Christa Miller

Dark Fiction & Children's Fiction

March reads: Keeping it short

I had a little bit of a rough month. Early on I was struggling with flagging energy, anxiety, basically all symptoms I only experience when I eat foods to which I’m sensitive — grains in particular, except I wasn’t eating grains. I had, however, reintroduced nightshades into my diet. Long […]

Sensitivity readers sensitize… they don’t censor

The last year has seen a rather contentious debate over whether sensitivity reading — the practice of having stories critiqued or edited by people who represent the marginalized communities from which characters might come — constitutes censorship. This actually isn’t a new issue. Nearly 20 years ago, Debbie Reese, a […]

Planner, Pantser, Plantser

I first came across those terms in 2016, when I got involved in my first (and, it turned out, last) NaNoWriMo. “Planners”: self-explanatory. They outline their plots, they work out detailed character descriptions, they worldbuild intricate settings. The idea is that, when they’re taking 30 days to write a 50,000 […]

roadway leading toward or away from a sunrise

Looking back, looking ahead

I’ve been spending the last few days in end-of-year reflection and coming-year planning, not that planning ever really works out the way we think — 2017 being a great example of that — but more to get my head screwed on straight about what’s come before and what to expect. […]