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Getting Out of a Slump

From time to time, you find yourself down in the dumps and uninspired. At those times, you just can’t seem to summon the wherewithal to write. Sound familiar? Recently, I found myself in one such rut again but this time, I decided to brainstorm ways to overcome the mental blocks that were keeping me from writing. I took some time to consider my predicament and try to ascertain why I was blocked and what I could…

Sea Witch Song Cover Redesign

Sometimes, you come across an image and it just grabs you and speaks to you. It’s abstract but compared to the previous cover of Sea Witch Song, the abstract underwater background more profoundly conveys the general mood of the story… or so I’d like to think. Sea Witch Song is the horror novelette that I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. Premise Uma Brown grapples with grief and communes with the hoary beast that killed her…

Editorial Calendars for Cheapskates

If you try to blog on a schedule, you tend to learn quickly that you won’t get very far without a bit of planning and organization. This is where an editorial calendar comes into play. An effective editorial calendar not only allows you to plan posts weeks, even months ahead of time, it also helps to keep you on task. When using an editorial calendar, I’ve found that I’m more likely to publish new blog…

The Shapeshifter’s Story

It recently occurred to me that shapeshifters of one kind or another tend to show up in my stories quite a lot. This realization came to me as a bit of a surprise because I’ve never really considered myself particularly enamored with or fascinated by shapeshifter lore. The shapeshifter in Skin Dancing is something out of a nightmare. Two women meet in a bar in the boondocks on a sweltering summer night. Each woman revels in…

How a Pantser Learned to Plot

I used to be a pantser.  Time was writing by the seat of my pants was the only way I could imagine getting any writing done. This particular approach to the writing process worked for me for a very long time. That changed, though, when a medical condition which seems to have affected the way my brain works, left me unable to focus or effortlessly string my ideas together. I very quickly learned that to…

Is Firecracker Really Godpunk?

I’ve touted Firecracker as a godpunk webserial but the truth is I have my own questions about that. I haven’t quite managed to pin down an exact definition of godpunk. As far as I understand it, godpunk is all about the mythological gods of old existing in the modern world. Now, are there rules attached? What if I created a brand-new god with a whole new mythology and plopped her down into the modern world?…

My First Stab at Horror

When I set out to write my first (and possibly only) horror story, one thing immediately came to mind. It was that episode of the X-Files in which Mulder and Scully encounter that red-eyed creature that might have been one of the Conquistadors who came to Florida with Ponce de Leon in search of the Fountain of Youth. My mind drifted back to the last scene of that episode where Scully exits her hotel room…

Blood Magic and Mayhem

Imagine a woman who can walk across realms, a transdimensional nomad, if you will. She’s taken up residence on a non-magical planet called Earth. She, a wayfarer, lives there in peace until unknown enemies track her down and leave her near dead. Her estranged husband arrives soon after, bringing devastating news. Afterward, the wayfarer sets off across worlds to track down the source of the attack with the wizard, a witch, and the doppelganger of…

2017 Blog Schedule

Expect a new post every Friday. Weekly posts will include reviews, writing tips and inspirations, as well as new additions to the Genre Love series. The Genre Love blog series provides some insight into aspects of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres that inspire, amuse, illuminate and entertain us. Exceptions/Extras Anime and manga related topics will be posted once a month, on the 15th. Major News will be posted immediately. Reviews, Guest Posts, and…

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