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May 2019 ISSUE

Another Word: It's All Fun and Games

Big news! Story sale! I’m going to be in an anthology releasing later this year. It’s a YA GamerLit anthology called Game On!
But wait! This is the same anthology that I was supposed to be a part of last summer, before it even had a name. It really will be coming out this month, and [...]

September 2018 ISSUE

Another Word: Softly Dying Darlings, and How to Deal with Them

This past August was my first time at GenCon in Indianapolis and I was asked to be on a panel about story revision. In preparation, the savvy moderator sent us a list of possible questions to review, so that we could highlight the ones we were most interested to answer.
Among the list, was a leading [...]

April 2018 ISSUE

Another Word: Breathing Life Into Characters

Most people hate the sound of their own voice. I was never that kid. My parents gave me my very own cassette recorder at the age five or six. When I wasn’t listening to read-along Alice in Wonderland, I would lock myself in the bathroom and record inspirational speeches about how important it was for [...]

December 2017 ISSUE

Another Word: What Authors Owe Us

I recently asked my circle of friends (both in person and on the interwebs): “What do authors owe us?”
It’s an age-old, deceptively simple question that should have a simple answer, right? But the further I delved into the nuances of the answers I received, the muddier the waters became.
As social media continues to amplify the [...]

June 2016 ISSUE

Another Word: Publishing—Jump In, the Water's Fine

This year marks my twentieth year in the book industry. Exactly half of my life.
In 1996, I graduated from USC with a degree in Chemistry. I immediately went out and got a second job at a bookstore. (I was already assistant and promotional manager at the local movie theater.) I haven’t left the publishing industry [...]

October 2015 ISSUE

Another Word: Love Song for a Saturday Morning

Saturday morning cartoons began sometime in the 1960s and ran until the fall of 2014. For over fifty years, from roughly 8 AMuntil noon, children in the United States sat in observance of this weekly ritual with an anticipation second only to Christmas morning.
Being one of these children myself, I speak from experience.
Every [...]

April 2015 ISSUE

Another Word: The Precious Five-Star and the Reviewers of Mount Doom

Book reviewers fascinate me.
My first official publishing gig was as a book reviewer for the local free press in Murfreesboro, TN. Every two weeks, I turned in five to eight hundred words about my favorite author or tome du jour. Not that it mattered; I didn’t get paid either way. But I got published! (And, [...]

September 2014 ISSUE

Another Word: The Best of All Possible Worlds

“Of all the places I’ve seen, this is the fairest of them all.”
—Regina, Once Upon a Time
My favorite required reading book in high school was assigned not in English class, but history. Mr. Stafford was a bit of a progressive history teacher (for South Carolina)—we lucky honor students watched Amadeus and A Man [...]

September 2013 ISSUE

Another Word: I am an Endangered Species

Sometimes, I read reviews people have written of my work. Sometimes I don’t. It’s no big deal. I do like to make comments on people’s blogs thanking them for their time—they do appreciate it, and I’m prepared to take the bad with the good. I recently found a perverse pleasure in responding to people who [...]

March 2013 ISSUE

Another Word: Original Sin

I always find myself stumped when I’m put on a panel or asked in an interview about contemporary adaptations of “original” fairy tales. Fairy stories began in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and China. Men and women started collecting these stories and writing them down in Italy, and then France, all before the Brothers Grimm. Whether the [...]