I joined the Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) a few years ago because I wanted to learn more about speculative poetry and subscribe to Star*Line, a quarterly magazine SFPA publishes. One of the perks of being an SFPA member is voting in the Rhysling Awards for best short and long poems of the previous year! … Continue reading My votes for Rhysling Award (2022)
My Bucket List
When I turned 18, I made a bucket list. Why? 18-year-old Past Me assumed that 82-year-old Future Me would find herself on her deathbed, lamenting that she never did anything with her life. And so, 18-year-old Me set out to prove Future Me wrong. She created a bucket list so that whenever Future Me might … Continue reading My Bucket List
How to Evaluate Your Story Like an Editor!
Last week, I wrote a blog post for Quasar Editing as part of a series on what the editorial team at The Dread Machine looks for as we review submissions. I'm Acquiring Editor for The Dread Machine—aka, middle management. I talk about what I do when submissions come in, and about how I read and … Continue reading How to Evaluate Your Story Like an Editor!
Research Rabbit Hole: Female Hotshot Firefighters in 1973
As early as 1973, female hotshots were fighting fires in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. I went down a research rabbit hole last weekend! I was participating in the NYCMidnight Short Story Contest and was assigned the genre Historical Fiction, and my character had to be a crewman. I didn't feel like writing about a ship's crew, … Continue reading Research Rabbit Hole: Female Hotshot Firefighters in 1973
My Flights of Foundry Schedule for 2022!
Next weekend (8-10 April 2022), I'll be participating in programming for Flights of Foundry, which is an international, 100% virtual convention for fans of speculative fiction with programming around the clock! There will be awesome industry professionals all trying to to help members of the global writing community better themselves and their writing. You mustn't … Continue reading My Flights of Foundry Schedule for 2022!
Kickstarter Anthologies in 2021
Welcome to my analysis of Kickstarter anthology campaigns in 2021! This is my second year doing a post-mortem of anthology Kickstarters, which means I have twice the data to play with! If you missed my 2020 analysis, you can read it here! What you can expect from this post: My methodology.Maps.Charts.More charts.Number crunching.Thoughts, and analysis.2020 … Continue reading Kickstarter Anthologies in 2021
2021 Annual Wrap-Up Post
As you can see, I'm a bit behind on my annual wrap-up stuff. Better late than never! 2021 was another busy year for me! I started taking on more editing clients via Quasar Editing, which helped me reaffirm my love of helping speculative fiction authors with developmental edits. I'm way more passionate about analyzing stories … Continue reading 2021 Annual Wrap-Up Post
2021 Awards Eligibility Post
Greetings! It's been a hot minute since I last shared anything here, so I'll make an Annual Wrap-Up post separately. But, first: Awards Eligibility Short Stories & Original Translations published in 2021: "Imilla" by Vania Curtidor (ORIGINAL TRANSLATION - 4,885 words - January 2021) - Constelación Magazine asked me to translate this gorgeous story about … Continue reading 2021 Awards Eligibility Post
Kickstarter Anthologies in 2020
Since I'm curious how the COVID-19 pandemic affected crowdfunded anthologies on Kickstarter, I decided to do as complete a review as I could to create a dataset for future analysis (for example, in case I decide to go back and do an analysis of full calendar years pre-2020 or continue to do future year-in-review Kickstarter … Continue reading Kickstarter Anthologies in 2020
2020 Awards Eligibility / Annual Wrap-up Post
All my pending publications for 2020 are out, so it's time for an awards eligibility/wrap-up post! (Caveat - if I have any other submissions accepted and published in 2020, I'll update this post) For me, 2020 was a crazy year full of compulsive submitting in hopes that I might be able get something published from … Continue reading 2020 Awards Eligibility / Annual Wrap-up Post