Not Just A Fight, But A Conflict (#IWSG)


I love writing action scenes.

Love them. Loooooooove them.

Got swords? Guns? Mad Ninja Skillz? I’m all over it.

On a side note, I pity the intruder who breaks into our house, because they will be met by any number of firearms and melee bringers of stabby and/or smashy death, as well as some very seriously pissed off homeowners. And if you bleed on my tile floors, I will hit you again.

I think…

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Author’s Log: September and Quarter-End Wrap Up

Word Penguins

I’m a little weird (okay–A LOT weird) in that my day job consists of more than a little Forensic Accountantcy, and thus beating back the twin evils of Fuzzy Logic and Mathemagics Gone Awry (or, in worst case scenarios, Black). What this means is that my perspective on the business of writing is more than a little skewed, because my day job entails dealing with people who have built their own…

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Author’s Log: Ripples Vs. Waves (& #ROW80)


I’m happy–nay, THRILLED–to report the Cold of 2014 has officially been eradicated. I’ve found there are few colds that can stand long against the onslaught of an Irish hot toddy, and this was no exception. The Five-Alarm chili has been consumed (The Tech Monkey started to actually taste it a few days ago, so Score!), and things are more or less back to normal. Thank goodness, because cotton wool…

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Author’s Log: We Has A Cold Edition (& #ROW80)


This week the Writer Monkey household came down with colds. For the record, I’ve haven’t had one in, oh, about two years. I don’t get sick very often, but when I do, I do it GOOD. Like, soul-destroying good.

Example: The Tech Monkey came home from school with a stomach flu. Normally, I would have a day of mild discomfort, but that’s all. THIS time, however, it blossomed into full-blown IBS. I…

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Author’s Log: In Which Plot Happens (& #ROW80)


“I love deadlines. I like the ‘whooshing’ noise they make as they fly by.” ~Douglas Adams

Hoo-da-lally, folks. Talk about deadlines. They’re all whooshing about my head like a flock of blue birds over the head of a cartoon character just after they’ve been flattened by an anvil. Occasionally they dive bomb me. Deadlines, not anvils.


Here’s what landed in my lap this week, aside from…

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Perfect Is The Enemy Of Done (#IWSG)


So…exactly just how “good” is “good enough”?

Talk about a loaded question. That’s a double-barrelled shotgun, if I ever saw one.

It’s difficult to know, isn’t it? When you’re as close to your work as writers tend to be, it’s difficult to gain a proper perspective. I mean, if your art and craft is building tables, it’s pretty easy to tell when a table is done, and whether or not it wobbles on one…

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COVER ART REVEAL: Hearth & Home AND Brighid’s Flame!

Surprise! It’s double trouble today, because I’ve got not one but TWO covers to reveal!


Find out more about HEARTH & HOME


Find out more about BRIGHID’S FLAME

I’m super thrilled to be able to bring both titles to you within the next SIX months (whew, that’s a lot of work, especially with the third Waking Muse title currently in production for release in December)!

And, of course, I’m always…

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Author’s Log: Flight of the Bumblebee Edition (& #ROW80)


Crazy Sauce, people. Crazy. Sauce. With an extra side of the cray-cray, lemme tell you.

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of August, and therefore the last day of my drafting break. Luckily, this weekend is a three day weekend for me, which means that tomorrow (Monday) I GET THE HOUSE TO MYSELF. *gasp*

Yes, it will be a day of grown-up Underoos, monster feet slippers, and Lucky…

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Author’s Log: August Wrap-Up (& #ROW80)


As a kid growing up in Southern California, and then later as an adult shoveling my way through the snow of the northern Midwest, summer was always my favorite season.

As I got older, however, autumn has more or less supplanted summer in my affections, not the least of which because summers in Florida are more or less one big swamp of general unbearableness. The heat is affecting me more the…

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Author’s Log: Dog Days Of Summer (& #ROW80)


For those of you who don’t know what “dogs days of summer” means, you probably haven’t lived in the South. Hoo-da-LALLY, y’all. I know this is Florida and all, but we’re generally a bit more temperate on the central gulf side–I don’t even want to know what Miami’s like right now.

Back when the Tech Monkey and I used to spend Halloween in New Orleans, the weather was comparable to the Midwest at…

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