Friend Blogs

Since I have so many friends who are writers and artists, I want to create this page where I can link to all their blogs and web pages so that maybe you will check some of them out like you have with mine.

ALEXIS PAIGE
Alexis is a friend of mine from Stonecoast who lives in Vermont. Alexis is a teacher who writes creative non-fiction as well as essays and is working on her memoir about her stint in prison. Her blog is dedicated to promoting her forthcoming book, as well as showcasing her interests and detailing her upcoming public readings. Alexis is the bee’s knees.

ANDREA LANI
Andrea is a fellow Stonecoaster who explores the connections between humans and nature, the extremes of motherhood, and the emotional effects of environmental contamination in her writing on her blog. She is a writer (of course) as well as an ecologist, and still finds time to be a mother. How cool is that?

ARIANA WHALEN
Ariana is a co-worker and friend of mine who I discovered recently had a blog. Her writing is very beautiful, and she deserves a look. Her posts revolve around feminism, nature, and life. Give her a read.

ASHLEY K. WARREN
Ashley is a fellow Stonecoast alum who writes short stories, novels, and poems. Her blog focuses on her daily musings as a writer and her efforts as such, as well as links to her publications where you can check them out. Take a look!

BEN SANTOS
Ben is a fellow cosplayer who mainly cosplays as Hellboy. I met him at a convention and now we’re friends. Cool how that works, isn’t it? Anyway, Ben came up with a great idea to create a fully comprehensive search engine for conventions that fans, cosplayers, and vendors can use to find the conventions that might best suit their needs. His site is still under construction, but check it out and bookmark it so you can see its awesomeness in action.

C.G. MCGINN
Chris is someone I met in my English courses during my undergrad at Saint Joseph’s College Of Maine, Standish. We connected in class and still stay in touch over social media all these years later. He has novels in development and his blog revolves around his dedication to those projects, as well as his journey as a writer, and some short fiction.

CRISTINA PERACHIO
Cristina is a good friend of mine and talented author who graduated with me from Stonecoast. She and I first met on the dance floor at the school “prom” and I’m glad I met her. Her blog focuses on food reviews, promoting her writing endeavors, and also a blog detailing her exploits with author (and Stonecoast faculty member) Rick Bass as he writes his book Eating My Heroes.

DALLAS FUNK
Dallas is a fellow Stonecoast alum. She writes popular fiction and her stories are action-packed. She is a mother, an editor, and juggles those things on top of her writing. Her blog focuses mainly on personal essays and musings, but it also contains links to her writing website and editing website.

DANIELLE ROSE
Danielle is a fellow Stonecoast alum, and she has just published her first novel Blood Rose. Danielle is a talented author and aside from promoting links to her published works and promoting her book, Danielle’s blog deals with her writing as a whole, her traveling adventures, and aspects of her freelance editing. Check her out!

DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM
David, or “DAD” as we all lovingly called him at Stonecoast, is an amazing author and great all-around guy. He was always around to offer advice or just “hang out” with the students, and although I never was able to work with him professionally I was able to give him an earful a few times about my story. David is the author of the Acacia trilogy, and his website promotes those books and other works, on top of giving bio info, links, and excerpts. Check this man out, people.

DEREK HOFFMAN
I met Derek at Stonecoast before he graduated. Derek is one of the nicest guys ever, and his blog serves as a platform for his writing, reviews, and other projects. He writes mostly poetry, and it’s beautiful. Give him a read and make sure to check out the blog and review portions of his site as well.

DEVIN GAITHER
Devin is a fellow Stonecoast alum, and she is a very talented writer and playwright. She is a part-time cosplayer (she cosplays as Catwoman) and has also recently learned how to be a flying trapeze artist. She writes mostly pop-fiction, and her blog posts revolve around personal opinion, reviews, and what she’s reading currently.

DOLEN PERKINS-VALDEZ
Dolen is a faculty member at Stonecoast, and she was my very first mentor and helped me write my first full-length screenplay with her advice and tutoring. She is the author of Balm and Wench, and her website promotes these novels in addition to providing links to her other work, photos, bio information, and more. She’s a great person and talented woman so you need to see what she’s all about.

