Getting Published: News from the Trenches

  A few quick updates, my patient friends: I am currently on what we will call a “break” from querying. I still have a few query letters floating around in cyberspace, but I’m not actively sending out new ones for now. My reasoning is two-fold: 1) I have queried the bulk … Continue Reading →


Last Minute Gifts for Critters

Dice Always an obvious choice for anyone into tabletop RPGs. Most probably already have their dice–maybe they’re superstitious and always use the same dice. Or maybe they’re like Laura Bailey (again, see Critical Role) and have tons of dice because they switch when dice aren’t rolling in their favor. Perhaps … Continue Reading →


Give Your Readers What They Want, Part 4: Intellectual Challenge

“Some want the tales to be like puzzles they have to solve. These works don’t worry about explaining themselves. They present reality in an amazingly complicated way, on their own terms.“ The Gotham Writers Workshop Think of a story you absolutely love–fiction, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction. Think about … Continue Reading →


Writing and the Ghosts of Christmas

This time of year can be hard. NaNoWriMo is over, the business of the holiday season is in full swing, family and friend demands are at an all-time high, time is limited and precious and elusive, and all around us swirl stories we can’t quite capture. It’s as though all the plotlines … Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo 2016 – Halfway…Hang in There!

  Whew…halfway! How’s everyone holding up? I admit, I’m scrambling…this mid-November slump is real, guys. It’s SO REAL! Fear starts creeping in, the inner editor starts piping up. So consider this your official, hang-in-there, we-can-do-it, pep talk from me to you! We can do! I believe!   … Okay, so … Continue Reading →