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You know you’re a cynic when…

I was browsing on duotrope this morning, and I saw a listing for a magazine that said, "Novice and teenage writers are especially encouraged to submit."  Now, in a business that's so exclusive to so many, my first thought probably should have been, gee, that's really nice that they're encouraging young writers to submit to them.  Suffice to say, that →


I don't seem to have much to say lately, so I thought I would post a few interesting links for y'all. First, here's a really good post about dealing with rejection over on Amber Benson's blog. Next, J.A. Konrath asks, Are you confident or delusional? Over on The Swivet, 20 examples of what not to put in your query letter. And while I'm on →

What’s on your agenda?

I've been reading a discussion that's been going on over the last few days in my friend's journal.  I'm not going to name the friend, or link to the journal, because it's an absolute minefield of a topic and I don't want to get into it here.  But it has got me thinking about something else along a similar line. When →

Things that make you go Doh!

Over the weekend I gave my latest short story to my mother to read.  I don't give them to her for editing purposes, 'cause, well, it's my mom, and she doesn't really have it in her to be critical of my stuff.  Then, yesterday: Mom: Your story was really great.  I really liked it. Me: Aw, shucks.  (No, really.  I said that.) Mom:  →

And now back to our regularly scheduled program…

It didn't feel right putting up a post without talking about writing, so here's a post about writing. When it comes to the mystery novel I was working on, it turns out that the third time is not the charm.  It usually is for me, but apparently not this time.  I think I've figured out what I need to do to →

Here ye, here ye!

If you go here you can see the wonder and the glory that is my friend Tiff's new website.  She designed it all herself, and it's pretty darn cool in my humble estimation.  Go.  Marvel.  Enjoy.

“So a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar…”

I was over on duotrope the other day, and I found a listing for an anthology called Dark Jesters: An Anthology of Humorous Horror.  They want real horror fiction - not stories making fun of the genre - but with a humorous angle, maximum length 2,000 words.  I'd love to try to write a story and submit it.  The low →

Third time’s the charm?

So I've had this idea in my head off and on for about two years now.  The first time I tried to write it, the idea was too contrived and extremely heavy on back story, and I spent too much of my time trying to shoehorn everything into the shape I wanted it.  Obviously that isn't the way to write →

Does anyone care about motive anymore?

I'm trying to put together a plot outline for a mystery, and I've run into a bit of a problem. I have the main cast of characters, including the killer, and the basic plot, but when it comes time to give the killer a motive, I grind to a screeching halt. Not because I can't come up with →

Good characters behaving badly?

A lot of people have their shorts in a bunch over the final book of "that big vampire saga", which was released a couple of weeks ago. A friend of mine was kind (read: evil) enough to provide me with a whole pile of links, most of which were comment threads filled with disappointed readers airing their grievances. I won't →

Starting off on the right foot…

Obviously I'm new at the being published thing, and relatively new at the blogging thing, too, but I've learned a lot over the years from reading people's writing and publishing blogs - and obviously from reading and writing fiction as well - and I'm hoping that maybe I can give just a little bit back. With that in mind, →


Issue #4 of Nossa Morte has gone live.


The contract is signed, the bio is written, and both have been sent back to Nossa Morte. Now I just have to wait until August to see the story go up.

A first time for everything…

I got the contract from Nossa Morte for "Still Life" today, along with a request for a bio and an address where they can send payment. The contract is long and complicated, but since it's the first one I've ever had to sign, it's also quite cool. The fact that I'm getting paid for this - also →

“Still Life”

To get this blog off the ground I was going to write some silly introduction in which I tried to appear all cool and witty, but the fact is, I'm kind of a dork, and if you were to ask my friends to finish this sentence - "You're such a ..." - about me, wit would not be the word →