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Halloween Fiction Contests (November 1, 2018)

Last Saturday our local newspaper, the Bend Bulletin, published the winners of its second annual Halloween Fiction Contest. My submission, "The Haunted Library," took second place! The journalist misunderstood a few things I said on the phone and wrote, "Tamara Marnell accomplished two firsts with 'The Haunted Library' – it's the first time she has published a short story, and the first time she has written horror. More »

Long Overdue Life Update (August 26, 2018)

I knew I hadn't posted on this blog in a while, but I didn't know it had been seven months. Egads. Where did the time go? More »

Where Are All the Complex Female Characters? (January 13, 2018)

Every book and movie made today features a "strong" female heroine, but it's still rare to find a complex one. More »

The Underutilized Potential of Visual Novels (October 8, 2017)

The visual novel medium has MASSIVE potential to be awesome. But instead of capitalizing on that potential, developers put out mediocre games that are less innovative and engaging than static printed graphic and prose novels. More »

Crafting Tragic Tragedies (September 2, 2017)

The efficacy of the central tragedy makes the difference between a shallow romance and a touching one, a boring mystery and a captivating one, or a cliché fantasy and a memorable one. More »

Why I'm Upgrading to Pictures (August 20, 2017)

For a long time now, I've felt that words alone aren't sufficient for the stories I want to convey. More »

T. K. and Sweetie Tie the Knot, Part 2: The Wedding (June 21, 2017)

Sweetie and I were officially married on June 20, 2017, the tenth anniversary of the day we became "Facebook official." More »

T. K. and Sweetie Tie the Knot, Part 1: The Preparations (June 21, 2017)

Sweetie and I are now officially an old married couple. For ease of URL-sharing, I've split my post about our wedding into two. First, the preparations! More »

Writing in the Age of Entertainment Overload (June 1, 2017)

In the publishing world today, there is only one "good" story: the unputdownable story. More »

Surprising Similarities between Sewing and Writing (May 14, 2017)

Sewing and writing seem like very different creative endeavors, but as I learned more about dressmaking I found many surprising similarities. More »