September Bookviews // Queens, Brides and New Releases, Please!

2020 is The Lost Year. July didn’t even register in my mind until it was August, so I missed that Bookviews post. I bet any money (below five bucks) that we’re going to see an uptick in doomsday books come out within the next couple of years. Regardless, let’s take a look at my BookviewsContinue reading “September Bookviews // Queens, Brides and New Releases, Please!”

August Bookviews // Islands, Recipes and Devil Fires Indeed

Well, it looks like I completely forgot to do Bookviews for July. July didn’t even register in my mind until it was August. The number of books I read also dropped dramatically, but more writing’s happened and that’s taken priority. I’d still like to share my Bookviews for August 2020! (Here’s the Bookview post forContinue reading “August Bookviews // Islands, Recipes and Devil Fires Indeed”

Announcement // A New Site For Short Stories

Good evening, everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to put up a quick announcement for an exciting new venture I began earlier this evening. For a long while now I’ve wanted to share some short stories with you. The last time I tried to write such things was two years ago and IContinue reading “Announcement // A New Site For Short Stories”

The First Ten Bookmarks in My Writing Folder

Quick links, bookmarks and folders, oh my! If you’re a writer who prefers keys at your fingertips rather than a typewriter, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Bookmarks are incredibly useful things when you want to save a link for future referral in your web browser, or even as an icon on yourContinue reading “The First Ten Bookmarks in My Writing Folder”

How Removing One Villain Solved Everything

I’m one of those people who learn lessons the hard way. It’s a stubborn streak I inherited from three of my grandparents. As much as I love them – thanks guys. Some cycles are harder to break than others. This can be applied to characters you create for stories as well. You fall in loveContinue reading “How Removing One Villain Solved Everything”

I Am Discontinuing “The Bulletin.” Here’s Why.

Happy Monday, publishing world! Today’s one of those days where I finally made a decision on something and I must admit that it feels rather great. Back in July I announced a new eNewsletter called The Bulletin. In the three months of putting it out, here’s what I’ve learned: A. I’m sorely unqualified to produceContinue reading “I Am Discontinuing “The Bulletin.” Here’s Why.”

Five Books On My #HistFic Wishlist

From the Medieval Era to Regency and beyond, I’m a sucker for historical tales of all sorts. Some of these titles are from authors I’m already familiar with, and some are brand new. What matters is, I want all the books! The question remains: How long will they sit in my wish list before IContinue reading “Five Books On My #HistFic Wishlist”

My Top Ten Victorian Slang Words

Writing historical fiction isn’t easy. There are so many decisions I have to make to prevent myself from overdoing it with language and writing style. Do I try to match it with the time period? Do I use modern slang? How far into 1800s etymology do I really want to go? Research has been keyContinue reading “My Top Ten Victorian Slang Words”

Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)

Cliches. There are so many cliches that come to mind when you’re trying to figure out how to start a blog post about writing (in general). It falls under that “nothing new under the sun” mantra. It’s like comparing every scifi show or book you read to the “Big Three” of the genre – StarContinue reading “Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)”