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Category Archives: The Writing Life

Clarion Write-a-Thon

The Best Little Writing Workshop in ANYWHERE Ok. So. What do Octavia Butler, Kelly Link, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ted Chiang, and Glen Cook have in common? Well, they’re all great speculative fiction writers, and they all went to Clarion. So did a ton of other writers you’ve probably read and enjoyed. Every summer since 1968, [...]

Intermission is over, did you get the Junior Mints?

So, ah, can we pretend that the last sixteen months didn’t happen? No. Okay. So I had this weird glitch with WordPress, where sometimes it didn’t accept my password. Which was weird. Sometimes became often. Often became it just didn’t ever effin’ work. My husband, who eats zeros and ones for breakfast, reassured me that [...]

Red Light Special

Time for a Friday Flash, prompt courtesy of the 500 Club. If you want to play, the prompts are here. Here’s my contributory flash for this week. RED LIGHT SPECIAL The last thing Flynn wanted to do that day was another love spell. It was cheap work, he thought, flavored with desperation. And the thing [...]


500 Club time! If you want to play, the prompts are here. Here’s my contributory flash for this week. MEAT MARKET The bag of groceries smashed on the ground between us. A confetti of broken eggs splattered onto the parking lot. “Get your hands off me.” I said, jerking out of her grasp. I stooped [...]


A slightly tardy 500 Club Entry. Of course, while it’s true the prompts do go up on Thursdays, it’s never too late to play. CLICK CLICK Jenny never liked the color red. Red smelled like squashed tomatoes, like the breakfasts the College of London cafeteria served. Poached eggs in slimy clear-white umbilical blobs, cold toast, [...]

PLC Interviews: Sam Sykes, author of Tome of the Undergates

Hey everybody! Today is most auspicious! Wanna know why? Because today we have our very first guest post up at PLC. Sam Sykes, author of  fantasy novel Tome of the Undergates sat down and talked writing with us. Tome of the Undergates will be released in several countries (including the US, of course) next Tuesday. [...]

In Your Cloak

For this week’s 500 Club, I decided to revisit one of the scenes in my novel, The Iron Key, retelling it from one of my favorite secondary character’s point of view. If you want to take a crack at one of this week’s writing prompts, hop on over and go to. After all it’s only [...]

Stoked for September

The onset of September has me feeling like the monkey Steve in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (Steve, awesomely, is voiced by everyone’s favorite magical unicorn Neal Patrick Harris). Excited! Excited! My Writing the Novel class with Jim Sallis is starting back up. This marks my fourth semester of re-enrollment. Why would I take [...]

Flipping (for The 500 Club)

It’s Thursday, and I’ve got a minute to play along with the 500 Club at The Parking Lot Confessional. If you like to dabble in flash fiction, you should mosey on over and play too. Here’s my entry for today, using the first prompt. I ran a little over 500 words, but I was having [...]

In Which I Get Harsh And Disrespectful

“Fiction has become culturally irrelevant,” says Lee Seigel over at the New York Observer. I am sure he was weeping into an Hermes handkerchief as he typed. Culturally irrelevant? Really? Pretty sure the Twilight franchise is one of the only things keeping beleaguered Hollywood afloat. Pretty sure J.K. Rowling is one of only 14 women [...]