Over the last I’m not sure how many years, I’ve noticed a shift in violence in books. I tend to read romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and all fantasy, plus some other stuff. What I’ve noticed is a growing comfort with … Continue reading
One of the surest signs of summer where I live is the sudden disappearance of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches from local grocery stores’ freezers on the first really warm day of the season. Ice cream is extremely popular in … Continue reading
Recently I got into a discussion about words you refuse to use in your writing, or everyday language. I did a very informal online poll on my blog in hopes of garnering more examples, so here’s a summary. A … Continue reading
Book View Cafe’s latest anthology, Nevertheless She Persisted, is coming out on August 8. It will be available in the BVC bookstore then, but you can also preorder it at: Amazon Barnes and Noble iBooks Kobo When the contributors saw … Continue reading
(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Slang is an incredibly tricky topic in fiction, including stuff set in the real world. Used correctly, it can be powerful tool for vividly evoking a sense of place, time, … Continue reading
I ordered a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Novels & Stories from the Library of America and received my copy in a couple of days, even though the book is not yet officially in print. (You can order … Continue reading
I wrote an article about using puppets in play therapy for autistic children and sent it to [NAME REDACTED] magazine. It received an enthusiastic response from the editor, who said they wanted to publish it. No mention of payment in … Continue reading
I recently had to exorcise, er, fire a client. One I’d been working with for years. I have written three complete novels for this fellow, rewritten a fourth and outlined a fifth. The novel we were working on when we … Continue reading
A short while ago, we adopted a shelter dog, a young female German Shepherd Dog, named Sage (Seichi). Although she was a wonderful dog in many respects, her intensity and high prey drive didn’t work out for us. We believed our … Continue reading
Aren’t you tired of doing everything right?
Wouldn’t you like a second chance to go back and do it wrong?
Coed Demon Sluts. Always room on the team.Continue reading