Drops in the Ocean: A Book Giveaway for Charity on World Water Day

We're in the midst of kitchen remodeling here at Chez JK, and a wee plumbing issue had us drinking bottled water for a few days (and to think my Laddie laughed at me when I bought an emergency reserve all those months ago). As I trekked down to the basement for a fresh gallon, grumbling, I … Continue reading Drops in the Ocean: A Book Giveaway for Charity on World Water Day

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Success in Failure: or, an Oddly Empowering Rejection

At the end of 2016, I submitted a short story for a science fiction anthology. If you’ve kept up with my ramblings, you’ll know that the short story format presents huge challenges to me. But I thought this particular effort turned out well. Ambitious in its narrative scope, the story packed a lot of complexity … Continue reading Success in Failure: or, an Oddly Empowering Rejection

Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to write romantic subplots

“So are Ash and Skye going to get together or what?” my mom demanded after reading the latest installment of my Syzygy series. I stifled a groan. “Do you think I'm that predictable?” “No, I just know you.” Meaning she knows I’m a total sucker for a good ship. Since childhood, I’ve endured tedious book series and shark-jumping … Continue reading Shipping and Handling, Part 1: How to write romantic subplots