Brenda Carre

Brenda Carre has dialect-writing superpowers. She's also pretty great at world-building, visual arts, and helping other writers grow. Originally, I was going to write about her ability to stretch out detail and movement in her writing. I attended her reading at Miscon from her current work, Truth-Seer. Her advice of expanding on what has just … Continue reading Brenda Carre

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

MisConMT 32 Interlude

This post interrupts our regularly scheduled recipe-sharing about the books that shaped us as we grew up. Hold that thought! Dan and I are headed up to Missoula for a few days of vacation, learning, socializing, and late-but-not-less anniversary fun at the SF&F convention! When I get back, I'll share what I learned with you … Continue reading MisConMT 32 Interlude

Secret Ingredients – 6

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!   Harry and The Lady Next Door by Gene Zion Harry is a dog. He has a neighbor who sings. Loudly. … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 6

Secret Ingredients – 5

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!   Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein I can hear you exhaling with love. Yep, me too. The spine is … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 5

Secret Ingredients – 4

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!   The Bible Stories chained to the laundromat bench   When I wasn't pretending the vending machine was a spaceship, I … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 4

Secret Ingredients – 3

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!   UNKNOWN POETRY BOOK   Not every ingredient is sweet or savory. Some are sour. I don't remember the name of … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 3