Tim Ballard

In my book, there is a scene with my bad guy, Siles, where he sacrifices children. A beta reader did not believe that Siles was a bad guy. I ended that debate when I added the scene. But I also am passionately against the trafficking and slavery of children. Sexual abuse. Organ harvesting. Today, I […]

Tim Ballard

Writer Brain

One of the things I have been very aware of over the past few years is a phenomenon I call “writer brain.” It exists in most humans I think. Some of us more than others. I first understood it, dimly, when I watched Ally McBeal back in the day. The show explains it, demonstrates it, […]

Writer Brain

CORD Soup

I don’t know who needs to hear this today. But I was reflecting on my lunch and decided I’d put it out there. I had made CORD soup. CORD soup is Clean Out the Refrigerator Day soup. I start with tomato soup and add two cans full of water. Then I throw in whatever is […]

CORD Soup

Weird Dreams

You may have noticed. I have weird dreams and sometimes write about them. I do not have dreams as weird as Sara’s. However last night was pretty close! FUN FACT: A third of the Bible has to do with dreams, dreaming and interpreting dreams. I thought that was mighty cool. Anyhow. So I have been […]

Weird Dreams

SPFBO Spotlight on Allegra Pescatore

Allegra Pescatore wrote Where Shadows Lie and entered it in the SPFBO6. The story has a large cast and intricate plot, centering around the royal family and the rebellion against them. Princess Elenor is taken by the rebellion when her brother, the heir, tries to assassinate their father. This is a complex and mature story […]

SPFBO Spotlight on Allegra Pescatore

SPFBO Spotlight on Brandon Lindsay

Brandon Lindsay wrote Shoreseeker, Book One of the Farshores Saga and entered it into SPFBO this year. This is a well-crafted world with an interesting magic system …and very well-written book! The prologue is gruesome, but the rest of the book isn’t quite as dark (keep reading). It follows the main character of Tharadis, the […]

SPFBO Spotlight on Brandon Lindsay

Eucatastrophe

I was chatting today with some writers and explaining how I rate a book. It’s different than the way I think most people do it. I can find something good in almost any story. All stories have value. I hate giving out bad reviews and honestly? I have been a coward and have not given […]

Eucatastrophe

Lorica

Lorica is a word that means “Breastplate.” I got the idea from St. Patrick. His Lorica is here. I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,Through belief in the Threeness,Through confession of the Onenessof the Creator of creation. I arise todayThrough the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,Through the strength of […]

Lorica

Heists

Book Two has a heist in it. Let’s get that out of the way. There is one. Heists are fun to write. I’ve been looking at various heists throughout literature and seeing them everywhere. I love the shows “White Collar” and “Leverage.” They have gorgeous heists in them. In movies, the heists we see are […]

Heists

Writers of the Future Contest

UPDATE TWO: OOPS. So I got an email today. They didn’t award “Tabor’s Work.” They awarded “Fell Folk.” Which I haven’t shown to anyone. I shall post it tomorrow in its entirety. I’m really freaking out that they liked it. UPDATE: They sent me a sweet badge! Check it out! I have a long relationship […]

Writers of the Future Contest

On Language

I studied Welsh for a few years before I wrote Sorrowfish. I took some online classes and puttered around my house, muttering in it. On Halloween I was practicing while waiting for the kids to come by. I was sitting on my porch with a fog machine, dressed in a witch’s hat. My husband laughed […]

On Language