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2019-12-31 06:49 pm

Where I'll be in 2019

  • The annual list, updated as new things arise; right now, there's a bunch of things that aren't confirmed yet but I'll update when I have details:

January:
  • greydogtales - Online. Queer Horror Month Celebration (collaboration with Gingernuts of Horror). Monthlong through January. I have a lengthy interview up about my work and thoughts about queer horror; plus, my short fiction collection Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction will be on sale 1/21-1/27.
  • Queen of Swords Press 2nd Birthday Celebration at Bingley's Tea Salon - Minneapolis. January 19th, 2-4PM. Books, munchies, chocolate and excellent company! Come celebrate with us!
February:

March:April:May:
  • WisCon, Madison, WI - May 24th-27th. Awaiting approval for a Queen of Swords Press party for our new titles.
June:

July:

August:
  • OutWrite 2019 - Washington, D.C. TBD. Had a great time last year, hoping to be back again this year.
September:

October:
  • 2019 Twin Cities Book Festival, St. Paul, MN. October TBD. Queen of Swords Press will hopefully have a book table and will be hosting author Michael Merriam again as a guest author.
  • Multiverse Con - Atlanta, GA. October 18-20th. Author guest - doing panels, a reading and so forth. My wife, Jana Pullman, will be an artist guest.
November:

December:
  • Minnesota Women's Art Festival - TBD. Queen of Swords Press is hoping to have a book table and feature artwork by book artist Jana Pullman once again.
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2019-02-13 09:08 am

New interview and upcoming stuff and a question

I've got a new interview up at author Vonnie Winslow Crist's "Whimsical Words" blog about editing Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) and anthology editing in general. If you like what you read, I'm also offering an online class on anthology editing at Cat Rambo's Wayward Writer's Academy on 4/6.

Upcoming events:
  • Not-So-Silent Planet: Love and Lust - February 19th, Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis, 8-10PM. I'll be reading some Emily L. Byrne prose, along with readings by other fine local authors and performers and you should come!
  • Nerds of a Feather - March 8th. I've got a Six Books Interview going up - I get to recommend some books!
  • Running a Small Press - March 21, DreamHaven Books, Minneapolis, 6:30-7:45PM. This is the sequel to my previous presentation on running a small press, this one on how you keep going, what I've learned so far, etc.
  • Next up: ClexaCon info, UntitledTown updates, WisCon updates, when I have them
Current state: wrangling snow, day jobbery and deadlines and wishing I had more time to write.

Now for the question: I've got a couple of stories up at Curious Fictions, a newish platform where you can post reprint short fiction, serials, etc., one free, one at the subscriber level. So far, I've got no interest whatsoever - no followers, no subscribers, nada. I'm wondering what, if anything, I could do to make this a more appealing platform for both folks who already like my work and those just discovering it. Should I post more short fiction? Serialize a novel draft? Give up? If I go with the novel draft, it would be my alternate Regency about the Fay trying to stop the Industrial Revolution. I would love to hear from people on this, especially if you're already using the platform as a writer or reader. Thus far, whenever I post public questions along these lines, the only response I get is from the platform operators earnestly informing me that if I just did more work, I could make this site work for me, which is entertaining, but not all that useful. Tell me what you want and I'll see what I can deliver on.
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2019-02-06 10:06 am

New acceptance, upcoming events and sundries

I'm pretty pleased to announce that my new historical short story, "By Her Pen, She Conquers," will be included on Heather Rose Jones' Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast later on this year. "Pen" is about an aspiring questioning/lesbian playwright trying to get established in the madcap theater world of Regency England. This year's line-up looks pretty interesting! And, of course, you can listen to my contribution from last year, "One Night in Saint-Martin" here (follow the links to the other stories). Please give these a listen and boost them, if you like them. This is very much a labor of love for Heather and one of the few options that those of us who write queer historical short fiction have to earn pro rates. (And please pledge the Patreon for the host site if you'd like more of this kind of programming).

I've got a bunch of interviews coming up on various blogs soon and will post when I have links. I've also just turned in a short book feature to Nerds of a Feather and that will go up in early March. I'm finishing up my outlines for my upcoming classes at Cat Rambo's Academy for Wayward Writers and should have everything finalized soon. I heartily recommend the classes on this site - I've enjoyed the ones I've taken and have  found them to be affordable and useful.

