Standards!

I’m a small press author. While I hope to one day make it to the big leagues, so to speak, right now I’m with a few different small presses, and that’s just fine by me. The majority of the presses I’ve worked with have been…

Feed me, Seymour!

♪♫ Feed me all night long! ♫♪ Ahem. Ok, that’s enough musical interlude. Time to get down to brass tacks. The “feed” in the title isn’t so much a reference to Little Shop of Horrors as it is a reference to feedback, and in a…

Episode 16: It Returns!

Welcome back to IT COOKS! This is episode sixteen! I AM BACK! Woohoo! After a long (too long!) hiatus due to medical issues, It Cooks returns with Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake! This week’s sponsor is Subculture Corsets and Clothing. For the crust: 3 cups Fruity Pebbles™…

Tools of the Trade

There are a lot of things out there that can help writers be more productive. As I work in tech during the day, I enjoy using tech to help me by night… err, not really night, but as a writer. Sometimes I write at night……

How To Ask For Help

On the heels of my last post, and some quasi-related stuff I’ve seen around lately, I decided to step in with this: a handy guide to who, when, and how to ask for help as a newbie author. No, I’m not starting an advice column……

The Un-Buddy System

So there have been these… shall we say rumors?… going around for quite some time now about a secret organization of successful horror writers (referred to as “The Buddy System”) who act as gatekeepers for the genre, only to their own devious ends. They supposedly…

Recovery

A month ago today I woke up knowing I would soon be heading for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where a surgical oncologist would slice open my abdomen and remove part of my liver. I’d been dreading it for weeks, with the severity of that dread…