For the year 2013, I have a blog project started–
the posting of my teen journals of moving to Japan, and the following adventures or misadventures.
Of course, 13 y.o. me was hilariously precocious and serious about writing, BUT there is some editing and expansion to be done. So I’m writing a simultaneous commentary, from me, at 26.
Should be full of LoLs, or at least, a lot of pathos. (and bathos. I WAS a teenager.)
Nikki and the B-Sides
Spent a lovely weekend in San Antonio, down on the Riverwalk!
The retreat “Paradise Lost” is focused on being a follow-up, created by Viable Paradise Workshop alumni, with similar critique sessions with peers and industry professionals.
This year (my first) I got to spend time with Jay Lake (Green) and John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed editor), with Steven Brust as guest lecturer.
Also, though, I got to meet some other neopro writers, like Seamus Bayne, TOC comrade from the latest issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, who created the event. Twitter crushes have been developed.
Just getting to soak up the little pieces that make a city uniquely it’s own would have been fantastic, worth my investment, but I also came back with new vision for writing, for myself AS a writer. And that’s worth my weight in gold. That’s no pittance, either, especially not after all that fantastic San Antone food.
It’s so nice to announce that poems I have wanted to show people are going to be available!
First, in the upcoming issue of Bete Noire, my poem “I Am The Dead Twin” will be appearing. It is about as cheerful as it sounds, but I still really like it.
I also have sold a poem to inkscrawl. I don’t know when it will be appearing yet, but the current issue is amazing– “Zipcar in Heaven” “Sarcophagus” are the two I’ve really adored, but I have been savoring the magazine, and reading it slowly.
I also have acquired a day-job, which was much needed. I’m hoping to get good material while waiting tables, in a neat little Tea Room in the only real extant mansion of Claremore history.
This month’s issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly includes a poem by yours truly!
Burying the Ploughshare
This poem, uh, borrowed *deeply* from the Oklahoman landscape as I’m familiar with it, and since Heroic Fantasy Quarterly has two editors from OK, my theory is that they recognized it, too.
I have a poem up in PoluTexni this month!
This poem is an abstract on some of my thoughts about the fact that we are meant to have more power than our lives in modern times express–and that can cut both ways.
But it’s also just fun with dragon-men imagery.
My Certificate of Honorable Mentionableness!
I’ve been entering this contest rather erratically, but for several years now, and this is my first mention of any kind. I’m kind of stoked…and kind of chagrined. The story was way out of my usual zone of topic, style, and so on.