Otherwise, I'm wrangling taxes, and snow and more snow and prepping for this weekend's 13 Gears Steampunk Festival, where Queen of Swords Press will be sharing a table with authors Michael Merriam and Patrick W. Marsh. There'll be music and tea and costumes and fun and we'll be bringing our steampunkish titles, including Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) and my own collection, Out of This World, which includes a steampunk ghost story. And speaking of both Alex and steampunk, we're working on the next Captain Ramos and crew book, Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures, which will be out in April from Queen of Swords Press. More on that soon!

After 13 Gears, I'll be performing (by which we mean reading my work) at the Not-So-Silent Planet Spoken Word/Open Mic Series: Love & Lust at Kieran's Pub in Minneapolis on 2/19. I'll be reading some sexy Emily L. Byrne fiction and I hope some of you can make it. Other performers include Lyda Morehouse, Laura Packet and Tom S. Tea, as well as brave open mic participants!

I'm hoping to be back working on Blood Moon again soon, so expect more updates on that as well.






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2019-01-29 03:50 pm
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This week's updates, from the Land of Ice and Snow

It is excitingly cold out, by which we mean dangerously so and well below zero with windchill. What am I doing? Well, Monday I worked from home in order to wait on Furnace Replacement Estimate #3. I shall be curious to see what they come back with. So far, we're at Company #1, whose estimate left out some critical things and was only provided at the request of our attic contractor (this would be a giant red flag); company #2, which is highly recommended by some friends but which our contractor thinks is too spendy (current estimate around $22k, not including additional attic work which has to follow immediately thereafter or the basement, which also needs to be heated); and Company #3, which seems sane but hasn't sent an estimate yet. So we'll see. But this week is making it very clear that we need something newer and more efficient so it's definitely an idea whose time has come. Sigh.

Jana opted to drive down to Northfield (she's teaching full days at Carleton College this term and it's about an hour and half drive) on Monday afternoon to skip the weather to be found at the crack of dawn this week. I worked from home, submitted my first short story of the year and started a Veronica Mars Season One rewatch. I picked up the dvds for Season 1 and 2 on sale a few months back because I wanted to see how it held up. 3 episodes in and there are some very talented actors with some snappy one-liners holding together a rather shaky storyline. We'll see how it looks further along. I've seen the movie a couple of times and quite like that so I'll still find the overall storyline enjoyable.

Woke up today with a migraine, a torqued up shoulder and still unhappy knee and opted to take a sick day (my sick days and vacation days are the same bucket so I try to work from home if I'm sick) since I have the old car, which isn't as good on ice and snow. This turned out to be a good idea since it's been a spontaneous nap sort of day. And it meant that I was here to receive my previously ordered Killjoys Season 4 dvds, so yay on that. I'm mostly functional now and wrangling tax prep, workshop outline prep and my next interview. Still not caught up, still have a ton of stuff to do but am making incremental progress. And I have tickets to see Split Britches on Friday so there's something to look forward to. Onward, excelsior and all that.

Edited to add: and now there are shenanigans at the day job. Again. Dammit.
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2019-01-20 07:19 pm

Queen of Swords Press update and sundries

The Queen of Swords Press 2nd Birthday Celebration at Bingley's Teas went splendidly yesterday! Bingley's made everything run flawlessly and a lot of people came to buy books and tea. You can check out the pictures on our Facebook. There's still time to sign up for the QoSP newsletter on our website tonight to be entered in tomorrow's prize drawing for free books and other fun things.


I just added another couple of events so there'll be more updates soon. Apart from that, I'm trying to get a bunch of things done before new deadlines appear. Our new boss gave us tomorrow off so I look forward to a jolly day of tax prep and other fun ahead. And next week, another furnace estimate (our third). I suspect that company #2 is going to win, but we'll see what company #3 has to offer. Still banking on my job lasting through the year; it's difficult to have much faith after having three years of layoff notice hanging over my head. Sigh. Onward! Excelsior! And all that.

And now to sit up until midnight working so I can see this Super Blood Wolf Moon.


