The Outer Dark

“A Lineage of Shadows”

Scott Nicolay‘s podcast The Outer Dark features an excellent interview with Nightscript editor CM Muller. In the final segment (last half-hour-ish), Scott is joined by reviewer Justin Steele, and they say wonderful things about the volume—including some kind words for my contribution, “The Cuckoo Girls.” (I think C.M. should be particularly proud to have Nightscript called a “spiritual successor” to not only the much missed…

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PSA of the Day

New conspiracy theory: My beloved but geriatric 17 inch MacBook Pro, which essentially become a desktop machine after I got an Air, died last night. Apple sent an email this morning about the new iMac, released yesterday. Coincidence? Joke’s on them. There’s no replacement in the budget for the foreseeable future. However, the good news is—EVERYTHING IS BACKED UP. Some of it…

Cover image from “Nøkken” (1904) by Theodor Kittelsen.

Nightscript, Volume 1

Nightscript, Volume 1, edited by C.M. Muller, available in print and ebook editions from the publisher and Amazon. Contains my story “The Cuckoo Girls” along with stunning stories by Kristi DeMeester, Gregory L. Norris, Charles Wilkinson,  David Surface, Daniel Mills, Kirsty Logan, Kyle Yadlosky, Clint Smith, Damien Angelica Walters, Eric J. Guignard,  Marc E. Fitch, Michael Kelly, Bethany W. Pope,  John Claude Smith,  Zdravka Evtimova,  Jason A. Wyckoff,  Ralph Robert Moore, Christopher Burke, and Michael Wehunt. Purchase Links: From the…

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Context is Everything—Or Is It?

I’ve been missing in action for some time. I spent the summer living in England and traveling in Europe. Although I fully intended to blog about my travels, it didn’t happen. (But, other writing did happen. Lots of writing. It was a good summer in all respects.) At the moment, big changes are taking place in Real Life. I’m trying to find the time…

In Search of Perfection and Nitrous Oxide

I think I wrote the perfect paragraph today. It was short but concise. It had imagery, emotion, depth, universality. The rhythm of the words was so exquisite it hurt. The prose flowed exactly as it should; it could be no other way. There may even have been a whiff of Proust’s madeleines about it. Which is completely inappropriate, because I head-wrote it…

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Guest Blog: The Librarian Is a Monster

Today, we have a guest post by my friend Doug Anderson. I am not a Christian. However, I was raised a Methodist. As Christians prepare for their holiest of days, celebrating the resurrection of the man whom they believe died for their sins, it’s time to take another look at all those WWJD? bracelets. Somehow, I don’t think bigotry and discrimination…

Cover image from “Nøkken” (1904) by Theodor Kittelsen.

Because the Night

This morning, editor C. M. Muller announced the Table of Contents for the inaugural volume of Nightscript, an anthology slated to be published annually. I am honored to have my story, “The Cuckoo Girls,” included in this amazing line-up. “Everything That’s Underneath” by Kristi DeMeester “Strays” by Gregory L. Norris “In His Grandmother’s Coat” by Charles Wilkinson “The Cuckoo Girls” by Patricia Lillie “The…

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Book Review: Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie

Originally posted on Girl Meets Monster:
In his latest horror novel, Suffer the Children, Craig DiLouie’s apocalyptic vision is an interesting departure from the typical end-of-the world scenario. Although DiLouie has become known for his zombie apocalypse fiction, a sub-genre of horror that he excels at, in this chilling narrative he shines a light on some of our most common…

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Featured Font

Miss Kitty Delux A little cartoony, a little retro, a little coquettish, Miss Kitty Delux is ready for fun. Used in a non-OpenType aware application, she’s a lively little typeface. Use her in an OpenType aware application and she really shines: Contextual Alternates automatically dress her up the way she was meant to be. Gussy her up even more with…

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Just What Do You Mean By “Etchings?”

Over on FaceBook, a writer friend shared the link to “Get Rid of On-the-Nose Dialogue Once and For All,” an excellent piece by K.M. Weiland about improving dialogue through subtlety and subtext. The article reminded me of this RSA Animate video, an animation of a short talk by psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker on indirect communication. For writers, “Language as a…

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We’re All Mad Here

Wednesday, after two and a half years of work, I graduated from Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction Program. For some ungodly reason (at a Catholic university, no less) I was appointed class speaker. What follows is my commencement speech. It’s longer than my usual posts, but I hope you enjoy it. As for me, I’m going to…

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Easy As Pie

Pecan Pie is a wonderful thing. You mix up a bunch of stuff—in one bowl—pour it into a crust, bake, and people are impressed. Pretend you worked hard. Don’t tell them how easy it was. The hardest part is the crust, and you have options. If gluten isn’t a problem, and you enjoy making traditional crusts, knock yourself out. If…

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