A woman's head in profile outlined in flame.,

My Torch

“Follow the path,” my guide told me as he took me through the dark woods. “What happens if I stray?” I asked. “If you leave the path, you’ll die.” Sharp stones cut my feet. Branches caught my hair. Thorns striped me with blood. “This path doesn’t seem very safe,” I said. “If you leave the…

Clawing Out of the Abyss

After what appears to have been around three years of inactivity, I finally logged back into GoodReads and waded through my mail and friend requests. I… have reviews? People actually read my books? This is very weird. A lot of bad crap sort of poisoned my feelings about my career before it ever got off…

Writing Doodles: Pudding

Every Monday, I post a new writing prompt to be used for a simple scene or description. Write for five minutes without revision or rest, set what you wrote aside after the five minutes are up, and then get on with your project. I like to use Write or Die to keep track of my…

Writing Doodles: Hands

One of the hardest parts of writing is simply starting, especially when you have a big project to work on or something that’s personally important. Taking that leap to getting words onto the page is hard. I’ve known far too many people full of stories they never managed to finish because it felt like such…

The Handmaid’s Tale: Flawed from the start

As a home-schooled teen, I never had The Handmaid’s Tale as required reading. I was aware of the plot, thanks to my older sister trying to explain it to me once, but had little interest in seeking it out on my own. At the time, it wasn’t clear why that was, since I loved reading…

An image of a lamb within a "biobag"; a bag filled with fluid which supports extremely premature infants.

The biobag is not an “artificial womb”

Artificial wombs and the immense impact they would have on society have been a fascination of mine since childhood. This fascination led to a lot of reading and understanding why it would be an incredibly complicated process to support an embryo outside of a uterine environment. I did research to try to understand the hurdles…