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2019-01-17 08:23 pm

MayDay benefit and upcoming tea party and more

As many of the longtime Twin Cities folks know, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater's annual MayDay Parade and Festival is one of the most anticipated events in town. Thousands of people gather in Powderhorn Park to watch the puppet parade, the different contingents of dancers and musicians and other groups, then go down to the park for the pageant to dance and drum to welcome the sun back as it is rowed across the lake. But HOBT has been struggling and losing grant funding for a while now and they've had to announce that this will be their last MayDay unless a partner steps up. Their theater needs renovation as well and they need funds for all of this. MayDay has always been one of our reasons for living in south Minneapolis; it is the soul of our city. I'm sure that there are lots of plans afoot to try and save the event and the theater and I know a number of folks who are donating directly to HOBT and I think this is a great idea. I split my donation, gave some of it directly t the theater, and used the other part to start a Facebook fundraiser. It'll take a bit longer to go to them, but there's potential for raising a helpful sum of cash if it gets boosted enough. Every bit helps and donations can be as low as $5. It will run until 1/31/19 so there's some time to contribute, if you're interested. I've boosted it on Twitter and NextDoor so please like my post and/or RT so more people see it. Thanks for your help!

In other news, Queen of Swords Press is celebrating its second birthday this week (which also happens to be Jana and my 24th anniversary and my 6th year at my day job)! There'll be a party at Bingley's Tea Salon in Minneapolis on Saturday from 2-4 with books and tea and munchies and there will be a prize drawing for newsletter subscribers. You can sign up at the website or at the tea (current subscribers are automatically entered), and prizes include free books, a Queen of Swords Press mug, some tea from Bingley's, a literary candle from Frostbeard Studios and other fun stuff. The drawing will happen on 1/20 so I can announce it when I send the newsletter out. Hope to see some of you there!

I was interviewed last week on the British horror/dark fantasy/weird fiction site, greydogtales, for their portion of LGBTQ Horror Month, and as part of the wrap-up to the festivities, I'll be putting my short fiction collection Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, on sale from 1/21-1/27.

Now back to organizing for talks and classes and getting a new story written and submitted.

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2019-01-13 01:31 pm

What I'm up to, the new furnace and related topics

Starting with State of the Catherine: I'm stressed out and rather anxious, but other than that, mostly okay. In between my day job, and Jana's teaching load and my Queen of Swords Press work and writing, we squeezed in a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Egypt's Sunken Cities show on Friday night. This was quite impressive and has some lovely pieces in it, as well as a lot interesting information about the Egyptian pantheon, crossovers with the Greek pantheon and related info. Saturday was a whirlwind of errands and sundry Queen of Swords Press tasks, followed by going to Theatre Unbound's annual 24 hour play festival, the X-Treme Smackdown. TU is our local women's theater and the smackdown features plays written, rehearsed and staged in 24 hours; it's generally a lot of fun and this was no exception. It was also rather poignant in that I brought a good friend who has been diagnosed with ALS and who generally goes to a lot of theater with me. It's not clear how much longer we'll be able to do that, but I'm hoping the day that ends is a long way off. Also, ALS sucks sharp rocks.

Also last night, my friend, playwright Anne Bertram, Theatre Unbound's Artistic Director, has decided to retire from that role after 19 seasons. I'm hoping that gives her more time to write some more amazing plays like "The Good Fight," "Murderess" and "Frankenstein Incarnate." But I will miss her smiling face at the box office.

Friday's other big event was a visit from a representative from the company we will be hiring to replace our furnace later on this year. In our 100 year old house, this will involve ripping out the ancient octopus furnace, including asbestos abatement and building the new furnace inside our basement. We will also need new piping run up through the bathroom (losing our bathroom storage cabinet in the process) in order to heat the attic. The attic will then require some swift contracting work on the insulation and the windows before winter. In return for the mayhem this will cause (we were Marie Kondoing our possessions before everyone else got on the bandwagon, the basement is Jana's studio, the cats and I may have to go hotel it for a few days, etc.), we get a much more energy-efficient furnace that will also replace our window unit air conditioner. And we'll have better control over the humidity in the house. And we can stop living in fear that our ancient furnace will conk out in the middle of Minnesota winter. The price ticket? Adding in the additional attic insulation work, which we don't have a firm estimate on yet, this will run around $25k. Which is so many zeros. And which we would need by April or so. Hence what follows. We've got a start on saving toward this rather vast amount of money, but I want to make sure that we're not in desperate Go Fund Me territory or huge amounts of debt at the end of this so expect more marketing-related posts and blasts for my writing, Queen of Swords Press, Jana's work, our classes and so forth. I'll try not to be super obnoxious about it.

