The Craft of Writing

Grammar for Gremlins: The Only Rule Novelists Need

May 27, 2017

The only grammar rule novelists need to know: It's only wrong if you can't pull it off.

My brother-in-law Nick likes to pick arguments with me.

We spent last Christmas at his house. While I was half asleep by the fire, he asked, “What’s your opinion on the Oxford comma?”

“I don’t have one.” (This was not as clever an evasion as I thought it was.)

“Well, you should.”

In Nick’s defense, that’s just how he shows affection. He’s a lawyer.

In my defense, novelists have greater grammatical leeway than his corporate clients.

Grammar still matters in a science-fiction novel. But readers who will tear you apart for misusing technical terminology won’t even notice a misplaced punctuation mark every 40 pages or so.

Hell, if you consistently misplace that punctuation mark, they’ll probably just assume it’s artistic license, or whatever.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say the only grammar rule genre novelists need to know is this:

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How to Recognize Racism & 12 Other Articles You Need to Read

February 1, 2017


How to Recognize Racism and 12 Other Articles You Need to Read

The month-end roundup is a list of all the works that enlightened me, challenged me, and made me laugh this month. It includes books, articles, and social media posts that might be relevant to my audience.

If you blog about books, writing, or self-publishing and would like a chance to be included in next month’s roundup, email me links to the coolest articles you publish next month. I can’t guarantee I’ll include them, but I read everything I receive.

This month, the roundup links fit into three categories: Writing, publishing, and reading. I listed them in alphabetical order by title.

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New Releases

Cover Reveal: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright | Queer YA Sci-Fi

January 30, 2017

For my first cover reveal, I’m featuring a queer YA sci-fi novel about hellhounds in space because of course I am.

Tristina Wright, the author, is one of the very cool people I follow on Twitter that I’m kind of intimidated to interact with. So when she asked for people to help out with her cover reveal, I jumped at the chance.

I mean, I probably would have anyway.

Look at this description:

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.


Plus, it’s being published by Entangled, which is a really cool indie company full of people who work their asses off to help their authors. I’m looking forward to working with them for promotions in the future.

But what I’m looking forward to most is getting my hands on this book:

Queer YA sci-fi 27 Hours cover reveal

So. Pretty. Right?

I’m considering setting up a Bookstagram just so I can take a million pictures with my copy once it arrives.

Speaking of which, if you like queer YA sci-fi and supporting cool authors who may or may not be mermaids, you should preorder your copy now. It’s available from:

You should also follow Tristina on social media, where she posts about politics, sci-fi, mermaids, and other important things. You can find her on:

About the Author

Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.

Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.

What 2017 releases are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments.

Book Reviews

Déjà Revu January 22nd, 2017

January 23, 2017

Hello, friends! My review of Shira Glassman’s The Second Mango was featured in Déjà Revu, a weekly review round-up on Celebrity Readers.

Here is the Revu in its entirety. I strongly encourage everyone to check out the other blogs that were included this week!




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