Out of the dumpster fire of the last couple of years, the phoenix rises. This may not be the firebird we want, but it is the firebird we deserve. On the shimmering heat of the burning trash, it rises, and with it, we have hope for a bright new future in 2023. No matter what... Continue Reading →

And that’s it for 2022

Welcome to the last day of the year. It's been an interesting ride! If you haven't already, pull out some folders and start setting up your filing for 2023 before it arrives. Don't forget the folder for all your 1099's and other tax forms that'll be coming in over the next month. Your 4th quarter... Continue Reading →

Professional Worldbuilding

[--- Karen Myers ---] Worldbuilding is a very large topic -- for this post I'm going to focus on some of the fundamentals of how cities and armies work, since getting that wrong usually includes screwing up basic economics, logistics, or even gravity. If you can't make that stuff seem real, you're in trouble. And... Continue Reading →

Zoom, There It Goes

Tempus Fugit. And speedily too. At the close of the year, you know how it goes, looking at the past years and what went wrong and what went right. I of course feel I must apologize to all and Sundry -- I don't know who Sundry is or why he/she/it/blobfish is not included under "all"... Continue Reading →

My, How Time has Flown!

Alma T. C. Boykin No, not the year 2022, although I've got mixed emotions about seeing it leave. It wasn't the best of years for me personally, but it was much, much better than several that come to mind. I was thinking about the ten years since I released my first fiction book, A Cat... Continue Reading →


I forgot it was Monday as well as Boxing day. I am down with something of a cold (I hope) and went to bed instead of writing a post. And now it is late. I am sorry. I try to be reliable. It's something I value in others, so I try to be it myself.... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas

'Tis the season to be thankful for the gifts we are given. Among those - I'm thankful for my fellow Mad Geniuses, who put up with me (and even egg me on. The egging around here isn't just eggnog, it's also bad puns and riffing on jokes until it takes a right turn through historical... Continue Reading →

Making Traditions

Tradition is an interesting way to give a reader grounding into a world that doesn't exist outside the author's head. Well, didn't until the author chose to share it with the reader. You don't even have to fully explain traditions, most of the time. For one thing, certain traditions will resonate with your reader. Others?... Continue Reading →

Happy News

It's two days before Christmas, the fifth night of Hanukkah, and winter solstice has passed. The days are growing longer again! As we enjoy this season of celebration, I want to ask you: What have you done this year that you're proud of? What happy accomplishments are you willing to share? What has gone well... Continue Reading →

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