasy is Still My Favorite Genre”

IWSG April: Wishful Writing

  The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. April’s Question is: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene /Continue reading “IWSG April: Wishful Writing”

Settings and Urban Fantasy

Some of the books that made me fall in love with the genre of urban fantasy were set in actual cities, or I guess, technically, they’re not really those cities but alternate magical versions of them.  The Dresden Files was set in Chicago and Greywalker was set in Seattle, so I when set to write urbanContinue reading “Settings and Urban Fantasy”

A Reflection on My Reaction to My First Negative Review

Note: As you read this post, you may notice I’m vague about the content of the review. You could probably go on Goodreads and figure out what I’m referring to, but I don’t want this to be seen as a response or rebuttal to the review. My goal is to capture my thought process asContinue reading “A Reflection on My Reaction to My First Negative Review”

Writing Questions: The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward.

The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. January 2: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?   The Good: I love answering questions about writing and publishing. How did you decide to writeContinue reading “Writing Questions: The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward.”

IWSG: Five Objects in my Writing Space

The first Wednesday of every month, the IWSG posts an optional question, encouraging members to read and comment on each other’s blogs. December’s Question is: December 5 question – What are five objects we’d find in your writing space? My writing space changes with the season. April through September, I wrote on my screened-in-porch, or,Continue reading “IWSG: Five Objects in my Writing Space”

YA: Teens First, Adults who are Young (or young at heart), Second

A few days ago, I read The Many Ways YA Books & The Community Isolates Teens by VICKY WHO READS. It was a thought provoking blog post about Young Adult (YA) fiction that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how teens are isolated from the books that are supposed for them. Because adults are theContinue reading “YA: Teens First, Adults who are Young (or young at heart), Second”

Reflections on My First Two Book Events

This week, I attended my first two book-related events as an author: a book talk / signing at Jabberwocky Books and the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. For someone with lots of social anxiety, planning, committing too, and/or attending events is no small feat, but somehow, I managed to set up a launch event andContinue reading “Reflections on My First Two Book Events”