Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy, and other fantasy, but mostly I work with urban and future fantasy.

Writing Prompt: Unusual Were-Animals

I love werewolves and the other very common variations. But I also think there is a lot of other under explored were-animals. My Smokejumpers series explores a few of these, peregrine falcons (my favorite), jaguars (pretty common), mountain lions (also on the not unusual list), stags and much more. What is the most unusual shifter you’ve read? Written? What would you like to read? I’ve been listening to the Varmints podcast and I’ve been thinking about which of these would…
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Jenna’s Books

Jenna is the protagonist in a trilogy, or I thought it was a trilogy. Or it might still be a trilogy. Jenna’s Series It is an urban fantasy with a heavy layer of tech, rather than an eschewing of tech (which is something I want to see more of an if anyone has any great suggestions that are UF that aren’t anti-tech, bring it on!) Book 1 The first book was written about three years ago now. It has some…
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2017 Goals

So last week I made a post about what I did in 2016. Now it is time for some planning goals for 2017. Writing My goals are 2-3 novellas, 5-10 flash pieces, 1 novel. I’d prefer to say that I know which novel it will be. I’ve been thinking a lot about Jenna’s novel and what to do with it. I may be posting about that coming up. Still thinking. More Smoke Jumpers pieces are absolutely in the works. One…
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I’m going to fail at NaNoWriMo

I’ve never failed at it quite like this, but wow am I going to fail. Frankly? I’m not even trying anymore. Which super isn’t like me.  I know what the problem is. I’m recording a novel. This…might be something I do very little of going forward. A big part of it is just how I operate, how my brain works. The project isn’t due for months, literally months. But I cannot handle having it hanging over my head so I’m…
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My Approach to NaNoWriMo

I’m going to talk a bit about my approach to Nanowrimo this year… It may be TMI? Maybe? I’m trying to share. I was talking with someone recently about how much I love Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast. She’s so open and honest. (Or appears she is at least.) I like the ones where she just tells you how she’s feeling and what’s happening even more than the interviews. Like oh, she can do it, not every day…
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Death and Weddings

I’ve been plotting out a Smoke Jumper novella. I’ve been wanting to write a mystery for a while and the idea came to me for a murder set at a destination wedding. So I’ve been researching death and weddings. It’s been…weird. First the wedding! I’ve been making a Pinterest board. Just like other Pinterest board makers. Except my thought when I look at something is, “Would this make a good clue?” “Would this make a good red herring?” “How will…
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Audiobooks and Audible

A brief update about audiobooks and Audible. I narrated a book a few months ago and it is finally out on Audible. So you can listen to me read a very geeky urban fantasy with wolves and where I say the word bitch a bunch. Howling Dead by M. H. Bonham Which earrings look best with fur? Kira Walker is a geek and UNIX systems administrator who has a bad hair day at least once a month. But when a…
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How to Listen to Podcasts

Don’t know how to listen to podcasts? I’m here to help! Just make it easy! iPhone Android What are podcasts? Basically a radio program on the computer. Or like going to the library and picking a series, and then the rest of them are already checked out when are ready for the next one. If you can think of it, if it is your hobby, something you like, there is a podcast about it. It is the internet, it exists….
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Book Recommendations

Books and Holidays and Gifts and Stuff It is winter gift season, post NaNo reading season, cold snuggle up with a warm bowl of soup and a wonderful sweater season, and year end wrap up season. I am far from the first person to say this of course, but I am prompted now to say my own thoughts and recommendations. There are really good lists out there already full of great book/art/music/etc recommendations. Try Whatever’s annual lists of traditional books,…
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