Book review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares

I have a new favorite author. Laini Taylor writes YA fantasy novels of unexpected magic, detailed characterization, romance, and adventure. Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares, are her most recent, and I am hooked. If you like soaring, imaginative epics grounded in realistic, complex emotion, you will be too. In Strange the […]

Poem published

Check it out! My poem “The Muse” has just appeared in the January 2019 issue of Bloodbond: A Digest of the Dark Side, Vampires, Werewolves, & Shapeshifters! Unfortunately, this issue is the last of Bloodbond, but publisher Alban Lake Publishing is beginning a new publication, parABnormal, for “all things spooky, strange, sci-fi, and weird that […]

Three poems published

Three of my more esoteric poems have just been published in the Autumn 2018 issue of the speculative poetry journal Illumen! Speculative poetry explores the outer limits of imagination, whether fantasy, science fiction, horror, or some other alchemical concoction. I love publisher Alban Lake‘s description of what they seek for Illumen: We want your electric […]

Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

I’m finally diving into revisions of the book I finished in May with a whole new revision strategy. That is, with a strategy at all. Usually I just start reworking everything all at once, from structure to punctuation, becoming pretty overwhelmed by my big mess. Well, early drafts are always a mess, but I’m feeling more in […]

Summer reading

During all our adventures this summer, I made time to read (or listen) to some good books, both kidlit and grownup. (One of the places we stayed had the PERFECT reading nook. Sigh. I miss that nook.) I came home with even more books, which I look forward to reading here at home (nook or […]