IndieBookmas!

The season is upon us. What to get that special someone? Books. Books. Books. More books. (That's an official jingle, right?) Luckily, Tui Snider has put together a list of books by indie authors and each author included who the target audience is for their work. So, find your loved one in the descriptions, and get … Continue reading IndieBookmas!

Shelfie Check – November

As evidenced by the barest of budges in this photo, I spent too much time playing Breath of the Wild in October. Plus, I do the short story reads for The 300 Story Project twice a week, so that takes up reading space and time. My lack of progress is all for a good cause! … Continue reading Shelfie Check – November

Language as Story Prompt

Do words have arcs the same way characters in stories do? Can you turn a mystery on a shibboleth? What if language was a weapon? A way to hold secrets or contain code? How does control of language enable colonialism and conquest? What does it mean to be suspicious of a language? Can you write … Continue reading Language as Story Prompt

Four Ways I’m Smashing My Writing Goal

Remember that fun meter I had to track writing progress on my novel work? Well, I've got a new one!    11 / 30 stories. 37% done! This is for my goal of 30 stories in submission circulation. Meaning, stories out there looking for a home, knocking on doors, peering in windows, and generally risking … Continue reading Four Ways I’m Smashing My Writing Goal

Shelfie Check

I just finished Gideon the Ninth and a re-read of Slaughterhouse-Five. Both of which I highly recommend for different reasons. The Magazine of SF&F copy is a little misleading because it's really the current issue on my Kindle app that I'm reading through for review on my Patreon. I've read Whitman's Song of Myself several … Continue reading Shelfie Check

October’s Writing Prompts

MacGuffins are nouns in a story that drive the people and plot out of their normal routine and into fiction. In the end, they probably don't actually matter, but without them, the story doesn't have a compelling reason to get going. Respected and experienced creators have different definitions, but for the purpose of these prompts, … Continue reading October’s Writing Prompts

Djibril al-Ayad, Editor

To celebrate the Jubilee Issue of The Future Fire magazine, General Editor Djibril al-Ayad agreed to come and answer some of my questions about the work their team of editors and readers does in the speculative market. PersephoneKnits: Let's start with an introduction of The Future Fire (TFF) to the readers. Djibril al-Ayad: The Future Fire … Continue reading Djibril al-Ayad, Editor

Prose Poem

I'm trying to wrangle my Patreon posts into a spreadsheet, and rediscovered this prose poem I wrote two years ago. I loved this one, so I figured I'd share it so you could love it, too! Lunch Counter I’m sorry to stare. I sometimes have hallucinations and can’t always tell what’s there. Just a moment … Continue reading Prose Poem

Jason A. Holt, author

I met Jason at Miscon 33. We paneled together, and he came by with conversation and encouragement during my meet-and-greet. His latest book is Fighter Fred and the Dungeon of Doom, and it is hilarious. I love a book that can make me laugh. I also love books that poke fun at genres, tropes, and … Continue reading Jason A. Holt, author