February Wrap-Up & March Goals

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Steel Empires classing up the joint at AWP.

Whew, this month flew by (and not just because February is a short month). While things continue to be rough and stressful in the larger scheme of things, I’m pleased with what I accomplished in my own small corner of the world, and I’m looking forward to whatever is next.

I’d also like to take a quick moment to thank all of you. I have no way to tell how many of the subscribers to this blog are here because they are fans of my writing, here to follow my book reviews and my support of other authors, or both. Earlier this month I did a two-part holiday special, giving some details and background info on two of the romantic pairings in my books. I held my breath in case of negative feedback in the case of Kane and Archer — but absolutely none came! Thank you for being awesome, being accepting, and loving my guys as much as I do.

Okay, enough mushy stuff. Let’s get to work. Continue reading

“Dear Sherry” letters needed!

One of the regular features at Speculative Chic is called Dear Sherry, hosted by award-winning author and certified life-coach Sherry Peters. In it, she answers reader letters with concerns about anything related to writing and publishing. She even answered a letter from me and gave some great advice! But I won’t tell you which one, because all of the letter writers are kept anonymous.

“Dear Sherry” is an opportunity to ask for advice on writer’s/creativity block, time management, the process of writing, and more. Sherry Peters is a Certified Life Coach who works with writers at all stages of their writing career looking to increase their productivity through pushing past the self-doubt holding them back. Her fiction has won the Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-book award, and been nominated for the Aurora Award, Canada’s top prize for speculative fiction.

If you could ask a writing coach anything, here is your chance! Send her an e-mail at coachsherry@sherrypeters.com.

Right now, Sherry is actively seeking letters to answer in the upcoming weeks. If you have something weighing heavily or even just tickling the back of your mind, please consider reaching out to her. She answers all questions honestly and fairly. I should know: my question was pretty ridiculous. 🙂

December Wrap-Up & January Goals

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My 2016 holiday/birthday TARDIS acquisitions, with bonus Alex-cat photobomb. (Not shown: Hand-painted miniature TARDIS I’ve already moved to my desk at the day job and the gorgeous laptop slipcase that a sleeping cat had claimed when I was ready to take this picture.)

Happy 2017 to all! This year I’m looking forward to continuing work on the Steel Empires series, contributing to Speculative Chic, reading lots of amazing books, and attending fun conventions, and watching lots of great movies and television shows. This year’s motto is probably “Work hard, play hard.” Continue reading

New post at Speculative Chic

I’ve been remiss in shouting it from  the rooftops much over here on my personal corner of the internet, but I’m still having a ton of fun being a regular contributor to the blog Speculative Chic. Mostly I participate in group posts, such as a monthly column about my favorite new thing. I can also always be counted on to have an opinion about the latest SF/F film in our group review posts, thanks to my movie addiction.

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But today, I teamed up with another Arrowverse fan to discuss the recent “Heroes v Aliens” crossover event that spanned Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. If you’d like to join our conversation, swing on by and let us know what you thought!

If you like what you see, please consider subscribing to Speculative Chic or stopping by regularly. Please also don’t hesitate to drop me a line and let me know if there’s anything you’d like me or any other contributors to a post about.

September Wrap-Up & October Goals

I know the month isn’t quite over, but I’m off to Broadkill Resort for DogCon V tomorrow, so let’s do this thing!

September Wrap-up:

  • Words were written in book 4! Specifically, 15k of them, so the goal was officially met. I’m in the swing of things now, and doing that thing where I look at the rest of my outline and panic that the book is going to be over 100k long.
  • Book reviews were completed! Not many of them, but I think the quality of my reviews is going up as I get more practice at it.
  • Speculative Chic was contributed to! This month featured more group participation along with my debut solo post.
  • I haven’t yet been to DogCon, but I did get to spend a glorious week with my husband at the not-so-glorious place where he is training! Teleworking and writing with a view of the beach for a few days was so tough.

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October Goals:

  1. Write words! Specifically, 20k words.
  2. Write book reviews! There are currently 11 in the queue (I also did a lot of reading at the beach).
  3. Participate in DogCon V! Please continue to keep all fingers and toes crossed for Steel Victory in the Reader’s Choice Award. Less than 48 hours until it’s announced!
  4. Sell books! I will be in the Dealer’s Room at TridentCon with copies of both of my books (Oct 8-9). I have no panels or presentations to attend, so this is a great chance to come hang out and chat with me about writing and gaming.
  5. Travel! I’ll be going to Denver for work and spending back-to-back weekends in Pennsylvania and Ohio for two weddings. On the plus side, my husband is meeting me in Ohio for one of the weddings and afterward I get to bring him home for good.

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“Evolution of Vampires in Popular Fiction” on Speculative Chic

impalings-of-vlad-the-impalerAbout a year ago, I was lucky enough to be featured on SF Signal, an amazing blog that featured all things speculative fiction. To help promote my own brand-new, nontraditional vampire novel, I condensed years worth of research into a short article on the evolution of how vampires have been represented in popular fiction throughout the modern literary age.

Sadly, SF Signal discontinued publication. But I was proud of my article and hoped to find a new, permanent home for it.

Enter Speculative Chic!

Though my ridiculously busy life had so far precluded me from participating beyond short write-ups for group posts, the editor invited me to submit this previously published article. So if you missed it a year ago, now is your chance to check out my take on vampire representation in different literary mediums (including film, television, and graphic novels).

Do you agree or disagree with my assessments?

Did I miss your favorite vampire?

Who would win in an epic battle: a vampire, werewolf, or zombie?

Feel free to comment either here or at the original post, and I’d love to discuss these things with you!

You can read about how my vampire characters differ from the norm in the first book of the Steel Empires series, Steel Victory.

 

Speculative Chic is LIVE

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new blog focused on all aspects of speculative fiction: books, film, television, games, and more!

Speculative Chic

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Please join us for our soft launch today, and consider subscribing to continue receiving great content from a bunch of awesome people (like yours truly). We’ll have everything from in-depth reviews to regular features to advice columns and more! Right now I’m only a part-time contributor, but I’m hoping to have the time soon to submit monthly projects that focus on the areas that I’m passionate about.

That’s something I think will really make Speculative Chic a fun place to be: all of the contributors are very involved with their chosen areas of SF/F/H fandom and their enthusiasm absolutely shows through their writing.

Any help spreading the word as we get things rolling would be greatly appreciated. And let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see us highlight! There are so many people involved in this project that there’s bound to be someone who will also be interested.