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Upcoming/Ongoing Events:

October 11 - 17, 2010

Muse Online Writers Conference is the brainchild of Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, who decided to provide an alternative to the expense and difficulty of traveling to a writing conference. Even better, the conference is free to participants, though donations are greatly appreciated. The content is offered by writers, publishers, editors, and agents who have volunteered their time to make this happen. This is an annual conference that I have been going to since 2006, and 2010 is my fourth year as a presenter. I will be teaching a workshop on using effective description. More information is available here.


News:

August 2010

My short story When the Shoe Won't Fit is now available in the Aurora in the Dawn anthology from Aurora Wolf. For more information, go here.

July 2010

I continued the top markets article series with Top Markets in Science Fiction, published in the July-August 2010 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

May 28-31, 2010

I participated in the programming for BayCon 2010 on three panels, one as moderator. My panels were:

  • 10AM Saturday - From Harry Potter to Twilight to ? - Transitioning New Readers
  • 10AM Sunday - Can We Stop the Violence? (Violence in video games and I moderated)
  • 4PM Sunday - Writing on the Slippery Slope of the S-curve

You can read my con report about everything I enjoyed at the con here

May 2010

I continued the top markets article series with Top Markets in Fantasy, published in the May-June 2010 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

March 2010

I continued the top markets article series with Top Markets in Speculative Fiction, published in the March-April 2010 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

March 2010

My science fiction short story, A Colony's Burden, earned an Honorable Mention in the 1st quarter of 2010 for Writers of the Future, announced on the blog here.

January 2010

I began a new article series on submission plans with Shoot for the Top Markets, published in the January-February 2010 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

November 2009

I have participated in National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo since 2003. For 2009, I completed a fantasy novel about an older adventurer discovering the past isn't finished with him yet as he is called to help old friends protect the kingdom. If you're curious about my experience, check the NaNoWriMo category on my blog.

October 29-November 1, 2009

I attended the World Fantasy 2009 convention in San Jose, CA. It was my first World Fantasy convention, but I'm hoping it's not my last. The focus was very much on reading and writing, while everyone seemed to be there to have a good time. I reconnected with a college friend and made many new ones as well, on top of discovering a handful of talented authors to add to my list. I did not end up meeting any agents, so had no need for my one sheet, but I know of others who did. I did speak with a Canadian publisher who is just starting out, and looking for an interesting aspect of speculative fiction.

October 27, 2009

In preparation for World Fantasy, I created an information sheet for my novel Shadows of the Sun, which is currently seeking representation. Because it might be of interest to some of my visitors here as well, I have added a new page called Novels to my site (available from the sidebar menu). The information sheet is linked from that page.

October 12-18, 2009

Muse Online Writers Conference is the brainchild of Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, who decided to provide an alternative to the expense and difficulty of traveling to a writing conference. Even better, the conference is free to participants, though donations are greatly appreciated. The content is offered by writers, publishers, editors, and agents who have volunteered their time to make this happen. This is an annual conference that I have been going to since 2006, and 2009 is my third year as a presenter. If you missed this year, make sure you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for next year. More information is available here.

September 2009

My science fiction short story, To Each Their Own, earned an Honorable Mention in the 3rd quarter of 2009 for Writers of the Future, announced on the blog here.

September 2009

My short story, When the Shoe Won't Fit, was published by Aurora Wolf.
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September 2009

My articles Mar's Market Analysis #5: Realms of Fantasy and Website Review of Twitter, as well as her responses to the author questions, were published in the September-October 2009 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

August 2009

I taught the Ideas to Outline workshop in the Learning Center on Forward Motion, helping writers overcome fears and prejudice against outlines by adding to their toolboxes.

July 2009

My article Mar's Market Analysis #4: Fantasy Magazine and her responses to author questions were published in the July-August 2009 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

May 2009

My articles Choosing Your Measuring Stick and Mar's Market Analysis #3: Strange Horizons, as well as her responses to author questions, were published in the May-June 2009 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.

March 2009

My article Mar's Market Analysis #2: Beneath Ceaseless Skies was published in the March-April 2009 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers and she was invited to respond to the author questions introduced as a new feature in this issue.

January 2009

My article Mar's Market Analysis #1: GUD was published in the January-February 2009 issue of Vision: A Resource for Writers.


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