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Do You Need a Mailing List?

This weekend I was at ConFusion (Which explains why this post is uncharacteristically late), and one of the first panels I sat in on was one regarding Mailing lists. Now I walked into this panel thinking that I already had a bunch of stuff on my “To Do” list, and I really didn’t have time …

Dee J. Holmes and AN INHERITANCE OF CURSES: Changing Pen Names, Plotting with RPGs, and Stand-Out Cover Art

A thousand years ago, witch Morgan LeFey brought war and chaos to the Four Houses. The aftermath was a treaty that sent each House—witch, vampire, werewolf, and fey—into isolation from the others. When Rose LeFey’s aunt Sorcha embarks on a dangerous quest to finish what her ancestor started, she steals blood from different houses and …

Keeping Up With the Joneses

I had the good fortune of starting my speculative fiction writing journey in the company of a group of talented writers (hat tip to the Roaring Writers) who were being mentored by established professionals I greatly admire. This has mostly been a good thing. In the rush to catch myself up to the standards of …

Best Reads of 2018 and Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

 I’m not much for resolutions, highlight reels, and year-end wrap-ups as a rule. But the yearly best of 20xx literary lists? Now that’s an end of the year thing I can get behind. In preparation for this post, I hopped over to Goodreads to check out my 2018 reads and compile my list of favorites. …

All in the Moderation

The moderator can make or break a panel at a convention. We creators tend to get off the rails a bit when we’re excited and talking about the craft, or our favorite fandoms, or lets be honest, anything that interests us in any way. While it might be fun for us to sit behind the …

Heading off into the Weeds

Ok, I’m sure that you’ve all heard this phrase at one point or another. Generally, it is used to refer to a point where you’ve veered so far off topic that you’re not getting anywhere. But I’d like you to take a few moments to consider what might be out there. While you’re doing that, …

Found Families

Happy Sunday, everyone! This time around, I’d like to talk about Found Families. You’re probably already aware of what these are, but for those of you that don’t know, let me take a few moments to define what I mean here. A found Family is made up of individuals that are not related by blood, …

A Little Help From My Friends

This is a post I hope sparks discussion more than it offers any real advice. I have this character trait that drove my parents crazy. I didn’t like asking for help. Asking for aid meant failure. My parents would watch me struggle to learn something and offer help. I would get indignant. No way! I …

NaNo November and Plotting

Ahh, November. Fall is officially here. There’s a crispness and bite in the air, even here in the South. Pretty Fall colors abound, and it’s pumpkin spice as far as the eye can see. For some people, November also marks the kickoff of NaNo. I’ve never gotten the NaNo bug, but I’ll admit I hit …