Queen of Swords Press - if I could get the press to the point where I was selling an average of 40 books a week, it would be much less of a drain on the exchequer and would be pretty close to self-sustaining. I've got to come close to this goal this year or changes will have to be made, just saying. Boosts are appreciated too! Our books are available:
  • Direct from the Press website
  • Smashwords/B&N/Amazon, etc. here and here and here
  • Bella Books
  • Indiebound - your local independent bookstore can order our books in!
  • Libraries - ebooks available via Overdrive, print directly from Queen of Swords or via Ingram Spark. Most public libraries will order our books in if you request them, just saying.
  • Various international outlets too!
I'll be teaching classes online in March and April through the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers.
Miscellaneous other stuff: I have a Ko_fi account and a Curious Fictions account. You can pledge or do one-time donations.

Jana: Your support and enthusiasm for our various projects, all of which are done alongside our regular jobs, is much appreciated!
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2019-01-08 09:42 am

New interview/author feature posted for LGBTQ Horror Month

 I've got a new author interview up at greydogtales blog! This is part of a series that the British horror review site Gingernuts of Horror is running to celebrate LGBTQ horror creators throughout January so stay tuned for more interviews, fiction, etc. on greydogtales and Gingernuts.
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2019-01-07 08:20 pm
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Cool new things!

2019 is off to a running start! I'll be teaching two classes at Cat Rambo's Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers:I also just got an invite to be a presenting author at UntitledTown, Green Bay, Wisconsin's fairly new book and author festival, April 26-28th. Not sure which of my proposals they accepted, but will update when I know. Last year's GOH was Roxanne Gay, so I'm optimistic that the lineup will be interesting.

I'm in discussions with Cream & Amber, the Twin Cities' newest bookstore about a Spring event too, so stay tuned for that also. Currently cleaning up last year's stuff and launching this year's - it's going to be pretty exciting. And exhausting. Full steam ahead!
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2019-01-02 07:26 pm

Into the new year

Have just dutifully done the initial list of where I'll be this year. There will be cons and workshops and readings and book tables and more stuff as we go. I'm tempted to say that my new anthology editing class will be me dressed up like Mr. T and periodically saying, "I pity the fool..." but it will be much more professional and positive than that. Also on the list for this year: trying to get the furnace replaced and the attic remodeled. So far, we're 0 for 0: first contractor never showed up to do an estimate, wouldn't respond to emails or calls, second showed up, took a bunch of notes, but now won't come back with an estimate. Soon, we will try a 3rd contractor for the furnace. Good times!
 
The winter will be quite busy. Jana is teaching multiple classes at Carleton College in Northfield for winter term and I have events, new classes and a gaming-related project that is currently hovering. Trying to get all my ducks in a row, plus progress on new titles before that descends. Also day job is nightmarish at the moment, so that's not helping. Now to go answer a bunch of emails and eke out a bit of writing time while the cats wheeze on top of me.

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2018-12-31 06:45 pm

Happy New Year!

Here's wishing all of you a great 2019, filled with success and good things!

I have spent the day wrangling plumbing problems, but will now finish it off being productive. More news coming soon!

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2018-12-31 10:15 am

Where I was in 2018

  • The annual list, updated as new things arise; right now, there's a bunch of things that aren't yet confirmed but I expect updates soon:

January:

February:

  • Hannah's Bookshelf - February 2nd, 4-6PM (U.K. time). I'm getting interviewed by the amazing Hannah Priest, editor, writer, scholar, politician and radio host on North Manchester FM. Check out the livestream if you're not in the area.
  • Cocktail Hour Podcast - February 7th. Air date shortly thereafter. I'll be interviewed about my current and upcoming work and Queen of Swords Press
March:
  • Quatrefoil Women Author's Reading - March 18th. 1-4PM. Annual event at the Anderson Library at the University of MN. Come and hear your favorite queer women authors read their latest! Readers include Rachel Gold, Catherine Friend, MB Panichi and other writers, including me.
  • "One Night in Saint Martin" on the Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast - March 31st. My work read aloud! By someone else! With theatrical flare!
April:
  • ClexaCon - Las Vegas, NV. April 5-9. I'll be on the panel "Labels: Why We Need Them. Or Do We?" with the publishers from Blindeye Books and Sapphire Books. Queen of Swords Press will also be splitting a table with Blindeye Books in the Dealer's Room.
  • Shelfies Interview - April 30, online at Underground Book Reviews. Interview about my writing process, publishing, plans for Queen of Swords Press, etc.
May:
  • WisCon, Madison, WI - May 25th-28th. Programming participant. Also hosting a release party for Queen of Swords Press' new title, Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks and sundry other works.
June:
July:

