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The Ableism and Privilege Behind “You Must Write Every Day”

You are the expert on yourself.  (This article first appeared in Write, the official magazine of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Summer 2022 edition.) One of my favourite things about being in author spaces is discovering how many ways there are to reach the end of a first draft. Some folks are pantsers, meaning they don’t …

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Book acceptance! A new crew is coming in 2023!

I did a teaser trailer about a cool thing that I announced yesterday! THOSE WITH LIGHT SENSITIVITY: I didn’t have a problem with the flickering border under the text or brief flash of light near the end (I have light sensitivity myself and didn’t find it that intense), but here’s a warning that it starts …

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How to Avoid Being Accidentally Ableist in Your Writing

Content note: I will be mentioning some ableist words, for educational purposes. Because I am a sensitivity editor for ableist terms and themes, I often get asked this question from writers who want to avoid ableism (without nuance) in their work: How can I stop using ableist phrases? Let me begin by saying that I, …

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It’s 2022! Still here, still queer—COVID’s a pain in my rear.

(I like to rhyme.) Hi, folks! Whew, we're into year three of the pandemic, and so far I have not caught the virus because of my clever approach of "having absolutely no life outside my home and what is even time anymore and I think my medical support people are now my only real friends." …

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You beta believe I needed those readers!

Last week, I did a thing! I submitted Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space! to the wonderful Renaissance, who has been the publisher of my previous novels and the anthologies I’ve co-edited. It was a supremely big deal for me to get to the submission stage because my brain has been greatly affected from …

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What the heck has Cait been doing???

Hi, fellow followers! It’s been a good while since I’ve posted here. That’s because I took a work hiatus from my freelance editing career to focus on my latest WIP, Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space! I am happy to say that the hiatus was successful and the first “season” of this episodic series …

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I’ll be a panelist at the Weeknight Writers Exploring Story Structure Con on July 3!

Squee! I love these virtual cons, and Canadian Fantasy Author Dianna Gunn knows how to put together a great one-day event! It's FREE, too! I'm so excited to be a panelist for Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion (11am-12pm EDT, July 3), with moderator Steven Savage and fellow panelists Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, …

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How I Wrote Over 20K Words in April 2021

I have absolutely no clue how I had the endurance to manage it. But I did it. I set a goal of 20,000 words for CampNaNoWriMo this April and just passed it this afternoon, three days early. Why this is amazing to me is because of the state I am in at present. The pandemic …

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I’m moderating a panel about Accessibility in Worldbuilding on Feb 20!

Canadian fantasy author Dianna Gunn is hosting a one-day virtual con on Saturday February 20 called Worldbuilding Deep Dive! I have the pleasure of moderating a panel about accessibility in worldbuilding. I think it's going to be an absolute blast! Here's the complete schedule with moderator bios and Zoom links, so you can register for …

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