Hooray! Book review is live!

Well, the book review that I stayed up until 5am to write the weekend after E3 is now live at innsmouthfreepress.com. Yay! I knew it would take a while to appear, but I couldn’t help but worry a little. Honestly, I was kind of thinking I must have been so sleep deprived when I wrote it that they took one look at it and said, “No way in hell are we posting this.” Glad I was wrong. Phew. You can read it here: Book […]

Writing, writing, writing…writing, writing.

My carpal tunnel woes are finally nearing an end (fingers crossed), which means two important things: I can blog again. I can work on my novel again. I spent the weekend reworking my outline (and having a Teen Wolf marathon with my illustrator, but we won’t get into that.) I can keep a lot of what I already have written, at least for this draft, which is encouraging. I’m beginning to think that my new strategy for writing a first draft is […]

Audible Deal of the Day

…today is The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Price: $1.95 “This collection brings together 12 of the finest short stories of prominent American feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman’s best-known work, was first published in 1892 and represents an important examination of 19th-century attitudes toward women’s physical and mental health. Written as a collection of journal entries by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to her bedroom, the story depicts the narrator’s descent into psychosis […]

Innsmouth Magazine 15

Innsmouth Magazine 15 Innsmouth Magazine Issue 15 is available and includes my flash fiction piece “Hunting Trip”. It won’t make any sense unless you know Lovecraftian lore, but if you do and would like to offer your support (or just want to read weird fiction), please consider picking up a copy.

Up until 5AM: The dreadful deadline

So a while back I got a chance to write a book review for a website. The editor suggested a deadline of June 15, and I said, “Sure!” Because that’s what you say. Clearly I didn’t think this through because that was the weekend following E3. If you don’t know what E3 is, it’s a huge video game conference—Electronic Entertainment Expo. I work for Xbox.com, so that was kind of a busy week for me. Now, I will say it wasn’t as crazy […]

In which a nerd loses a car and acquires another one

So, last Wednesday my fiancee and I were pulling into a parking space and my car stalled. One tow truck and many hours at the mechanic later, here’s what they told me: “We don’t know what the problem is. But we think we should rebuild your engine. So that’ll cost $11,000. But we can’t guarantee that will fix your problem.” …Right… I told them to please not do that and promptly made plans to sell the car and get a new one. In […]

It’s not morning sickness.

This is a rant, and I apologize for that, but I need to make it. Warning: there may be some bad words. PSA: When a woman is not feeling well, that does not necessarily mean she’s probably pregnant. I run into this so many times now that I’m past the age of 25. I get it a lot because I have stomach issues. I have IBS. I get it, okay. A woman’s stomach is bothering her, might be morning sickness. I’m going to […]

World Horror Con Highlight: Bram Stoker Awards Banquet

I’ve saved the best highlight for last: the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet. If you’ve never been to an awards ceremony that really meant something to you, I can’t describe it. I can’t explain what it’s like to be present, to watch while people you admire are honored for their hard work and amazing talent. To witness tears of pride and joy, hugs and congratulations. It’s my favorite part of the convention. Being new to the convention and being sort of an orbital […]

World Horror Con Highlight: Powell’s City of Books

This isn’t technically part of the con, but it was still a key point for me. It’s a bookstore that’s the size of a city block. You can’t go wrong. I picked up: Mr. Monster by Dan Wells The sequel to “I Am Not a Serial Killer”, which I truly enjoyed. It’s like Dexter, if Dexter was a young boy with sociopath tendencies who kills monsters. Not monstrous people—actual monsters. Jack: Secret Histories by F. Paul Wilson I keep seeing the author’s […]

World Horror Con Hightlight: Young Adult in Horror Panel

This was the most useful panel for me. Release the Hounds is young adult dark fantasy, and I’m always looking for advice. I mentioned this panel in my previous post, but I didn’t really talk about the panel itself. The panelists: Nancy Holder, Derek Clendening, Kami Garcia, Ann Aguirre The most valuable advice I got was: Don’t write down to your readers. Don’t assume teens don’t deal with hot button issues, can’t handle complex plots, and need a simplified vocabulary. Teens are dealing with […]

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