Announcing: Making it Work

Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be…

Today I’m happy to announce a guest post series I will be doing here on this blog, called Making it Work. I’ll be speaking with writers and other creative types and asking them to share how their creative process works in the middle of all of life’s struggles. I’m specifically hoping to highlight the ways people with mental and physical health issues handle their creative work.

So What Now?

With Circuits & Slippers finally out of my hands into The Real…

Taffy, best dog ever
“What now? Cuddle me, of course!”

With Circuits & Slippers finally out of my hands into The Real World (aaahhh!!!), what am I doing next? I’ve been working on the anthology more or less nonstop since January, and I’m excited to finally have time to pursue other projects.

I am actually in the middle of pitching a few projects. One is a Secret Videogame Project (yes: videogame!) I am pitching to a mobile gaming company, which I can’t super share much about right now (especially since I might not make it). Another is a f/f mermaid story I am submitting to a charity anthology to benefit the Pulse victims (put on by A. V. Sanders) – I wrote it almost three years ago and it is currently being edited with a hefty dose of “Oh my goooosh why was my writing so bad back then.”

Circuits & Slippers is Here At Last!

The amazing, the wonderful, the incredible sci-fi fairy tale anthology that has…

Circuits n Slippers

The amazing, the wonderful, the incredible sci-fi fairy tale anthology that has been the dominating focus of my entire life this year is finally available! You will now get the chance to read twenty beautiful, hilarious, romantic, thrilling, and just overall terrific stories.

Circuits & Slippers is available in paperback and kindle (unlimited!) edition from Amazon. 

Murder, Blood, and GIRLS KISSING – Oh my!!

This month has been incredibly busy – I’ve been doing exactly one…

This month has been incredibly busy – I’ve been doing exactly one million projects, so I’m sorry I haven’t kept up this blog much!

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Murder-You-Vote is going on strong. This week, it’s voting time again, so now is a great time to binge-read the story so far and vote for who dies next! All voters this round are entered to win a digital copy of Lyssa Chiavari’s “Fourth World,” an amazing YA sci-fi novel that was my first Awesome Book You Should Be Reading of 2016. Voting ends on Tues night so hurry!

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Give me a quarter, and I’ll tell you a story!

I have launched a Patreon, and the first content being released for my patrons will be coming out on Monday. It’s going to be two short stories, both with “Blood” in the title. (Mwahaha!) “Blood in the Library” is a flash fic piece about a teenage monster hunter, and “Blood in the Water” is a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid, proposing an alternate ending to the already-dark classic tale.

I did a mini interview with the illustrious C. M. Lloyd about f/f fiction and my own pair of lesbian dragons in “The Last Guardians.” She’s been having great discussions about f/f lit on her blog all month with tons of interviews with great authors and recommendations for books. Go check it out! 🙂

Announcing: Murder You Vote

Remember that project I kept hinting about… a collaborative, scary story I…

Remember that project I kept hinting about… a collaborative, scary story I was doing? Well, it’s time to announce it!

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Murder-You-Vote is the story of six strangers at a ski-lodge for a Valentine’s Day singles retreat. But their first night, a blizzard snows them in.

Oh, and… someone dies.

Things turn from bad to worse as someone – or something – starts killing them off one by one.

And you get to vote for who goes next.

End of the Year Updates & 2016!

Happy (almost!) New Years Everyone! I have two quick announcements and a…

Happy (almost!) New Years Everyone!

I have two quick announcements and a little update about what’s to come in 2016!

choosing-you-lightMy time travel romance short Choosing You is FREE on Amazon during New Years! Close out 2015 or welcome 2016 with a story where choosing to love someone is a literal choice.

I wrote another guest post for the Giftmas blog tour hosted by Rhonda Parrish. It’s about 2016 reading challenges! Go read it here, and enter for a chance to win a huge pack of books from all the participants.

And now for 2016…

Giftmas, Books, and Addictive Kitty Apps!

I have a couple of quick things to share! First of all,…

giftmas_350x350I have a couple of quick things to share! First of all, I’m participating in a Giftmas Blog Tour to celebrate the holidays. 🙂 I’ll be hosting two posts on my blog and be posting twice on others’. If you read the posts and follow along, you have the change to win a TON of awesome books from the people participating, including some thrown in by yours truly.

Look out for those posts coming in December!

Also, the book I mentioned in my Stories I Love post for October – Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton – is on sale right now on Amazon for 99 cents. It’s character-driven m/m romance that is very well-written and I just really enjoyed it a lot, despite the redhead’s scary face on the cover.

Nanowrimo – Here we Go!

I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track…

I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track record with Nano is NOT GOOD. My track record for finishing projects in general is terrible, as I tend to jump from idea to idea and never actually get to THE END on any. It’s a bad habit I am trying to break.

This year, though, I’m going into it with a hefty outline and a solid idea of what the story will be. I recently read 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron (Goodreads | Amazon), after hearing a few people over at the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast recommend this book. It has some great tips for how to write more – basically, reduce the amount of time you waste not knowing where your story is going, or writing scenes you’ll later cut, and instead do planning ahead of time, so you know exactly where the story needs to go.

In my natural state, I am some amalgamation of Plotter and Pantser. If I just wing it, I never write anything, or just randomly write a bunch of kissing scenes with no context. But I also tend to get bored of the story if I outline too thoroughly, because in my mind, the story has already been told. Here. Read the outline. That’s how the story ends. K bye. But clearly, my current method could use some improvement. I’m trying to learn to outline/plan without taking the fun out of the story, and Nanowrimo will be a nice test run of how that is working.

Okay, but what are you writing??

I’m writing a fantasy romance novella tentatively called “Serving Her,” set in a world (Ellaster) where magic is used to fuel technology, gods and goddesses are real and interact with human beings, and some humans – who have been Touched by the gods – can communicate with magic itself. 

Stories I Loved – October 2015

I love story in whatever medium it’s told in. I love books,…

I love story in whatever medium it’s told in. I love books, movies, webcomics, video games, tv shows, board games, etc. I thought I would round up and share some of my favorite stories that I loved this month!

Book – The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne – Historical M/F Romance (Goodreads | Amazon)

The final book in one of my favorite series, The Pink Carnation books, came out recently, and I went into a spymasters ladysad mopefest about how there would never be another one. I began asking everyone I knew for a book to fill the void in my heart, and this was recommended to me. It is nothing like the Pink Carnation books, except for its time period and that it’s a romantic spy novel. The tone, the writing, the characters – it’s much different.

The writing is rich and beautiful, with a sort of odd lilt to it that makes it sound like the entire book was written in a French accent. The characters have depth and nuance to them, and the humor in it is subtle and clever. It’s also got a great plot – spies lying to each other and playing games within games as they try to outsmart each other. What a perfect setting for falling in love! 😉