So... Long time, no see! Between bad weather (being snowed in with no power for 2 days in January) and just general life stuff, the blog has once again taken a back seat to... well, everything. In an effort to rectify that (at least to a small extent) I thought I'd post a snippet of … Continue reading Flotsam

Guest Post – He Always Runs While Others Walk: Pacing in Fiction

Today I have a real treat for you guys. I'm delighted to host a guest post by Harry Connolly, author of the Twenty Palaces series, and The Great Way, his new fantasy trilogy. I've been a fan of Harry's for years, and was thrilled to be able to participate in Harry's blog tour. He has … Continue reading Guest Post – He Always Runs While Others Walk: Pacing in Fiction

Say When

So, I quietly did Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I thought maybe without the fanfare of announcing I was doing it and worrying about write-ins and taking part in the community (although all those things are great, and a wonderful part of the experience of NaNoWriMo) I would be more focused on the writing and less … Continue reading Say When

Well, Here We Are.

Half-way through December with the holiday-that-shall-not-be-named right around the corner. No, I'm not ready. I relieved myself of the pressure of NaNoWriMo about two weeks in when, as I told someone on Twitter, work exploded and I lost the will to live. The job stress led to panic attacks and the last thing I had … Continue reading Well, Here We Are.

Good Saturday

I probably should have been more "responsible" but I needed some downtime so I went out for another bike ride. Did a little better this week than last week, much better than I expected for not having been on the bike in probably 9 months. Also have several writing projects going, which is interesting to … Continue reading Good Saturday

Game of Thrones Books vs Television Series

SO, I've had few hits on the blog lately from people using the search terms "will Game of Thrones follow the books." I can tell you in no uncertain terms I Have No Idea.® My best guess is they will follow the books relatively faithfully, concerning major events, but some scenes not in the book … Continue reading Game of Thrones Books vs Television Series

May Flash Fiction Challenge (with actual fiction included)

Well, it took longer than I expected to crank out this little piece, but here it is for Ralfast's May Flash Fiction Challenge. ***** He never should have been there. He should have believed the old stories. The old lady had died, and the reading of the will would take place the following afternoon. He … Continue reading May Flash Fiction Challenge (with actual fiction included)


:::chewing fingernails::: I found out, via Twitter, that one of my favorite sci-fi writers, Robert J. Sawyer, is taking part in NaNoWriMo, and has invited people to follow him. Yes, he tweeted it out. That in itself is almost enough to make me sign on. Argh. What to do, what to do? I actually got … Continue reading Must…resist…NaNoWriMo

Picture, if you will…

...This: Yeee... err....uh.... Yeah. What the hell? you say. As did we all. BUT... this terrifying, inexplicable image just netted me a free book! And that's always a good thing. Here's how: Twitter convert that I am (I'm still eating crow over that), I discovered a Web site dedicated to fantasy literature, conveniently called Fantasy … Continue reading Picture, if you will…