Bad Times at the El Royale

Hi, do you like movies? Because I like movies. And I have a movie that includes: Beautiful set design and costumingImpeccable fight scenesSubtle social critique set in the late 60sFlawed but likable men AND women charactersA phenomenal opening sequence that reads like a theatre play A friendship between and adult man and an adult woman... Continue Reading →

An adventure, a request

Hello humans! I'm writing this post in the first week after my S.O. broke his foot and rendered himself temporarily disabled. Which reminds me: disability rights are human rights, because you will be disabled in some fashion at some point in your life, at least if you live long enough. Accessibility is important for this... Continue Reading →

Believing and the glass ceiling

Alright, this is a weird post for me. I've been feeling a little demoralized of late with writing stuff, for a variety of reasons, some logical, some the result of me comparing myself to others who are just in a very different place in their careers -- which, by the way, makes no sense. Cannot... Continue Reading →

Resisting the neat ending

Recently I've been thinking a lot about endings for stories. Sticking the landing for an ending to a book or short story is often a very difficult aspect of writing. There's a tendency in writing to try to wrap things up in a neat bow, brought on no doubt by plenty of Hollywood and Disney... Continue Reading →

If you are trying to beat the heat or are stuck inside for some reason this weekend, we have an entertainment option for you! The authors of A Sinister Quartet are doing a free Zoom reading in conjunction with Book No Further on Saturday at 3pm. Hope to see you there!

We've got playlists, folks, for each of the stories in A Sinister Quartet! If you're the type of person who likes to listen to music while you read (and I know some of you are) these playlists provide atmospheric tension for each of the stories in the collection. And as the graphics show, they're all... Continue Reading →

Lessons from contemporary fantasy

Way back in 2018, when I was at FutureScapes, I had the pleasure of seeing Fran Wilde give an excellent presentation on How to Boil Water. If you haven't had a chance to yet, I encourage you to see Fran give this lecture in person. Essentially, it is a thought exercise about a very basic... Continue Reading →

Covid-19 and normalcy

So...hi. How are you? I'm writing this early days in Virginia's increasingly stringent isolation policies. Things have changed rapidly in the past few weeks. I feel overwhelmed. But today I sat outside and ate my lunch in the sunshine. I read a book. I waived at another human being from an appropriate distance. Everything still... Continue Reading →

Why you should take a break

Towards the end of January I turned in the last round of deep edits on a project that I had been working on semi-unexpectedly for about two months, referenced in my last post. I promptly felt like falling down and sleeping for ten days, despite the fact that I had just come back from vacation... Continue Reading →

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