ELIZABETH SEARLE
Elizabeth Searle is someone I had the great pleasure of working with during a workshop at Stonecoast. On top of that, she urged and encouraged me to send out my stories and was a great cheerleader for my well-being. She is the author of Girl Held In Home and is a Stonecoast faculty member. On her site you can find contact information and links regarding her work, as well as bio information. Take a peek!

GENEVIEVE WILLIAMS
Genevieve is a fellow Stonecoaster from my graduating class. She is a really interesting person (I mean, she practices gung fu) and talented writer, and her blog features book reviews, links to other writers, and some flash fiction. She writes sci-fi, mostly, and it’s worth giving a read. Get to it!

JOE MICHAEL MALIA
Joe is a fellow cosplayer (he cosplays as Riddler, mostly) who decided he wanted to put his thoughts out into the world…and so he created a blog. Joe’s blog features his thoughts, advice on games, and day-to-day struggles. He’s always got something to say, so give him a read!

JOHN M. SHADE
John Shade is a good friend of mine who graduated with me from the Stonecoast MFA program. John is a writer of comic books and short stories, primarily in the speculative fiction field. On his site you can find book recommendations and links to his published works.

J.R. DAWSON
J.R. Dawson is a fellow Stonecoaster and also a fellow writer of steampunk and sci-fi/fantasy. She and I met during her first semester with the school, as I was just graduating, and she is a constant presence on social media. Check out her blog which covers a large variety of topics. You’ll definitely find something there worth reading because this lady is extremely talented.

JULIE C. DAY
Julie is a fellow Stonecoast alum and her site is really terrific. She writes short fiction mostly, and she provides free samples of her writing on her site as well as links to her various published works. She’s always got something going on, so please take a look.

KARLA FOSSETT
Karla is a friend of mine from Stonecoast, and though she graduated before me I was able to get to know her a couple of semesters in, and I’m glad I did. Karla writes creative nonfiction but primarily writes fiction and young adult fiction. Her blog is currently under construction but you can find information about her and her work there. See for yourself!

KAYLA TEVES
Kayla is someone I met online through a mutual friend, and it turns out that she is an amazing photographer. This page isn’t just about showcasing personal blogs for writing, but any creative endeavors my friends are following. Check out her site and take a look at some of her photos. You won’t regret it!

KAZIM ALI
I first met Kazim when he was one of the faculty at Stonecoast. He is an amazing poet, and an all-around talented guy. His website contains contact information, upcoming events he’s attending, links to his published works online, and links to all of his books. Please give this man’s site a visit – you won’t be sorry.

KT BRYSKI
KT Bryski is a Canadian author and fellow Stonecoaster. She is a really cool person and talented writer, and also has a podcast in addition to being a historical reenactor. Her blog focuses on posts about life and her thoughts on many different subjects, mostly writing-related. Give her a shot.

KYLIE JUSTINE GROAT
Kylie is a fellow writer and co-worker, someone I connected with early on in my job location transition. She is very spiritual and her blog examines some of her own personal spiritual philosophy and her take on lots of aspects of life. Give her a looksie.

LADY ZEN
Lady Zen, aka Alzenira Quezada, is a lyrical beat poet whom I graduated with from the Stonecoast MFA program. Zen is a multi-talented writer and performer, and she is an exciting figure in the Portland, Maine art scene. Her site provides videos, links, and posts all dedicated to her life as a performer and writer. She is definitely worth following.

LEW ANDRADA
Lew is currently attending Stonecoast and though I didn’t get to know him too well during my time there, he and I connected over social media. From reading Lew’s blog, he focuses on his trials as an emerging writer, his life as a student, and ruminations of his past. His blog also links to many other writers (which partly inspired me to add this page) as well as links to his published works. Check him out, people!

MARCO SEIRYU WILKINSON
Marco’s blog comes from his background as a horticulturist and gardening educator in addition to his role as writer and managing editor of Oberlin Press. This is a tagline from his blog, EARTHSTOREHOUSE – “OCCASIONAL THOUGHTS OF A ZEN BUDDHIST FARMER ON REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE, PERMACULTURE, AND ZEN PRACTICE.” Check him out!

MARIAN ROSARUM
Marian’s blog is dedicated mostly to her writing endeavors. She writes fantasy/fairy tales as well as poetry. She works in a haunted hotel, and even has a cat named Colonel Brandon. She’s also a really talented writer so you should check out her blog.

