Hello and Welcome. I’m Kathy!
I started this site in 2016 at the half-way mark of a two year MFA in Creative Writing program at Lesley University. My graduate program is over and done with; I graduated in June of 2018 with a concentration in Writing for Young People. The formal program is finished, but my personal journey continues, and so does the blog. In my quest to write great stories and get them out into the world, I’ll continue to post on pretty much whatever is taking up space in my head.
I am not a full-time writer. Not yet. Right now, I pay the bills teaching high school biology, histology, forensics, and an intro to dissection class. Am I a science nerd? Oh, yes. Without question. Outside the classroom, I split my time between family, fitness, and reading & writing speculative fiction (usually with horror and dark fantasy leanings).
In March of 2019, I joined the team of first readers at Clarkesworld Magazine, an award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine started by Neil Clarke in 2006. It has been a joy to read story submission from other new and established writers of speculative fiction, and the experience has helped me hone my own writing skills.
Recently, I also joined the WriteCast Network as a member of their Blogsquad. There, I write about various topics ranging from the creative process to writing craft techniques.
This blog is about reading, writing, and being a creative person. The up’s, the down’s, the genuine difficulties of trying to be a creative individual living in a consumption-focused world. The focus is on creative writing, but I may stray in my musings.
A Few of My Favorite Authors (deceased):
Terry Pratchett, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Shirley Jackson, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury.
A Few More of My Favorite Authors (living):
Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, V. E. Schwab, Liz Bardugo, N. K. Jemisin, Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Aderman, Patrick Ness, Mackenzie Lee, Maggie Stiefvater, Cressida Cowell, Naomi Novik, Jeffrey Ford, and recently I discovered Stephen Graham Jones.
Thanks so much for stopping by! And, happy writing to you.