Author Update: Milestone Moment (Part 2)

Last time I posted, I shared some general life milestone moments culminating in the discovery that I need reading glasses. This time, I have far more exciting news to share.     Life: A Long and Winding Road I started submitting short stories to science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazines in 2000. Back then, the internet …

Author Update: Milestone Moments (Part 1)

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It’s been a while since I last posted an update. I’ve had a few milestone moments and thought I’d share. Some have been related to general life stuff, but some are exciting and relate to writing. (Part one of a two part post)

Book Review: The Stone Serpent

Image of the cover of the horror novel, The Stone Serpent, by Nicholas Kaufmann. Cover depicts a human skull with a pit viper (possibly a copperhead) emerging from the left eye socket and crawling up and over the top of the skull.

I recently had the pleasure of reading Nicholas Kaufmann’s newest horror novel, “The Stone Serpent.” This sequel to Kaufmann’s 2021 novel “The Hungry Earth” takes place a year after the events of the first book and follows the main character, Dr. Laura Powell, as she tries to re-establish some semblance of normalcy in her life. …

My Futurescapes Writing Workshop Experience

This past November, I attended the Futurescapes 200-Page Intensive Writing Workshop. Overall, I’m glad I took part. That said, I’m not sure I’d do it again. What is Futurescapes? In my last post, Writing, Revising, Resting, and a Writing Workshop, I shared the exciting news that I’d applied to and gotten accepted into the Futurescapes 200-page …

Writing, Revising, Resting, and a Writing Workshop

Way back in February, I wrote a post about how I struggle to finish projects. Since then, I haven’t written anything here. Life got busy. Again. In about a week I’ll be disappearing once more as I take part in a week-long intensive writing workshop. I’m very excited and can’t wait to tell you all …

On Finishing What I Start

I’ve always struggled with finishing what I start. It’s probably a foundation stone in my personality. Great at starting things. Trash at finishing them. Except books, for some reason. Reading them, I mean. Writing them? Well… let’s talk about that. And some other stuff.

Boskone 58 – This Time, It’s Virtual!

It’s become an annual February event in my household. What has, you ask? Valentine’s Day weekend? No. Presidents Day weekend? Definitely not. No, I’m talking about Boskone weekend!!

Writing and Submitting Stories – First Impressions

Today on the Writescast Network, I’m sharing my thoughts on Making Good First Impressions when writing and submitting stories to paying markets. If you’re a new writer thinking about sending a story to a magazine, I encourage you to check it out.

Writing in a Time of Climate Anxiety

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A couple of weeks ago, I took part in a panel discussion during Lesley University’s 2020 Creative Writing MFA winter residency. The topic: “Writing in a Time of Climate Anxiety.” Together, I and the other panelists talked about the need for writers to start writing stories that matter.

While I Await Pitch Wars News…

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It’s that time of year again, when I and 3,700 other aspiring authors try out for Pitch Wars. Let me take a moment to tell you all about it.