I've decided to venture out and not limit myself exclusively on Amazon.
Hopefully I'll get to reach more readers!
This week I was caught up in all the romance of the royal wedding and so I thought about all the negatives that are associated with...wait...you're wondering, what negatives? Ha, just kidding. But all the beauty put me in mind of all the negatives that make our characters and what b... Read more of this blog post »
I thought I'd tease you all with the first chap... Read more of this blog post »
Each actress plays a role closely tied to her own persona: High-strung Diane (Diane Keaton) is dealing with recent widowhood, Vivian (Jane... Read more of this blog post »
To provide some shelter from the coming storm for at least one individual, I... Read more of this blog post »
You can now purchase CASTAWAY COTTAGE here:
Barnes and Noble: https://bit.l... Read more of this blog post »
I THINK YOU
SHOULD LISTEN TOby Jesse Tanner Long
Pop culture kingpin, social media
aficionado and ice cream master
chemist Jesse Tanner Long returns
with his latest "Top 10" music list.___________
I absolutely hate picking favorites. This list was a tough one... Read more of this blog post »
Continuing on my May reading spree, I finished a few books that I had marked “to read” on Goodreads. Incidentally, most of the ones I completed, were by Umera Ahmad.
The stories I finished were:
Man o Salwa
Band Kiwaro Ke Aage
Hum KahaN Kke Sachhe Thhey
Koi Baat Hai Teri Baat Mein
Kis Jahan Ka Zarr Liy... Read more of this blog post »
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook got the first informal initial squee on this last weekend, but now the official annoucement is up at the Gaylactic Spectrum Award website, naming Mother of Souls Best Novel for 2017. I can't express how very happy this...Read more of this blog post »
This is probably my last video for a month or so. Within it, I discuss the difficult chronology of Genesis 38. I’ve written a lengthy post here, which gets into some of the typology of the chapter in its context. I also mention the Judah and Tamar narrative in the context of this video on Ruth th...Read more of this blog post »
This is a guest post from Devin Morrissey. He has been a dishwasher, a business owner, and everything in between. You can follow him on Twitter.
Being a leader is a commitment to being empathetic, motivating, encouraging and communicative at all times, as well as allowing those you’re leading to...Read more of this blog post »
I had a discussion yesterday about people’s belief systems and Jung and Freud. An idea got dropped at the table: What if people had none of the spiritual influences, what would happen then?
What if we started tabula rasa, with no symbols or mythology to base our beliefs on?
Well, I be...Read more of this blog post »
Gillian Gilchrist is the main character of my new book, Moss and Clay. As the title suggests, she is a doll made of moss and clay from the Underhill. Mab’s blood, as Fae queen of shadows and midwife of the Fae, and her magic give Gillian life. But she isn’t a soulless automation. Instead, she
Vuosi on lähtenyt vauhdikkaasti käyntiin! Olin viikonloppuna viimeisessä kandiseminaarin tapaamisessa Jyväskylässä. Koska olen suorittanut opintojani avoimessa yliopistossa, varsinainen tutkinto antaa vielä odottaa itseään, mutta nyt olen positiivisissa fiiliksissä, että työn ja kaiken muun ohell... Read more of this blog post »
Hey everyone! So we’re getting really close to the launch date for AO: Evolution. The ebook will go live on May 28th – or at least I’ll hit publish then. It may take Amazon some time to set up the book page. Print will follow closely. Again, I’m a bit limited by Amazon’s processing times so...Read more of this blog post »
The Old Testament is so rich! If you're not reading it, not studying it, you're really missing out. I'm currently reading some of the minor prophets, and check out this gem I found in Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the Lord [search diligently for Him and regard Him as the foremost necessity of your life,
al... Read more of this blog post »
My grandmother had twelve children, eleven of whom survived through infancy. She lived with an alcoholic husband, and dealt with all of the hardships that come with such a life; poverty, violence, heartache, fear, before finally realizing her power. Each May, she’s in my thoughts. Her birthday w...Read more of this blog post »
What an absolute crazy week it’s been. Yes, I’m currently in Sydney. Well, when this post goes live, I’ll be driving home (I live five hours from Sydney). I’ve been here for a Fantasy Writing course at the NSW Writers’ Centre, hosted by the very lovely and extremely talented CS Paca...Read more of this blog post »
Guess who has two thumbs, an unfortunate amount of eye liner smudge, and a cure to this bout of writer’s block?
