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Ondine’s Curse

This story was originally published in Electric Velocipede on December 30, 2013, and reprinted in Love Stories. She knew the signs of drowning; she’d seen it many times. Mouth below the waterline, arms pressing the body up out of the water for a breath. He didn’t cry...

Content Warnings for my Novel

So, content warnings. A.S. Akkalon was talking about them over here and included a link to a Trigger Warning database. What I’ve been sending in my queries (yeah, #amquerying): “Content warnings: Pet death, partner death, child death, reference to torture,...

Year In Review

My novel started the year at 65,000 words (draft 1.5), increased to 120,000 words (draft 2) to address developmental concerns, and decreased to the current 96,000 words. I feel like it’s structurally there and am just looking for things like how many times...

Music History Novel Research

Felix Mendelssohn. Know him? He wrote Elijah, among other things. Like this: He also has the dubious honor of being singled out as proof that Jews are incapable of true music in Wagner’s antisemitic essay on the topic. Fuck Wagner! Mendelssohn’s...

Writing Process Stuff

Disclaimer: Any writing process that results in finished writing that you’re proud of is a valid process! It’s also normal that you’ll have to experiment with different processes to see what fits. So, when I was at Dragoncon this year, there was a...

Yet Another Novel Update

Hilariously, there is a part of my author brain that insists that my book is AMAZEBALLS and will be deeply beloved by anyone who reads it. It is clearly untrue that my book is for everyone and this is okay. (So far, my book seems to be for people over 30 who love cats...

So. Why vampires?

Vampires are interesting! They’re the most “human” monster, and they usually represent what society fears. Look at the OG: Dracula. (He’s not the first vampire in English literature–Polidori’s The Vampyre, our lesbian queen...

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