Stitched Lips and Penguicon Schedule

My latest news is that Stitched Lips is here, featuring my story “Chorus of Whispers.” It’s already getting a lot of positive buzz and a couple of reviews have called out my story, which is always nice. Best of all, the profits from the book go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Additionally, I’ll be at Penguicon next weekend! Here’s my schedule:

Saturday April 23

12:00 pm – Read Like a Pro (panel)

2:00 pm – Short Stories: from Idea to Final Draft (workshop)

5:00 pm – Pandemics in Literature (panel)

8:00 pm – Cieslak & Hans Reading

My understanding is that the panels and workshops will have links to their platforms (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.) that will populate in Sched 10 minutes before they’re due to begin. The reading will take place on the Penguicon Discord server, I think? I’m terrible at Discord so we’ll see how that goes! This will be my first solo workshop, so I’m nervous and excited. It’ll be a little preview of a much longer, more involved workshop I’m planning to offer during the summer.

I hope you’re well! I’m working hard in Richard Thomas’s Novel in a Year class, but finding time and energy to write during the school year while a pandemic still rages is proving to be a challenge. How are you?

2020 News and Updates!

It’s been a year since I last updated my blog–oops! I’ve been posting primarily on Patreon, and that’s taking up a lot of my blog post writing time (which is scarce). I’ve also been taking an Adanced Creative Writing Class (more on that in a minute) and writing a lot of fiction. Thus, I have some announcements:

Two of my short stories appeared earlier this year in the horror anthologies Burnt Fur and Monsters in Spaaaace! The first one is about an old, blind werewolf, and the second is about a haunted doll on a trash planet. I love it when friends edit anthologies, because I can sell stories I never thought I’d sell. It’s really hard to sell stories about a werewolf or a haunted doll terrorizing scavengers told in second-person. So I’m pretty darn happy about both sales. Yay!

I also sold a flash piece of mine called “Take The Fire From Her” to a new gothic fiction venue, Love Letters To Poe! It’s tentatively scheduled to appear in May 2021. I can’t wait for you to read it! 🙂

ICYMI, my first novel is scheduled to be published by Omnium Gatherum in the Fall! I’m not sure if this date will change what with the pandemic, so stay tuned for more info.

Right now I’m on a Facebook break. Please follow me on Twitter (for political opinions, occasional slice-of-life posts, etc.) or Instagram (pets, selfies, gardening, dolls, and reading, mostly). I’m also on Goodreads if you want to keep up with my reading. I’m putting together a newsletter, as well, but it’s not quite ready yet.

Finally, on Saturday, July 18th, I’ll be on two panels for JulyCon, a fun little online writing convention that will be held on Twitch! You might recognize some of the panelist names from the Origins Author Library and other places:

Noon: Worldbuilding with Depth: E.D.E. Bell, Michael Underwood, Gregory A. Wilson, C.S.E. Cooney, Marie Bilodeau, Tracy Chowdhury, Iori Kusano, LaShawn M. Wanak

1:00: Working with a Small Press: Lucy A. Snyder, Chris A. Jackson, C.S.E. Cooney, Marie Bilodeau, Chris Bell, LaShawn M. Wanak

2:00: Narrative in Different Mediums: Toiya Kristen Finley, Jennifer Brozek, Daniel Myers, Gregory A. Wilson, Carlos Hernandez

3:00: Running Productive Critique Groups: Sarah Hans, Lucy A. Snyder, Iori Kusano, Aaron Rosenberg, Brandon O’Brien

4:00: Game Tie-in Writing: Sarah Hans, Jennifer Brozek, Chris A. Jackson, Tracy Chowdhury, Gregory A. Wilson, Aaron Rosenberg, Brandon O’Brien

5:00: Intro to Publishing: Toiya Kristen Finley, E.D.E. Bell, Michael Underwood, Carlos Hernandez, Chris Bell

8:00: D&D with an amazing cast including Rick Riordan!

I know that was a lot–thanks for reading it all! I really need to be better about short blog posts instead of saving everything for one big long post like this. Life goals! LOL.

If you’re a writer looking to take some classes to level up your writing, might I suggest classes from Storyville? Richard Thomas is an amazing instructor. I’m trying to get together the money to take the Novel In a Year class, so if you take a class with him, please use me as your referral so I can get a referral discount? Thanks a bunch!

I love you and miss you, dear reader! Hope you’re all staying healthy and well. ❤

2016 Convention Schedule

Here’s where you can find me this year:

Cleveland Concoction – March 11-13, Cleveland, Ohio

International Steampunk Symposium – April 7-10, Cincinnati, Ohio

MARCon – May 6-8, Columbus, Ohio

Motor City Steam Con – July 22-24, Detroit, Michigan

Imaginarium – October 7-9, Louisville, Kentucky

World Fantasy Convention – October 27-30, Columbus, Ohio