Genre of Choice: Paranormal Fantasy & Horror

Even as a small child, I was fascinated by the forbidden. I was the geek in the corner of the room with her nose in a tome of The Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Even with the sanitized endings, I knew the stories told of gruesome things. The story of Bluebeard was my favorite. MyContinue reading “Genre of Choice: Paranormal Fantasy & Horror”

Firing Mechanics

I was very disappointed. I planned on attending a #NaNoWriMo meeting at 1:00 p.m. My first indication that my plans were destined for the circular file was when my car overheated one-half hour prior to reaching my destination. I should have seen this one coming since my mechanic seems to think I’m stupid and thatContinue reading “Firing Mechanics”

Photojournalism Exhibition

I.O.’s aside: I’ve always been amazed by the stories that photographs tell. When written, so much of a story’s possibility is confined by the words chosen. Perhaps this is why ancient oral traditions such as the Druids were so set against putting their lore into writing. Then again, certain Native American tribes saw photography asContinue reading “Photojournalism Exhibition”

Writing the Beginning

One of the things I’ve learned in writing is that the beginning has to grab your reader. Don’t start at the beginning of the beginning if that makes sense. Plop your reader right in the middle of all perdition breaking loose. This doesn’t mean you need some flashy battle scene, especially if you’re writing aContinue reading “Writing the Beginning”

Hocus Pocus?

A “published” writer since the tender age of 12, IO KIRKWOOD’S fantasy short stories have graced the pages of many a school literary magazine. She set aside her dreams of writing to raise a family but the fever never quite left. Io’s genre runs towards dark, urban and ultimately pagan fantasy. As one of theContinue reading “Hocus Pocus?”