I’ve been thinking a lot about self-care lately. In Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, she talks about the importance of setting aside time for yourself each week. She calls them Artist Dates. The idea is that you have to give yourself breaks in order to refill the well, so to speak. From Cameron’s web site: The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to … Continue reading The Artist’s Way and Artist Dates. Alternate Title: Am I Really Allowed to Schedule Dates with Myself?
When it comes to writing, I often worry about doing things the right way. What’s the right way to blog? Do I need to focus solely on posts about writing? Should I post something every day? How do I promote it? Here’s the thing. I want to write. I want to write long things, like novels, and short things, like short stories and blog posts and poems. Writing is … Continue reading Am I Doing This Right?
Suzy G is a writer of dark, lyrical things, and I know that any time I am lucky enough to read something she has written, I’m going to be both in love with and envious of her talent. I’m so happy she sent me something to share here–she’s one of those writers whose work I constantly want other people to read. (She’s also one of … Continue reading SPOOKY SHORT STORIES: The Learning Season by Suzy G
Sarah Blair is an author, podcaster, mommy, teacher, and all around outstanding human. She’s been one of my favorite people from the moment we met. You know how some people are just calming to your soul? Sarah is that for me. You can learn more about her at http://www.sarahlblair.com, and listen to her on the The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast. Check out the giveaway at … Continue reading SPOOKY SHORT STORIES: Darkness Creeping by Sarah Blair
Reggie Whitley was one of the first writers I met on twitter, and his creepy short stories have always been some of my favorites. I was happy when he agreed to send me something to post for my blog party, mostly because it’s been a while since I’ve read a Reggie story. You can find him on twitter at @_RScottWhitley_. THAT’S NOT FUNNY … Continue reading SPOOKY SHORT STORIES: That’s Not Funny by Reggie Whitley
I have major, major love for true trime podcasts. That isn’t a hot take. I realize everyone is riding the true crime wave these days. Still, I find people who love true crime and haven’t heard of some of my favorite podcasts, or haven’t heard of podcasts PERIOD, and I immediately feel like, “This is it. It’s why this person needs me in his or … Continue reading Five Favorites: True Crime Podcasts
Most of you know I participated in a writing contest a few months ago, in which we were assigned different genres, characters, and subjects to write about in each round. I shared my first round story here. For the second round, I was assigned “Suspense, Judge, and Medicine,” and came up with Keeping Judge Spencer. Enjoy! Keeping Judge Spencer The roses are too pink. … Continue reading Spooky Short Stories: Keeping Judge Spencer
When I decided to throw a little blog party for October, I reached out to a few of my writer friends to see if they had anything they’d like to contribute. This short, lyrical piece was written by Kelsey Macke, author of Damsel Distressed, and regular contributor to my happiness and keeper of my sanity. Learn more about her at kelseymacke.com. SOME PORTION OF SURE Sometimes, you … Continue reading Spooky Short Stories: Some Portion of Sure by Kelsey Macke
I never thought I’d be a person who’d think, “Man, I have too many books,” but here we are. A few years of book events and festivals means I’ve wound up with a pretty impressive collection. I’ve forced myself to go through them and look for books that should be passed along rather than hoarded in my office. So, my refusal to give in to … Continue reading GIVEAWAY: Asylum by Madeleine Roux and Monster Island by David Wellington
Most of you know I participated in a writing contest a few months ago, in which we were assigned different genres, characters, and subjects to write about in each round. For the very first round, I was assigned “Horror, Flower Shop Owner, and Texting.” I took those three things and came up with Potter’s Blooms. These two creepy sisters are my favorite, and I apologize … Continue reading Spooky Short Stories: Potter’s Blooms