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Kingdom of Lethe: Now Available

A new case drags a detective into the strange world of a woman whose beautiful memories have been stolen. EXCERPT “I don’t have any beautiful memories.” Nedra’s latest client leaned slightly forward with a chagrined half-smile. “It occurred to me,” the lovely woman drawled, “that shouldn’t be the case.” She was perched on the cracked edge of Nedra’s worn out leather chair with all the grace of a Queen of Sheba. Her skin wasn’t quite…

A New Look and a New Mission

My website has a brand-new look and I am on a mission to make my dream of writing full-time come true. For years, I’ve clung to every reason you can think of to not chase my dream: I can’t afford it. I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve it. For the past six months or so though, there’s been a revolution of sorts going on inside me. First came a certain sense of disillusionment with…

The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

by Ryan Lanz Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out. In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing. Why do we use…

I’m Building a Community

It’s funny how things tend to evolve. I created specfics.com because I wanted to create a place for people to go and read my stories online. I wanted to have a website dedicated for that purpose. As I worked on building the website, I realized that I wanted to do more than simply create a repository for my fiction. I wanted to encourage engagement and collaboration among readers and fellow fans and creators of speculative…

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…

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