• For Writers

    How To Find Critique Partners – Critique Series Part 2

    So you’ve decided you need a critique partner, but how do you find one? How do you screen for compatibility with potential critique partners?  It seems lots of folks know they need a CP, but are at a loss as to how to connect with one. But I think I can help. As a founder of Tall Pines Fiction Writers, I know stuff about this. That’s why I’m excited to share some strategies about finding critique partners in part two of my series on critiquing. Know What You’re Looking For The first step to finding critique partners is knowing what…

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  • Free Stories

    Short Fiction – Hero

    Originally published in Plains Paradox Summary: A couple tries to reignite their flame. Too bad flashpint requires murder. Rating: M TRIGGER WARNING: consensual sexual violence, violence Word Count: 2628   She stood in front of a mirror by the door to…

  • For Writers

    The Struggle with Writing Multiple Genres

    Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my “brand”. I was considering giving you a dark suspense short story when you sign up for my yet-to-be-created newsletter.  Soon after sharing the idea in a Facebook writers group, I was told…

  • Reading

    Books I Loved – 2018 Edition

    Last week, I shared the books I hated most in 2018 and promised I’d share my favorites from 2018 as well. Sharing the stuff I don’t like is always easier than narrowing down the stuff I loved because my “loved…

  • Reading

    Books I Hated – 2018 Edition

    While I am woefully behind on my 2018 Goodreads goal, I made a real effort to get a little caught up this month. Now that my house is finished (construction was a special brand of Hell I’d never wish on…

  • For Writers

    Writing Sympathetic Villains: A List of Requirements

    I LOVE a good villain. I always gravitate to the bad guys and gals, and adore writing sympathetic villains. Sometimes, I find the villain/antagonist more interesting than the protagonist because the protag is usually reacting to the things the villain…

  • Journal,  WIP

    Welcome and Howdy-Do!

      My name is Jenn, and I’m an emerging fiction writer who, like so many before me, wonder why I choose to continually torture myself this way. Wasn’t it Hemingway who said “kill your darlings, and along the way you’ll…