Summer 2021 Update

Hello, lovely blog readers!

It’s been an incredibly long time since I updated this thing, so I thought I’d do a quick round-up of what I’ve been up to in Writer Land so far this year. There are links below to several new publications, as well as previews of what’s coming up next!

I tweeted the other day about tracking my productivity this year for the first time, and the results surprised me. Here are the stats for 2021 so far:
– 100k words written (on various projects)
– 9 new stories out on sub (incl. 2 un-trunked & revised)
– 4 story sales
– 1 non-fic sale

This is on top of what was easily the worst teaching year of my career, courtesy of the pandemic. Full disclosure that with the job security of teaching and being child-free, it’s easier for me to manage my time and get things done. But you still need to manage that time. I’m considering doing some rambling here or on my newsletter about how I’ve stayed productive during the pandemic – if you’d be interested, let me know in comments!

Anyway, without further ado, here are the highlights from the past seven months! Thanks for reading!

D&D One-shot: “Pieces of Godhood
Can*Con stuck to online events through winter and spring, and I was lucky enough to host a D&D one-shot featuring four of our past Guests of Honour: author Marie Bilodeau, stormchaser Mark Robinson, agent DongWon Song and editor Arley Sorg. I created an original world and characters for this one, which you can watch in full here.

Synchronicity and Sonata” in PULP Literature issue 29
First story released in 2021 was my second in PULP Literature! A grieving computer tech leaves her wife’s funeral to track her down, at the factory that collected her soul.
– You can see me and the rest of issue 29’s contributors at the virtual launch!

Solarpunk Your Fantasy” in The Story Engine Blog
So grateful to Peter Chiykowski for inviting me as a guest writer on The Story Engine Blog! I’ve written a fair bit of solarpunk in recent years and have been thinking about how to inject more of that into my fantasy. Check out the article for more!

Interview with Annalee Newitz for Can*Con*Line
My final event for Can*Con*Line was an awesome one-on-one with Annalee Newitz, discussing their latest book Four Lost Cities. We dove into the history of collapsing societies, what collapse even means, and more. Annalee is wicked smart and fun to talk to, and it was a blast getting to chat!

Broadcasts from the Wasteland: Season 3
Last but certainly not least, Evan May and I just finished releasing the third season of Broadcasts from the Wasteland, our podcast where we sit down with fellow creatives and you get to eavesdrop! Having to switch to virtual for this season was kind of a drag, but our guests more than made up for it. Check out the link above to our website, or subscribe on your favorite podcasting app 🙂

So I mentioned above that I’ve been busy, right? If you click over to my Publications page, you’ll see some of my forthcoming work listed. Coming VERY SOON is the release of Fusion Fragment #7, with my short story “Soulmark.” I’m so stoked! After that, I’ll have the following throughout the rest of the year:
– Two more short stories, in The World’s Revolution and Underland Arcana
– My debut games publications with Sentinel Hill Press
– A Q&A with Chaudiere Books
– An appearance on The Story Hour
– A semi-secret project involving TTRPGs, other writers and fun, which you’re hearing here first!

Plus maybe more! Lots can happen in Writer Land, and the point is to keep creating and following your joy.

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