Awards Eligibility Post, 2017

I’m told now is the time to get those awards eligibility posts out there, and I don’t usually do these, but I’ve had a few people ask, so here we are. I have complicated feelings about awards and eligibility posts — from me, not from you — because I like to think, if I wrote something really good, really impactful, you’d remember it. It would’ve stuck with you. That said, 2017 was the year that lasted ten years, and I have full-facedly forgotten what books actually came out in 2017. I... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Danger of Undeserved Power

AND WE ARE BACK. *waves* The holidays are over, and the time to commence with great wordsmithy is upon us. And by “great,” I mean, ennnh, you know, a thousand words or so. Let’s jump in with a theme, or, rather, the hint of a theme — the overall topic is the danger of undeserved power. What that means to you or says to you is yours alone. Get writing. Length: ~1000 words Due by: Friday, January 12th, noon EST Post at your online space. Drop a link to it in the comments... Read The Rest →

Let Me Predict Your Death: Pre-Order The Raptor & The Wren

Psst. You. Yeah, you. If you want to pre-order a signed copy of the fifth Miriam Black book, The Raptor & The Wren, then Let’s Play Books has you covered. They’ll ship it to you for free, and I’ll sign it, and for extra fun, if the book is personalized I will predict in it your demise. *opens up trenchcoat* *inside are various implements of murder: a machete, a blow-gun, a garden weasel, a Venus flytrap, a cokehead squirrel, a portable black hole that spins and spins and from which emanates dread whispers of your... Read The Rest →

Writer Resolution, 2018: Write With Intentionality

Last year, the resolution for 2017 could easily be the same as 2018 — I told you to WRITE DESPITE, meaning, no matter how deep the world is buried beneath an endlessly burning pile of horseshit, carve out some time and some space and create something anyway. Because writing is a form of resistance. That one still works, should you so require it. This year, the writing resolution is for me less political and more personal: Write with intentionality. What it means, is this: you can write a story by simply wanting to... Read The Rest →

2017: The Year That Lasted Ten Years

A week or so before Christmas, I had the following thought: What if we’ve ended the world and just haven’t realized it yet? What if we’ve entered the walking ghost phase of Humanity Poisoning, and we’re all walking around, toodling about on our social media and taking selfies with dogs, but we haven’t yet realized that the world has already gone beyond the brink and no part of it can be saved — but we just haven’t caught up to the reality yet? Meaning, we’ve flipped all the switches, spun all... Read The Rest →

Where I’ll Be (So Far!) In 2018

I WILL SHOW UP IN PLACES IN 2018, and I figure it’s best I don’t do this randomly, without warning, like some kind of ghost or gopher. Or gopherghost. I figure to maximize my appearances, I should actually… …well, tell you about them? It’s a radical idea, and I’m running with it. Let us begin: January 23rd Book launch, The Raptor & The Wren, Let’s Play Books, 6:30PM, Emmaus, PA. Details here on the bookstore’s Facebook page. Come by, I’ll sign books, we’ll have a few laughs, we’ll talk about life... Read The Rest →

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