Musings, Neurodiversity, origins, process

I’m Autistic. (And I have ADHD.)

Even after hitting "Publish" on this post, I still don't know how I feel about the title statement. How it's worded, I mean. The ideas it represents are absolutely true. On November 9, 2020, I was assessed as having met criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In other words (and maybe… Continue reading I’m Autistic. (And I have ADHD.)

Author Update

Zebulon Contest News…

Happy shut-in coronavirus days to you, internet traveler. I'm dropping a little shred of good news fluttering your way on the winds of uncertainty, isolation, and a shocking scarcity of toilet paper... This week, Pikes Peak Writers announced their winners for the 2020 Zebulon Fiction Contest. My entry, HALF-LIFE (the SF post-apocalyptic novel I'm currently… Continue reading Zebulon Contest News…

movie review

The Irishman: A Brutal Review

I wasn't going to write about this movie. I watch a lot of movies and I don't write critically about most of them, partly because I know any film is a labor of love for someone involved and I don't want to hurt anybody, partly because none of the films I've really had problems with… Continue reading The Irishman: A Brutal Review

writing life

Pitching a Novel in a Tweet? What is this, the technological dystopian future?

On January 30, 2020, I participated in my very first Twitter pitching event. And girl, do I have some THOUGHTS. But first, maybe some definition of terms. I know not all of the people who read this blog are writers, and y'all might be thinking, what the heck is pitching? When writers write a story,… Continue reading Pitching a Novel in a Tweet? What is this, the technological dystopian future?

Apocalypse, movie review

Does The Matrix Hold Up 20 Years Later?

The Matrix. Everyone's favorite late 20th-century, existential-crisis-inducing, groundbreaking sci-fi cyberpunk, slo-mo-happy film. Keanu Reeves, grunge, sunglasses, leather pants, guns for days, kung fu... What more could any sci-fi movie fan want? The Matrix, the Wachowski's first blockbuster hit, came out on March 31, 1999. Twenty years ago. This is mindbendingly hard for me to believe,… Continue reading Does The Matrix Hold Up 20 Years Later?

NaNoWriMo, writing life, writing process

What I Learned from My First NaNoWriMo

November is gone. I have to take a moment, to lift my head from the laptop, to let my eyes adjust to the sunlight, to start breathing again. 50,011 words. National Novel Writing Month is over. I did it. None of it feels real. I wonder if this has to do with John Gardner's idea… Continue reading What I Learned from My First NaNoWriMo