The Importance of Agent Query Rejection

Yesterday I woke up, rolled over, picked up my phone and, after a slow breath, pressed the home button. A small, drop down display appeared: my emails that had come in during the night and earlier that morning. “Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity…” “Thank you so much for giving me a chance…” “Thank you for writing …

‘Twas a Christmas Poem…

Thank you for supporting me throughout the year. I’d like to share a little Christmas gift with you. Enter your name and email to get the very Christmas poem I wrote. Hope you like it, there are eldritch reindeer and everything. Merry Christmas! -SM

Happy fairy appeasing day or why sexy bumblebees might be okay on Halloween

Halloween! A time to dress up as monsters, princesses and sultry bumblebees and then go out asking for treats. This also marks the day before NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. As you might expect, I’ve been outlining, detailing and obsessing over the story I plan to write, but I wanted to take a second and destress, instead letting my mind wander to the …

Act now and read this: The slow death that is inaction

National Novel Writing Month or #NaNoWriMo has come to a close and I am proud to say I have finished!  There were some bumps, like, for instance getting a new puppy and prepping a manuscript for submission to my editor.  However, the NaNoWriMo  story is done, the manuscript will be ready to go out, and the puppy is still alive. This …

We be crossing tropes. Here be time traveling pirates!

What makes a story unique?  Amazing visuals?  Memorable characters?  A plot with more twist and turns than a bowl of spaghetti?  All of the above? The answer to this question, of course, changes from story to story.  What I would like to do, however, is discuss one such way in which stories become memorable:  taking tried and true tropes and …