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A Telltale Rumble

Doggie nightmares two-sentence horror.

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El Silbón of Los Llanos in South America

If you hear his whistle, it may be too late.

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Catching Up With a Persistent Cough

Covid has cleared out of my system, and I'm doing a bit of writing catch-up.

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Summer Practice

Christmas summer fun with two-sentence horror.

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Casper the Friendly Ghost

They sure don't make cartoons like they used to.

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A Magazine Interview With Me

A few months ago, I was interviewed for a magazine.

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Restless

Have trouble sleeping? Two-sentence horror.

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Soucouyant of Caribbean Folklore

A shapeshifting jumbie that strips off her own skin to go hunting.

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Two and a Half Years and It Finally Happened

Two and a half years, and it finally happened. Covid found me.

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Grandchildren

Two sentence horror about grandchildren.

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Art, Art Everywhere.

You know what I like? Art.

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Anniversary Present

Get a special gift for that someone special in your life. Two sentence horror.

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Insects Are Alive and Well in the Desert

It's an odd thing to move to a different landscape. Moving within a local area, you get pretty much the same, just slightly different views. Moving from Colorado to the Arizona desert, though, everything is different.

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Storm Chaser

Storm chasers really are crazy. Two sentence horror.

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Resurrection Mary

A spooky story from Chicago that may seem like an urban legend—until you dig deeper.

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It's Always the Little Things

Moving 900 miles (1,400 km) sounds pretty straightforward, right? You just box up your stuff, hop in a vehicle, and make the drive.

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Alexa

Amazon's Alexa sure is getting advanced.

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Ann Radcliffe, Pioneer of Gothic Fiction

A woman who created her own movement in Gothic that still continues today.

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Are We There Yet?

I'm probably driving or last-minute packing when this goes out.

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The Secret Ingredient Is Love

Everyone has their own secret ingredient.

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Nale Ba of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

A local legend from Karnataka, India, that you don't want to encounter in the dark—or at all.

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One Week To Go

One week to go, and I'll officially be a desert dweller. I can't wait to get to the new place, get settled in, and get back to editing the novel.

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Younger Days

Isn't it great to gaze back on your accomplishments? More experiments in two-sentence horror.

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Letter From a Friend

I'm on a two-sentence horror kick.

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Ted the Caver

The world's first creepypasta.

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Waiting to Move.

I like to move quickly. Not just with actual, physical moves, but with many things in life.

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Dandelion Wishes

Sometimes, wishes really do come true. More fun with two-sentence horror.

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The Ridgeway Ghost of Wisconsin

Wisconsin's most famous ghost, and one of the only ghosts to have ever killed the living.

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Three Weeks and a Short Break.

Selling a house takes time, energy, and hard work. My spouse and I have been at it for three weeks straight. It's like having another full-time and part-time job on top of regular work.

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Date Night

It's nice to get out for a date night every once in a while. More fun with two-sentence horror.

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The Vrykolakas of Greek Folklore

Vrykolakas—the modern Greek undead that wants to eat your liver. Read more to find out how to protect yourself and learn about how to pronounce the word while you're at it.

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Still working on the whole move across the country thing.

Still working on the whole move across the country thing. This is the second time in my life I've done it.

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Only Three?

More fun with two-sentence horror.

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The Invention of PG-13

The movies full of gore and violence used to be just fine for kids of all ages!

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Moving Across the Country Is a Lot of Work.

Moving across the country is a lot of work.

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Pep Talks

A little fun with two-sentence horror.

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Antron Singleton, aka Big Lurch

This is an interesting true crime case. I didn't know where I'd end up on it when I began researching, but I uncovered some strange things. Perhaps you've heard of Big Lurch, the rapper cannibal who murdered and ate his girlfriend. If you've previously seen a headline similar to what I just wrote, then let's set the record straight right now. Yes, Big Lurch is a rapper. No, the victim wasn't his girlfriend. Murder and cannibalism? It's not as clear as it first appears.

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Sometimes, you can't edit.

I publish my newsletter via email. I post archives on my website, and I select a few from the archives to post on Reddit, Medium, and Vocal. No matter how often I look at an article, check the links, re-read it, etc. I always find something that needs a slight adjustment.

