This blog post is neither a sweeping treatise on mental illness, nor is it full of tips and tricks I’ve learned about writing. No, it’s merely a boring old update-piece on conventions and workshops that I’ll be attending this coming summer, information about upcoming work, and basically an info-dump of places you’ll be able to see me either virtually or in-person until July.
This May, I will be at the Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. I bought my tickets before I found out that Jason Sanford’s amazing piece “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” was a finalist, and now I’m super happy to go and support him and his work. I’ll be attending with my amazing husband and superstar dog, but only for Friday through Sunday. I’m looking forward to a lot of the panels, but especially the banquet. Fancy dinners punctuated by applause are one of my favorite things.
I’ll be reading my lyrical flash piece, “Knight of Barbs and the Cliffs of Kept Memories” at the Columbus Arts Festival Word Is Art stage in June. This piece was written especially to be read aloud so I’m super excited for this opportunity. Stella will not be on stage with me, as I’ll find it hard to hold a microphone, my story, and the leash at the same time. But husband will have her in the crowd for moral support.
Also in June, I’m returning to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop in Fiction. Stella will be with me this time. This workshop gave me the story-seed that became “Hollow-Eyed Boys,” and I’m looking forward to another great week among peers and instructors to learn how better to hone my craft in terms of characterization and language.
In writing news, I sold my first novelette to Beneath Ceaseless Skies! I was very happy to work with Scott Andrews again on a story that is very dear to me. I’m super excited for you all to read it. No word on when it’ll be published yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
Also! My narration audition to PodCastle was accepted! I’m going to be reading stories for them! Apparently my five years as a radio DJ and all those acting classes weren’t wasted. Good to know that all that life experience is finally adding up right around 40.
I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be attending World Fantasy Con, but I’ll let you know. I shelved the 3-year-old Work In Progress and have started on a new novel-project. I just finished the synopsis for it, and I’m so damn happy with it, I could eat it. I hope everyone else likes it, too.
Don’t be good.