The awesome Chuck Wendig recently asked his blog readers why we write. We writers have many different answers to this question. Writing relieves stress. They feel compelled to write. If they don’t write, they’ll go crazy. They enjoy telling stories. They are good at it. All of these are good reasons, and all are true. But … More Why I Write
In light of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, I wrote about why science fiction, especially stories set in future Earth-based cultures, must err on the side of diversity. Check it out here at my Star Wars blog, Tosche Station. I’ve been plugging along at revisions to Aurora and will be done by the end of July. After … More Why Science Fiction Must Err on the Side of Diversity
Dragon Con, as usual, was an absolute blast. Sure, there are things I don’t like about it — throngs of people, getting caught in human traffic jams, a maze of a dealer room, and did I mention the throngs of people? — but it’s so much fun to be able to hang out with thousands … More Home From Dragon Con, And Sooooo Tired
This Thursday I’m heading to lovely Atlanta, Georgia, for my sixth Dragon Con. For those of you who haven’t been exposed to the wonder of Dragon Con yet, it’s one of the largest conventions in the United States and a mecca for all things geek. “Fan tracks” are all run by volunteers and cover topics as wide-ranging … More Dragon Con!
My flash fiction story “Graduation” is now live on Every Day Fiction! It was the first piece of original short fiction I ever wrote, the first I submitted, the first rejected, and the second accepted. I’ll take it! This story, by the way, was the inspiration for my current NaNoWriMo project, with Liat and Natalie … More “Graduation” Live on Every Day Fiction!
Two Fridays ago, I watched Pacific Rim with a group of friends. They’d all seen it before; I hadn’t. I was looking forward to finally learning what a kaiju was, but also a bit apprehensive because it seemed to be a “love it or hate it” type of movie. As it turns out I didn’t … More Two Things Pacific Rim Taught Me Not to Do While Writing (And One Important Lesson Learned)
I’m happy to announce that Issue 7 of Plasma Frequency magazine, featuring my first short story, “The Clone in Sector 7,” is now available! Not only that, but my story inspired the cover art! Electronic issues are free, and you can order print versions on the website. Seeing my work in print makes me bounce … More “The Clone in Sector 7” now live on Plasma Frequency Magazine
It’s an often-discussed topic in the fandoms/circles I follow lately — Star Wars and science fiction/fantasy in general. About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post for the website EUCantina about why we need more women in Star Wars. That post has since been lost to the internet ether, but it … More In Which I Explain Why Diversity is Important
Once again, I’ve neglected this blog. I apologize. I blame getting engaged (yay!) and deciding to trunk my last WIP. (I’ll come back to it eventually, but in the meantime I’ve started on a new novel I’m really excited about.) But, I come bearing good news! I have sold my first short story, “The Clone … More My First Sale!
In addition to writing speculative fiction, I also co-host a weekly podcast called Tosche Station Radio. While I’ve always considered myself a writer, I never thought I’d co-host a podcast. I enjoyed listening to them, but knew nothing about audio production or hosting a show or any of the other technical details. But last year my … More On Podcasting and Writing