Attended my first creative conference this past weekend. I’ve been to a lot of conferences for my Day Job, but never a comic con, writer’s con, F&SF con… so another first.
IT….WAS…AWESOME! I learned so much – from the organizers, volunteers, panelists, moderators and fellow attendees. A special shout-out to my wonderful editor, Rhonda Parrish, who welcomed me into the circle of writers (and the evening ‘bar con’) with open arms; and S.G. Wong, who put up with my silly questions and nervous chatter with grace and equanimity.
I had a chance to read from my story at the “Fire” anthology release. It’s getting good buzz on Amazon and Goodreads – having read through most of the short stories I see why. I’m in awe of my book buddies… I share space with talented, creative and very funny people. I even signed my first autographs (as a natural Lefty, my penmanship is horrid but I aimed for “legible” which is about as good as I get.)
If you’re interested, it’s available on Amazon and probably other places as well –
Thanks to everyone for the experience, and I intend to be there next year!
Leah at “Small Queer, Big Opinions” hosts a Writer Wednesday, and was kind enough to publish my guest post: a few hundred words of how to incorporate drinking into your characters and their stories.
For those of you who don’t know me (and why on earth anyone other than my Mom will ever read this, I don’t know) I am a bit of a fan of drinking. Let me explain –
My heritage is vastly Irish with a Canadian spin. That means I a) essentially burst into flame in direct sunlight; b) adore cold weather, hockey, and gloomy landscapes; and c) have the capacity of a bull moose when it comes to alcohol consumption.
(Seriously… I am still celebrated in certain circles at my day job for drinking the former chief sales officer under the table at a company event years ago. He was 6’8″ and over 300 pounds.)
I also did a lot of bar tending in my misspent youth, and a lot of folksinging where the payout was drinks for the night and tips. So let’s just say I have a knowledge, understanding and appreciation for booze. Leah sent out an open call for guest posts and I was proud to oblige.
I may expand on the theme in future posts here – it’s a fun topic and one relevant to a lot of stories. In the meantime, Slainte!
PS – the photo is Lilly the Akita. She was seeking tummy rubs and not hung over, but it’s too perfect a “morning after” picture not to use.
This cover is from the anthology containing my “very first, about to be published” story! The anthology is going to be sent out into the world! It is part of the 2018 “When Words Collide” convention this month in Calgary! I am going! (Expect lots more exclamation points!)
Seriously – this is how it all started in August 2017. I saw an open submissions note… somewhere and thought to give it a try. Though I have written all my life, my last attempt at “authorship” was a couple decades ago, before I started my current job and simply had no spare time or brain cells.
What I do have is the painstakingly-polished skill of writing to technical requirements, and Rhonda Parrish – the awesome editor – had laid out very specific things she wanted to see in the stories. I cobbled together my best attempt at meeting those requirements and hula-hula-hallelujah she liked it! Even more amazingly, she bought it!
(See? Exclamation points…)
Since then I have written and sold a horror story (link will appear when it’s published online) and am working on more. I still have no time thanks to my work, but have discovered fiction writing stretches different parts of my brain. I’m going to keep writing whether I sell anything more or not; and in the meantime, I’m off to Calgary for When Words Collide!
Welcome! Pull up a chair – the bar is the to the left….
If you’ve landed here I hope you’re not too lost. This site will highlight my work, along with favorites and highlights from friends and colleagues. I am technologically challenged, so expect some site growing pains; but it’s going to be fun!