NaNoWriMo 2022: Week Four

            Here we are at the end of another November. For some, this month was full of success as they achieved their writing goals. For others, it may have been a reminder of how to balance creativity with reality. Although the primary goal of National Novel Writing Month is to write 50k—the smallest word count… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2022: Week Four


NaNoWriMo 2022: Week Three

               Last week, I mentioned how I was seeing a lot of other writers hitting roadblocks on their National Novel Writing Month projects. This week, I tasted my own medicine and found I was struggling to put words on the page the way I wanted to. I’m lucky that, as a NaNo Rebel, I have… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2022: Week Three


NaNoWriMo 2022: Week Two

               We are almost halfway through National Novel Writing Month. This is the point where people usually start falling behind, lose inspiration or motivation, and struggle to reach their goal. However, for some, it’s also the point where they may have already hit 50k and kept going. As a NaNo Rebel, I have a bit… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2022: Week Two


NaNoWriMo 2022: Week One

               In case you weren’t already aware, November is National Novel Writing Month. Traditionally, writers will try to pen 50,000 words in 30 days with the goal of having a “finished” draft by the end. I’ve participated in the event three previous times, and it wasn’t until I became a NaNoWriMo “Rebel” that I actually… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2022: Week One

Lifestyles · Writing

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


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


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

OcTerror · Writing

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

OcTerror · Writing

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


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