Every writer knows the phrase. I've generally taken it to mean, "only include stuff that serves the story in some way," but many folks have their own interpretations. I'm not going to dissect the axiom here; instead, I'd like to share some of my murdered darlings. These are the story snippets that, for whatever reason, … Continue reading my murdered darlings – part one
“Kali is…very dear to me,” he said quietly, almost too soft for Gan to hear. “I’ve known her since she was a babe.” It was as much of an admission as Ganister thought she’d get. So she nodded. “She’s a lovely child. You should be proud.” “I should be.” He shook his head and moved past Gan, heading for the stairwell. “But I can’t.”
Hi there! One of the best parts of storytelling is crafting worlds to suit your narrative. This doesn't just apply to speculative fiction; every story is, in a way, its own world. It's a place your reader can settle into like a favorite chair - or an iron throne, depending on what sort of world … Continue reading on Heartfire
Hi there! I'm thrilled to share this piece by a dear friend and fellow author who also happens to be a fan of the Catalyst Moon 'verse. Without further adieu, here's A Bird In Hand, by impoeia. (Who has kindly given permission for me to post this on my blog.) Please read and enjoy! 🙂 … Continue reading Catalyst Moon fanfic! (contains spoilers for Breach)
Look who's back with another blog post in a (relatively) timely fashion?! Yes, dreams do come true. I know y'all are excited. I wrote this ficlet in autumn of 2016 and promptly forgot about it. Because that's how I roll. It's set during the final few chapters of Catalyst Moon: Incursion (book 1 of my … Continue reading The Ambush – free ficlet!
Hello, friends. These last several weeks, life has been crazy. (Which is putting it mildly.) Between an amazing vacation, a nasty cold, and a...tumultuous election, writing has been slow. But slow progress is still progress, and I'm moving forward on a project that's been hanging over me for some time: Catalyst Moon: Exile. (Title subject to … Continue reading preview of Catalyst Moon: Exile
Worldbuilding is an essential part of any speculative fiction author's life. Your world should be a backdrop to the characters and their struggles, but in order for the reader to be fully immersed in that world, an author should strive to make it as rich and complex as they can. Of course, a lot of … Continue reading on mythology