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.

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.

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

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

My Interview for Arthur McCabe’s Website!

Arthur McCabe

My Very First “Writer” Interview!! Over on the website Interviews from the Void, I had the honor of chatting with Arthur McCabe about a whole bunch of interesting writing stuff. It’s a sign of how inept I am at professional marketing and blogging that I only just thought today of mentioning this on my own …

The Biggest Pitfall for Aspiring Authors

Pit Fall

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means.  It’s #IWSG Day! The question this month is…   What pitfalls have you encountered on your journey to publication that you can share with others? Well, uh… hmm. I don’t actually know of many pitfalls from direct personal experience. To date, I …

My ReaderCon 2018 Experience (Part 2)

ReaderCon

It took two ridiculously long posts to cover all the fun of ReaderCon 2018, but I gotta say, I had an incredible time. If you’re a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories, you have to get to ReaderCon. You won’t be disappointed.

My ReaderCon 2018 Experience (Part 1)

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I went for three days without seeing the sun.   Not best practice in terms of health, but it tells you something about how busy I was at ReaderCon this past weekend. Quick disclaimer: This is going to be a long post, as will be the part 2 follow-up. I’m trying to paint a clear picture …

Neuroscience Hack #2-Writing That Hooks Readers

Brain Experiment

If you’ve ever watched an Olympic sporting event like the floor routine in gymnastics, you might have seen shots of athletes preparing to compete. They stand to the side, eyes closed, twisting their bodies around in odd ways. You know what they’re doing. They’re envisioning their routine, imagining the jumps, the turns, the tucks. The same thing happening to those athlete’s brains as they pre-visualize their routines occurs inside readers’ minds when they read. Provided, that is, an author uses a few key neuroscience tricks when they write.

The Value of a Creative Writing MFA – A (sort of) IWSG post

Lesley University Student Center

I did it. I graduated. I am a creative writing “master,” which is a little weird to write. The title “novice” would probably be more accurate. But, two days out from having received my handshake and diploma (not really, just a certificate. The diploma will arrive in the mail a month from now), I am feeling most grateful for the people I met and the relationships I forged.

Writing That Hooks Readers – Neuroscience Hack #1

Amazing Stories 1948

Regardless of the quality of the actual story being told, the writing can either engage us or bore us. Understanding the neuroscience of reading can help you grab readers by the brain and engage them more effectively.

ReaderCon29, Here I Come!

ReaderCon

ReaderCon is arguably the most significant annual writing conference in Massachusetts. Happening each July in the town of Quincy, the event attracts an impressive line-up of fantasy, science fiction, and horror authors. It’s a must attend for genre fans, both readers and writers. This year, I’m going, and I can’t wait!

Book Titles and Character Names: An IWSG Post

Roses

It’s been said, names have power, and an evocative title is step one toward hooking your readers. Yet many of us spend little time giving thoughtful consideration to either. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of the online name generators. Here’s a better way to approach naming your characters and titling your story.