A Few Words on Failure: #PitMad After-Action Report 6 Sep 19

It's half-past midnight and I should be in bed. Instead, I'm listening to the new cat Mouse acquired chasing a toy which involves a ping-pong ball on a plastic track in the bathroom and considering my next moves. Yesterday was the third-quarter edition of Pitch Madness on Twitter. Like so many hopeful authors of all … Continue reading A Few Words on Failure: #PitMad After-Action Report 6 Sep 19

Music of #TSC (Because Insomnia’s A Dick)

Good morning, friends! Here on the West Coast, it's just after 2:30 in the morning. The June edition of #PitMad starts in a couple of hours, and naturally, I can't sleep. Why? Well, as I mentioned in the title, insomnia's a dick. So...I'll be up until around 9pm tonight, after which I fully intend to … Continue reading Music of #TSC (Because Insomnia’s A Dick)

News from the Trenches 31 May 19

So, it's been over two and a half months since I last posted anything, never mind about The Soulforger Chronicles (hereinafter TSC). My online life moved from a long weekend away (I don't do online anything when camping unless something is quite literally in danger of burning down if I don't) to an unexpected hiatus. … Continue reading News from the Trenches 31 May 19

#amquerying: #PitMad After Action Report From the Trenches

It's been a wild week! Last Thursday was Pitch Madness on Twitter, or as the hashtag goes, "#PitMad." For those of you who aren't hip and don't care to click the handy link I provided, here are the basics. You get 280 characters to pitch your story to agents and publishers. If they like your … Continue reading #amquerying: #PitMad After Action Report From the Trenches

A Plan, and A Pivot

If you've visited my site before, you may notice there have been some fairly radical and abrupt changes. And I think you deserve an explanation. With the publication of "Scarlet's Game" in October, I found myself grappling with the most frightening question any writer can face. "Now what?" I've never really had A Plan as … Continue reading A Plan, and A Pivot

Second Chapter Sunday: A Demon for Dinner

If you missed First Chapter Friday, please click here. Otherwise, enjoy the second chapter! Chapter Two Mafelor settled herself on the soft tan suede of the smaller sitting furniture and pondered the living room with a combination of amusement and awe. While demons treasured their private space, there was no such notion as “art for … Continue reading Second Chapter Sunday: A Demon for Dinner

First Chapter Friday: A Demon for Dinner

It's First Chapter Friday, and you know what that means around these parts! This week, I wanted to showcase a story which has never been published until now. There was a reason for that, as it turns out, and it's an old story in publishing. When I approached a publisher with "A Demon for Dinner," … Continue reading First Chapter Friday: A Demon for Dinner

Eat My Shorts! Quotes and Fun Facts pt. 2

It's Monday, and that means tonight at mindnight U.S. Eastern time, Eat My Shorts! goes live for sale at Smashwords! To celebrate the day, I wanted to bring you more quotes and fun facts to tempt your palate and tickle your fancy. If you missed Part One, here's a link! So, since my last post … Continue reading Eat My Shorts! Quotes and Fun Facts pt. 2

A World Without Words: An Open Letter to The New York Daily News

I'd like you, gentle reader, to take a moment and imagine something really horrific. Imagine a world where words are the only accepted form of currency. Your ability to secure food, shelter, meet people, fall in love, raise a family, share the joys and heartaches of being connected to humanity are quite literally bought and … Continue reading A World Without Words: An Open Letter to The New York Daily News

Impostor Syndrome

You would think by now I'd pretty well figure I've got my shit together, at least in some dimensions. Let's look at my resume for a moment. I have two women I love very much, and who love me back. I've successfully published two articles on KinkAcademy.com, which is not exactly a bottom-tier source of … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome