Category: Writing Life

  • WHERE DO YOUR WORDS GO WHEN YOU DIE?

    WHERE DO YOUR WORDS GO WHEN YOU DIE?

    “I thought about all my writer friends that have recently passed away. What has happened to their intellectual property? This seems like an appropriate item to put on the bucket list…”

  • NEW BRAM STOKER AWARDS® CATEGORY: SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

    NEW BRAM STOKER AWARDS® CATEGORY: SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

    “Works published in 2022 will be the first year eligible for the award and will be presented at the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony in 2023. ”

  • TIME BLOCKING AS A SUPERPOWER

    TIME BLOCKING AS A SUPERPOWER

    “I’m no expert and it’s taken me two tries to get the hang of it but now it’s working really well for me.”

  • CALLING ALL SMALL PRESS EDITORS

    CALLING ALL SMALL PRESS EDITORS

    “Of course, I can’t bring up Pushcart noms without bringing up the Pushcart nom debate…”

  • Birthday Was Happy

    It’s a new year for me as I turn 49 years. I spent my birthday celebrating quietly. As the clock turned over I was busy finishing a story for the Kansas City Star on  The Roasterie Kansas City Air Roasted Coffee and the amazing thing Danny O’Neill did for Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City. Later it […]

  • The Roasterie: Local Coffeetopia

    I just discovered another reason to love Kansas City—The Roasterie. Air roasted coffee heaven done fresh right here. We can take a factory tour and I’m told that the smell of roasting coffee wafts through the city in the winter. Yesterday we bought a bag of their Full Vengeance Dark Blend from the local grocery. […]

  • Available Now! Spiders Are Everywhere

    Spiders Are Everywhere is finally all done and live on Amazon. This is probably the most beautiful book I’ve ever put together with all the color and the full bleed illustrations by Amber Beach. My name is on this one as a co-author, but this one was primarily written by my husband, R. A. Smith. […]

  • From Soraya: Interview with Owen King

    Another interview today from my friend, Soraya Murillo Hernandez, from Spain. Soraya speaks Spanish, and I only speak English, so our friendship has leaned heavily on technology and Google Translate. She has sent me a dozen or more of these interviews she conducted in the past for me to reprint here. She has so many, […]

  • Review: Small Spirits by Marge Simon

    Dolls: replicas of people made of cloth, clay, wood, bone, porcelain… used for religion, ritual and play. From the wooden paddle dolls left in Egyptian tombs in the 21st century BC to the plastic, highly stylized dolls of today, these replicas of people hold a unique place with us as something we both cherish and […]

  • From Soraya: Interview with Peter Straub

    I am excited to introduce a personal friend, Soraya Murillo Hernandez, from Spain. Soraya speaks Spanish, and I only speak English, so our friendship has leaned heavily on technology and Google Translate. When I was accepted for Borderlands Press Boot Camp, I mentioned to her that I was going to get to meet Peter Straub […]