The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data

Photo Credit: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in Trouville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France), taken 26 January 1988 by Roland Godefroy: Teddyyy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 “If words are the arrow, we ourselves — our interior landscapes, our outward actions, the authenticity of our lives — are the bow.” (Popova, par. 1) As many of my blog readers know, I … Continue reading The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data


Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World

Photo Credit: Multi-colored puzzle pieces, uploaded 17 February 2017: Pixhere/CC0 1.0 Last week, I announced in a live Facebook post on my author page that I’m exploring new directions with my fiction. I also created a Coming Soon page on my website with more details about what I’m doing and why and what readers can expect in … Continue reading Character vs. Plot Puzzles: The Two Sides of My Fictional World

Camp Nano Blog Break

Photo Credit: Summer in Connecticut - The Old Barn at Branchville, J. Alden Weir, 1890's, oil on canvas, Christie's, New York: Trzesacz/Wikimedia Commons/PD Old 95 1934 I posted this week's blog post (here) a few days earlier than usual for a reason. I'll be taking April off to concentrate on my goals for Camp NanoWriMo. I will … Continue reading Camp Nano Blog Break

Creative Limitations

Photo Credit: Book, phone, and computer in chains, created and uploaded on 24 January 2015 by stevepb: stevepb/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “I had to let go … then come back to the [book] understanding the new limitations as creative challenges.” (Tea, par. 4) I came across an interview with West Coast writer Michelle Tea quite some time … Continue reading Creative Limitations

My 1-Year Publiversary

Photo Credit: Bucket of champagne bottles and glasses, uploaded 19 March 2017, author unknown: Pxhere/CC0 1.0 January 19 marked my one-year publiversary as a self-published author. A year ago on that day, my first book, Gnarled Bones and Other Stories was released, officially making me a self-published author with all the excitement and anxiety that … Continue reading My 1-Year Publiversary

Author Inspirations: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein

Photo Credit: Unknown Woman Formally Known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Samuel John Stump, date unknown (but before 1863), National Portrait Gallery: Dcoetzee/Wikimedia Commons /PD Art (PD Old 100) “‘Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos’” (as quoted in “How Mary Shelley…”, par. 17) Going … Continue reading Author Inspirations: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein

The Story of Actaeon

Photo Credit: Diana and Actaeon, Francesco Albani, 1617, oil on copper, Louvre Museum, Paris, France: JarektUploadBot/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100 1923) “And so [Actaeon] perished, hunter and hunted.” (Preston-Peabody, par. 8) My upcoming book, the first book of my Waxwood Series, is called The Order of Actaeon. This is a blog post not so … Continue reading The Story of Actaeon