Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Waiting is the Hardest Part

I've recently had my busiest writing time ever. I'm exhilarated and exhausted and looking forward to seeing what the next few months have in store for me.

During the past month and a half, I wrote two poems and two short stories. I worked on my novel (more on THAT later), and have been working with an artist to bring Interview With the Faerie (Part I) to life as an illustrated book.

I submitted a poem to Mythic Delirium, and it was rejected. I believe this is my third rejection from MD. If this keeps up Mike Allen will have to issue me a "frequent rejections" card  ;-)

One of my stories went to the Once Upon an Apocalypse anthology. This is a two-volume anthology--the first contains re-tellings of fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes with a zombie twist--the second uses the same source material with a cthulhu/Lovecraftian flavor. My submission, Treacherous, Lying, Little Star, twists the nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and places it into a zombie apocalypse. (Quote from my son: "Mom, I think you need therapy.)

It appears the anthology has received hordes of submissions--especially heavy on the zombie side. So the competition will be stiff. No matter this outcome, I can say that this story (once I had the idea) was completed in about twenty-four hours and is one of the best things I've ever written.

I submitted the second story last night right at the deadline. It went to another themed anthology, Doorways To Extra Time. This story did not roll out  as easily as the zombie/fairytale story, and it really needed more tweaking, so I'm more concerned about it. It tells the story of a selfish and shallow college-aged woman with a hugs chip on her shoulder. The child of working-class Greek parents, she resents her humble background. When her life begins to fall apart, she uncovers her deceased Grandmother's magical lineage and decides to call upon the Greek equivalent of The Fates to change her life. (Public Service Announcement: Do not approach deities with requests to change your life unless you are super respectful and very clear on your intent. It also helps if you are a nice person.)

I'll save the update on my novel for the next time!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Exciting Announcement on Its Way

I have something very exciting in the works, and I hope to be able to share it VERY SOON . . .

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

From Pi-Con--Recommendations and Mentions from Year in Best Spec Fiction Panel

I have returned--exhausted--from another year of Pi-Con, an intimate scifi/gaming con that's held in Enfield, CT. I might get to a more general round-up of events, but promised the attendees of The Year in Great Speculative Fiction panel that I'd put up the great books, television shows, movies, and other miscellania that was recommended.

So, here ya go...

Panelists: 2012 Guest-of-Awesome Shira Lipkin, Pi-Con staff member Erin Whittey, Renaissance Man George Claxton, and I moderated.

I took "Moderator's Privilege" and decided to include items from roughly the past year and a half. Because I have That Kind of Power.

See my scepter? I really *do* have that kind of power.
Below is the list by category. I've chosen not to list authors, because these items should be pretty easy to find by name. But if you need clarification on an item, want to correct something or vehemently agree or disagree, please leave a comment. I also invite my fellow panelists to tell me where I've erred.

Items in blue are those I found while researching this panel, but may not have made it into the actual discussion. I tried to keep track during the panel, but there are limits to my powers--even with the scepter. Items in red are those I recall our panelists being particularly enthusiastic about.

In no particular order...

Da Best of Da "Year" (part of 2011--8/2012)


Red Country
The Avengers
Courtney Crumrun (comic)
A Dance With Dragons
“Here We Cross” (poetry collection)
The Heroes
Being Human
Dark Knight Rises
“Moment of Change” (poetry collection)
The Wise Man's Fear
The Cabin in the Woods
 The Bible Repairman and Other Stories (story collection)
The Alchemist
Game of Thrones
John Carter

Among Others
The Hunger Games

Lost Girl
Super 8

Ataka Witch

Falling Skies
Source Code

The Killing Moon/
The Shadowed Sun
True Blood

This is Not a Test
Walking Dead
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Code Name Verity
Torchwood-Miracle Day
Attack the Block

Doctor Who

Rule 34
Once Upon a Time
Beasts of the Southern Wilds

The Gone Away World
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows

Red Shirts

The Rook Book
Young Justice

Ready Player One
Phineas & Ferb

Hunting Ground


I Don't Want to Kill You

Ghost Story

The Drowned City


(more BOOKS below)

Radiant Days
 Goblin Secrets

The Freedom Maze
 Throne of the Crescent Moon

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Facing the Truth


So again, it has been a while. But I'm not going to apologize for that.


