Famous Starts, Humble Endings

It's that time again! Grab a piece of paper, and let's play! Ginsberg - his Howl and the Beat movement - also gave the poetry world the American Sentence. While many of us already feel like time has contracted and condensed, so much so that one week in 2018 often feels like a month, Ginsberg's … Continue reading Famous Starts, Humble Endings

Silent Lessons

I went to our local SCBWI meeting last night. One of the topics brought up by our facilitator was the changing of the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children's Literature Agency Award. We had a lively discussion. It's a hard topic to discuss. We all have strong and valid opinions, and … Continue reading Silent Lessons

Secret Ingredients – 11

I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients! Well, we've slipped into the yellow part of the year. The light weakens, the flowers fade, and I come in from … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 11

FrostFire Worlds

Remember how great it felt to curl up as a kid with a collection of short stories? You could drop in and out between chores or during lunch at school. I remember reading them on long car trips, too. FrostFire Worlds is a market for younger readers who like speculative fiction. It's one of the … Continue reading FrostFire Worlds

The Moon Fight

Drew has to battle for the right to be Baba Yaga's apprentice. The rules are simple: give your opponent an emotional experience that changes a long-held belief. But, the rules don't specify "human" emotions...   There's a new short story on my¬†Patreon! For the full read, click over and pledge a $1/month. You'll get more … Continue reading The Moon Fight

Secret Ingredients – 10

I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients!   Seven Alone by Honor√© Morrow   This book was required reading in middle school. I have a flashbulb memory of … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 10

Miscon 32 – Year of Lost Heroes

The theme this year was prescient for 2018, eh? Montana did not let us down. The convention was once again a meeting of like-minded individuals mingling and making a family of strangers. There's a reason we attend this convention every year without fail. You won't find a nicer group of people anywhere. This was the … Continue reading Miscon 32 – Year of Lost Heroes