Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Gets Away With This

 

In Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 46, my short story, "You'll Never Get Away With This" is ready for your viewing pleasure!

I'm excited to place this particular story with them as it feels uniquely right for a publication  It's about a damsel-in-distress who isn't very distressed and a gentleman villain who starts feeling less than villainous. I hope you'll take some time to read it. 

Thank you, as always, to Gavin Grant and Kelly Link for all they do. 

Monday, January 2, 2023

Arisia 2023 - The Return

Guess what, friends? It's time for Arisia 2023

The weekend of January 13-16, 2023, the biggest genre convention in New England is scheduled to make its return. 

And I signed up for panels!

Creeping Sense of Doom - Friday, 7pm - Writing, Panel - 1hr - Marina Ballroom 2 (2E)
Long before the monster strikes and the evil lurches into view, some authors excel at creating dread. How do you hint at the terror lurking just around the corner without spoiling the rest of the story? Panelists will explore the question of creating apprehension and foreboding in works of horror and other genres.
Kenneth Schneyer (m), Rachel A. Brune, Morgan Crooks, Gillian Daniels, Michelle C. Light

Revisionist Folk and Fairy Tales - Friday, 8:30pm - Literature, Panel - 1hr - Marina Ballroom 1 (2E)
Folk and fairy tales are our oldest forms of speculative fiction, and inventive retellings have long been popular reads. Get ready for a tour of pivotal works in this genre, as well as new and noteworthy contributions.
Gillian Daniels (m), Zareh Artinian, Siobhan Flanagan, Scratch, Trisha J. Wooldridge

Crafting Memorable Villains - Saturday, 11:30am - Writing, Panel - 1hr - Stone (2W)
It’s been said that every villain is the hero of their own story. Speculative Fiction is populated with compelling assassins, thieves, warlocks, con artists and jsut plain jerks, who are as complex and compelling as the protagonists they come up against. What makes villains and anti-heroes irresistible? Our panelists will share how to craft the perfect villain and explain why anti-heroes and villains are so important in their stories. Find out how much fun it can be to give in to the dark side!
Gillian Daniels (m), Michael C. Bailey, M. Dalto, Kristin Janz, Justine Manzano, W.B.J. Williams

Superman and Religion - Saturday, 8:30pm - Comics, Panel - 1hr - Burroughs (3E)
Superman remains a fascinating figure in American mythology: As an often Christlike figure (who worships a Kryptonian sun deity), created by two Jewish sons of immigrants, the Man of Steel also includes elements from the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh. Is Superman plausible as a defender-of-all-faiths, or does he “belong” to any one faith? Our panelists will consider both historical and recent storylines.
Gillian Daniels (m), Benjamin Chicka, Siobhan Flanagan, Troy Minkowsky, Daniel Neff, A. Joseph Ross








Monday, August 22, 2022

Podcast: BattleSpace 9

My friend and fellow playwright Carl Danielson just launched a podcast comparing episodes of Deep Space Nine and the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, BattleSpace Nine! And I'm one of the guests on the newest episode, BS9 Ep. 05 Soldiers of the Empire + Act of Contrition = ”Getting Back Up”

Along with my usual joy of discussing media, I hope sci-fi fans will be interested in my defense of depressing, pro-wallow television when you're already bummed, my enthusiasm for director Julie Taymor's Titus (1999), the ways writers explore personal biases through fiction, my adoration for complex female characters, particularly one played by Katee Sackhoff, and the impact of Shakespeare. I'm really pleased I signed on for this episode.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Come Play a Game at Clearwater Lake

Woo! "A Game at Clearwater Lake" is available for your reading pleasure at The Dark Magazine!

We were in fifth grade the February we played hockey on the lake. It was Ryan, Becky, a few other girls in our class, and I. It was my idea. Recently, I had seen curling on TV for the Winter Olympics and thought we could figure out how to do it with real stones and evergreen branches as brooms, but Ryan wasn’t interested and Becky just nodded politely. It must have sounded to them like the time I got really into Swiss Family Robinson and wanted to build a fort in the woods with the kids I babysat. When I instead said “hockey,” though, Ryan and Becky lit up. The rink in town was being used by the boys in our class that day and the snow had melted enough that we could ride our bikes to Clearwater Lake. 
 
When we looked down at it from the top of the hill, he stood on the ice. He was a black pupil in the center of a white eye.

Read the rest here

Monday, June 13, 2022

Story Sale: The Dark!

I just sold a short story to the horror and dark fantasy magazine, The Dark Magazine! I'm very excited about this one. It's called, "A Game at Clearwater Lake," and it involves a possible ghost and a hockey mask. (Is announcing this on June 13th a coincidence? PERHAPS. OR PERHAPS NOT.) My thanks to editor Sean Wallace!


When it publishes, you know I'll be posting about it here.

Monday, February 28, 2022

The One Girl

As a fan of genre/pulp films, I love them but they don’t always love me back. It’s genuinely frustrating to see flat characterizations of women in ensemble action films, especially when they're overly idealized and apparently free of anything resembling human flaws.

Anyway, my rant-turned-flash-fiction published with Electric Spec, “The One Girl,” is out today! Thank you to the editors for working with me on this one, particularly Lesley L. Smith and Grayson Towler!

Painting: Allen Anderson, "Sargasso of Lost Starships," Planet Stories, January 1952