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Fictionvale pub announcement!

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fictionvale pub announcement!

My fantasy story “Eisiden’s Sister” has appeared in Fictionvale’s 4th episode.  The third published piece featuring swordsman Rathin and wizard Anweth, it actually takes place towards the end of their timeline–and features a major twist in their circumstances. Also keep an eye out for my guest post on the Fictionvale blog early next week. It’ll be a quick checklist to getting started publishing short fiction. I’m glad of the opportunity to guest...

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Editing Gift Cards!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Editing Gift Cards!

They’re here! I’ve printed off this lovely bunch because I’m offering 10,000 words of line-by-line editing as an auction item at the Plowshare Center of Waukesha’s Fashionably Fair Trade fundraiser this September. But gift certificates are also available for any wordcount and any occasion–and can be delivered electronically as well as in hard copy. I can even custom design the gift card for you to print out or email them.  If you’re lost on gift...

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Rummage and Toil

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

After almost a month back in Wisconsin, I’m relearning my way around my hometown’s streets. I was out for three hours today, visiting the post office and (of course) library, gathering blackberries at the park, and visiting a mere handful of the infinite rummage sales being advertised along the road. As I followed the bright orange and glo-in-the-dark green signs down obscure back roads in sunny but fairly empty subdivisions, I realized this would make an excellent setup for a...

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News and forthcoming reviews

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

News and forthcoming reviews

Well! This past June 8, I celebrated a birthday by touring Mt Vernon and leading my mom on a perhaps ill-advised adventure to the Bake Shop at Clarendon for macaroons (fittingly, they had Birthday Cake flavor). Ill-advised because our GPS satellites konked out on the return journey, leaving a woman from Wisconsin and a woman unfamiliar with driving in D.C. to navigate our way back to the hotel. I began to suspect some force didn’t want me to leave the Washington metro area. But, whatever...

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“The Witch Hunter’s Account” in Nameless Magazine

Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nameless Digest Issue #3 contains, among many other fine stories, my “Witch Hunter’s Account.” Like “The Astrologer’s Telling,” published in Daily Science Fiction last month, “The Witch Hunter’s Account” was inspired by one of Lovecraft’s favorite authors, Arthur Machen, and is also a response to Lovecraftian cosmic horror, again with fewer tentacles and, I like to think, less xenophobia than Lovecraft. Hmm, actually, scratch that bit...

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“The Astrologer’s Telling” up at Daily Science Fiction

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

…charnel winds that brush the pallid stars and make them flicker low.Ever since I first encountered that nightmare image, from H.P. Lovecraft’s prose-poem “Nyarlathotep,” I have wanted to write a story about the stars going out. A morbid urge? Absolutely. But there’s a certain virtue in morbidity; it makes me thoughtful and perhaps compassionate, if that’s a thing a writer of apocalyptic fiction can be. And so “The Astrologer’s...

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2 Weeks Vacation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

2 Weeks Vacation

Strangely, travelling is one of my more relaxing experiences. Not to overlook the strain of the TSA (complicating matters is the fact that I saved space in my suitcase by wearing my bulkiest jacket and high-heeled boots, not exactly easy to take off & put back on in a rush) or even the physical strain of lugging a backpack and suitcase for 12+ hours (ah, carry on). But at least things are simple. I never bother with WiFi while flying, so I am completely unlinked from the Internet for the...

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More on the Starter Guide

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Namely, you have the chance to win some free copies!2 print copies are available through a Goodreads giveaway that closes on April 7th.Ebook copies are also available at LibraryThing in a giveaway that closes to entries this Friday, March 28th. Also, I’ve put together a list of all the posts on this blog that wound up–substantially revised, but with some similarities in structure and content–in the Starter Guide. If you found any of these posts useful or interesting,...

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It’s Fair Trade Friday on this blog, too!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s Fair Trade Friday on this blog, too!

As a child, I was never especially distracted by the weather. Nice days were nice, but I could wait patiently until I got out of class to run around and soak up the sun.Not so much anymore. It helps that I’ve learned walking provides necessary fresh air, exercise, and rest for the wordsmith portion of my brain; it also helps that we’ve just made it through 3 months of snow coming in amounts and at times cruel and absurd enough to awaken anyone’s cynicism (I never got angry at...

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Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

Where You Can Get the Starter Guide for Professional Writers

I’m happy to announce that The Starter Guide for Professional Writers is now available at most online retailers! The Starter Guide for Professional Writers contains everything to know so that you can begin earning money for your writing. Ten chapters address every stage of writing, revising, releasing, and promoting your first (or second, or third) published story, including what you need to:  Defeat writer’s block and finish your story Revise to make the strongest manuscript...

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