Mother's Revenge: A Dark and Bizarre Anthology of Global Proportions, which contains my story "Midwives", is now available in the UK and via Kindle. Soon to be available on Audible, too!
The first half of this year has been a busy one for me. I've had 2 fiction pieces and 2 non-fiction pieces published:
My story "On Tradescant Road," which I first wrote in summer 2015 and workshopped at Milford that September, was published in the British Fantasy Society's Horizons #4. It's a story about a time capsule that doesn't travel the way it is expected to. It's also about memory and scent and holding on to possessions. And, strangely, I wrote it about a museum exhibit before the exhibit was announced.
A second story workshopped at that same Milford, "Midwives," was just published in Scary Dairy Press's Mother's Revenge: A Dark and Bizarre Anthology of Global Proportions. (Link to buy it is on the Writing page.) This story is about flower workers in South America and the invisibility of women. Both stories were inspired by my garden-history research, but for both I messed with reality a bit.
I've had my first ever academic paper published. The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) has a yearly conference here in the UK. This past November, I presented a paper about performance in feedback in SFF writing workshops. The association has published the paper in their Writing in Education journal.
Finally, the fourth piece came about by accident. After the Manchester bombing, I wrote a mini-rant on my Facebook page, and my old boss (an editor at the Dayton Daily News) asked me if I wanted to expand it for the paper. Of course! I did so and then Wright State University (my BA and MA alma mater) picked up on it, and a representative has this week sent an email interview. They are going to print a profile of me, about my time at WSU and where I went from there. Another bit of serendipity is the fact that WSU and my university here in the UK have over the past couple of years forged a relationship and become quasi 'sister' schools. The world, she is small!
Mostly thoughts on writing and the creative life.