My Transformative Writing Year

I’m sitting here five days before Christmas crunching on a lone taco shell, watching Avengers: Endgame, and contemplating how my life went sideways.  Year two of the pandemic sure has been one chaotic mess for writing. Words spilled out onto the page, then dried to a trickle. Successes were few and far between while failures stuckContinue reading “My Transformative Writing Year”

Philcon 2021

This week I’m attending Philcon, an annual convention run by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. Over the past 15 years I’ve participated in panel discussions with other writers at Philcon. I’ve run Ravaged Earth games in their gaming suite. I drank with industry professionals at the hotel bar. In short, I’ve had a blast connectingContinue reading “Philcon 2021”

I Got a Book Deal

After a month of holding my tongue, I can finally announce I signed a multi-book deal with Shadow Spark Publishing for my Martyr’s Vow series! The first book, Accursed Son, (which I’ve been querying, like, forever) will be published in December 2022. Readers of this blog know that Accursed Son was my MA in Writing project, oneContinue reading “I Got a Book Deal”

Working with an Editor

For the last month I’ve been busy. Busy writing. Busy reading. Busy pulling dead polecats from the garbage disposal (aka getting my stories rejected). And busy working with an editor for Accursed Son. I wasn’t sold on hiring editors, until I hired one. It’s well worth the expense, especially if your plot is complicated andContinue reading “Working with an Editor”

Find Your Voice

I’m coming down from the euphoric high that was #UCIJRetreat2021 and had an interesting development regarding my #RevPit entry. #RevPit is a contest where writers submit five pages to their editors of choice, who review them and determine if they’re worthy for eight-week, one-on-one editing sessions. I submitted the first five pages of Accursed Son, myContinue reading “Find Your Voice”

My First Virtual Writing Retreat

It began with us bellowing at the top of our lungs, “I AM A WRITER!”, a primal scream echoing throughout Zoom.  It would end with 20 kindred spirits becoming friends and bonding over writing. Proclaiming yourself a writer to others is a courageous act. I spent last weekend at the #5amwritersclub’s Unforgettable Characters & IncredibleContinue reading “My First Virtual Writing Retreat”

Deep in The Feels and ascending Failure Mountain

There’s a reason why I haven’t updated the blog in a few months. I’ve been writing. Head down, butt in chair, fingers on keyboard writing. I wrote three short stories and submitted them for publication. Lately, I’m on a short story kick. Crafting short stories takes time and energy, both of which I strangely haveContinue reading “Deep in The Feels and ascending Failure Mountain”