Just as I was wondering what to do with the remaining gallons of Wilton black food coloring I have, Destiny 2 was released and it hit me: cosmic meringues. I make meringues a lot. In fact, they’re my go-to party dessert because everyone loves them and they look lot harder to make than they are, especially if you throw in a bit of food coloring. The only downside to these meringues is that if you eat more than one, you’ll end up looking like a sullen goth with terrible dental hygiene. Eyes up, Guardian! Note: I used Wilton Black, Christmas Read More

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I (Love You) Robot: Tropes in Science Fiction & Fantasy #1

I’m fascinated by tropes in storytelling, and so I’ve decided to write a series of posts examining different tropes within Science Fiction and Fantasy. What is a trope? For the purpose of this blog series, a trope is a concept, whether a character type, setting, or plot element, that is easily recognized by the reader. Because a trope is instantly familiar to the audience, it works as an expositional shortcut for the author. Every genre has its tropes, from the brooding teenage heroes in YA fiction to the naughty billionaire bad-boys in romance. Now, I write in Speculative Fiction, specifically, Read More

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Free Chapters Month: FULL DIVE by T.M. Rain

  BLURB In the virtual city of Atlantis, Wil Romero is a low-res avatar and failed dance club designer. He’d like nothing more than to log out, throw away his visor, and travel the world—the real world. Desperate for cash and an escape from routine, he becomes a test subject for a new, fully-immersive, simulated world. When the simulation turns deadly, Wil is swept up in a conflict that takes him from the back alleys of Atlantis to a hostile virtual forest. He must track a mysterious and elusive avatar who might know the truth of what’s happening, and amidst the chaos, Read More



  BLURB All Spencer really wanted was a normal life. College, a degree, maybe even a dissertation which culminated in finding a way to free his mother from the psychic snow globe where he last saw her. But as the powerless son of the world’s most powerful Augment, normal is too much to ask for. He’s soon sucked back into his father’s world of weaponized humans by his best friend, Eric, and the Crimson Mask himself. The battle this time isn’t with a psychotic robot builder, but with an enemy whose vision of the future is as infectious as the Read More