This chick, right here!
For me, writer’s block means something that came before isn’t right–the foundation is unstable. It’s a simple matter of going back to the thing I did...Read more of this blog post »
Because fiction excels at creating empathy, books that involve deeply personal, emotionally-intense issues help readers consider situations in a whole new light. Over the years, I’ve read many books that touch on life issues – both at its beginning and end. These books are ones that...Read more of this blog post »
You are not your likes.
You are not your number of followers.
You are not your reviews, good or bad.
You are not your number of ratings.
You are not your page reads.
In the trenches.
Doing the work.
Writing words, pages, books.
Doing your best.
Reading great wr... Read more of this blog post »
The 2018 Summer...
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Welcome back for another weekly update here in the Land of Muchness. Lots going on, so let’s get right to it.
So, it was a momentous week for me… I’d set myself a goal to finish two short stories, and two super short stories by the end of May, and yesterday I finished the last one. It’s being beta...Read more of this blog post »
Listen to a Sample
Review ― Bionic Lover
It has been far too long since I last read a book by M. Christian, but Bionic Lover instantly reminded me why I love his work so much. The man has a way with words that borders on the poetic, but which remains blissfully accessible. This is not... Read more of this blog post »
My sister sent me some of your writings, and I don’t mean to be a jerk, but you’re not much of a writer… Now, I’m not saying that you’re awful, but your stuff needs work.
… I have a master’s degree in English, I have written three books, and I know what it means to be a writer.
Again, I’...Read more of this blog post »
Of all the written forms of language, poetry communicates faster and more deeply—to everyone, not just the clever, the smart, the highly educated,... Read more of this blog post »
Most of my blog posts, in case it isn’t obvious, are inspired by conversations with fellow writers. One such thing recently is how self-publishing is a sink or swim situation. If you can’t even doggy paddle, you’re shit out of luck.
I had an interview with The Tome and Tankard where I talked about...Read more of this blog post »
Okay, a bit of a background on the term. Pulp Speed refers to the Pulp era authors like Lester Dent and others, who frequently wrote a short story in a day and mailed it off to a magazine the same day. They didn’t rewrite. They didn’t agonize over every word and sentence. They just wrote. And pub...Read more of this blog post »
Nice. Such a simple word, so well known...and so surprising! I happened to click onto it on www.etymonline.com because it was a trending word, and I was so shocked to see its evolution!
Did you know that nice used to mean "foolish, stupid, senseless"? Apparently it's from the Latin nescius, which... Read more of this blog post »
Today is the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. This new feast, recently established by Pope Francis, which occurs at the end of the Easter season, is a reminder of the eternal relationship of the mystery of salvation and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeem...Read more of this blog post »
[image error]You have the thirst
though not the power
You claim the courage
Yet waste your hours
You have a dream
But not the will
You live a life
Yet aren’t fulfilled
You have tomorrow
but lost today
You see the goal
But not the way
You find your voice
When no one hears
Meet Lavinia Parkem.
Her life is...complicated.
She’s a talented seamstress on the eve of a royal visit which means she has lots of orders to fill. She’s also got a charming but disreputable brother, and a landlord who really wants her to become his mistress because he’s awful like that.
Oh yeah, a...Read more of this blog post »
[image error]It hardly seemed credible, from what I heard in high school, that anyone would read Shakespeare if it weren’t required. I’m not completely naive, but I do wonder if we insist on introducing kids to the Bard before they’re ready for him. The real stumbling block is the unfamiliar word...Read more of this blog post »
Well, if you enjoy reading... Read more of this blog post »
Below, you’ll find Chapter Eleven of the Uncommon Bravery short story. If you’re interested in reading the chapters as they’re released, please subscribe to my newsletter.
Chapter 11 – Keyhole
“Clara, what are you doing up there? You need to clear out. I’m almost done here.” Frank Daws’ v...Read more of this blog post »
The PG tag stands for Purificación García – I had never heard of the label before, but now I’m all for it. The bag has withstood every insult including me filling it with sharps like keys and pens and pencils – these things... Read more of this blog post »
This is the last one in the series!
In the last post, I wrote about how we are what we mostly do. In this post, I’ll write about the ways in which we’re passively “running in the background” of other people’s lives. I find it a life-affirm-tastic exercise!
There are a complex multitude of ways in w...Read more of this blog post »
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