Every year on the first weekend of March, my author sisters, Kira, Max, and I head down to the Tucson Book Festival. We've been doing this for — gosh — eight years or so now?
Those first four years were as attendees hungrily trying to soak up as much knowledge about the industry as we could. As soon as the festival would release its schedule of panels online, we'd divide up who was going to what and after the festival, we'd all gather to share what we'd learned.
The last four years however, we managed to make the transition from wanna-be...
Seattle Trip - Day 1
Seattle Space Needle & Chihuly Glass Museum
So as some people might know September through October of this year have been a very testing and stressful time for myself. The universe seemed to decide to reshuffle the deck that is my personal life, which I received no warning about until it all hit.
However, I'm happy to announce that things have managed to get back on stable ground and I've got some new adventures on the horizon ahead of me. Perhaps this was a shift I really needed.
Here in Reetz Manor there is a crispness in the air and the energy of anticipation for all the wonderful things the new year shall bring. The marigolds have been placed upon the ancestor altar, the pumpkins have been carved, there is apple cake baking in the oven, and a new batch of candles have been wicked in preparation as the incense curls up from the hearth cauldron.
Why I hate the "How do I write a male/female character" or "How would a male/female character _____" question
Whenever I hear this question asked at a writers conference or see it on a message board, I want to instantly reply with, "No. What you mean to ask is: how would YOUR character react to the situation?"
There is no mathematical formula for "My character is male, therefore he does/says _____" or "My character is female, therefore she does/says _____."
Here is what really irks me about this issue: When writers ask this question, th...
Back in June I attended a bat netting in Scottsdale co-hosted by the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and the Arizona Department of Wildlife.
We arrived early and got a tour of the facility, which takes in animals that are unable to be re-released into the wild. They have wolves, bears, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats and more. Unless you live near the outskirts of Scottsdale, it's quite a drive out there, but well worth it!
But onto the bats:
We didn't net and handle the bats ourselves (trained and vaccinated pros did that). B...
Phoenix Comic Con / Phoenix Comic Fest / Phoenix Fan Fusion / Whatever-they-are-calling-it-this-week
A convention conversation from the exhibitor's side of the table.
Well, another PHXCC (we all know it's still going to be socially known as Comic Con in our nerd community) is under our belts and as I sit in my kitchen sipping my morning coffee, the day after con-hangover has set in. Per the usual, my legs are killing me, I have a mild headache from not drinking enough water, and I feel like I need to go on a heal...