A setting I love to write (my characters may not agree)

UBC Forest Trail

Paths intrigue me. Who, or what, made them and why? In particular, paths in forest settings hide as much as they reveal. What destinations await the courageous traveler? What dangers lurk along the way? A mysterious setting reflects the emotion and heart of a Gothic story. Little is revealed when wandering down a forested path. […]

A few of my indispensable fiction writing sites

  For today’s rolling blog tour, we are sharing our favourite sites for writers. The internet offers thousands of excellent writer resources. Here are several sites I find particularly helpful: Fiction Writing Plot Development Story Boards –  story board template and worksheets. Role playing game (RPG) development sites can be useful for speculative fiction writers. […]

Why should writers (and anyone else reading this) care about literacy?

Today’s blog tour topic – What can and should writers do to support literacy? – was my question, but then I tried to write an answer. I quickly realized I needed to back up a couple of steps and answer a different question: Why should writers (and anyone else reading this) care about literacy? (Beyond […]

Question: Do you, and should you, critique the work of other writers for “free”?

Welcome. The topic for today’s rolling blog tour: Do you critique for free? It’s a thought provoking question and I thought about it all day while tackling the carpet of weeds passing for my back garden these days. First, I believe critique from another writer (or six) is an essential part of the creative process. […]

A Random Assortment of Recommended Reference Books

My first Northern Lights Gothic blog post is part of a rolling blog tour. The tour takes place two or three times a week with a variety of mystery writers hopping on and off. Today, I hopped on.