Title: Snake Eyes (Planet Scumm #11)Author: Planet Scumm, including Hailey Piper (Guest Editor), Maura McGonagle (Illustrator), Sim Kern, Ana Gardner, Avery Kit Malone, LC von Hessen, Stephanie Gray, Diana Fenves, Laura Barker, Lindsay King-MillerGenre: Sci-fi short storiesPages: 112 pagesPublication date: August 13, 2021 Thank you, Planet Scumm, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! It has been a while … Continue reading ARC Review — Snake Eyes
"We have failed, but I hope they will see how hard we tried." Title: Aurora BurningAuthor: Amie Kaufman, Jay KristoffGenre: YA Sci-fiPages: 495 pagesPublication date: May 5, 2020 I enjoyed reading Aurora Rising, so of course I had to get book two. I read them two years apart though, so I appreciated the written recap … Continue reading Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)
Hello everyone! I have exciting news! My piece, Counterfeit, got accepted by Coffin Bell for their Volume 4, Issue No. 4. The theme for the issue is technophobia. I used a futuristic setting and made a cool connection between the words paura (fear) and fuga (escape). Here's a link. Submittable didn't even tell me this … Continue reading My flash fiction is published!
Dear writers who are afraid of the first draft, It's all right. As cliché as it might sound, we've all been there with a blank page hovering in front of us. Uneven plot lines. Characters with blue eyes one page and brown eyes twenty pages later. Ideas swarm around in our heads, but none make … Continue reading To writers who fear the first draft
Most humans believe that I will save the world. Tragic. They see me fly with my golden wings stretched out. The clouds brush by and create this sort of weird halo effect around me, so it must be a “sign.” But these humans look for signs under beds like that’ll say if they need ice … Continue reading A plan to go down in flames
I did one over fantasy, so I thought it would be good to do a sci-fi one as well. I usually read soft sci-fi, which explores the soft sciences and relates to fantasy instead of hard sci-fi, which has a lot of math. Since I don’t read many popular sci-fi books, most of these may … Continue reading Top 9 sci-fi books I’ve read so far
I'm launching a freelance editorial service called Dragon Editing Services. This has been a work in progress. I'm glad it's finally coming together. I provide three editing services: Manuscript CritiqueCopyeditingProofreading A manuscript critique evaluates your story’s strengths and weaknesses. You will receive an editorial letter with a plan of action to bring your story to … Continue reading Introducing Dragon Editing Services
I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor
Author bios can seem difficult. It's impossible to narrow a person down to a few sentences. But writers also do the impossible all the time. My experience with this is limited to Submittable. Most places ask for a bio between three to five sentences long. Bios are simple and can have a bit of creativity … Continue reading How to write an author bio for submissions
Earlier in 2020, I did a post on AWP vs ACES for conferences, but now, I've attended the inaugural DV Con conference. Since it was during a pandemic, they took a different approach that I hope AWP and ACES continues. DV Con was open specifically for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Deaf, blind, etc. … Continue reading Should writers go to DV Con?