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Genre, Genre, Why for Art Thou, Genre?

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Opening the Vein | Comments Off on Genre, Genre, Why for Art Thou, Genre?

The cringe-worthy moment – “My novel is a horror, romance, thriller, mystery, suspense, historical, paranormal, literary work of genius! It’s so unique and creative that it defies genre! Besides, genres are just useless labels. Writing is creative! It shouldn’t be labeled!” *not-so-patient stare* Sadly, these writers don’t understand the industry. Moreover, they don’t understand readers and that, my lovely strangelings, […]

Recipe ~ Shrimp Pockets

Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Gothic Living | Comments Off on Recipe ~ Shrimp Pockets

  I call these pockets because they come out looking more like a pocket than roll – for me anyway. It’s a simple, fast recipe that can be served as a side for the family or kept in the fridge to use as a main course for several lunches or dinners. They’re one of my favorite go-to recipes when on […]

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Reviews | 2 Comments

  5 count them, 5 bats. Do the Work is another gem from author Steven Pressfield’s trove. He also wrote The War of Art – which is a worthy read as well. I like his website too – it has lots of spiffy things for readers and writers alike, including Writing Wednesdays. This is a great book that tells it […]

Captain Morgan’s Cannon Blast

Posted by on November 07, 2015 in Reviews | 2 Comments

  Okay, admittedly, I bought this on a whim because the bottle is so darn cool. Check it out. See. Look. *points to picture* Cool bottle, right? Right. Is it as cool inside? Eh. Depends on your tolerance for sweet rums. If you like citrus and you love syrupy sweet rums, say the coconut flavor, you’d probably enjoy this one. […]

10 Ways to Stay Sane(ish) On Submission

Posted by on November 05, 2015 in Opening the Vein | 1 Comment

Yes. The time of dread and doom for writers – being on submission. To the non-writers out there, that means the gut-twisting, soul-shredding wait between the time a writer submits their query or manuscript to an agent and the time they hear back. It’s really not as bad as we make it out to be, well, not quite. And there […]