August:
  • OutWrite 2018 - Washington, D.C. August 3rd - 5th. Author reading and a panel discussion.
September:October:
  • 2018 Twin Cities Book Festival, St. Paul, MN. October 13th. Queen of Swords Press will have a book table and will be hosting author Michael Merriam as a guest author.
  • Wordbrew 6, Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis. October 28th, 1-5 PM. The annual extravaganza of local science fiction, fantasy and horror writers reading their work. Different line up every year!
November:December:
  • Books and Beer Popup Store, AZ Gallery, St. Paul. December 1, 1-6PM. I'll have a book table and there will be munchies and art and other authors.
  • Book release party for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) - DreamHaven Books, Minneapolis, December 5, 6:30-7:45. Featuring readings by yours truly and Michael Merriam. Also chocolate.
  • Minnesota Women's Art Festival - Minneapolis. December 8, 9:30-4:30. Queen of Swords Press will have a book table and will feature artwork by book artist Jana Pullman.
  • Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) Reading - Eat My Words Bookstore, Minneapolis. December 13th, 7-8PM. Michael Merriam and I will be reading and signing books.
  • Queer Holiday Fair at the L Spot - Minneapolis. December 15th, 4-8PM. Stop by Minneapolis's new fun LGBT shop for a holiday craft and book fair.
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2018-12-27 06:56 pm

Presenting My 2018 Year in Review post!

Well, 2018 was a year...and so very much of one. It's difficult to disconnect my personal life from the national and global trainwreck, but I'll do my best. It was still a hard year: bad health news for close friends, bad financial and other news for others, the unexpected ending of a long-term friendship, my mother's increasing dementia, the sudden and abrupt news that I wasn't going to be laid off after all (bear in mind that I had three years to plan and prep for a nice break and down time, which I'm not getting), other sundry things. On the other hand, there was a lot of good stuff, too. Queen of Swords Press grew, I went to a lot of great events and met nice people, I'm ending the year with almost all the same people in my life that I hoped would still be there, I had some interesting new experiences and have been learning a lot, I don't have to go job hunting at the moment and I'm a lot healthier than I was this time last year (Norovirus recovery takes longer than you would think).

Starting with the events and experiences part of things, I was interviewed on North Manchester FM's radio show "Hannah's BookShelf" by the amazing Hannah Kate herself, then appeared a few weeks later on the Cocktail Hour Podcast. I did a reading at the University of Minnesota's Tretter Collection in March for the annual Quatrefoil Library's Women's Reading, went to ClexaCon in Las Vegas as a vendor with my pals from Blind Eye Books and hosted a Queen of Swords Press party at WisCon. I got interviewed at Shelfies by Bill Kieffer,  got interviewed with author Rachel Gold in the St. Cloud Times (best headline ever!), interviewed by Paul Weimer at the Skiffy and Fanty Blog and answered 5 Questions for author Loren Rhodes. As Emily L. Byrne, I did the WLW Blog Hop, and had guest posts up at I Heart Lesfic, Women & Words and on Sacchi Green's blog, Reaching Out. In addition to ClexaCon and WisCon, I did readings and panels at Outwrite in Washington, D.C., DreamHaven Books and Eat My Words Books and WordBrew 6 in Minneapolis. Queen of Swords Press had tables at St. Cloud Pride, the Twin Cities Book Festival, the Minnesota Women's Art Festival, 2 instances of the Books and Beer Pop-up Store, the Queer Author Holiday Fair and probably something I'm forgetting.

