Whatever happened to Elisa Lam?

Whatever happened to Elisa Lam?

I read a lot of true crime. No matter how upsetting the story, I can usually put it aside after I’ve finished reading. Not so with the sad, strange case of Elisa Lam. Lam, a 21-year-old Vancouver woman, went missing during a solo trip to Los Angeles in 2013....
IWSG: Saying goodbye to Samhain

IWSG: Saying goodbye to Samhain

Ever have one of those weeks where everything goes wrong? Well, that has been the last two weeks for me. It got so bad, I was seriously considering giving up writing–the first time I’ve hit a low that deep since my early twenties. And then, just when I...
Depression: The silent killer

Depression: The silent killer

November 27th and 28th are grim anniversaries for me–on both days, a wonderful person I loved lost his battle with depression. I initially wrote this post for my friend Stan Mak, who passed away on November 27th, 2013, but I’m sharing it again in memory of...
Writers, we need to stop saying this

Writers, we need to stop saying this

Usually I limit myself to one writing-related post per month. But something has been irritating the living hell out of me for years, and the more time that passes, the angrier I get. So, lest I morph into some female version of The Incredible Hulk, I’ll expel...
Finding My Voice

Finding My Voice

As writers, we have one great, powerful tool. A voice. And whether we use that voice for good or ill, for something that will make people think or make them laugh, is up to us. I tended to use that voice to scare people. Until recently. A good friend of mine took his...