It's all right to be a beginner
April 12, 2016

Bear with me. As I write this post, I’m more than a little mad. And I don’t mean “crazy,” either. I encountered a fellow the other day who spoke things so poisonous, so deadly to the creative mind, that I suspect he’s already left a battalion of writer-corpses in his wake.

And I’m not staying silent about it anymore.

Only You Can Tell Your Story
April 5, 2016

Writing is a strange thing, filled with emotional roller-coasters and storms and deserts. Who would ever put themselves willingly through this? Well, you (and me). Why? Because you have something to say. The only person who can tell your story is you.

Sunset outside our home in Phoenix
March 30, 2016

This is a long, personal post. You don’t have to read it! However, for those of you who’ve wondered what’s been going on over the past year, I figured it was finally time to explain more in-depth. Long story short: in 2015, my husband nearly died.

Confront Your Fears
March 1, 2016

According to last week‘s responses, failure is the number one fear that writers face. Maybe we should start by defining it.

How do villains justify THAT?
February 26, 2016

Why does this matter? Because if you’re not writing your villains with the awareness that in their head, they’re not the villain, you may be writing a flat, 2D character.

December 3, 2015

So this is a special Christmas. If there’s one thing this long, difficult year has taught me, treasure the time you have with your loved ones. Every moment really is special.

December 1, 2015

Congratulations, everybody! I’ve clicked the button to generate winners, and I’m sending out the emails today. 🙂

November 5, 2015

Bit of personal business here today, but it matters: This is the 14th anniversary of the accident that nearly killed my husband Duane.

GeekGirlCon 2015
November 1, 2015

Hi, friends! We had so many requests for the resources from our panel that I decided to put them all online.

October 22, 2015

Many of you noticed that Gorishfish disappeared for… well, a couple of months. There’s a reason for this. It’s time to explain it all.

January 27, 2015

There came a funny moment today when I realized that Notte’s voice is very much like Tolkien’s. I don’t mean the world Tolkien created. I mean the actual man.

October 22, 2014

Follow these ten steps, and your cover will look professional. Whether your cover looks good depends on the photos and fonts you choose, but if you follow these steps, your readers will thank you!

July 13, 2014

I took bookworm and made it mine, decided that geek meant smart, and tried with all my heart to transform the sorrow and pain and rejection and mockery and bullying into a badge of honor.

June 20, 2014

I assumed I must be crazy, which I think is the default for any of us who go through something and keep it to ourselves.

May 28, 2014

I know what comes next. I just don’t have the brain-space to write it.

May 16, 2014

My mom may be gone, but I refuse to honor her memory with sorrow. Today, I celebrate life.

March 17, 2014

So here’s this thing that I’ve know about forever, but have had no opportunity to talk about yet. It’s called the First War, and was probably one of the most culturally significant things to ever happen among the Mythos.

January 29, 2014

Please understand that I LOVE this laptop. It has always done everything I asked of it, and that’s why this particular problem is so disturbing.

January 24, 2014

You may have noticed my absence. Never fear! It is due to Writing Focus, which tends to produce good things. By the way, I will be offering The Christmas Dragon free via the newsletter, and it will also be briefly free on Kindle.

September 6, 2013

It was some kind of fey soap opera. Falling somewhere between clownish tragedy and romantic comedy, it shone with vibrancy and humor in this dark, underground world.

September 3, 2013

His hunger tainted everything, the world, the sky, the air. I ran from it, ran underground, down, down, as far away from the heat and the hunger as I could, and did not stop until I found the lowest place.

August 8, 2013

Nobody (except for crazy people) ever said editing was easy (unless they meant, “easily drives you crazy”).

Entire scenes have to be rewritten, whole chapters gutted and sewed into new shape, and characters you thought you knew suddenly up and move to a different zip code of emotions without telling you why.

May 19, 2013

I got a wild idea. A crazy idea. Ask me your questions, and I’ll put them in the next edition of The Sundered to celebrate the release of Notte.

May 14, 2013

Fair warning: this was the first Mother’s Day since my mom died. This post will be very personal, and probably uncomfortable for some. In this post, I am deeply, critically honest.