Why Practical Magic Works

As a witch, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is required reading. I’ve of course seen the movie countless times. But I only recently cracked into the novel. It was a far different journey than the one I was expecting. I’m not the only person to mention this, but the movie is far different than theContinue reading “Why Practical Magic Works”

Here to go, writing characters you plan to kill

Note: I’m going to be going into one big spoiler for the latest season of Stranger Things in this post. If you haven’t seen it yet and you plan to, maybe click away and read this later. This title is inspired by an issue of Transmetropolitan. In it, the main character was talking about aContinue reading “Here to go, writing characters you plan to kill”

You don’t have to do Nanowrimo in November

Camp Nano is more than halfway done, and this is the first post I’m doing about it. What is this, who even am I? So I was talking with some fellow writers during a writing date a few weeks ago. I, all bright eyes and ready for some writer bonding, asked if anyone else wasContinue reading “You don’t have to do Nanowrimo in November”

Nine things I’ve learned from nine years as a professional writer

Some of you who’ve been around a long time know that July 20th is an important day for me. It’s the anniversary of the day I came up with the idea of Woven.  Nine years, ten books, and two podcasts later, I’m still here. Still going strong. And it’s honestly kind of baffling. I’ve goneContinue reading “Nine things I’ve learned from nine years as a professional writer”

Writing a Gothic for your hometown

I am in love with a good, dark gothic story. The kind of story that’s as much about the setting as the serial killer.  You might think of a Southern Gothic, with massive plantations, kudzu and overt racism all crisping in the unending heat. Or maybe a Midwestern Gothic, with cornfields big enough to swallowContinue reading “Writing a Gothic for your hometown”

My first time at Nebula Con

This past week I attended Nebula Con for the first time. This was my first writing con ever. And it was, let me tell you, an experience. So I thought it would be fun to tell you all about it today, including some lessons I’ll be keeping in mind for next year. The con wasContinue reading “My first time at Nebula Con”

Horror Subgenres Part Six

In case you missed them, here are links to parts one, two, three, four and five.  And this is it! We’ve come to the last post about horror subgenres. Did I get them all? Probably not. But that’s alright. We covered a lot. And hey, if I missed a subgenre you love or one thatContinue reading “Horror Subgenres Part Six”

Horror subgenres, Part Five

Just in case you missed them, here are links to parts one, two, three and four. This horror subgenre post might be my favorite because we’re going to talk about one kind of subgenre that I love. The Gothics. Southern Gothic Southern gothic is all about the dark corners of the southern American states. WhichContinue reading “Horror subgenres, Part Five”

Horror Subgenres, Part Four

If you missed them, here are links to parts one, two, and three. Welcome to part four of our series of horror subgenres. I’ve been loving the research I’m doing for these posts. My TBR pile keeps growing with every one. And, if you’re a writer like me, this can help a ton when marketingContinue reading “Horror Subgenres, Part Four”

Horror Subgenres, Part Three

Just in case you missed them, here are links to part one and part two. Horror of demonic Some of these subgenres are pretty self-explanatory. Like this one. This subgenre is based on the theory that the world is a dark, dangerous, and scary place. And that it is that way because of demonic beingsContinue reading “Horror Subgenres, Part Three”