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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

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Is the MFA Useless for Genre Writers?

               If you’re interested in or pondering a Masters of Fine Arts degree but write genre, it can often feel like the odds are stacked against you. This can be disheartening which can then lead to the titular question of this blog—“Is the MFA useless for genre writers?” I’ll do my best, using my experience… Continue reading Is the MFA Useless for Genre Writers?

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Invasion of the Horror Writers: StokerCon 2021 Recap

               How do you move a writing conference online? How do you replicate the multi-faceted experience of panels, readings, pitch sessions, an expo hall, academic presentations, ceremonies, a film festival, and an awards show with the wanted interaction between attendees? (Let’s not forget the bar). The answer, for the team who made virtual StokerCon 2021… Continue reading Invasion of the Horror Writers: StokerCon 2021 Recap

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10 Tips for Ruthless Revision

            Generally, in my almost fifteen years of experience, I’ve come to discover there are three types of writers. Drafters spend the most time in the development, brainstorming, and first draft stage of a project. Editors focus on the small details in a text, constantly tweaking this word or that. Revisionists, on the other hand,… Continue reading 10 Tips for Ruthless Revision

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My Journey as a Woman in Horror

            You would think someone who was obsessed with vampires at a young age, obsessively checked out ghost stories from the library, and loved Halloween would always have been a woman in horror, right? That same girl who wrote two different vampire novels, a short horror film, and tons of dark poetry as a teenager?… Continue reading My Journey as a Woman in Horror

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6 Women in Horror Who Have Inspired Me

            As some of you may know, February, in addition to uplifting and celebrating Black History, is also Women in Horror Month. In the past, I provided, like so many do, a list of, well, women-in-horror: authors, actors, directors, reviewers, and more. It is one thing to give a list of possibilities and point out… Continue reading 6 Women in Horror Who Have Inspired Me

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In Praise of Praise

I used to be that kid. From elementary to high school I was the teacher’s pet: studied hard, scored well, helped out, and spent most of my time reading. This paid off in various ways. I had great relationships with most of my teachers and they usually let me do what I wanted. In fourth… Continue reading In Praise of Praise

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How to Brainstorm a Theme Month

In my past experiences writing blogs, I’ve only ever done one theme month. It was February 2013 and for twenty-eight days I wrote about love: dating advice, Disney analysis, anecdotes, what to wear, etc. By the last day I was sick of love, tired of writing about it, and definitely not looking for it. So… Continue reading How to Brainstorm a Theme Month