Flash Fiction: The Jump

A few weeks ago, I entered my 100-word story in the second round of of NYC Midnight‘s flash fiction contest. I was assigned a genre, action, and word, and had 24 hours to craft my story. Sadly, I didn’t make the top ten this round, so I’m out of the game. I suspect that’s partly…

#BannedBooksWeek: Captain Underpants!

Originally posted on Eclectic Alli:
Today’s guest post comes from Allison Maruska (another fairly regular visitor over the years on this blog (particularly during some of my fiction projects!) Allison is an author of mystery, suspense, and YA novels. On her blog, she publishes short stories, bonus material to accompany her books, posts about writing…

Be A Beta Reader For My Upcoming Book!

As a follower of this blog, you get first shot at reading all my new material, including books months before their official release. All you have to do is volunteer to be a beta reader! And you guys, I’m so dang excited to share this book with you. Beta readers, like beta testers of new…

Three Writing Cheats To Avoid (Maybe)

Originally posted on Allison Maruska:
I recently read this post on A Writer’s Path about writing pet peeves. In it, the author describes three practices that are irritating, namely cliches, Mary Sues, and sloppy grammar/spelling. Scroll to the comments and you’ll see a handful of others provided by other readers/writers (including yours truly). After I…

Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Project Renovatio – The Trilogy” by Author, Allison Maruska, @allisonmaruska

Originally posted on Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry:
Title:?Project Renovatio, The Trilogy Amazon Author Page:?Allison Maruska Publication Date:?September 13, 2018 Formats: Audiobook (free with an Audible Trial subscription) & Kindle Genres:?YA, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Genetic Engineering, Mystery & Detective Goodreads IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS Enjoy all three stories in the Project Renovatio trilogy in…

Why Do I Hate Christmas Music?

Originally posted on Allison Maruska:
About a week after Thanksgiving, I posted this on Facebook. It led to a variety of comments. There was one odd man out. Yes, Dan, I called you odd. That’s what you get for liking that song. This post has a different point than “Christmas music sucks” (though that’s a valid…