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 →

Odds and ends

Hello, humans! I debated about doing a MystiCon recap here because I have been...very much feeling like taking a nap. Like really, a nap would be great. I took a brief break after the convention, but it wasn't long enough. So instead I decided to just do a general State of the Author post with... Continue Reading →

MystiCon 2020 Schedule

Hey folks! It's that time of year and I will be at MystiCon next Friday doing the rounds. You're welcome to stop in and say hello at any of these events: Saturday, February 29th Author Table, 1pm - 2pm Sunday, March 1st Food & Drink in Genre Fiction, 10 am, Dogwood 1 Fruits Basket: Then... Continue Reading →

Hello 2020

Good golly it is that time. I'm starting the year off with a bang - I'll be traveling out of the country to study acrobatics for a week or so, and I'm really jazzed about that. In fact, by the time this post goes live I will probably be on a plane! So I haven't... Continue Reading →

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