Grammar and the Good Writer

Do you need to know grammar to be a good writer? No. Not really. But you do need to know it. My mother-in-law is visiting. Among other things, she teaches English. She was talking about some of the grammatical things she was teaching students this year, listing off a bunch of terms. It was enoughContinue reading “Grammar and the Good Writer”

Reading to Write

If you’re gonna write, you’re gonna have to read. There are a lot of things to read. You want to absorb your own genre. You’ll likely be best at writing things that you enjoy reading, so get reading. Thankfully for me that involves reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction. I can handle that!Continue reading “Reading to Write”

Stay in Your Lane

There’s a bit of conventional wisdom I’ve ignored that may bite me. Yesterday, one of my new short stories debuted, “Miles to Go Before I Sleep.” You can go read it for free. You’ll find it a quiet science fiction story. I’ve got a few of those out, like “The Singularity Loves You.” It’s notContinue reading “Stay in Your Lane”

Troublemaker, Storyteller

Today my story, “Troublemaker, Storyteller” is live at Mythaxis — and you can read for free! Here’s what Mythaxis says about the story: ‘Stories about writers’ are a hard sell at Mythaxis, but ‘stories about storytellers’ isn’t exactly the same thing. Jonathon Mast’s tale touches on timely themes of female oppression and the struggle againstContinue reading “Troublemaker, Storyteller”