Your Best Ever #Halloween Playlist

I have a confession. When I was a kid, we didn’t celebrate Halloween. GASP! HORROR! Trust me, I know. I won’t go into the whys of this; suffice it to say there were no costumes, no candy, no decorations, no creeptastic music. This dearth of spooky spirit lasted until I was old enough to take…

Sunday #Poetry: Three Witches, from Macbeth

“Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” ~Joseph Roux Three Witches – Macbeth ~ William Shakespeare A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.                 Enter the three Witches. 1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.        2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the…

Shades Below Grimoire: Banishing Spells

First published on ParaYourNormal (November 2,2015) **NOTE: Although based on existing spells, the spells in the Shades Below series were created for entertainment only. They are not intended for use in performing actual magic.** In a city like San Francisco, there’s no shortage of things that go bump in the night. In my urban fantasy…

Sunday #Poetry: Smoke

“Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” ~Joseph Roux “Smoke” ~ Erica Jong Smoke, it is all smoke in the throat of eternity. For centuries, the air was full of witches Whistling up chimneys on their spiky brooms cackling or singing more sweetly than Circe, as they flew over rooftops blessing & cursing their kind….

Sunday #Poetry: Witch Wife

“Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.” ~Joseph Roux “Witch-Wife” Edna St. Vincent Millay SHE is neither pink nor pale, And she never will be all mine; She learned her hands in a fairy-tale, And her mouth on a valentine. She has more hair than she needs; In the sun ’tis a woe to me!…

September, 2017: It’s Witching Season

September in California means one thing… …Hot, hot HOT. The air gets dry. The hills turn from gold to nearly white. The spectre of wildfire is always right around the corner. Just when everyone in the state is ready to cry “uncle”, the heat breaks, and the Bay Area tumbles into true fall. For me,…

August, 2017

The last month of summer… Where I live, August is the last real month of summer. School starts up at the end of it, so the first few weeks are a whirlwind of backpack shopping, trips to the beach and The Boardwalk, and last-minute weekend getaways. My own last-minute getaway took the form of a…

The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered by Misha “Puzzle” Kaslov

I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking. Why not put some of my characters under the microscope? Below is the Proust Questionnaire…

I #SupportWNDB – The Series: ADDING DIVERSITY TO YOUR WRITING

Originally posted on MadhuriWrites:
Adding Diversity to Your Writing: A Few Simple Strategies Laura Oliva ? A huge shout-out to Madhuri Blaylock for hosting this awesome blog series.  Thanks for inviting me to add my two cents on this incredible topic! Literary diversity has been getting a lot of press lately. Near as I can tell,…

The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered By Seneca Lynch #MondayBlogs

  I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking. Why not put some of my characters under the microscope? Below…

May, 2016

Happy Spring, bitches! Spring just isn’t spring if I can’t have a garden. For the past couple years, one of the most immediate and painful casualties of the drought has been my spring/summer garden- selfish, I know, but there it is. This winter brought with it more rain than we’ve seen since my son was born, and…

Shades Below, #2: Still On Track!

This is happening, people! I’m coming down the finish line on The Devil’s Disease (Shades Below, #2) – which means I should be writing THE END by tomorrow, Tuesday at the latest. What this means: I don’t usually set hard-and-fast deadlines (because I’m so awful at meeting them), but in this case, my tentative deadline…