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The first issue of Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journal is out from Sibling Rivalry Press! It includes my story "Faceless" and is edited by the very talented Raymond Luczak. "Faceless" is literary fiction and is about a blind date gone horribly awry at an art opening. The cover is glorious, the publication looks tasty and interesting and for those playing along at home, yes, I have a gaming tie-in story and my second-ever literary fiction piece out within 10 days of each other. :-)
Let no one say I am not eclectic.

Other projects continue apace and I'm trying to do some good in the world. Onward!

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The Cainite Conspiracies, the Vampire: The Masquerade Dark Ages anthology which includes my story "Incarnadine Seas," as well as stories by Maurice Broaddus and edited by Monica Valentinelli, is out today from Onyx Path Publishing! This is one of two anthologies celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the game Vampire: The Masquerade, which is pretty cool.

I should note that Monica had to format my story to gaming writer standards because I am without clue on this score and that I greatly appreciate her willingness to include writers new to gaming in the antho. I did read the entire Vampire: The Masquerade V20 Rule Book in its entirety, however, and in the next week or so, I will be playing the game with friends so we can all celebrate it together. :-)

More news on my new collection coming up soon too! Into the finalizing of details and formatting and getting sundry things set up stage.

V20 The Cainite Conspiracies Anthology
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Now that Sekrit Project has been approved and is due out next month (don't have release date yet, but guessing soon), I have carte blanche to talk about it. Amongst the many new things that I've been tackling this year (and there's been a lot), I tried my hand at a spot of gaming tie-in writing, specifically a short story for Onyx Path Publishing's Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition (Dark Ages, as opposed to other parts of the gameverse) tie-in anthology, "The Cainite Conspiracies." "Incarnadine Seas" is set in the late 13th century and is about the unlikely alliance between a Jewish sorceress (exiled from England - an actual historical event, I might add) and a female Gangrel from France, both under attack by a Tremere thaumaturge. Gangrel and Tremere are vampire clans, for folks not familiar with the game. I did a lot of research for this, including 400 + pages of gaming manual, a bunch of V20 Wiki and game-related stuff as well as what I could find on Jewish medieval history. Hopefully, I did a good job! Cover and release date when I have them. :-)
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Way back in October when I was Editor Guest of Honor at Arcana 45, I cranked out a brand shiny new Gothic ghost story so I'd have something to read to the nice folks who came to my reading at DreamHaven and at the con. It's called "A Splash of Crimson" and it features a governess with an active imagination and a perhaps injudicious fondness for her deceased mistress.  Today, I'm very pleased to announce that editor Kate Laity has accepted it for the Fox Spirit Books anthology Respectable Horror, thereby finally making a Respectable Horror Author of me! <g> At any rate, the line up looks great and I thrilled to be a part of it. Not sure of the release date but I'll pass it along when I find out.
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Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition is out from Cleis Press! And I have a blog post with buy links, the Goodreads Giveaway link and the TOC up for your perusal. http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com/2016/02/best-lesbian-erotica-of-year-20th_9.html

What else is going on? Well, insomnia at the moment. But apart from that, our presentation on Accessibility and Aging in Tech at
DevFest went quite well. And my friend Sarah Olson did a terrific presentation on the science behind gender bias. I met some new folks, hung out with friends, went to several interesting presentations and learned some stuff. I'll post links to the multimedia options when they're up. Good day all around!

This week's adventures are mostly about doing a mad scramble to get ready for teaching my Loft
class this Saturday, answering questions for a Twin Cities Geek author profile, getting prepped for my new short fiction project (about which more later) and other fun. We did manage to fit in one more thing, namely a visit from Jim from Applied Energy Innovations last night. They came by last week and installed our new solar fan in the attic (regulates moisture in winter and house temperature in summer), but this week they were over to evaluate our house for the installation of solar panels. It is still a pricey thing to consider, even with rebates, but we think we can make it cost effective. But first, we have to enter the state lottery for rebates, so that will be the next hurdle. We've been whittling away at the costs of operating our house and reducing our carbon footprint for years now, so here's hoping we get to take the next step!

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I have a new story out today! "Bluebeard's Wife" in "The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories," edited by Maxim Jakubowski is out in print and audiobook now. This was a challenging story to write but I'm glad that Maxim encouraged me to write something for it! I should mention that it's out in the U.K. in print and book today, audiobook all over and out in the U.S. In midDecember. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mammoth-Book-Jack-Ripper-Stories/dp/1472135849
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My new SF story, "The Light Fantastic," is out today in Luna Station Quarterly. Huzzah!
It is free to read but if you like it and choose to donate, LSQ can go on publishing interesting work by women authors. And if you don't like it, donate anyway, and maybe they'll publish things you like better in the next issue. :-)

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