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The Donation

This one took a while because Amelia just wouldn't sit still.

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Varney the Vampire; or, the Feast of Blood

For every story out there, for every monster, there are tropes. It happens with them all, but somewhere, there's a beginning. A place where the tropes start, a story where we can point our finger and say, "that right there is where vampires first got their fangs!" That's Varney the Vampire. The origin of fictional vampires with fangs. And that's not all.

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Dionne Warwick Battled With Oreo on Twitter?

What kind of crazy world are we living in? Tae and I were trying to remember the name of the psychic phone networks advertised on TV back in the '90s, and as we were Googling, my browser autocompleted to "Dionne Warwick vs. Oreo."

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Meet the Parents

Before you meet my parents, there's something you should know...

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Milicent Patrick & Her Enduring Design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Did you know that a woman named Milicent Patrick designed "the Creature"—also known as Gill-man—the monster in the 1954 film The Creature from the Black Lagoon?

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One Weekend at a Cabin

I was typing up part of Absolution: Behind the Scenes and ranted a little bit, and thought I'd place it here in a blog, as it was a bit of a tangent away from the main topic. So, here's some context for you: You know those TV shows, films, and even books that tell you a writer banged out a new great novel over a weekend of booze and sex with strangers?

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Sorry! Not Sorry!

I had a lot of fun making the Nihilify medication parody, so I decided to try another fake commercial—this time for a game.

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Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński. Have you ever heard of him? Even if you have, you're in for a visual treat.

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The Real Horror in Life: Hatred

I keep seeing news about the shelling in Ukraine by Russia and can't help but think of how much life and legacy are being destroyed. Everything that people worked so hard to create, accomplish, and put into the world—gone in an instant.

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Nihilify

A fake drug commercial I made. Instagram censored me for this one.

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Keillers Park Murder

There are a lot of criminal cases from around the world that barely (or never) make English-language news. I'm about to walk you through one of those that was pretty famous in Sweden, but you're unlikely to have heard of it unless you follow Swedish crime, black metal (particularly second wave), or Satanic news.

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What Exactly Makes an Expert?

An expert has comprehensive and authoritative knowledge on a subject or skill, but how do you know a person is an expert? I don't have a good answer for this. Often, it seems that there's a college degree plus years of experience, but what about things where such schooling doesn't exist?

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First Contact

Just a little fun with retro sci-fi.

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Tracking Tahoe Tessie Down

Oh, beautiful Lake Tahoe. Just look at that blue sky, freshwater, green forest, and monstrous snake creature.

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We Are More Connected Than Ever Before

The invasion of a sovereign nation should never happen, and my heart goes out to Ukraine and all of the people around the world affected and everyone trying their best to do what they can to help. I've been doing what I can with donations, spreading awareness, and contacting my representatives so they know my opinion. I don't know where all of this will go or where it will end up, but I know that I would like to live in a peaceful world.

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So Many Boxes

A little dark humor about weekly horror writing prompts.

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Tamám Shud Case: The Mystery of the Somerton Man

I first learned about the Tamám Shud Case, aka The Mystery of the Somerton Man, years ago. I researched it and found it to be a confusing mess. There has been so much that's happened, and there are so many theories on it. Occasionally, I revisit it and discover new developments. The following is my own high-level case briefing.

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You Can't Hear Apostrophes

While working on the second draft of my novel WIP, I noticed something that I didn't when I wrote the first draft.

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Material Assistants

Aren't assistants wonderful?

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The Oklahoma Octopus

Naturally, 'octopus' is always the first thing everyone thinks of when the state of Oklahoma comes up. The two are inseparable, like a sucker on a fish tank. But, of all the octopuses* in Oklahoma that we could focus on, which one should we pick? The Oklahoma Octopus™ I'm talking THE Oklahoma Octopus. Not all those other lesser-known ones that cover the state. I'm sure you know to which one I'm referring. The one that's the size of a horse, reddish-brown leathery skin. The one that walks between lakes, stalking teenagers and pulling them down to watery deaths where they become a crunchy, juicy in the middle, cephalopod snack.

