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Hi. I’m Diana. I’m a writer and military officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. I read and review new-release science and speculative fiction.

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Clown School #flashfiction

The cohort for the Clown School class of 2022 met in the lotus auditorium on a cool September afternoon in Los Angeles. The black curtain covered the stage, everyone waited for the president of The Cl…

Five Awesome Science Fiction Tropes

In each genre, there are conventions that readers expect to find. Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, General Fiction, non-fiction, and the rest each have norms that define them. Th…

Dune: Then, Now, and Why it Holds Up

Before there was Game of Thrones or Star Wars, there was Dune. War and the power struggles of those who wage it have been central plot devices for millennia. War is as primal …

The War Novel- 6 Picks

I’m switching gears from science fiction to read and review a war novel for Coffee or Die Magazine. I pitched it to their Senior Editor who handles the entertainment section. After a few emails …

How to Get Started Writing Fiction- Five Things I Would Do Differently

It occurs to me that I have never written about how to start writing fiction. While I don’t have a completed novel under my belt (yet!), I’m halfway through a third draft. I have already sunk tons of …