Review: The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle #1) by A. J. Vrana

Lately, I can’t stop looking for the unknown in storytelling. The unknown as twofold: as it relates to the plot (the spiritual, the mysterious, the concealed within a cloak of secrets, the supernatural) and as it relates to how a story is told (unreliable narrators, dreams, liminal space, deviating from the expected form). It is…

#13Stories Days 7 & 8

The writing continues! I have nothing of note to update you on, so I will cut straight to the chase! This prompt reminded me of the outbreak of ergot in Pont St. Esprit in August of 1951. So, with a little inspiration from the writing style of Wilkie Collins in The Woman in White and…

Days 5 & 6 of #13Stories

As we move toward the halfway point, and ever closer to Halloween, I am thinking a lot about what my traditions around Halloween and Samhain are and how they relate to my writing in these little posts. Like most things, there are many layers–my childhood in a conservative Baptist church where Halloween was synonymous with…

#13Stories Days 3 & 4

I didn’t realize how difficult this project was going to be when I excitedly started tweeting about it only a few short days ago. If I were to be honest, I thought that maybe I would have a bit of an advantage because I was writing the prompts as well. Reader, I am here to…

Days 1 & 2 of #13Stories

As with many things, I only realize how challenging an idea for a project is when I am amid a full commitment to it, as is the case for #13Stories. It is difficult to write a story using a prompt every day. I came up with these prompts as a fun exercise, with no idea…

13 Stories, a Hallowriting Challenge

In the spirit of the season and prompt challenges everywhere, I welcome you to 13 Stories: 13 days and 13 prompts to create flash fiction, short stories, poems, or whatever writing that you can cast forth from your hearts, minds, and fingertips in celebration of Halloween. The idea for 13 Stories came about as many…

The Life-Cycle of an Infomaniac

Step 1: Recognize that you need a zero distractions environment to work effectively. Turn off all music & avoid the Internet & write. Generally like the work you have done. Hooray! Step 2: Feel like you accomplished something by having a really healthy and productive time (step 1). Deserve to reward self with some Internetting….

Happy Women’s History Month

Other than picking up a history/nonfiction book as often as I can, I don’t actively study American history (academically, as a career, etc.). As a self-proclaimed reformed patriot with a heavily invested political interest in this country, I feel pretty disappointed with myself about my lack of knowledge on the regular; I frequently do not…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In the spirit of being a weirdo who has always been rather fond of The Dread Horror Valentine’s Day despite the bad rap, I have taken to the Internet to foist my good cheer upon you. It may seem contradictory—it can appear to be rather challenging to go out Feministing while also proclaiming, “HAPPY CORPORATE…