EQUUS cover reveal!

white horse head with black title text EQUUS

You want a story about unicorns? Of course you want a story about unicorns. You want a whole books of stories about unicorns, winged horses, water horses, sky horses, ordinary horses, and even Sleipnir? Yeah, I thought so. So you want the upcoming anthology Equus, edited by Rhonda Parrish and… Continue reading

Contest Results: The Derpening

Tiny Laura in green dress with mushroom inside hollow tree trunk

You might recall that I offered a prize for making fun of my awkward pictures. Because I take myself that seriously, all the time. And now, we have the results. The grand prize of three ebooks and a $20 Amazon gift card goes to Alex McGilvery, for his tasteful and… Continue reading

Gross! Parents, Seriously.

THREE disposable diapers abandoned in beautiful green forest. THREE.

I’ve had a few people think it was “dirty” that I have dogs in my house, or that I touch them regularly in my day job as an animal trainer, or that I would take an in-training service dog into a restaurant. Okay, not everyone likes dogs, that’s fine, and… Continue reading

Contest: Derp Me!

I was shooting some video and realized I’d accidentally bumped the selfie button while using my phone camera to check lighting. That’s how this starts. And I thought that expression and that green screen were just too inviting, and so we’re going to play with them.   Continue reading

Hey, Gold Star!

The Songweaver's Vow

Brag moment! Even though I get no real credit for this one. I’ve been an avid appreciator of Joel Friedlander’s The Book Designer site for some years, and I keep an eye on his cover design awards and commentary as a useful educational tool (and a fun one). I’ve entered… Continue reading

Luck, the Irish, and Writing Toward Your Dreams

moss-covered trees in Irish forest
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Writing in Ireland

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Writing in IrelandIt’s St. Patrick’s Day. Do you feel lucky? No, not in a Dirty Harry sort of way. More of a, Are you ready to achieve your dreams? kind of way. Let’s listen to some Irish talk about dreams.… Continue reading

Social, Civil, and Savvy: a new non-fiction book

Social, Civil, and Savvy: Training & Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs

So I’ve been working very hard, and I’ve dropped a few hints, and I’m finally ready to reveal it: I have a new training and behavior book coming out soon! (Animal training and behavior is my day job, when I’m not letting my imaginary friends irritate each other for fun and profit.)… Continue reading

Look Over There

T Rex stomps a car over text of all 26 authors' names

I’m guest-posting today over at Rhonda Parrish’s blog about her newest anthology — with 26 writers, including me — called D is for Dinosaur. Check out what I learned to write this story!   Continue reading

The Songweaver’s Vow: The Wyrmhole

perfectly rectangular large blowhole in rocky shore
This entry is part of 7 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part of 7 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundToday’s another entry in the Background & Research posts for The Songweaver’s Vow. When Thor goes to fight Jörmungandr, he seeks the sea-sized serpent at a place he calls the Wyrmhole, baiting him out with a bull… Continue reading

The Norse Pantheon Family Tree

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series The Songweaver's Vow: Easter Eggs & Background

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series The Songweaver’s Vow: Easter Eggs & BackgroundAnyone who’s spent more than three minutes reading up on the Norse pantheon — or pretty much any polytheistic pantheon, really — knows it can get complicated in a hurry. So when I stumbled… Continue reading