Aspiring writers hear this “gem” all the damn time. Write what you know. Well, if we all followed this advice, we wouldn’t have Lord of the Rings (I’m sure Tolkien knows nothing about being a dwarf or hobbit), Star Wars (space cowboys, really), or any horror/fantasy/sci fi and most detective/lawyer dramas/mysteries. So it was refreshing to read Riley Sagar’s thoughts on this topic. Sagar’s Final Girls is the next book on my TBR pile. (Not to be confused with my own series, Final Girl.)Read More →

During these rocky political times, I think about how people never have the vision to look at the world around them and consider how they could make a better place for everyone through simple actions (like, for starters, not voting for rich, hyper-conservative, out-of-touch goblin butts). Instead, we dream up scenarios of time travel and imagine rocketing back in time to kill Hitler. And when I think about that, I also remember a crazy, fantastic story (in five parts) that a friend of mine, “Joe Wet Cow,” wrote (and I that I hope he won’t mind me sharing here): Anonymous pamphlet found in bus shelter,Read More →

This one’s a month old, but it’s stayed with me. Anyone looking for story ideas, READ THE NEWS! Reality is way scarier and stranger than anything we can imagine. Like how thousands of witches worldwide cast a binding spell on Donald Trump. Additional reading: Bustle wants to tell you “what witches can teach us about fighting back against Trump.”Read More →

Today is the one year anniversary of Final Girl‘s launch on Jukepop Serials. What a ride it’s been! I remember the exhilaration of publishing the first chapter—a chapter I had slaved over for almost a year before figuring out what the whole story was about. A chapter that I had included in a grant application. A chapter that came to me so easily, but caused agony during the editing process. I was probably more terrified to share that chapter than Jess was to witness her bandmates being slaughtered. Well, almost….Read More →

I don’t know why I love the way European countries welcome new babies (and mothers) into the world, but I find baby boxes enchanting (yes, I said “enchanting”). Just look at this one in Scotland, and tell me you don’t want one yourself.Read More →