MUR LAFFERTY
Mur is the author of The Shambling Guide To New York City and also The Ghost Train To New Orleans, and she also happens to be a fellow Stonecoast alum I had the pleasure of working with before she graduated. She is a very talented author and podcaster, and it’s been great to see her succeed. Check out her blog – there is some really good stuff on there.

NANCY HOLDER
Nancy is the sweetest, kindest woman you’ll ever meet. She was my very first workshop leader at Stonecoast, and then she was my mentor during my third semester. She is a fabulous author and penned the Wicked series, as well as many other novels and comic books. On her site you’ll find a plethora of things such as contact and bio information, interviews, contests, and many other stuff. You need to be reading her books, stat.

NIKKI PATIN
I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki during her first semester at Stonecoast, after hearing her sing. I just had to go introduce myself to her. She’s one of the nicest people I know, and her blog focuses on poems and essays that are really poignant and deal with tough issues our country is facing, as well as some of her own background. Definitely give her a read.

PEYTON CURRAN
Peyton is a co-worker and friend of mine who recently started a blog, on top of being a Suicide Girl and working a few jobs at a time. She just recently started her new blog but has kept a different blog for years before this one. Give her a read – she’s sure to update it with more posts in the future.

ROB KAAS
I met Rob online years ago on the Top Cow Message Boards. A fellow writer, Rob and I have stayed in touch over all these years and we even worked together, writing for a review site called BadSequels.com. Rob is hilarious, insightful, and he writes short fiction, poetry, and novels. Rob is a constant presence on social media, and he’s definitely one to follow. I mean, the guy is funny.

SEAN R. ROBINSON
Sean was one of the first people to welcome me into the Stonecoast MFA program and now that we’re both alums, it doesn’t mean that we’ve lost touch. In fact, Sean is one of my most prolific writer friends, and he is constantly posting his trials and tribulations regarding his submissions. He writes mostly fantasy fiction, but also writes poetry and other things. His blogsite contains links to his published works.

SHANE COLLINS
Shane is a good friend of mine, and fellow Stonecoast alum. He sure knows his beer and booze (I mean, he works for Harpoon Brewery), and this blog is dedicated to his experience with beer and booze in his home state of Vermont. If you’re into beer as much as I am, you’re going to want to give it a shot.

SHAWNA N. BORMAN
Shawna is a horror writer I met during my time with Stonecoast, and that’s mostly what we connected on. She wrote a delightfully creepy story about a GPS sending people to their doom, and it has stayed with me. On her blog, Shawna discusses a wide range of things, like the perspective of a crippled person, fashion, and other thoughts she has. Shawna’s Blog Of Doom is a must read.

STEVE CUSTER
They don’t call Steve “Spidey-Steve” for nothing. Steve created this blog to first promote his campaign to become the next cinematic Spider-Man. The studios chose someone else, but Steve is keeping the ball rolling with posts about his daily life as a trapeze artist, actor, and part-time superhero. Give him a look.

SUZANNE STREMPEK SHEA
Suzanne is one of the kindest people I know, and is a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA program I graduated from in 2014. Suzanne is the author of many novels, including This Is Paradise, and her blog promotes her work in addition to giving insight into her daily life and process as a writer. Please check out what she has to offer, because she has a lot to offer.

THEODORA GOSS
Theodora (or, “Dora” as we Stonecoasters lovingly refer to her as) is a faculty member with Stonecoast, the MFA program I graduated from. She helped me during my time there with a couple of my short stories, and I am grateful I was able to work with such a talented woman. Dora writes many fairytales and fairytale-oriented fiction, but also writes poems, novels, and essays. She is very active on social media, which is something I admire in authors. Please check her out!

TYLER GAYLORD
Tyler is a friend and former co-worker of mine. We used to work at Starbucks together, and then he made the decision to head to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. His blog details his journey, and other thoughts, and is really an entertaining read if you want to see what life is like there for a struggling actor.

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Graduated from Saint Joseph's College Of Maine with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts - Creative Writing as well as Stonecoast, a low-residency MFA program through University of Southern Maine. Has several screenplays, a novel, graphic novel and a memoir all in development.

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