Two Books of Collective Heroism

The last two books I read had something in common. A group of flawed people each making personal, hard choices to change their society - whether that's a whole galaxy or just where they live. Alone, none of them were successful. It required a community effort. In Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone, Viv is … Continue reading Two Books of Collective Heroism

Dreams & Nightmares: Issue 114

My prose poem, Sewing by the Stars, can be found in the latest print issue of Dreams & Nightmares! It's tucked between a funny, conversational piece about language and zombies and a melancholy long-form about Jewish brides told from a unique viewpoint. The whole issue is eclectic and entertaining, and the art is wonderful. A … Continue reading Dreams & Nightmares: Issue 114

The Third Angel Poured

My dark and weird western, The Third Angel Poured, is up in The Future Fire! It's my first publication of 2020, but not my last, and I'm super excited to share it with you! This whole issue is about resilience and tenacity against overwhelming force, and I hope you'll take the time to read through … Continue reading The Third Angel Poured

Housekeeping Post

I knew a chimney sweep when I was a kid. He fascinated me. Mostly because he was simultaneously handsome and awkward. He wanted to be a priest - or maybe he'd been a priest, but failed out? I can't recall, but it was something gothic romance-y like that. He also really enjoyed the shaking hands … Continue reading Housekeeping Post

Famous Starts

Famous starts, but instead of a Humble Ending, let's do another Internal Comparison. I'm taking all the starter sentences today from Edna St. Vincent Millay. I found hers harder to do than the Merwin ones. Oddly, I think this is because she is so precise in her word choice and clear in her meaning. You'd … Continue reading Famous Starts

Round-Up of What’s What

I had trouble choosing one singular favorite book I read this year, but I wrote up a whole post about what I loved and recommend in case you need another excuse to fill your shelves with wonderful words! And, in my ongoing quest to be more intentional with my reading (and everything else, let's be … Continue reading Round-Up of What’s What

2019 Goal Review – Good & Not-So-Good

One thing I've learned in the last few years is that the whole review-your-process isn't just some corporate way to hold more meetings and generate more memos. It really does help me be intentional with my time and energy. The goals, I couldn't control. The steps I took? I can and did. It's important to … Continue reading 2019 Goal Review – Good & Not-So-Good

December (!) Writing Prompts

The end of the year, and I've got a BUNCH of writing prompts to propel you toward your writing goals! Let's go. The largest medieval manuscript, rumored to have been written by one person in one night with the help of the devil, has pages missing. This 14th century translation has the @ symbol. Time-traveler? … Continue reading December (!) Writing Prompts

Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete

Earlier in the year, PK interviewed Jennifer R. Donohue twice. Once for her self-pubbed debut, Run with the Hunted, and then for her her entry into SFWA. I'm excited to announce she's back (!!) for her charmed third appearance for the sequel, Run with the Hunted 2: Ctrl Alt Delete. With the sequel, Donohue’s voice … Continue reading Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete

Internal Comparison – The Goal

The new year is coming, and my plans for 2020 are shouting loudly in my ear. It's like riding on a bus crammed with middle-schoolers - everyone has something they want me hear. One goal for next year is making my morning poetry time more active. Right now, I read a poem or two and … Continue reading Internal Comparison – The Goal