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Can you help find my dad’s lost paintings?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Can you help find my dad’s lost paintings?

Hello, all, and happy Labor Day weekend! After the Sustainability Fair (which was awesome), I have some time to take on another project. And it’s this: I’m on a scavenger hunt for my late father’s paintings. They were accidentally donated before he passed away, probably to the St Vincent de Paul shop in West Bend (we think in 2015, but could be anytime between December 2013-August 2016). They’re oil on canvas in a range of sizes. It would be wonderful to have these...

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The First Green Alliance Sustainability Fair is this Saturday!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

The First Green Alliance Sustainability Fair is this Saturday!

If you’re in Southeastern Wisconsin this weekend and interested in learning more about environmental sustainability, I hope you’ll stop by this event to check out the exhibits, presentations, guided hikes, even the rock climbing wall and drum circles. The Sustainability Fair has been more than a year in the making–and as part of the planning team behind it, I sometimes wonder if we only got so far because we didn’t stop to think about the scale of what we were creating!...

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Book Review: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Book Review: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

The final book in any great series has a certain weight. Often literally. When I unwrapped my review copy of The Unholy Consult (many thanks to Overlook Press), it was as substantial as I could wish. Yet a lot of that weight is appendices–including two short stories, maps, and a glossary more than 100 pages long. The story itself is just 450 pages. At first glance, this seems too short given everything that’s gone before. And it is. Alternatively, the “Second...

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Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, Bonus

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A, Bonus

Flame Tree Publishing has posted the second part of its Q&A with the authors of the stories in Heroic Fantasy. This time, we talk about our writing and editing methods and recommend some of our favorite reads in the genre. Take a look and something might inspire you!   Though each author answered both questions, method and favorite stories, only one of our answers could be shared because of space constraints. So here’s my favorite heroic fantasy: When I was writing my first...

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Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Heroic Fantasy Author Q&A

Flame Tree Publishing’s gorgeous hardcover Heroic Fantasy anthology will be released July 31st. As the date approaches, contributors are sharing the inspirations behind our stories at the Flame Tree blog.  From writing challenges to a love of H.P. Lovecraft and Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog to pure stubbornness because someone said you should never do something, it’s a interesting peak under the hood. Previews of the book are available in Flame Tree’s store.   Heroic...

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Book Review: The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews | 0 comments

Book Review: The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker

The Great Ordeal–penultimate volume of the Aspect Emperor No-Longer-A-Trilogy, the conclusion of which, The Unholy Consult, was released yesterday–is not only a compelling novel but also very useful as a physical object. A nine-inch by six-inch by three-inch rectangle with the words THE GREAT ORDEAL across the front in an emphatic font is basically the world’s best portable Demotivator. I read this book at the tail end of 2016.  Which was not, by any possible standards, a...

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A Checklist to Start Publishing Short Fiction

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

A Checklist to Start Publishing Short Fiction

This post originally went live on Fictionvale in 2014 and was reprinted in Short Story Writer Magazine. Unfortunately, Fictionvale has since closed and the article is no longer available online. I’m taking the opportunity to repost it while I’m moving to my new apartment and have less time available to blog. While it’s focused on writing short fiction, the advice may also be helpful to novelists, article writers, artists, and anyone curious about how publishing works on the...

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“Of the Generation” in Heroic Fantasy Anthology from Flame Tree Publishing

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

“Of the Generation” in Heroic Fantasy Anthology from Flame Tree Publishing

Flame Tree Publishing has posted the Tables of Contents for its new Gothic Fantasy anthologies: Time Travel and Heroic Fantasy. It’s pretty unreal to be on the same list as the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The full ToC for Heroic Fantasy is: A Matter of Interpretation by M. Elizabeth Ticknor Burned Away by Kate O’Connor Dragon and Wolf by Zach Chapman Erzabet and the Gladiators by Susan Murrie Macdonald Five Fruits I Ate in Sandar Land by Michael Haynes Laya by Voss...

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Living with Imposter Syndrome

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career, Writing | 2 comments

This post originally went live on Fictionvale in 2014. Unfortunately, Fictionvale has since closed and the article is no longer available online. I’m taking the opportunity to repost it while I’m moving to my new apartment and have less available to blog. If you’re currently battling a bout of imposter syndrome, I hope it proves timely. This is a piece to read not when you’re fleeing constructive criticism, but when no feedback, not even positive feedback, feels...

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“John Kosichev” in Storyteller magazine

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog Posts, Featured, Writing | 0 comments

“John Kosichev” in Storyteller magazine

As I said in my last post, it turns out that when you send stories regularly in answer to calls for submissions, you sometimes get stories accepted! I’m very excited to break my long publishing silence with a release in a new magazine, Storyteller, with a story that’s been a particular favorite of mine (even when it took a few drafts), “John Kosichev.”   This issue of Storyteller includes some gripping and rather timely stories tackling issues of virtual reality,...

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