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What’s Up Wednesday

Hello lovely readers, and happy Wednesday! I’m peeking in mid-week to wave hello, and to talk a little more about what’s up in my writerly world. This year saw the release of my sci-fi novella Temporary Duty Assignment and prequel story Nice, both from The Book Smugglers. It was such a joy to be a part of the Book Smugglers Publishing Novella Initiative, and I learned a lot from writing and editing that piece. I have begun a new multimedia fiction and poetry project, Kudzu, with Pine Float Press…eerie southern gothic and memories of the place where I grew up feed these shadowy journeys. I also have been teasing a new project, which I’ll share more details about this week–it’s another novella enterprise, but this time I’m switching from a gritty post-apocalyptic megacity to a steam age world powered by magitech. In the Metro world, Sam’s Nightbringer served her well protecting Caleb and the Greenerhouse Compound in Temporary Duty Assignment and now it will be so much fun for me to show off mechmage Jeron North, a character from my new project, wielding a lightning scepter to great (and electrifying) effect.

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Of course, where there is steam-powered magitech there must be airships and in my current manuscript I’m laying the groundwork for a world where flight is newly-discovered, and where magic is an everyday occurrence. I’ll blog more about this soon, along with a cover reveal but in the meantime, thanks to my followers, and enormous thanks to all readers who have found and enjoyed my work! Here’s wishing you the loveliest of days…be well! <3

 

Thursday Thoughts

vintage-1113179 (2)Hello, intrepid readers, and I hope you are all well and thriving!

I’ve been thinking a lot in recent days about timelines for upcoming projects, setting off on new writing adventures, and how thrilled I am to share these adventures with readers in the near future. It seems appropriate that a tremendously important narrative facet of my most recent endeavor is adventure and journeying, navigating the magic and dangers and even everyday moments of a fantasy world I’ve been developing over the past few years. Letting a world take form and dictate its shape, watching its terrain emerge from the swirling void is one of the most invigorating aspects of being a writer. Even more exciting to me is seeing that world populated by strong, ornery, funny, flawed, and so very real-to-me characters.

In the next days, I’ll be talking more about this project and even embarking on quests of my own–posting snippets and blurbs to ensnare you, lovely readers;  tantalizing you with cover art, celebrating this labor of love journey with oh so much squee…I am over the moon! I’ve even changed my Twitter banner and created graphics to offer you a hint of what this new world holds…  <3

Thank you for letting me share these Thursday Thoughts with you, lovely readers. I hope the rest of your week is kind to you and wishing you all the best! <3

#GoodNewsTues

 

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Hello all, and happy Tuesday! I hope the world is treating you kindly so far this week. ^_^

downloadIn the course of my Intarwebs Adventures, I have encountered this lil’ #GoodNewsTues hashtag again and again (and yes, usually on Tuesday :P). I have to say, it makes me happy when I see it…and not in a Professor Farnsworth, “Good news everyone!” sort of way. I can always use some good news but yeah, now more than ever, seeing that wonderful things are still happening in people’s worlds is not just helpful, it’s necessary for cultivating a hope and faith.

It made me think…in my authorly endeavors, I will have soooooooo much good news coming down the road. And soon, too…soon enough that I’ve hit the stratosphere in my rocketing squee levels, about to break into space! Maybe it’s cheating to make a #GoodNewsTues post with no concrete details but I can wiggle around that technicality by saying that me having impending good news is…you guessed it…good news! The writing and publishing processes (trust me, they are two different beasties) are often slow, ponderous things until suddenly they go FTL and I’m so excited to note that I’m approaching the latter. Please do stay tuned, and in the next couple of weeks check back for some exciting announcements in my writing journey.

In the meantime, I hope you can find some not just good, but awesome news in your own lives, and that the rest of your Good News Tuesday is just the best. <3

 

 

 

I’m baaaaaaack, and introducing Creative KC!

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Hello, all! So, it’s been a weighty, odd sort of summer and I’ve been away from blogging and normalcy in general—nothing like illness and life wackiness and hijinks and transitions and so many stuffs and things to throw a stick in the spoke of one’s routine. That said, I am so thankful to be healing and finding my way back to a new and blessed sort of normal. Since I have a bit more time and energy, and a stockpile of gratitude for all the rad people in my world, I have decided make some of my upcoming posts into something shiny, new and awesome so next week I’ll be beginning (*drum roll please*) a new periodic segment of my blog entitled Creative KC.

Kansas City is known for a lot of things—like meat, for instance. The BBQ here is no joke, people. I’ve traveled all over the ol’ US of A and I’ll be honest, the barbecue in Kansas City and its environs warrants the reputation it holds and is my favorite thus far. The Kansas City greater metro is also in the media more and more as ‘up and coming,’ ‘thriving,’ and a lot of other buzzwords that from what I have seen in my time living here are actually true. The Kansas City metro is a hub of diverse creativity and a thriving center for the arts, and I’m lucky to interact on a regular basis with so many uniquely creative individuals. That said, I will be periodically posting interviews with local writers, artists, jewelry makers, musicians, programmers and makers of so many kinds and highlighting just what an awesome place KC can be.

In personal writing news, I’m ramping back up to being super busy again and letting the words flow, the Muse do her thing, and just sitting down to the typey-thinky hard work. I am thankful to have gotten a lot of love for “Among The Ruins,” my poem that was featured in July’s issue of Asimov’s, and I’m currently working on a sci-fi novella, two new speculative poems, a creepy piece of YA short fiction, and a new long-form fiction project.

I hope you are all well and thriving, and don’t forget to tune in next week when I interview local author Sara Kincaid of Writer Vs. The World for my first ever installment of Creative KC. Take care, ya’ll! <3