Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Night Queen and the Middle East

I had a short story, "The Night Queen," accepted by John Benson at Not One of Us in May. My work has been accepted there before and I was pleased to find they were interested in more.

Today, I came home from work to find Issue #52 waiting for me.

I've been pretty deeply involved in work lately so this was a pleasant thing to come home to. I've been walking on air ever since.

It's a hell of table of contents, too. I'm pleased to be sharing it with the likes of Sonya Taaffe, Yoon Ha Lee, Erik Amundsen, and others. From what I've read so far, this issue's damn good. I hope you'll check it out.

I'm proud of "The Night Queen." Writing it was mainly a way to get used to first person perspective again. I like how the story turned out and am very grateful to my first readers for giving it a shot.


My August was devoured by my schedule, one of the highlight's being a trip to Israel.

I kept a comic travel diary. With any luck, I can set aside some time to ink the rest of my strips and illustrations and put them up here. I thought I would have it done by now, but while my suitcase may be unpacked, my thoughts regarding the trip are not. Honestly, I expect I'll be unpacking them for years to come.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Readercon 2015 Reading

The Reading Lesson by Helen Allingham (date unknown)
Are you going to Readercon this weekend? I am! 

And I'm going to be involved in a reading with Sonya Taaffe and A.J. Odasso on Saturday morning at the convention! It will be at 9am and is thus meant only for the mighty among you.

Dare you rise up before noon on a weekend? For literature? (Answer: yes.)

But seriously, the schedule looks rad. I hope you can make it!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Clarion Write-a-Thon 2015

Extract from my Clarion  Write-a-Thon profile
Another year, another chance to challenge myself to the Clarion Write-a-Thon. Lend support to myself and others looking to raise money for the Clarion Foundation so that the Clarion Writing Workshop continues to benefit writers everywhere!

This workshop changed so much about how I write, what I think about, and what I think about when I write. It's a part of who I am. I want it to go forward and continue to help other people, writers struggling to find confidence and people looking to infuse their art with more courage. Among the students this year at Clarion UCSD is fellow Bostonian, the talented Jess Barber, so I'm pretty sure this class is already kicking ass and taking names. Just a suspicion.

Pooja Mandagere, left, and Natalie Thompson outside the Supreme Court.
Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
So! Hey! 


Today is going super well

Congratulations to everyone who worked for so long and against so many obstacles to make this a reality for Americans. I hope the future is kinder, better, and sweeter because of it.