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”

I Got Hitched and April Writerly Update

That’s right! Yesterday your boy married his longtime girlfriend/best friend/soulmate in a small ceremony, capping off a relationship that began 31 years ago!Let’s rewind… Back in the distant mists of time, 1991 to be exact, I met a sweet young lady in college. I was 21, she was 19. We hit it off right away,Continue reading “I Got Hitched and April Writerly Update”

AWP Conference Report, or the Great Philly Jawn-o-rama for Overly-Caffeinated Writers

Returned from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Philadelphia last week with a backpack crammed with swag and my head swimming with memories. Besides the hundreds of bookmarks, pens, and notebooks I lugged home, I took away a sense of membership into a larger writing community. I joined AWP two yearsContinue reading “AWP Conference Report, or the Great Philly Jawn-o-rama for Overly-Caffeinated Writers”

March Writerly Update

With the college closed and students away for spring break, these past seven days have been anything but a time of quiet reflection and relaxation. No alcohol-fueled bacchanalias for this weary scribe. Instead, I’ve been super busy and here’s what’s up: I’m attending the AWP Conference! The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is throwingContinue reading “March Writerly Update”

Writing from Chaos

The world is exploding, shifting, fracturing. We’re all bearing witness to global catastrophes occurring all at once in real time. Climate change. Pandemic. Civil unrest. The war will be televised in high definition and broadcast on Twitter. Humans gawping into their tiny screens, soaking in the chaos, watching while the environment shuts down, tanks rumbleContinue reading “Writing from Chaos”

January’s Writerly Update

Welcome to 2022! Wait, what? 2022? Really? Time flies, doesn’t it? Writing achievements and milestones await us. This is the year ACCURSED SON will debut, and I’m refining the book until I hand it over to the publisher this summer. Writers grind away at their work, battling anxiety, depression, and impostor syndrome. Between enormous doubtContinue reading “January’s Writerly Update”