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Author of speculative fiction and poetry. I love storytelling, horror, pop culture, gaming, and more. (She/her.) Newsletter:

From Interactive Tales to Puzzle Platformers to Survival Horror

A frightened-looking man plays horror games in the dark.
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One of my great pleasures in life is sitting back and watching a good horror movie. My tastes are wide ranging, from horror comedies to supernatural scares, gritty psychological horror, and body horror. I’ll watch it all.

But horror video games have always seemed too intense for me. Watching a…

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Ephemeral Art in a Cyberpunk World

Thumbnail for the Unus Anus announcement video, featuring Ethan Nestor (left) and Mark Fischbach (right) standing in front of a black and white spiral.
Thumbnail for the Unus Anus announcement video, featuring Ethan Nestor (left) and Mark Fischbach (right). (Source: Fandom Wiki.)

For its part, Unus Annus is situated within this crossroads of art and technology, embodying fine art traditions through a digital medium well suited to the cyberpunk world in which we live.

What would you do if you knew you only had a year to live? This philosophical question lies…

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

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I recently rediscovered the joys of swimming in the ocean. In Northern California, this means plunging into the Pacific, which is bitingly cold. …

Making the attempt has value in itself

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When I set myself the challenge to write 15 articles in 30 days, I purposefully set the bar at what I considered to be a reasonable height. I aimed my sights and jumped in, but didn’t quite make it over the bar. In fact, I didn’t even come close. …

A subjective experience of art

Sky Cathedral by Louise Nevelson — found wood sculpture at the San José Museum of Art. (Photo by the author.)

The last time I visited a museum prior to the pandemic was at the San José Museum of Art, where a friend had put together an event featuring mixture of poetry and music. …

Lessons from the Writing Excuses intensive course on writing for games

Hosted by published authors working in a variety of genres and with decades of experience in the industry, the Writing Excuses podcast offers quick 15–20 minute long episodes packed with insightful writing, craft, and business advice.

(and what I still need to do to improve)

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Podcasting was not a challenge I ever expected to take on. When I approached the New Books Network with a request to be interviewed on their New Books in Poetry podcast about my recently published collection of poetry, the founder and editor-in-chief, Marshall Poe, confessed that the company did not…

Lessons from Lisa Marie Basile’s Magical Writing Grimoire

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“Within these pages, we will honor and embrace the archetype of the witch as a symbol of power in the face of oppression, blame, and shame. We will explore the witch as a natural being. As a dreamer. A creator. A lover of darkness and light. …

The power of ambiguity in retelling a classic Arthurian myth.

Whether book, movie, or show, I have always been captivated by the idealized world of Arthurian myth. My love grew even further after being introduced to the classic medieval renditions of the tales, which widened my understanding of these tales of Camelot, chivalry, grand adventures, and courtly love.

The Arthurian…

What secrets lie hidden among the trees?

Though I wouldn’t call myself particularly adventurous, I am a nature lover. I can often find joy hiking through the mountains or wandering down trails, immersed in the trees — particularly when I can share the experience with a group of friends.

That said, I also have a healthy respect…

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