Monthly Archives: April 2019

N’tl Poetry Month Poet Round Up

National Poetry Month may be ending today, but I’m just getting started. Everyday is a good day to celebrate poetry. “Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not … Continue reading

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Creepy Reading with Ladies of Horror Prompts

Bela Lugosi once said “It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.” The Ladies of Horror can agree with that. We’ve produced … Continue reading

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How Good Writing is Like BDSM

Mr. Smith and I were discussing how to keep a reader hooked this morning over coffee, and I likened good writing to BDSM. For anyone who doesn’t know, BDSM is an acronym for a specific type of erotic play that may … Continue reading

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On Killing Darlings and Sympathy for Monsters

Whew! Three days between posts? Life has gotten a bit busy around here. Today you can read my poem, “Sympathy for Monsters,” on Nina D’Arcangela’s blog, spreadingthewritersword.com. You can read it here. I’m also a guest for Marge Simon’s Blood & Spades … Continue reading

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Meet Weightless Books

Weightless Books is an an independent ebooksite devoted to DRM-free ebooks for “(e)Books That Don’t Weigh You Down.” On their site you can subscribe to digital subscriptions of magazines, single issues and books. Many of Space and Time magazine’s back issues … Continue reading

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Apologies for Pirantulas!

Yesterday someone mentioned an anthology seeking retro style horror stories, reprints okay. Perfect, I thought. My old story Pirantulas! would fit the theme. I hunted it down in my files and did a quick read to make sure it was okay. … Continue reading

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Why Not the Easter Platypus?

Who came up with the idea of an egg laying bunny? The Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Children … Continue reading

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NEW, FREE “Suite & Sour” on Curious Fictions

As an experiment, I have uploaded the first three chapters of Suite & Sour to Curious Fictions. You can read them in their raw, lightly edited state and leave comments as to what you think. These chapters have never been … Continue reading

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Just Discovered: Google Doc “DragonSpeak”

The recent tour to Florida was wonderful except for one thing. In the evening I was trying to write the next chapter of Suite & Sour… with no keyboard! Cue the scary music because that’s how it felt. I was … Continue reading

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New Trick for an Old Dog: Video

Warning: My kids and anyone who does this professionally will hate this video. My son walked up behind me and looked over my shoulder. I was feeling a little chuffed that I was in new territory. “You’re using Movie Maker?” … Continue reading

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