When writing, remember to keep the promise you made to the reader

Last night I wrote the two words every writer craves more than any other: THE END. A story that has been on the back-burner for more than seven years finally came together. It went through revisions, so many revisions, so many good ideas that I had to twist, warp, include or discard to get to […]

Logical, alive, and slightly to the left of wicked.

Foz Meadows has a pretty good post about adults writing fanfic and occupying fan spaces in which they push back against the argument that older people (like me) shouldn’t hang out in “fan spaces” like AO3, Tumblr, or FanFiction, because they’re primarily “young people spaces.” Says who? Meadows’s insight, which I believe is absolutely correct, […]

Pursuing the audience that wants rougher, less consensual sex

Many moons ago, when I was writing more often, I bought a few of books from Siren Publishing. I read one, decided I didn’t care much, and kinda skipped the rest. I picked up two from my collection and started reading them and I’m still convinced that I don’t like them. I don’t remember the […]

Diluting the Premise, or Adding to the Awesome?

I’ve been spending my week copyediting The Bastet, a short collection of contemporary stories I wrote to explore a single, absurdist idea: What is life really like for a catboy or catgirl? Which then requires a backstory: where do cat people come from, such that they can exist in an otherwise recognizable contemporary setting? My […]

A bit of a work in progress, “After The Revolution.”

Note that this is set in the Bastet Universe, as that’s the only contemporary setting I currently have. Janna walked through the showroom, affecting as best she could the disaffected curiosity of her profession, but no previous assignment had ever required she stand in a room of dramatically costumed and decorated naked people. Or "people." […]

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