It has been a year of tremendous (and sometimes painful) growth for me. I had to face several truths about myself, and about how I've been conducting my life. I had to admit things to myself, and I had to make some changes.

And most of it's stuff I don't really want to get into now. Suffice it to say, the last year sucked but I've come out intact and feel I'm a better human being for it.

For the purpose of this post, I will say that I had definitely hit a plateau in my writing. And it was completely one of my own making. I was subconsciously waiting for a magic bullet to appear--one that would eliminate stress, drive my kids around to their classes, build me an office to write in, and generally somehow "put me on the map." All without really putting in the work.

And you're not going to get on any map if you spend two hours a week (if that) writing.

I really had to let go of the fear of failure, and stop using my many responsibilities as a crutch for just not doing it. 

This does not mean I don't have many responsibilities, and having a spouse and young kids is a full-time job in itself. BUT IT DIDN'T NEED TO BE MY CRUTCH.

So after a lot of mental work and good advice from my writing group, I hurled myself over the plateau, and I'm super-excited about what I've been writing. I finished a flash fiction piece for a contest last week, and I've been writing additional chapters for my novel-in-progress.

Most importantly, I feel ready for failure--because I know that if I fail it means I'm out there trying.


I'm really going to make an effort to update this blog regularly again. It will help me if I know people are reading it, and I welcome comments of any type. Please bookmark this blog and/or share it on your various social networks. I promise to be entertaining or at least annoying.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's "Read an e-Book" Week!

Did you know that it is "Read an e-book" week? Did you know that you can read an e-book even if you don't have an e-reader? (A computer does fine.) During this week, I am offering the e-version of "Interview With the Faerie" for FREE, until March 10. Use coupon code RE100 and it's yours! (Don't forget to rate it and/or leave a comment :-) ) Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/121747

Thursday, January 12, 2012


I've self-published my poem/short story, Interview With the Faerie on Smashwords!

This piece was written years ago, and I've had absolutely no luck getting it published as either a short story or a poem! It's a bit short for a short story, and the lines are stanzas. It's too long for (what most people think of as) a poem.

It has Faeries...and borrows from Celtic mythology (particularly Lebor Gabála Érenn , or Book of Invasions.) And I would not say this is for kids, although it should be fine those 13+.

Smashwords is an e-book only distributor, so only an electronic version is available for now. It cost 0.99 and is available in your standard ebook formats.

I am looking into creating a paper version at CreateSpace in the future. 

In the meantime...please consider paying your hard-earned-buck to support my work! :-)

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Arisia Panel Schedule

I'm psyched to be paneling at Arisia again this year! Arisia is an awesome scifi/fantasy culture conference that takes place every year in  Boston. I'm usually a panelist on topics such as gender, sexuality, religion and sociology and how these relate to science fiction in books, TV and film. I'm often on panels about dystopian science fiction, as this is my primary scifi love.

Here's my current panel schedule...

Gender Limitations in SF/F with Greer Gilman, Jennifer Pelland, Trisha Wooldridge (m), Andrea Hairston. Friday 1/13 at 5:30 pm.

The Nature of Gender: Past, Present and Future with Raven Kaldera (m), Michelle d'Entremont, Dyschordiana. Friday at 10 pm.

Sacred Sexuality with Shava Nerad, Rev. Matthew (m), Dyschordiana. Friday at 11:30 pm.

Can You Like Literary Scifi Without Being a Snob? with Grant Carrington, John Bowker,  Andrea Hairston, Kenneth Schneyer (m). Saturday 1/14 at 10 am.

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading with Elaine Isaak, Phoebe Wray, KT Pinto, Trisha Wooldridge (m), Morven Westfield,  Kimberley Long-Ewing. Saturday at 11:30 am. ** All of the participants--myself included--will be reading from our works.**

Our Grim Meat-Hook Future with Steve Sawicki, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein (m), Glenn Grant, Alexander Jablokov. Saturday at 1pm.

Politics in Science Fiction with Ian Randal Strock, Walter Hunt, Mark L Amidon (m), Ira Nayman, Proprietor, Alternate Reality News. Saturday at 10 pm.