Against Her Will….and what I Will or Won’t Do as an Agent.

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My writing adventure on both sides of the fence continues. As I write and rewrite my own projects and read/review my clients’ manuscripts, I’m amazed at how the time flies by. I stare at the screen until my rear end hurts and then realize I haven’t gotten up to pace in a couple of hours. Are my eyes about to fall out? Maybe. The days go on and on this way. Paddling around in a sea of words, immersed in imaginary worlds. Work, work, work. Luckily, I have a passion for it—even if it can be rather i … [Read more...]

Robin Williams, the Canary Prophet

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 The news of Robin Williams’ apparent suicide yesterday hit the Internet with blinding speed. People are pouring out their grief and utter disbelief. How could someone who brought so much joy and beauty end their life? How could he do something so contrary to what he brought to others?While no one will say it outright, some believe that anyone who commits suicide is a failure. They think that people who take their own life fail to see happiness of life and cannot face their "own … [Read more...]

Successful People are Weirder – Right?

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Her ideal man is handsome but doesn't know it, brilliant but unassuming, successful and kind. So says Rita (Andie MacDowell) to Phil (Bill Murray) in one of the greatest movies of all time, Groundhog Day.But don't we humans tend to get weirder the more successful we get?   … [Read more...]

Horror Writers Association Admits Me Through Blood Ritual

Artists are very weird people. On one hand, we talk loudly at smart parties how we don't care if anyone "gets" our work. We claim we write for "its own sake" and our own personal satisfaction. That is a lie. Artists are artists because we want to communicate. We want to say something and have people respond. Further, there is a huge part of us that needs constant validation. The worst thing for an artist is that no one pays attention to our work. This is a painful thing to admit, but it's … [Read more...]

San Diego Comic Con Decides to Bully Salt Lake City Comic Con

In the midst of the festivities surrounding the San Diego Comic Con, they decided to bully the folks who run the Salt Lake City Comic Con by sending them a "Cease and Desist Order".This is kinda interesting, considering that cons all over the country use Comic Con in their names. You know what this sounds like to me? Sounds like the SLC con is threatening San Diego's primacy and someone decided to get pissy.From Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer Dan Farr: “This cease and de … [Read more...]

Big Ole Announcement: Ave Maria Press Wants Me as an Editor.

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The past few days, I've been in South Bend, Indiana. Many of you asked why. Now, I can tell you.As of August 11th, I'll be taking a new position at Ave Maria Press as their new Acquisitions Editor. What will I be doing? I'll be searching, finding, developing and launching new writing talent. Plus, I'll be working with the amazing group of people that make up the editorial staff at Ave Maria to launch books into the world.What does this mean for my writing future? I'm on the verge of … [Read more...]

Earth 2.0: Alien Life as Humanity’s Reset Button

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In 1996's Independence Day, President Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, definitively declared that "the question of whether or not we're alone in the universe has been answered." This line was both chilling and gripping because, well, the aliens started blowing stuff up. A few days ago, however, Pullman's famous cinematic quote was nearly repeated when NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated, "I think in the next twenty years, we will find out we are not alone in the universe." As if that wasn't a … [Read more...]

Eve Ain’t What She Used to Be…..Shattering the Hollywood Woman

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In the beginning, Hollywood created women… as the fainting ingénue in the arms of a mustache twirling villain or the Mata Hari seductress using sexuality as a way to exploit men and gain power. Women were the love interest, the comic relief, the damsel in distress to make the hero look good.Then came the Mrs. Cleaver/ Donna Reed phase of shiny coiffed women in pearls and heels bustling about their perfect homes, cooking dinner and hanging on every word pouring from their all-knowing hu … [Read more...]

The Rise of a Fledgling Gamer

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Ten months ago I wrote an article about being a “newb” at video games.  While my other geek credentials are worthy of praise, I neglected this chapter in the geek pantheon.  I have a hundred excuses as to why, but none of them are valid.  I was a young single mother.  I had a career, a family, a failed marriage just to name a few.I am checking my geek-ego at the door and humbling myself to admit that gaming is HARD.  If you’ve been playing video games since the time you discovered your own op … [Read more...]

The Isolation of the Self Righteous in Ivory Towers

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I’ve never been one to open up about my journey of faith.  Notwithstanding the two and a half decades (give or take a few tough years) it would take to recount the lifelong  tale, but I’ve always felt that my faith, like so many things in my life was my personal choice – I didn’t feel obligated to kiss and tell about those intimate details of my relationship with God.Navigating the labyrinth of my life and my faith has always been very much like I’m flying on wings fashioned of feathers and w … [Read more...]


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