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My Newest Obsession: Writing Spaces

               In a small, informal poll on Twitter, I asked the writing community where they wrote most often. The possible answers were desk, couch/bed, table/flat surface, or other. In an unsurprising majority, the desk gained most of the votes, with a few for couch/bed and other also coming in. A couple of people commented to… Continue reading My Newest Obsession: Writing Spaces

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Pitch, Tweet, or Query? Paths To Finding an Agent

            Generally, trying to find a literary agent is known to be a frustrating and anxious experience. If you’re invested in the traditional publishing route rather than self-publishing, then it often seems like they’re the gatekeepers to your dreams. Sometimes even securing one is the dream itself. With thousands of books written and being queried… Continue reading Pitch, Tweet, or Query? Paths To Finding an Agent

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My First Official Publication

               I’m excited to finally share 2022’s issue of The Meadow, along with the news that I have my first official publication within its pages. I’ve been sitting on this acceptance since January(!) but am thrilled to see how it’s all come together under the editors’ hands and all of the amazing names and works… Continue reading My First Official Publication

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How I Create My OcTerror Review List

               Although it may be June, OcTerror is well underway behind the scenes and, after five years, I thought sharing some of my creation process could be fun. Although all of my reviews and posts are scheduled for October, I often begin brainstorming and writing them months in advance. Half the time I’m already thinking… Continue reading How I Create My OcTerror Review List

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I Talk on Film at Fifty

            If you’re looking for a taste of OcTerror in June, I have a treat for you. I had a great opportunity to guest on Brian Rowe’s podcast Film at Fifty, where he observes semicentennial movies. We talked about 1972’s Night of the Lepus, Janet Leigh, and the magic of horror—for almost two hours! This… Continue reading I Talk on Film at Fifty

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Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

               Earlier this year, I read an article by Sadie Hartmann, well-known reviewer of horror, explaining why she was no longer rating books with stars. Her reasons included how subjective and reductive such explanations can be, especially when compared to a written review. This spurred my own thoughts on the matter, and I decided to… Continue reading Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

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StokerCon Comes Back to Life (Virtual Edition)

                In my recap of the 2022 StokerCon in Denver, I said I wasn’t sure if the price of hybrid registration was worth how little I’d used it during the event. After all, $250 is quite a bit. I did promise to revisit my opinion, and here I am a week later with a few… Continue reading StokerCon Comes Back to Life (Virtual Edition)

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Return of the Horror Writers: StokerCon 2022 Recap

            Everyone who’s venturing to a convention again for the first time in two years experiences a certain kind of euphoria and ecstasy. The kind where you see familiar faces and meet new ones beyond a screen or username. Where you can share space and ideas with people who understand. A time—even if only for… Continue reading Return of the Horror Writers: StokerCon 2022 Recap

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Is QueryTracker Premium Worth It?

            For the longest time, I figured when it came time to query, I’d rely on a good old-fashioned spreadsheet. Something about the rows of cold, hard data appealed to me. When I learned about QueryTracker, a site dedicated to helping querying writers find agents and publishers for their work and making it easier than… Continue reading Is QueryTracker Premium Worth It?

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Blocked or Scared: Writing the New

            I often define my life in the writing project that corresponds with that moment. From middle school to grad school, it always felt like I had something to work on: a revision, a novel, a poem, fan fiction, script, research, etc. That’s roughly fourteen years of tinkering and playing with my craft and ideas.… Continue reading Blocked or Scared: Writing the New