My Sugar Detox

I’m doing a life-change in my ongoing battle with chronic pain. And it’s working.

Regaining Momentum

Writing after a dry period is really hard, but there’s no secret to getting back into it. There are only a few simple steps.

Learning From Those Who Came Before

We write our stories, and we do the best we can. For many of us, that means we write from perspective born of backgrounds we didn’t control, educations we weren’t aware were cheap, and information we didn’t know was dated.

Reasons to keep going

Keep Going

Things are dark. Very dark. It’s time to ask yourself an important question: why keep going?

The doubting writer's manifesto

The Doubting Writer’s Manifesto

Bad thought-habits are hard to break.

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with them. For all of us who must deal with poisonous doubts spewing from our abused subconscious, I present the Doubting Writer’s Manifesto.

Book News from Ruthanne Reid


Guess what? I’m moving – and I’m giving away the older copies of my books! This is your chance to get hold of my print books for free.

Book News from Ruthanne Reid

Say Farewell to the F-Bomb

Sometimes, we choose to do things not because they’re the only way, but because they’re the kinder way.

Ghostbusters Review by Ruthanne Reid

Ghostbusters Review

This movie is important.

I need to tell you how important.

There are spoilers.

Sorry is not enough

I’m sorry. But that’s not enough.

Today, a black friend of mine posted a picture of himself, unsmiling, in a restaurant – the owners of which had chosen to decorate the walls with pastoral scenes of slaves picking cotton. I’m sorry. But that’s not enough.

Team Reid 2016

Personal Update: Surgery Time

Fingers crossed, knees bent, hopes raised, and prayers raised: it’s the final countdown, and my heart is firmly lodged in my throat.

Sunset outside our home in Phoenix

Miracle on Hedgehog Street

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.

Treasure the Little Moments

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.

14 Years Since

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

Not an Easy Announcement

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.

Loneliness and Books

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.

I Freak Myself Out

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.

Time Out

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

Because Life

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

Poorly Played, Sony

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.

Three Weeks and Counting!

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.

Happy Anniversary, My Love

See that guy up there? Want to know why he’s so awesome? Well, here’s is a list, in no particular order.

First Mother’s Day Without

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.


Success is not a secret – and failure isn’t what you think it is.

Thanksgiving Recipe!

See that stuffing? We made it ourselves, and you can, too. This is DELICIOUS, super-easy, and incredibly satisfying for everyone.

How to Find Confidence

It’s like some kind of old-timey riddle: name a thing we all wish we had, yet hate when we see it in other people?

Yup, you guessed it: confidence.

Chibi Notte by Celine Chapus

The Next Big Thing

The awesome and wonderful Pavarti K Tyler tagged me in a blog series called The Next Big Thing, and she’s sent me ten nifty questions regarding my next book. Thus, I bring you… answers! 🙂

What Community Means to Me

I’m totally going to steal someone else’s definition: “It’s people living life together and helping one another throughout our cities to serve our cities.”

That isn’t just trite to me. That’s very real, and I’ll tell you why.


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot

THE SUNDERED first unboxing!


It’s here! It’s here! My proof copy! THIS IS REAL LIFE!

Behold My Dorkiness, Take One

You think you’re high on the dorky meter? I may just have you beat. Behold: I have made My Little Pony versions of my dark-apocalyptic-dystopian-science-fiction protagonist and antagonist. (I’m pretty sure they’d both object.)

J. R. R. Tolkien

Why Do You Write?

So what inspires you? For me, it’s heroism and sacrifice. True love that beats death, beauty and nobility going hand in hand. In other words, what’s done matters.

Dr. Samuel Hsu

Absent From the Body…

I lost a mentor today.

Dr. Samuel Hsu was a brilliant musician, a keen humorist, and the best history teacher I’ve ever had. He understood that learning isn’t all about disconnected facts.

The Brave and the Bold

So guess what I learned this week?

That I could attend and work at two comic book conventions, write from 1700-4000 words a day, and realize my mind is already made up about The Sundered. I’m going indie.

No Time to Waste

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. ~William Shakespeare

See that quote there? That is something I took to heart a long time ago, when I realized that so many creative people just… drag along, hiding themselves, waiting for some meteor to hit them in the head engraved with ‘you can do it!’, waiting for lightning to flash across the sky and tell them it’s ‘time’ to act on their dreams.

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