Twofer Tuesday

I have two wonderful announcements to make today! #1 First off, the Midnight Hour anthology releases today! It got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and received this praise from Kirkus Reviews: "An excellent collection of stories told from many different viewpoints." BUY LINK: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/673674/midnight-hour-by-abby-l-vandiver/ #2 This coziest of giveaways is happening through November 19 for books and a special limited-edition … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Midnight Hour

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Wordless Wednesday: Festive Mayhem anthology

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#BookReview: Exhalation

5 stars Genre: Short Stories (science fiction) Exhalation: Stories Pros: InventiveVaried styles of writingComplex narratives that really make you think Cons: Some stories didn't draw me in as much as the others Yes, Ted Chiang is amazing. I really like how he explored some of the scientific concepts and how it would really impact humans. Also, I loved how versatile Chiang is in his prose. He's able to write with a lyrical or historical air, but also able to switch to … [Read more...]

Number One New Release

Hi All, Just a quick reminder that Brave New Girls: Heroines Who Hack is out now! This anthology of teen heroines has already hit #1 for New Release in Children's Steampunk Books. Pick up a copy for yourself or your favorite adolescent! Proceeds go to the scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. … [Read more...]

Pre-Orders!

Hi All, The sci-fi anthology I'm a part of is ready for pre-orders! Remember: this anthology features teen girl heroines. Plus, the proceeds go to a scholarship fund for the Society of Women Engineers. Order today to help current and future science and tech leaders! The following retailers can be used: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CWM3FMK/ Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1128616257 Kobo: … [Read more...]

Brave New Girls

"Personal achievement will be your key to happiness." Hi, all! If you remember, I recently posted that I was part of a STEM science fiction anthology for girls. The title of the volume I'm in is Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack. You can find a list of all the titles in the anthology, along with short descriptions of the stories here. … [Read more...]

STEM anthology

"You lead by example, which inspires others."   Hi, guys! Guess what? I'm part of an amazing anthology coming soon to you. I love encouraging girls to delight in their intelligence. Fun fact: My short story gives a nod to Chinese mythology.   More details below: Today, I’m revealing the cover and story line-up for BRAVE NEW GIRLS: TALES OF HEROINES WHO HACK, coming July 2018! This YA sci-fi anthology (edited by sci-fi authors Paige Daniels and Mary Fan) features … [Read more...]

Short Story Stats

"Don't let statistics do a number on you." Interested in finding out how much of writing involves waiting? Look no further. I've been trying to shop around a 2100-word short story for a while. No bites so far. Here's my record of numbers: First date submitted: October 2016 Number of submissions: 5 Number of responses: 4 Quickest response time: 7 days Longest response time: 8 months Extra notes: Two personalized rejections, one form rejection. One of the customized rejections went … [Read more...]

When Do You Call Yourself a Writer?

Louhcheut Mahgeuk: to reveal one's secret or fault (lit. to expose Mah's feet)The queen of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1328-1399) was surnamed Mah. Once, she was riding by on her sedan chair when a gust of wind blew aside the carriage's curtain. Everyone on the street could see that her feet were not bound, a daring break in the typical foot binding tradition for rich women.Sometimes I'm afraid of exposing my own faults. When confronted with a blank line for my occupation on a  … [Read more...]