I Won NaNoWriMo And All I Got Was A Sense of Smug Satisfaction

Not gonna lie. I like National Novel Writing Month. I can almost see the thousands of eyes rolling in unison. Hear me out. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo to al the cool kids) takes place every November. Writers sign up and update their progress online as they (drumroll, please) write a novel for 30Continue reading “I Won NaNoWriMo And All I Got Was A Sense of Smug Satisfaction”

Philcon Round-Up

I attended Philcon, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society’s annual convention last weekend. It’s a small and intimate convention, one for science fiction and fantasy fans, a mostly literary shindig, although panels on movies, pop culture, and science are thrown into the mix. This is my 15th Philcon. When I first attended, I was a participant,Continue reading “Philcon Round-Up”

Accursed Son ARCs Are Here

That’s right, folks! The Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) of Accursed Son are ready and for any reviewer or book blogger who wants a little urban fantasy or horror! They’re available in three formats: epub, mobi, and pdf. The stellar formatting makes the overall book gorgeous. Big tip o’ the hat to Jessica Moon and ChadContinue reading “Accursed Son ARCs Are Here”

That’s a Wrap!

After five months of intense back-and-forth editing between me and the publisher, I sent the final draft of Accursed Son to Shadow Spark Publishing on Thursday. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Accursed Son‘s ugly birth came in 2018 during a graduate class called “Writing the Novel.” We each had to plot and writeContinue reading “That’s a Wrap!”

Accursed Son Cover Reveal

Behold! I present the cover for my debut novel ACCURSED SON, which will be released Dec. 12 from Shadow Spark Publishing! Preorders go live Nov. 12. Ain’t she a beaut? Cover by François Vaillancourt. Here’s a little teaser to whet your appetites: Armand Tarkanian is trapped in the ultimate dead-end job: embalming decedents under hisContinue reading “Accursed Son Cover Reveal”

See me! Hear me!

Lost Boys Press held their release party for Great Wars, an anthology containing my short horror story “Make Lovecraft, Not War” tonight. Contributing authors discussed their stories live on the Interwebs, and hosts Daniel and Dina of the Don’t Make It Weird Podcast were hilarious and made me feel right at home. Frayed nerves aside,Continue reading “See me! Hear me!”

Embracing the Unknown

Writing is all about embracing the unknown. Will my stories resonate with readers? Have I written the story exactly the way I want? Does it need further polish, additional editing, more sparkle? You struggle with writing. And struggle. The ideas are fickle if they come. Sometimes they leave you behind and go elsewhere, taking aContinue reading “Embracing the Unknown”

Of Time Travel and Writing…

Con-Tinual Convention’s Hot Off the Press interviewed me, Gregory Frost, Louise Piper, Heather McKinney, Gini Koch, and Chris A. Jackson about our stories published in anthologies and our individual writing process. Thanks to Jim Nettles for hosting a great panel discussion and for Con-Tinual Convention for the invite. You can experience the panel here. IContinue reading “Of Time Travel and Writing…”

Way of the Scribe

by Guest Blogger Dr. Sandor Kamel23rd Level Uber-ScribeAncient Royal Sanctus Scriptorium  Writing is a defiant act. It spits in the eye of a culture that values material success and stunted intellectual growth, while condemning creativity and artistic expression. Ironically, it’s the creative weirdoes who will save civilization from its own destructive urges and usher in aContinue reading “Way of the Scribe”

The Dangers of Stretching Yourself Too Thin

Apologies for no update in May. I was busy editing and writing and wrapping up another semester. Received more rejections, but that’s part of the business. Sometimes we contort ourselves in all directions. We do too much, assume too many responsibilities, and burn the candle at both ends. We’re focused on writing the Next BigContinue reading “The Dangers of Stretching Yourself Too Thin”