Kathy

When I'm not teaching science to high school students, or hanging out with my spouse and two kids, I'm probably writing. Or, thinking about writing. Or, reading things that other excellent folks have written. I believe in taking risks and trying new things. I and place tremendous value in the positive impacts of creativity.

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

Screen shot of father and son characters from the movie The Road

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…

Official Pitch Wars Logo

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.

A Summer of Short Stories!

Summer Sunset

I went on hiatus from posting to the blog back in March. Now, summer’s at an end here in the Witch City, so it’s time to get back to blogging with a summer recap. For the past few months, my focus has been on short stories, both reading and writing them!

Book Review: 100 Fathoms Below

100 Fathoms Below

Setting sail inside a tin can, in enemy waters, and someone on board isn’t feeling quite well. What could possibly go wrong? My review of 100 Fathoms Below.

Revision: Structuring (and re-structuring) Chapters

Tom Hanks Writer

Most of us create first drafts that need quite a bit of work before they’re doing what they need to do. Maybe you’re the type of writer who never looks back while writing that first draft until you’ve typed the words The End. Or, perhaps you tend to write novels a bit at a time, and you pause to revise as you go. Regardless, there will be a first draft to deal with, and it will inevitably take a few passes to get it right. The key to revising well is to see it as an opportunity, not an ordeal.

Boskone – New England’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention (part 1)

Boskone 56 Banner Image

For any aspiring author of fantasy, science fiction, and horror fiction, Boskone is one of the best, most supportive communities in New England.

Gearing Up for Boskone56!

Boskone

Boskone56 is nearly upon us! Who’s excited? Me! Last year at this time, I was a hot mess. Boskone55 being my very first convention ever, I had no idea what to expect. I knew authors were going to be there, talking on panels, signing autographs, walking around in the halls, talking to people, and existing in …

#IWSG – The Path to Publication

Mountain Path

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s #IWSG day! That would be the Insecure Writer’s Support Group if you didn’t know, started by the esteemed Alex J. Cavanaugh. Be sure to pop over to the website and check it out. You’ll find a fantastic community of like-minded writer types, all at varying stages …

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

I just read a The Martian, a book loved dearly by a LOTĀ of people. I, however, didn’t love it. In my review, I discuss elements of this book that failed me.