Mrs. Hirschbeuler had lived in the unit for years. She was ancient, skeletal. There was something about advanced age that sucked almost all the flesh off a person, like the body was burning off all reserves to keep itself alive, leaving just the bare minimum of flesh as a barrier between the skeleton and the … More M. Hirschbueler- An Excerpt
Writing a novel is fun and exciting. Editing a novel is usually tedious and headache inducing, at leas for me. And then there is the rewrite. I’ve been COMPLETELY rewriting my manuscript for my first SWTF book, changing a lot of stuff. Basically, what is left is the core story and the characters. It has … More The Authentic Author
I am working on the second manuscript of the SW Wyoming Task Files, which will be a series of stories focused on a small police force located in Evanston, Wyoming. Writing the first manuscript, I just sat down, and the words flowed out. I had came up with a creepy criminal, a sad victim, a … More Plotting or Pantsing?
I am going to my first writers conference in July (Squee!) and then my first mystery novel writers/readers conference in September (Double Squee!). When I decide to do something, I of course overdo it and throw myself into it 150%, get burned out, and then want to curl up in a tiny ball in my … More Three Top Tips to Prepare for a Writers Conference
I am stoked to read this anthology after stumbling across this excellent review. June 24! I was excited to read this upcoming release from Crystal Lake Publishing, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories. I was also fortunate to get an advanced reading copy of the anthology. Crystal Lake is making quite a name for itself in the … More Gutted: A Review
You announced your deed in the dead of night. Crouching in the shadows. A body lay, still and cold at your feet. Thank you. You can have the wet cat food today.
In my 9-5, a portion of my job involves me interviewing people, to obtain certain set information. One of the best parts of this is that I often get more than I bargained for during these interviews. There was the 79 year old man I interviewed, who worked full time as a mortician and told … More Lisa’s Mother
Thinking about writing your novel way more than actually writing it? Also known as the sophomore slump, the 35k-45k word drag, the “you’ve lost that loving feeling” phase of any story crafting, this monster loves showing up during a long haul story. You still think your manuscript is good, but you don’t want to spend … More The Murky Story Bog
Writing a book or story, while not as easy as the title would imply, is definitely the fun part. The work is in editing and rewriting, composing query letters/synopsis pages/ blurbs, researching agents and editors, investigating traditional versus self-publishing routes, marketing your work, finding beta readers…. that’s the real meat of the work of being any sort … More Writing is the Easy Part
Before I met your eyes, in the lobby of a chain restaurant (it was 10:30 PM on a Tuesday, and Applebees was open and on the way back to my place.) I had often been the seduced NPC. Sometimes, I was Tika to Aeris no, Terra to Celes; (or was it the other way around?) … More The Lonely NPCs