Feedback Friday – Syzygy

Fantastic news! It’s time for Feedback Friday! Feedback Fridays is that wonderful time of the week when I read over your submissions and let you know what I think. It’s a really great way to get another set of eyes on your work. Want to participate? Look over the “Writing Prompts Wednesdays” posts and find…

Yet Another Con

  Last weekend, I attended my second convention of the summer. Oh my heart, Fourth Street Fantasy replenishes me. The programming is writing-angled, but very meta. There’s tips and best practices in some of the discussion, but for the most part it’s “let’s unpack a subject and teach ourselves to ask enough of the right…

Rejuvenated And It Feels So Good

Went to Booklover’s Convention (#BLC19) with Sarah Bella a couple of weeks ago. Went into the trip totally exhausted, like zero sleep for 36 hours beforehand. Just trying to get shit handled before leaving for a week. Is that a thing for everyone? Doing way more work before and after a trip to keep everything…

The Best Beta

Let’s talk about our dearest loves: betas! I’ve been doing a lot of beta reading this calendar year and it is a lot of work. I know how very important it is, so I’m happy to do it when I can. The first thing I always ask is what kind of feedback they’re looking for….

Feedback Friday – Tope

I know you’ve all been waiting and it’s finally here; it’s time for Feedback Friday! Feedback Fridays is that wonderful time of the week when I read over your submissions and let you know what I think. It’s fun, really! Well, at least I think it’s fun. You should all give it a try. How…

Grasping at Straws

The hardest thing you have to do as a writer is write when the words don’t want to come. To write through the blocks, and the slogs, and push out the terrible, terrible, terrible bouts of seven-adjective’d prose so purple it’s gone plum. And the paragraphs made up of sixteen sentences that average four words…

Feedback Friday – Velleity

It’s time again for Feedback Friday! Feedback Fridays is that wonderful time of the week when I read over your submissions and let you know what I think. It’s fun, I promise! Well, at least I think it’s fun. You should all give it a try. Want to participate? Look over the “Writing Prompts Wednesdays”…

Art and Forgiveness

Sometimes there are things in life that derail everything. I’m an imperfect person. There are a few patterns I keep on repeating and breaking free of them has proven harder than I anticipated. It’s been a lot of work and my therapist is trying really hard to get me to see the obvious. Well, her…

Inspiration in the Odd Bits of Life.

I like paint samples. Such pristine little squares of lusciously soft or boldly sassy color. Even better than their prettiness is their names. They’re a master class in the evocative. Anniversary Platinum and Headsmans Axe may both be gray, but they hold different intentions, implications and possibilities.   The names remind me that stories need…

I Would Like to Win a Hugo, Please

I would like to win a Hugo, please. I mean, what are awards anyway? Who cares about the recognition of your peers or accolades? None of that really matters. There are tons of really amazing books out there which have never won an award.  We all know that’s true. But man, one day? I’d love…