The Courage to Share

Mental Health in Young Adult Fiction and Life Guest Blog Postby Rebecca Laffar-Smith~ This October, YA science fiction and fantasy author Rebecca Laffar-Smith will be touring libraries in Western Australia to help raise awareness of youth mental health crises. Today she joins us via a guest blog post. Welcome, Rebecca! ~ First, I want to … Continue reading The Courage to Share

Instructions For Julianne, Upon My Death

Julianne, go hometake your dusty shoveland hollow three stepswindward of our treeits boughs bent, unripe fruitdangled over muddy riverroots snagging, thorns bloody with testament to youth's tangled hands stained pockets, thosewild dreamstake your shovel and digand digging, growsteep graves of dry dirtbeneath the rumbling thundertesting lesser courageyet let no rain prevent youpiling soil, peeling timewhile … Continue reading Instructions For Julianne, Upon My Death

Difficult Writing (IWSG Sept)

Welcome to another Insecure Writer's Support Group blog posting. Each month, we talk about our writing doubts and fears, struggles and triumphs. IWSG is all about supporting each other and connecting with other writers. Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been … Continue reading Difficult Writing (IWSG Sept)

Neurodiversity in SFF

Earlier this year I attended QuaranCon 2022, an online speculative fiction convention in its second year featuring speakers from all over the world. Today I'm highlighting a particular panel that resonated with me: Neurodiversity in SFF. From the QuaranCon YouTube channel description: "We're not all wired the same way, and that is a thing of … Continue reading Neurodiversity in SFF