Revivify: The Gothic Heroine

Hello, everyone! We’re between batches on a Friday again, so before I return to working on The Necromancer and the Reaping Spear, I wanted to try this new class of article out and see whether there’s demand for it. It’s like the Wheel of Archetypes which scholars say spun for a brief time during the Non-Sparkly Era, […]

Coming Out

Four days ago (less a few hours), I posted an advice article titled simply, Writing Female Characters, Take Two. That seems to have gone over well; however, as of today I had to go back and update it with an extra disclaimer at the start. And believe me, the irony of having waited until some […]

Writing Female Characters, Take Two

Some time ago, I wrote this well-intentioned but, in retrospect, faulty post about female characters called A Manly Male Man’s Primer For Writing Female Characters, By a Man. I won’t lie to you all: while it had its good parts, I believe it’s one of my worst articles from recent years. I like to think by […]

Subversion: The Storyteller’s Great White Whale

Hello, readers mine! Here I sit, once more, with the chance to write something on the blog, and what better something to write about than subversion? It’s a topic creators of all stripes can stand to learn about, from musicians to artists, but most of all writers. Whether you’re a novelist or a tabletop Dungeon […]

Regarding Gnomic Utterances

Hello, readers mine! Due to some submissions-related tomfoolery at work, I find myself with spare minutes this grey-skied morn. I thought this a good chance for a quick post about Gnomic Utterances. I suspect for many of you that’s presently an autological term, so allow me to clarify. While the mechanic predates the term, “Gnomic […]

Where Have You Been, Word-Nerd?!?!

Alright, yes, a fair question! Aaagh–would you–STOP HITTING ME WITH YOUR CAPS-LOCK KEYS! (Hypocrisy, thou blowest from the north, and upon a lukewarm wind because Michigan forgot how to winter in 2020)–so, let’s ditch the over-tangential style of 2013-2017 North and answer the title question: where have I been? Ach, mensch, I must tell you a lengthy […]