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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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Dear authors of shorter fiction, a love note…

To those of you who write works with a word count of fewer than 40, 000 words, I appreciate you. You've made my life easier during this pandemic. You see, a pretty awful thing had happened to me last year, besides not seeing friends or family in person since before March 2020, besides having autistic …

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Once Upon a Flat (Flash Fiction)

It's 2021 and time for the monthly fun Flash Fiction Challenge Draw. This year, it's hosted by author Jeffrey Ricker! For January, we had to write a 1000-words max story that was a fairytale set in a studio apartment in a big city, and there had to be a potted plant in the story. Here's …

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2020, A Year I Examine With Hindsight

There is an expression I often use in therapy: “My life is equal parts awful and awesome. As long as the awesome is really awesome, it wins.” To be completely honest, though, it’s difficult for me to write this post because I'm currently managing a depression. Still, sometimes it’s good to examine one’s life, even …

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Flash Fiction Challenge: November’s and December’s Results

Aw, this is my last summary post for 2020, but that's okay because the Flash Fiction Draw will continue in 2021, curated by author Jeffrey Ricker! You can follow him on his website and on Twitter to learn more. November's entries For November, I drew these cards: 3 of spades, 9 of hearts, and the …

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Flash Fiction Challenge 2020: December

Well, the time has come at last for the final  2020 Flash Fiction Challenge. I really enjoyed being the curator during this really heckin' heck of a year. Thanks a billion to all who participated. Exciting news! Author Jeffrey Ricker will be the curator for 2021. I know he'll do a great job. Please follow …

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Flash Fiction Challenge 2020: November

What? Only one more month of the 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge after this one? That's incredible! I am purposely one week later because of the US election last week. 🙂 You can read October's entries here, if you like! Here’s the video of me choosing the cards for November's challenge! (Sorry if the sound is weird. …

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Apparently, we authors should have online press kits, so this is how I made mine!

I was Yesterday Years Old when I came across this retweet by award-winning Canadian short fiction author Kelly Robson: https://twitter.com/kellyoyo/status/1316375540648095744 (Marguerite Kenner is the co-owner of the Escape Artists podcast.) Now, I remember press kits from hanging with indie musicians back in the day, but I didn't know authors had them, too, and definitely not …

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Showdown Over the Somewhat-Okay Corral (Flash Fiction)

Author’s note: This is my flash fiction for October's entry of the 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge. Each month of 2020, on the first Monday, I’ll draw cards to determine the genre, setting, and an object that has to appear in the short story. Participants will have until the following Monday to link their stories to the blog …

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