My short story, Two Birds, One Stone, and the accompanying creative scavenger hunt solo-rpg (what a mouthful!) is now up for e-book pre-order. I didn't go through amazon because I wanted to be able to sell it on Gumroad and through my blog shop. It was also a test run for the upcoming novella, you … Continue reading Two Birds, One Stone & Three is a Magic Number
Tiny Tales Podcast went live today with my flash story - and wow!! The sound effects, music, and narration beautifully support my words. I had no idea hearing a production like this of my work would strike me like a bell. I'm vibrating! I hope you'll go listen. It truly is a Julie story. It's … Continue reading Rich Furrows with Tassels of Red in AUDIO
With the New Year, I have a new story for you. “I don’t want to lose you.” What she meant to say was, I love you, but the words tangled around and came out upside down. What she meant to say was, I’m sorry I didn’t take you sooner. She tried again. This fantasy tale … Continue reading New Story Drop!
Look! My name is on the cover! My story, Temple of the Endlings, was written pre-pandemic, but it addresses a lot of the feelings we're grappling with as the death toll mounts and we feel lost and alone, and our prayers feel unanswered. Thanks for reading!
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
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
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
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
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
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