I spent a week in California last month, where it was easier than ever before to imagine the end of the world. Well, the end of human civilization, anyway. Driving through the Central Valley–which in my imagination has always been a wonderland of vibrant green crops and thriving livestock–was like driving into the wastelands of …

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Welcome back, Adventurers! As is the tendency of wandering bards, I have been distracted by the sweet summertime months and the alluring call of woodland pathways. With the darker evenings of autumn upon me again, I now return to the gaming table to escape the cold and spin tales of wonder once more – and …

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I’ve had to find a new writing space. I find I can’t write in the house any more. It’s because I’m never alone and even when things are quiet, the thought that I might get interrupted distracts me. It’s not just the people (who, by the way, are not discouraging but neither do they encourage …

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Greetings my cherished fellow readers! Have you come across any new books lately? I have purchased WAY too many books in the past few months but every time I convince myself I will cut back I find more awesome books I want on my shelf ready to be read. Small Press: Aqueduct Press This month …

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One thing many writers struggle with, especially in the young adult space, is when to reveal information to readers. Craft books and writing instructors will tell you that you shouldn’t necessarily reveal information until the reader needs to know it. Otherwise, you risk front-loading your story with too much exposition and bogging the reader down …

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If you’re looking for a new and clever way to announce you’re a feminist try this trick: “Hi! I’m looking for book recommendations, but this year I’m only reading books by women and non cis men. Have any suggestions?” In reading books by women for a year, I’m taking after Lilit Marcus who committed to …

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What’s up everyone, I’m nonbinary! Anyway… Man, what is that nonbinary thing about? Just when you got used to the whole idea of a gender spectrum, there’s some people who literally said “screw that” and don’t identify as…anything. Or maybe both. Or maybe something you’ve never heard of. Yikes. Add that to the fact that …

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It sneaks up on me every year. To quote  J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” And it was! In the Northern Hemisphere where I live, we are losing light, racing toward shorter days and longer nights. …

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In a recent episode of I Should Be Writing, Mur Lafferty talks about her experiences with audience members approaching her after her reading sessions to challenge her on what they thought was wrong or not working in what she’d just read. Lafferty argues that gender plays a role in this, as the pattern she and …

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I’m so pleased to present an interview with author and editor/writing instructor, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga (at left is the cover of one of my favorite of her books). As well as being a great teacher and editor, she is the author of a number of novels and other works with an emphasis on cross-cultural romance. …

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