Every Character is the Star of Their Show

Got a sidekick? I don't mean in real life! (although maybe you do. If so, I hope you also have a kickass soundtrack.) Writing secondary characters with depth and voice is often what separates a good story from a great one, and I have an example for you from a movie! (spoilers ahead) In The Life … Continue reading Every Character is the Star of Their Show

Annihilation & Rosewater

Ever read a book and think, wow...this is super a lot like something else I've read, but also super different and they might be cousins or maybe it's more like the Fibonacci sequence in a sunflower and a seashell meeting in a constellation. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer This was my second time reading the book. … Continue reading Annihilation & Rosewater

Breaking Rules

There are no writing police. Yes, there are gatekeepers, but those editors and publishers and markets make what they want clear by what they publish. That's one reason I'm doing the 300 published stories challenge over on Patreon. (Come join me!) I'm also reading down my TBR-pile. Currently, I'm working on the re-read of Pullman's … Continue reading Breaking Rules

Eliza David – romance author

Is it cold where you live? A hot romance will fix you right up, and Eliza David has a whole collection to entice you. She does it all. Board member, blogger & contributing writer, moderator for the Writers' Rooms, headlining author at the Iowa Book Festival, plus wife & parent. And, she finds time to … Continue reading Eliza David – romance author

Olivia’s Table by Alyssa Wong

One of my 2019 goals is to read and analyze 300 short stories to help me be better at short form writing. I'm sharing them in batches of three over on my Patreon, but wanted to highlight this particular story and the lessons I learned from the exercise with you.   Olivia's Table by Alyssa … Continue reading Olivia’s Table by Alyssa Wong

FS;HE – Edna St. Vincent Millay

It's time for another round of the creativity game, Famous Starts/Humble Endings! If you've never played, the rules are fairly simple. I will give you lines of a famous poem in bold. Your job is to write the next line. There are no wrong answers! This is simply a way to play with words and … Continue reading FS;HE – Edna St. Vincent Millay

2018 – What’d I Learn?

I'm a goal-setter. A list-maker. A Resolutionist.  (ya like that?) Here were my goals for 2018: Have four works published Revise Ferals & Blights Write six new short stories Be able to do ten full push-ups Complete full year of Patreon poetry postcards Not bad! And, I learned something BIG about goal-setting as a writer. … Continue reading 2018 – What’d I Learn?

Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part two

Jennifer R. Donohue not only published a cyberpunk heist this fall, but she achieved Associate Membership in the SFWA! (muppet flail) It's a triumph in a speculative writer's career. After I shed my green skin, I talked with Jen about how she met these goals, and her answer was not what I expected! PersephoneKnits: Congratulations … Continue reading Interview – Jennifer R. Donohue, part two