Recently I participated in a reading and signing of copies of Sidekicks!, the new anthology that includes my short story “Doomed.” The event went spectacularly and was very well attended. Another one is coming up on June 8th in Columbus (Facebook event and details here).
This is going to be a great time, if the previous reading in Centerville was any indication, and even though I’m in this collection, I have to say this book is wonderful. It’s getting some decent reviews and each story is really well-plotted and brings something new to the theme. Pick up a copy!
Last weekend, I went to Pandoracon, a new multi-fandom convention with a steampunk bent to it. I’ve been to probably four different “brands” of science fiction/gaming/fandom conventions at this point, but I’m only just now getting kind of into the steampunk scene, as it were. As a recovered goth, I must say I find the neo-Victorian elements the most appealing part of the cosplay and literature, and I do enjoy the optimism and dedication to research that steampunk engenders in its fans. I would also hasten to say that my multi-part story series The Curiosity Killers (which I hope to turn into a composite novel) is something I’d definitely call “steampunk inspired.” Over the next month, I’ll be shining a spotlight on both steampunk in general and how my story both differs and adheres to various steampunk elements. For now, I’d love to hear about people’s favorite steampunk-inspired television, film, literature, music, and artworks. What do dedicated steampunks think are seminal works that one should become acquainted with in order to fully appreciate the genre?
In other news, if you’re local to the Dayton, Ohio area, please come to Ghostlight Coffee this Sunday, October 7th at 7:30 pm for the next installment of GHOSTLIGHT LIT. Ten authors will be reading horror stories in anticipation of the Halloween season getting into full swing. I’ll be serving as M.C. once more and debuting a little flash piece that hasn’t even been published yet. We’ve got a great line-up of poets and fiction authors, so grab a warm latté and settle in for some scares!
It’s been a busy time lately. On July 1, I hosted another edition of Ghostlight LIT, featuring 8 Dayton, Ohio-based authors and poets in a relaxed coffeehouse setting. Like our April version of this event, this one was well-attended and a big hit. The next outing for this series will be in October and will feature a Halloween/horror theme.
My short story “Found Girl” will be appearing in a women’s fiction holiday anthology from Twenty or Less Press. More information that when I have it!
I’m writing up a storm lately, with many stories and novels in various stages of completion. I’m also very close to the release of my first full-length short story collection, Grinning Cracks. Unlike my chapbooks, this collection will be available in both print and ebook editions, for both Kindle and Nook. Look for more information on that soon!
I’m still working on editing Virginia Bower’s novel The World’s Your Jail, hopefully still coming out sometime in 2012 from Dioscuri Books, but I’ve lately had some very serious computer issues that may delay this slightly. The good news is I’m probably going to get a big system upgrade and learn the importance of making many, many backups in multiple places. The bad news is this may all take a while to get up and running, so bear with me. Let’s all take a moment of silence for my MacBook Pro, which the folks at my local repair shop kindly determined was “vintage.”
I’m the Featured Artist this week at WeeklyArtist.com! This is quite the honor, and I’m excited to see my profile up there.
The Ghostlight LIT event on April 1 went fabulously. We had a total of nine readers, myself included, who read a variety of mostly genre-based stories and a few poems. Steampunk, zombies, performance pieces, ghosts, you name it. A fun time was had by all, and there was actually a huge crowd respective to the venue size. I hope to host another one of these soon.
My short story “She Lets Her Ladder Down” has been published by Twenty Or Less Press and has been released in multiple ebook formats, all only $1.49.
Kindle or HTML, PDF, Nook, iBooks, Sony, Kobo, Palm, and others
Sisterhood is hard. Letting go is harder. Caretaking is easy for Karen, except when it comes to Becca. For Becca, leaning on her older sister is a last resort in a life filled with struggles. In a moment of crisis, what do our decisions say about us? Does it take more strength to say “no”…or “yes”?
In other news, I’m hosting the inaugural GHOSTLIGHT LIT event at Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, April 1. I’ll be reading one of my stories and playing M.C. as nine other local authors share their own fiction and poetry. You can find a little more info about the event here if you’re local, including all the other talented authors who will be appearing. No time for a signing, but you can meet everybody, chat, and have some fine caffeinated beverages.