My flash fiction piece, "Sweet Invidia," is out by Akashic Books in their "Mondays Are Murder" series. Give it a read. Oh, and follow me on Twitter.
I'm staring at my soup. It's tomato with basil, and just a tad burnt. I slurp it down and cut the heat with soft Saltines, which I've let sink into the mix. A textbook balances on my knee. A stack of blue books filled with diagnostic essays has been strewn across the bed. I lean… Continue reading A New Adjunct
I chose to pursue the MFA to extend my academic career and study writing, an act I had always loved and enjoyed for as long as I can remember. I could insert the obligatory "You don't need an MFA to be a writer" here, but I' imagine pursuants of the terminal degree have already read… Continue reading Tears, Tassels, and Terminal Degrees
A complex fantasy world isn't built in one day or seven days. In fact, fantasy writers may find that their secondary-world isn’t complete until after their story comes to an end. This is a daunting concept to consider, particularly for writing-perfectionists with a tendency towards completeness. Even more daunting is the process of creating a… Continue reading Adventures in World-building: Devising Magic Systems
In an effort to justify the benefits of reading fiction to the average non-reader, I came across a video short explaining the effects of fiction on the brain. The video titled "How Fiction Makes Our Brains Better" is produced by DNews and gives viewers a unique perspective on the process of reading. Watch the video… Continue reading Discuss: Your Brain on Fiction
My natural inclination to write dialogue is as follows: "Your style is generic and boring," said Lisa." Notice I wrote said Lisa, rather than Lisa said. I can't place when I started using this particular syntax, or why I started using it. How do any of us decide on style and syntax, when the books we read are… Continue reading No Right Way to Write Dialogue Tags
Religion is a staple in any fantasy world. And although our society is filled with worshipers of various faiths, creating a new religion for a novel, short story, or even table-top game is bound to be challenging. Here are a few elements to consider: Pantheon or Solo God? Your characters may worship a single god,… Continue reading Adventures in World-Building: Fantasy Religions