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Retelling a Treasure Hunt is a Big Task

Retelling a treasure hunt for the last part of Absolution was a big task. I was initially making a video but decided I'd want ample time to inspect and take in everything if I were viewing it. I played around with several ideas and eventually landed on a mix of lots of photos and narration from Zarina. I think it turned out well. I'm excited to start writing the Behind the Scenes, as there's a lot to show, and I've had years to reflect on the entire thing.

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The Doll Collector

What do you collect?

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Lydia's Ghost at Red Onion Saloon

Nearly every building in Skagway, Alaska has a story to tell and clear links to the Klondike Gold Rush past. One building, in particular, the Red Onion Saloon, has an odd history, and visitors claim a resident ghost. It opened for business in 1898 as a dance hall, saloon, and bordello at the height of the gold rush.

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I love audiobooks but never imagined I'd make one.

I love audiobooks but never imagined I'd make one. Honestly, I never really thought about it.

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Sleep Tight

"You were talking in your sleep again..." — A little horror short video.

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Benjamin Franklin's Basement

Benjamin Franklin—scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, publisher, and philosopher. You may know him as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States or as a drafter/signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, or perhaps the first United States postmaster general. Or maybe his experiments with electricity, inventing bifocals, becoming an early abolitionist and the first president of the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. You may know his face from the $100 bill or have heard his name on warships, towns, counties, corporations, or colleges. If you grew up in the US, you probably heard stories of him flying a kite in a storm to invent electricity. Yes, he was known for a lot of things. But, did you know about the bones in his basement?

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What makes a good story?

I think about this on and off whenever I come across a best-selling novel, popular TV show, or movie that I don't like—or when I stumble upon a fantastic gem of a story in any of those. There are plenty of theories about what makes a great story, popular ideas such as conflict, tension, surprise, well-developed themes, engaging plot, memorable characters, and so on. I don't think it's any of those, and I don't think there's a magic combination either.

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Houston

A brief cosmic audiovisual and alternate history sci-fi.

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Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Rais was a lord in 1400s France and best known for the horrific torture and murder of more than 600 young boys and girls (mostly boys.) Or maybe 200. No? 100? Oh, the number of victims is unknown. Okay, let's start again, then...

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I Have Such Talented Friends

I wrote and published a retro creature feature called Night of the Living Cake Monsters a while back. Despite the challenges of marketing a self-published work, the novella has gained a few die-hard fans.

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You've lost your way.

It seems you've lost your way.

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The Jiajing Emperor

Did you know that there are at least 21 ways to tie shoelaces? For neckties, there are anywhere between 85 and 177,147 methods. The oldest knot on record dates to about 13,000 BC. Of all the knots you've ever tied in your life—have you ever tied one that won't tighten? I have. It's kind of a pain, too, when it happens. You think you've got it right, go to draw it tight, and are met with a mess that takes a while to untangle so you can try again. In 1542, one of those stuck knots resulted in 17 executions by slow slicing, 10 beheadings, and 20 enslavements. There's a lot to unravel here, so let's jump right into it.

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Reading Other People's Work

I offered to read through someone else's first draft, and I'm about 1/3rd of the way through the story now. It's a unique concept, one I haven't seen before.

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I can't do this anymore.

A flash fiction piece for humanity.

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Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

You know, the problem with having niche interests is that most people excuse themselves out of a conversation with me as soon I start rambling about things like prototypical lesbian¹ vampires as literary devices in Victorian-era fiction. It's not that uncommon of a conversation topic, right? I suppose you just have to be around the right people, though. Good thing I've got you. For many people, vampires only sprung into existence in fiction when Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in 1897. They know about, but have never seen, the 1922 film Nosferatu and look confused when I mention Carmilla.

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A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.

"A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it." —Samuel Johnson

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Destiny/fate

Is it destiny, or is it fate?

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Tomoka's Carnivorous Pink Cloud

The 1950s sure did see all kinds of craziness. The Cold War raged, fear of nuclear weapons invaded every home and school, constant UFO sightings put people on edge, and World War II still weighed heavily on humanity. The '50s brought fresh ideas into comics, movies, and magazines—mostly touching on the cultural fears without calling them out directly. Elvis packed venues, Hitchcock films hit theaters at least once a year, and what would later become classic literature flew off the shelves—an exciting time for everyone. With all that going on in the world, what was happening down around Florida?

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Ideas Are Easy. Execution Is Difficult.

