Monthly Archives: November 2013

On Blogging and Publishing Your Book: Authors Talk Shop

Thinking about publishing that NaNo novel you just finished? Read this first!

Dark Alley Press accepts “This Poisoned Ground”

Dying Roses

I’m thrilled to announce that Dark Alley Press has accepted my piece “This Poisoned Ground” for publication in January. This dark tale of love, lust and regret in the tradition of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Ligeia,” and Aura will make for perfect reading on those cold, gray winter days (especially on in particular – Poe’s birthday!)

The trailer’s coming soon; I’ll keep you posted.

What you missed on NaNoWriMo 2013: The Series this week!

I Suck

…I stop working on the project, try to restart, fail at finishing just about everything including watching the movie Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, make a book trailer, visit the frustrating Shop Rite Bottle Return, have a drunken meeting with my editor, get a preview of the cover of my upcoming novella, remember I’ve forgotten a friend’s birthday and more!

Day 15 – Stuck at Halftime: 11/16/2013

Day 16: Everything but Writing 11/17/2013

Day 17: Shout Outs at the Bottle Return 11/18/2013

Day 18: Maybe a Re-Read? 11/20/2013

Days 19 & 20: Back in the Saddle 11/21/2013

Day 21: This Poisoned Ground 11/21/2013

What you missed on NaNoWriMo 2013: The Series this week!

Credit Card Bill

Week Two is normally the NaNo slump…worthless orange cones on the highway cause a jam-up, my husband is kicking my word-count ass, I cancel a weekend trip to Rhode Island because I’m overwhelmed, I finish (finally, seriously?) the Canopic Jars trailer, I find illiterate notes…and if you’ve ever wanted to get a peek at what writers REALLY do when they get together and party, now’s your chance: an inside look at AnthoCon 2013! Enjoy!

Day 8 – A Bunch of Orange Cones: 11/11/2013

Day 9 – A Serious Party: 11/12/2013

Day 10 – Good Morning, Karis: 11/12/2013

Day 11 – The Morning After: 11/12/2013

Day 12 – Up at 2 a.m.: 11/13/13

Day 13 – Healthy Competition (?): 11/14/2013

Day 14 – Yeah, THAT Didn’t Happen: 11/14/2013

Off to Anthocon…

Anthocon Logo

I’m off to Anthocon 2013! If you’re up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, come on by…it’s the official debut of the anthologies Wicked Seasons and Canopic Jars, which contain my stories “To Chance Tomorrow” and “Jarring Lucas,” respectively. Plus, it’s just a jumpin’ great time! Later!


What you missed on NaNoWriMo2013: The Series this week!

One More Butt

Halloween at the cemetery, an action-packed trip to NYC, a tip from a dead writer, a surprise cocktail invitation, laundry, interruptions, a cat sleeping on the cable box and emotional ups and downs. Plus, shout-outs to buddies who are makin’ it—or havin’ a hard time…and oh yeah, and some bottles of wine that clearly won’t be making it to AnthoCon this weekend. Enjoy!

All NaNo’s Eve: 11/01/2013

Day 1 – I Hate My Project: 11/03/2013

Day 2 – Starting Over: 11/03/2013

Day 3 – Cocktails 1, Kristi 0: 11/04/2013

Day 4 – Real Life Intrusion: 11/04/2013

Day 5 – Eight Bottles: 11/05/2013

Day 6 – When You’re Not Looking: 11/06/2013

Day 7 – Under Pressure: 11/08/2013

Abandoned Danbury: The House on Deer Hill


I have a fascination with all things abandoned (in fact, recently I have been tearing through both seasons of the old History Channel series Life After People…the visuals in that are an urban explorer’s wet dream). I rarely go “urban exploring,” so if I happen to stumble across something, I photograph it.

Recently, I was out shooting some photos and video for Read the rest of this entry

NaNoWriMo Roundup: Seasoned Authors Share their Secrets

Ready, Set, NaNoWrime!

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I founded and moderated a group called Pencils! Writing Workshop in Norwalk, Connecticut, from 2003-2009. One of our members, Nanette, introduced the group to NaNoWriMo, and a gaggle of us participated. We had a great time, but the best times were our weekly Friday Night Hang-Outs. Here we are after our first four days of writing, November 5, 2004, at Black Bear Saloon in SoNo (South Norwalk, the city’s entertainment district). Back Row, from left: Jen, A.J., Jill, me. Front row: Nanette, Tammy.

Yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year for the first time since 2009 (which I don’t really count, because I signed up and then never did anything, so let’s just call it 2008, ’kay?). Even though writing is a priority in my life and rises above all else—when I need to write, I stop everything and do it—NaNoWriMo seems to be one of those writing projects that I have to be in the mood to do, because for me, it’s about  Read the rest of this entry

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