Last month, book blogger Alex at ScribblesAndStories posted a delightful retrospective of her childhood writing projects. Her unflinching but affectionate review hits all the classic points in a writer’s early evolution, from those first forays into fiction starring ourselves and our friends, to the imitative works inspired by a favorite story, to the more deliberate … More From “Drought Town” to “Blue Karma”: 25 Years of Cli-Fi
**I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review** One thing I love about climate fiction (cli-fi) is its fluidity. Its themes can twine through any other style of narrative, subtle as a spring zephyr or as consuming as a hurricane gale. Cai Emmons’ new book Weather Woman unleashes it … More Review: “Weather Woman” by Cai Emmons
After moving three times in as many years, my Laddie and I vowed to accumulate less stuff. And so last December, instead of exchanging presents, we bought ourselves a single joint gift: a new game console. We agonized for weeks over which system to get, but finally settled on the PS4 because it was the … More Review: “Horizon: Zero Dawn”
Thanks to everyone who promoted or participated in my World Water Day book giveaway yesterday. I surpassed my goal of 100 copies, so I’m thrilled to honor my promise of donating $100 to water.org! To all who downloaded Blue Karma, happy reading! If you enjoy the book, I hope you’ll consider posting a review on Amazon, … More World Water Day Book Giveaway: Mission Accomplished!
After a wild winter here in the mid-Atlantic, spring has finally arrived. Daffodils bob on the highway medians, the famous local cherry trees cast pink carpets under my feet when I run, and my Laddie gulps allergy pills with his morning coffee. I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil, but for the … More Cultivating Plots: How to Grow your Series
Stephen King must have a much more affectionate relationship with short stories than I do. The past two months I spent writing pieces for ASU’s cli-fi short story contest—submitting them just a few days shy of the deadline last Friday—didn’t feel like a passionate, mysterious encounter. More like a home invasion. Let’s review the charges: … More Sentenced: Struggles with Short Stories