Yes & No, Query Hell, and the Comparables Problem: What’s the story like?

I’ve been preparing my query letter, synopsis, and first 19 pages for the Atlanta Writers Conference this November. No pitches, I’m only doing critiques. I’d like to polish the manuscript further, and the times are Continue reading Yes & No, Query Hell, and the Comparables Problem: What’s the story like?

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Higher Order for Greater Entropy? Life to Intelligent Life, & Beyond

This is an open invitation to ignore the insanity we live in for a minute. One happy minute. “First Support for a Physics Theory of Life” by Natalie Wolchover is a fascinating article. I was Continue reading The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Higher Order for Greater Entropy? Life to Intelligent Life, & Beyond

Unseemly

“I’m fucking pissed off at the world” is not a proper post. Again, I’m struggling with what to say. Not because I have nothing to talk about—obviously, we have plenty going on. As it likely Continue reading Unseemly

NaNoWriMo… Mission Complete! (& some thoughts about it)

Sorry for the delay. I was too burned out. It took two NaNos, but I’ve now reached 79,458 words and finally have a complete very rough draft of I’m Your Goat! Yay! I would describe Continue reading NaNoWriMo… Mission Complete! (& some thoughts about it)

NaNoWriMo… Round TWO

Yesterday, Day One of NaNoWriMo ended for me. I was fried. I’m doing what some of you out there are doing. I’m finishing a novel I started last year. Don’t laugh, but when I emerged Continue reading NaNoWriMo… Round TWO

A Letter to V, from R

Dear V, I feel this mounting desire to leave social media behind, though I’ve been told I need it. It feels like a spell is wearing off, and I wonder who or what will catch Continue reading A Letter to V, from R

Devil, Stand By (a villanelle)

If you’ve no new trick to stay the hand of man, You, poor Devil, have run your course, stepped to your bounds— Let sea and sand blast what they can. I say, engorge with dread Continue reading Devil, Stand By (a villanelle)

If I May Introduce Myself: A Paranormal-Science-Fiction Author

I’m getting the sense I ought to explain ‘what’s my thing’: Because I’m new and there are so many of us, readers may not know what to expect from me and may be leery of Continue reading If I May Introduce Myself: A Paranormal-Science-Fiction Author

Agency and Communion as Revealed in The Witch

(Spoiler alert — this post mentions details from the 2015 horror movie The Witch by debut director Robert Eggars.) Almost twenty years ago, my aunt Daisy — an artist who sculpts with clay and other Continue reading Agency and Communion as Revealed in The Witch

What the Nymph Would Have Said to the Woodsman Were She Not Under Water

‘Can watch your hand lilting, It glows yellow and strums the brassy pond– See the confetti canopy that warbles above us in the blue sky? Sky sits scary– And you bargain for its radiance, And Continue reading What the Nymph Would Have Said to the Woodsman Were She Not Under Water