trigger warning: discussion of abuse though it is oblique and in the context of writing a fictional character. I’m going to talk a little about the ways that DV can be invisible. That woman (or man) you think is very private about their partner, doesn’t talk about their life outside of work, has unusual absences, … Continue reading Not always visible
My Patreon, started this year, has been a learning experience. One new complete short story every month has a way of teaching you more about form and structure – even if you thought you knew it all. I’m still contemplating what to do for 2022. The launch of Vella and my own tendency toward novel … Continue reading Writing Serials: Yea or Nay?
I am bisexual. It’s not a secret in my family or friends online or in real life, though I am not one to constantly write or talk about it. Sexual orientation doesn’t exactly come up in a lot of my conversations for one big reason: I don’t have a lot of conversations with people in … Continue reading Bi Visibility
20 years ago this week, I completed the first draft of my very first novel, Turning Point. This post is a reflection of that journey and what I learned about writing, editing, and publishing along the way. Draft I was inspired by fandom with a “what if?” question. What if the animosity between a pair … Continue reading 20 year anniversary
My September Patreon story is mostly finished. It has a working title “Taking Soule Responsibility” and cover art. Keep reading to read the story’s first page. Taking Soule Responsibility (page 1) Emmeline checked her appearance in the reflecting glass atop the chest of drawers in the corner of the large bedroom. Sunlight from the July … Continue reading September Patreon peek
Yesterday, I talked about my mantra for inspiration and writing: in order to write real life fiction, one has to live a real life. Today, I’m going to flip that completely. I’ve been trying for years to write a full-on urban fantasy paranormal story. There’s reality in it, but there’s fantastical elements too. Things that … Continue reading Fantasy inspiration
Life is very busy. There are to-do lists and daily chores. That’s everybody’s life. Then there’s the writer’s life. When I decided to make my work about words, I added to my to-do list things to do about making my income as a writer. If I want income that suggests this is me “making a … Continue reading Inspiration
Here’s the audio and text teaser for the August Patreon story “Anne’s Birthday,” the third story featuring (pirate) Captain “Bloody” Mary Flint and her captive Lady Anne Coleridge. Now called the “Rouge Rogue” series (after Mary’s ship), there are three stories in the collection: The Queen’s Gift free PDF Caribbean Christmas and now, Anne’s Birthday … Continue reading August Patreon story
Golden Crown Literary Society, goldencrown.org, held their 2021 awards (“The Goldies”) virtually yesterday. The GCLS mission is “to increase the visibility and quality of literature that embraces and celebrates women loving women (WLW).” Review GCLS’s Twitter feed for the winners. These are books that were published in 2020. I have a few comments below about … Continue reading GCLS 2021
I often visit this page for a list of holidays and observances to brainstorm ideas to write about. There are the observances and holidays you’d expect. Then there’s “capture the sunset week” and other unusual recognitions. I have used these as inspiration to drop details into stories, or spark complete plots. July has several such … Continue reading July’s special days
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