Have you ever heard the following? "Ideas are worthless. Execution is everything." – Scott Adams It's a quote used frequently in business startup land.

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New Year's Resolution

People make all sorts of New Year's resolutions.

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Incident in a Ghostland

I don't do movie reviews, but I will be writing about horror movies. The film industry is a massive part of horror, and they've pushed the genre forward in many respects. It's so hard to say anything about this film without spoiling it. Here's my own spoiler-free description: Two daughters and their mother inherit an old, dusty, secluded home. Then, they meet a witch and an ogre. What follows is a journey deep into the psyche of one of the daughters as she struggles for her own life and sanity.

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On Writing Systems and Fun With Newsletters

I'm a big fan of setting up machines and then just feeding them, so they work. I look at writing with that same eye. What's my goal, and how can I set things up to focus on the fun part? 

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Retro Radio Holiday Gifts For a Few Friends

I made a few gifts for friends and mailed them out in early December. I didn't know how they would go over but suspected they might be well received. Turns out everyone who received one absolutely loved it. All of the stories I write begin with a feeling that I want to convey. Back in the summer, I had a strong urge to write something to trigger a feeling called anemoia.

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Christmas Grudge

Holding a year-long grudge.

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The Qalupalik of Inuit Folklore

There are many intriguing stories from history, especially the farther back you go. In fact, my own family's Native American Tribe, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and the larger Muscogee Nation they split off from long ago have all sorts of terrifying legends. The Inuit people are no exception to this type of thing, and they have their own stories of grotesque creatures to tell their children about. Fun!

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eBook Formatting and Indie Author Account Woes

You know, I kind of expected a learning curve with eBook formatting. I set my mind to it and figured it out. No problem; just a bit of time. Setting up indie author accounts on Amazon and Google has been an enormous problem.

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A Letter to Santa

A little girl named Norah writes a letter to Santa Claus.

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Anne Rice—Author, Visionary, Immortal. May You Rest in Peace.

Back when I was in 5th grade, I found a book in my house, and to this day, I'm still not sure where it came from. Up to that point, it was the single fattest book my 10-year-old self had ever seen. I thought some of Tolkien's books were long, but I never could have imagined that so many pages would fit inside anything other than a dictionary.

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New Highlights Section, Absolution Unveiled, and Into Horror History Launching

A lot is going on, well, all the time. I changed the website: a new highlights section on the home page, Absolution finally unveiled, and I reorganized some pages. Things are coming together nicely, as I'd hoped.

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El Psy Kongroo

Do you remember the Berenstein Bears?

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Night of the Living Cake Monsters Audiobook Coming Soon

I've been working hard on the audiobook for this Christmas-themed short story. Everything has come together nicely, and I'm now trying to figure out how and where I want to publish it. I just finished making the cover for it last night, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. One glance at it, and everyone will know it's a retro creature feature.

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First Novel

What does one write about a first novel? It seems like a careful balancing act of showing just enough to be interesting, but not so much that everything is revealed and the story is spoiled.

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A Holiday Poem

A reverse poem for the most magical time of year.

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Holiday Gifts and a Steady Marathon of Second Drafting

I've carved out some time from my editing to wrap up a few gifts for Christmas. Once they are sent out and opened by the few recipients, I'll post some pictures up. I've created a set of unique gifts, and only a handful of them exist. As far as the people receiving them, they have no idea what they're getting. So, it'll be interesting to see what they think. 

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Generation Alpha

Each generation is affected by the one before it. Born from around 2010 to 2024, they'll be hitting teenager years soon. What kind of world have we created for them? What will they do with it? Here's a flash fiction piece about it.

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Second Draft Sensory Engagement

I've compared my first draft to my second (for chapters where I completed my second draft checklist) and concluded that planning my second draft was a great idea. Everything reads better and is much more engaging. I've given the first chapter or two to test readers, and they've had extremely positive things to say.

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Hush Child

Playgrounds after dark sure are eerie.

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The Second Draft Is Shaping Up To Have So Much More Punch

I've been working through revisions to create the official second draft of the novel. As I read through and compare the first and second drafts, it's apparent that the second one has so much more punch. This is precisely what I wanted. You can see so much in the first draft, but it's the revisions where the work truly begins to shine.

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