New Guest Blog at

rejection fantasy scifi author Shana Scott

I’m excited to have a guest blog, “When You’re Just Not Ready for Rejection,” up at If you ever read about the constant rejection you have to go through to achieve your dreams and felt sick to your stomach, this is the article for you.

Do You Fight the Urge to Edit Right Away?

Editing Fantasy Sci-fi author Shana Scott

I’m going to pull back from world building a little bit to talk about the editing process. How writers edit their own work differs from person to person, but there are general, broad -level steps most take. Write a draft, get feedback, edit, get feedback again, edit second draft, and so on. But do you edit yourself before you ever write? Read More

New Article Publication

Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

As part of my job at Anderson Archival, I write content for the company. I’m happy to say one of my articles is featured as a guest blog on the Society of American Archivists’ blog of the Electronic Records Section (bloggERS!).

Digitizing the Stars: Harvard University’s Glass Plate Collection is about the early astronomical photographic techniques, the female computers who studied them, and what the Harvard Observatory is doing to bring all that data into the digital age.

(Cover Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team)

How Kingdom Hearts Failed Its Expanded Universe (Spoiler Free)

Kingdom Hearts III

With the release of Kingdom Hearts 3 (KH3), a game I’ve wanted pretty much since KH2 came out in 2005, I’ve really been thinking about the role of an expanded universe of titles on various franchises. Expanded universes exist in all forms of media, including comic books, books, TV shows, movies, audio dramas, and video games. And we generally love them for it. Fantasy and science fiction fans seem especially drawn to expanded universes. As someone who often says “I want to write all the stories” of the worlds I create, the bigger question is why not explore these amazing universes to their fullest? Read More

New Poem in Darkling’s Beasts & Brews

Darklings Lycan Valley Press

Darkling’s Beasts & Brews published by Lycan Valley Press is now available for pre-order.

It includes my poem “And They Ride.” I don’t consider myself a poet, but every once in a while I manage one and this one was accepted. Plus the book has a whole slew of drink recipes, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. So it’s both fun and useful!


Doctor Who: A Season of Change

Doctor Who Thirteenth Doctor

I’m going to go ahead and revisit Doctor Who now that we’ve got the series over with. (There will be mild spoilers this time.) On a personal like or dislike level, I still fully love the new tone and direction of the show. So I was a bit surprised when I came across a number of critiques on the season’s showrunner, Chris Chibnall. Of the most common complaints I saw, one was that there weren’t enough callbacks to the previous seasons or Doctor Who lore, and the other was that the show felt small. The later I thought was hilarious because that is one of the biggest reasons I love the new season. So let’s go ahead and look at these two issues and see what they mean for Doctor Who.

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Donation Button Available

Donation kitty writer

I’ve added a donation button to my website for anyone who would like to show their appreciation for the stories and articles I write. Any donations help me offset the cost of this website as well as all the various functions of life as an aspiring author. Even a dollar or two can help. Thank you to all who consider donating.

Doctor Who! (Spoiler Free) The Importance of Tone!

The Doctor

Doctor Who is back and I can’t be more thrilled. I love Doctor Who and was excited for the new season for so many reasons. One obviously was that Jodie Whittaker was going to be the Doctor, and that was historic for the show overall. (She killed it, by the way.) But even more than that, this was going to be the first episode and season without Steven Moffat as showrunner. And so, this gives me a chance to talk about an aspect of world building that I haven’t touched on much before: tone.

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New Story!

New Story Fantasy Sci-fi author Shana Scott

Mind Candy Too is officially available for purchase on Amazon. It includes my short story “Sandy.”

“Sandy” is about the life of a woman with minor super powers, the ability to make someone experience the memories and feelings of another person, in a world of superheroes.

Support the anthology and buy one today!

Fictional Anthropology

Culture - Fantasy and Sci-fi

During the Writer’s Digest Annual Convention, I had the privilege to talk with Theresa “Soni”  Guzmán Stokes, Executive Director of the Historical Writers of America. During our conversation, I said that world building as I see it is fictional anthropology. There are so many things that interact and affect each other when creating a new culture that sometimes get overlooked by fantasy and sci-fi writers because they don’t look at their world like an anthropologist would a new culture to study. So let’s take a look at just a fraction of the things to think about when creating a new culture, and how everything around them can be interdependent with the culture.

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