Blog Hiatus

A snap dragon impossibly growing out of my parents' driveway wall.
A snap dragon impossibly growing out of my parents’ driveway wall.

So, I’ve had and have a lot of future travel in my current sphere of things. Sadly this has eaten up all of my pre-written blog material and now when something comes up I don’t have anything stashed to cover for it. I have a lot of material planned, but not executed. So what I’m going to do is put the blog on hiatus for a few weeks.

I will return on or before Monday July 7th. This will give me some time to write up a bunch of things, take pictures and oh, I don’t know… maybe edit some of my entries prior to publication. I just feel if I scramble to get stuff out there with as crazy as I know things will be in the next few weeks I won’t be doing myself or anyone else any favors.

If you’re in the Seattle Area, I will be at Wayward Coffeehouse on June 20th from 8-10pm doing a reading from my story FAMILY TIDES from Broken Eye Books BY FAERIE LIGHT (Volume 2 if you buy it on Kindle or in the print edition of both volumes). Come see me and Shanna Germain, Erik Scott de Bie, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Nathan Crowder, and Jennifer Brozek LIVE IN PERSON!!!

Hope to see you there! If not, I’ll see you in July.

 

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Flash Fiction Finals and Where to Find Me

Thanks to all of you, I’ve made it to the Flash Fiction Finals! My last flash fiction story is up at Jaym Gate’s Blog. Be sure to check out the audio version too. I had a lot of fun doing this and I’ll let you know when the charity anthology of all the stories goes up for sale.

I’m at World Horror in Portland Oregon this week and I’ve got panels! Hope to see you there!

FRIDAY
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Ross/Morrison
Panel: The Short Form
(Ellen Datlow, Nick Mamatas, Norman Patridge, John Shirley, E. Michael Lewis, James Lea, Minerva Zimmerman)
The short horror story delivers a great deal of payoff to author and reader alike, and is one of the best ways to deliver horror. Authors in the field discuss the most efficient means of administration, animation and continued locomotion.

SUNDAY

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Ross/Morrison
Panel: Between Two Worlds: Finding Time To Write
(Lois Gresh, Minerva Zimmerman, Cameron Pierce, Sally Bosco, Sunni Brock)
How do we as writers carve out a big enough chunk from our ‘other lives’ to sit down, clear our minds, and practice our craft?

Winter Roundup

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Considering I haven’t been writing here, I thought I’d mention some of the writing stuff that’s recently come out or been posted elsewhere.

The most recent of which is Beast Within 3: Oceans Unleashed an anthology of aquatic were-animal stories. My story “Beneath Feathers and Fur” is about a were-penguin in a bad position and her were-otter rescuer who has problems of his own.

I wrote an article “There Are No Starship Captains” for Booklife Now about writing characters with experiences unlike your own.

Erik Scott de Bie and I were interviewed about our Cobalt City novellas at Lillian Cohen-Moore’s Blog

Speaking of Cobalt City: Double Feature, it came out on Nook as well as Kindle. In addition to the interview, I also talked about the editing process at Jennifer Brozek’s blog and about writing tricksters at Alma Alexander’s.  Timid Pirate Publishing has an Interview with Me, an article about Writing A God, and editor Caroline Dombrowski talking about how my story made her laugh so hard she got kicked out of a coffee shop.

And partially to make up for how I haven’t been writing here and partially as a winter holiday present I’ve put my story Death in a Lifetime up for you to read free.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and get to spend time with the people you love.

“Cobalt City: Double Feature” Book Launch

My life is a series of hilarious orchestrated disasters. At least they look like orchestrated once I get enough distance and look back with hindsight and better humor. I can now say that the best way to survive the lead up to a book launch is to adopt a puppy and spend every waking moment potty training and keeping her from eating the furniture. It is hard to panic with a puppy sleeping on your foot.

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HEY! MY EBOOK IS OUT! OMG!!!!ELEVENTY!1 !

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Packed to the brim with superhero adventures of magic and technology, Cobalt City Double Features brings you two exciting novella length stories written by some of Cobalt’s favorite authors! Your recommended blockbuster reading for Summer 2012.

The Place Between by Minerva Zimmerman (“Muffin Everlasting” and “Apples and Arrows”) breathes life into the world of the Norse Gods. In 1975, Cole Washington returned home from the U.S. Army bearing the mantle of Thor. Taking the name Midnight Thunder, he waged war against Loki for the soul of the West Key neighborhood, if not all of Cobalt City, for over a decade. Now it’s 2012, and it’s time for the title of Thor to be passed to his daughter Tera as she forges her own identity as Tempest. But this time, the battle lines are not so clear. And Lucky, one of the aspects of Loki, might be her best chance of surviving her trials.

Eye for an Eye by Erik Scott de Bie (Shadowbane, “Vengeance on the Layover”) shakes up the happy family life of Cobalt City’s brightest star, Stardust. Injured, on the run, and without a friend in the world, Lady Vengeance returns to Cobalt City. Stardust can’t be sure which is more dangerous—the murderous vigilante chasing her, the dark secret which grants Lady Vengeance her powers, or the threat this dangerously sexy bad-girl poses to his family life. Is it a team-up or a free-for-all? And is Cobalt City big enough to contain the sheer firepower all sides are willing to unleash to assure victory?

Oh, oops, woke up the puppy… I better snuggle her until she goes back to sleep.

While I do that, you can read an excerptbuy all three direct from the publisher, purchase your choice of Nook (B&N doesn’t have it up yet) or Kindle.

Where to Find Me

Just a quick listing of places I’ll be in the next month or so.

 

March 7-11 Rainforest Writers Village – Washington Coast

March 30-April 1 – Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle (Attending and likely near the Timid Pirate Publishing booth)

April 5-8 – Norwescon – SeaTac (Attending)

 

Hope to see many of you in the near future!