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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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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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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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2017 already!? (On second thought, thank goodness)

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Blog Posts, Work and Career | 0 comments

2017 already!? (On second thought, thank goodness)

It is with considerable chagrin that I realize I haven’t published a new blog post since March of 2016 (though it is with some pleasure that I work the word “chagrin” into a sentence). 2016 was not the most productive of years, and that’s the kindest thing that can be said for it. My feelings toward it are not kindly and it was not at all kind. I lost my father unexpectedly, under difficult circumstances, at the end of September, and in November I lost another good...

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Living With Imposter Syndrome–Guest Post Live on Fictionvale!

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog Posts, Editing, Uncategorized, Work and Career, Writing, Writing Advice | 0 comments

The first mercy of impostor syndrome, in my experience at least, is that it isn’t constant. Instead it attacks at intervals, at moments of either my deepest despair or highest success. Of course success attracts this psychological beastie’s attention: in the grips of impostor syndrome, my jerky brain is happy to dismiss any achievement as a fluke or a fraud. I’ve either tricked people into thinking I can write, or they’ve reviewed my manuscript favorably from pity for someone so pathetically...

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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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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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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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One Year Later

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

One Year Later

I started this blog on February 9, 2013. Reading back over my first few posts, it’s tempting to think about how far I’ve come since then. Clever, hardworking college graduate seeks job…finds one?  When I started Story Addict, I had just moved to Washington, D.C. for one last semester before graduation. Like most new graduates, I was concerned about making the shift to a young professional. To be honest, I still am. And I’m still feeling out the specifics. Over the...

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