The Wonderful World of Pets!

Pets Dog Howl

So let’s talk pets.

One of the fun things about creating fantasy or science fiction worlds is deciding what (if any) animals the people of your world have taken a liking to. It gives you a bit more freedom to go beyond the traditional dog/cat idea without your characters seeming eccentric. I personally love using foxes in place of a dog or cat. They can be domesticated and are furry and cute. Humans do tend to love soft fluffy things after all. Read More

Agents and Spies Anthology!

I’m happy to announce that my story “Spies and Taboos” will be included in Flame Tree Press’s Gothic Fantasy Anthology Agents & Spies!

The anthology will be available in October 2017. I’ll provide purchasing information once it’s available.

Eclipse!

NASA on The Commons

In honor of the truly awesome total solar eclipse that I so happen to have been in the path of totality for, let’s take a quick look at how people react to this astronomical phenomenon. Whether you’re fantasy or science fiction, the stars tend to be a very important part a civilization. Just look at how we in reality reacted to the chance to see the eclipse. Read More

New Stories!

I’m happy to say that two of my stories have been selected for publication.

“The Woman with the Feather in Her Hair” will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Wild Musette.

“The Legend of Koshchey and Maria Morevna” has been published in The Rogue’s Gallery anthology and is available in both print or e-book format.

I’m happy to be sharing my stories with everyone and hope there will be plenty more to come.

One Piece: All the Feelings!

As you might have guessed from the banner, we’re talking about One Piece today. Eiichiro Oda’s world has a lot going on in it, but I’m actually not going to delve in deep to that. I actually want to discuss my favorite aspect of the characters. Yes, it’s a bit tangential to my world-building, but the fact that the world allows the characters to do this is very important. So, what is it that is so amazing about these characters? Read More

Fashion – Part 1: Breasts

So let’s talk fashion. Specifically women’s fashion. Even more specifically large-breasted women’s fashion. As a woman who suffers from large breasts—and yes, suffer is the correct word—I have the authority to enlighten you on a few things. Read More

Gods and Rituals and Theocracies, Oh My!

Religion world building

I want to talk a little bit about religion. As big as this subject is, I’m sure I’ll come back to it several more times, but for now I want to look at how religion can impact the rest of the world. Don’t worry, I won’t be going into any real religions, let’s keep away from those, but religion can have a lot more impact to your world than you might think. Read More

Elegy for a Dead World

So, today I’m going to talk about a great new game (or at least new to me) that any writer should get. Elegy for a Dead World, which is available through Steam, is an independent game from Dejobaan Games that combines video games and writing. That might sound a little odd, or if you’re like me, completely awesome! The player travels to three world inspired by the poets Keats, Byron, and Shelley and “record” (create) the history or ruins of these dead worlds. It is a wonderful tool to help improve writing, think about world building, or simply break through some writer’s block by working with prompts. Read More

Star Trek: The Final Frontier

Warning: Spoilers for Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Minor spoiler for Star Trek: Beyond.

So, having finally seen Star Trek: Beyond, it puts me in a mood to do a critique of the universe created in the new Star Trek movies. Now, as a Trekkie since childhood, I have opinions about the new movies. While I can appreciate them as entertaining movies, they are not Star Trek movies. Beyond felt more like Guardians of the Galaxy, and it was the closest to a Star Trek movie so far. That should say something about what I feel about these movies. Read More

Who you gonna call? Women!

In honor of Ghostbusters, which I’m finally going to see this weekend, and the BS storm that surrounded its trailers and very existence, I thought I’d talk about something that’s always kind of irked me in a lot of major—mostly fantasy, but sci fi isn’t immune—worlds out there: Gender dynamics. Read More