Writing and editing
. Queen of Swords Press/me and company put out three books this year: Catherine had 6 stories published this year:
  • “A Winter’s Tale” in A Few More Winter Tales edited by Matthew Bright. December, 2018 (Fantasy).
  • “A Cry in the Night,” forthcoming TBD. World of Darkness: Ghosthunters (final title TBD).
  • “The Letter of Marque” reprinted on Curious Fictions. August, 2018. (Historical)
  • “Faceless” and “Firebird” reprinted in the OutWrite 2018 Journal, Issue 1. August, 2018 (Fantasy).
  • “The Mask and the Amontillado,” Tales of the Unanticipated #32, edited by Eric Heideman, July, 2018. (Horror)
  • “One Night in Saint Martin,” March, 2018. Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast, edited by Heather Rose Jones. (Historical)
  • And had an excerpt from Silver Moon in D.C.'s Metro Weekly

Emily (Other Me) had 4 stories published this year -
I also helped raise money for Rainbow Railroad, The Aliveness Project and SAGE: Advocating for LGBT Seniors, donated book packages to Con or Bust and Sirens, and volunteered for my second year in a row as a member of the Community Review Board at PFund Foundation. Wow! I did more than I thought I had! Plus more fun stuff in progress, of course. Big shoutout to all the venues that hosted me, the Press and colleagues, all the other writers who tabled with or did appearances with me, to my wife Jana for helping out and splitting a table at the MN Women's Festival, to my authors, cover artists, copy editor, book designer, videographer and web guru (not all the same person!), to the folks who interviewed me, bought books, reviewed my work, the folks who boosted the signal and recommended books to others, folks who helped with marketing and to my friends who were there for me this year - thank you all very much!

Now for a brief respite, then on to 2019!

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2018-12-25 11:17 am

Happy holidays, book sales and upcoming stuff!

Here's wishing all of you celebrating a merry Christmas! And a lovely Tuesday, filled with good things for everyone else!

Also, book sales!
On Smashwords (12/25-1/1/19):
Silver Moon and Out of This World by Catherine Lundoff are on sale.
Medusa's Touch, Desire and Knife's Edge by Emily L. Byrne are on sale.
Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks is on sale.

I HEART LESFIC MEGA SALE (12/26-12/30) -
Desire by Emily L. Byrne

And stay tuned for Queen of Swords Press birthday events in January! For local folks, we'll be having a party in Minneapolis on 1/19/19. There'll also be an online celebration, prize drawings for newsletter subscribers and so forth so stay tuned on that as well (you can sign up for the newsletter on the website).
I'm trying to wrangle my workload into submission this week, see friends and do stuff, plus day jobbery. It's exciting to say the least. Year in review post coming this week as well.


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2018-12-21 08:55 pm

Happy Solstice!

I'm finally feeling better, but am swimming upstream on the giant river of Work Yet to be Done. Hoping to have a very productive next couple of days. In the meantime, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse was adorbs, my car's recall airbag has been replaced, The Jungle Theater's The Wickhams was entertaining (though the playwrights missed a few historical memos about the early 1800s) and I got all the contributors to Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) paid. Now we are wrangling the joys of sending print copies of the anthology to authors in 7 countries outside the U.S.A. Wee! But making progress.

Other progress: a couple thousand more words on Blood Moon in the last week and a half and a new short story underway. I'm also reading Alex Acks's next collection of novellas for the next Captain Ramos book and am about halfway through another gaming manual read through for another project.

Next up: finish all the things. And spend time with friends. And clean out files, finish the next couple of author interviews and more! I'll pop back on in a day or two with Year in Review posts too.

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2018-12-13 08:56 am

Reading tonight - Eat My Words Bookstore 7-8PM

 Michael Merriam and I are doing our second local reading from Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) tonight at Eat My Words Bookstore in Minneapolis from 7-8PM. Pirates, chocolate and signed books! What's more fun than that?
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2018-12-10 06:47 pm

The week so far and new interview

First the interview. The delightful Loren Rhoads invited me to her blog to answer 5 Questions, most of them about Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space). I've got a couple of these coming up on various author blogs - huge thanks to my hosts! Please check out Loren's blog and books.

The MN Women's Art Festival went splendidly and Jana and I both sold lots of things. And then I woke up on Sunday with Hell Cold still in full play, an ear infection and a migraine. Then today, I discovered that the ear infection is kind of a big deal so I'm on several antibiotics and still in a fair amount of pain. Sigh. I do, of course, have a
Scourge of the Seas of Time reading coming up on Thursday night at Eat My Words Bookstore and a Queer Author Holiday Sale and Benefit at the L Spot on Saturday. Plus a play in between. There were tons of things I wanted to do this week and none of them involved having a massive infection that may work its way into the bones of my ear (this was joyous news). So please root for the antibiotics. If they don't dent this thing by tomorrow, I have to go for more intensive things and really don't want that. Also, I want to go see "The Favourite" while it's still in town. Sigh.

Also, come to our events. And please buy books. You'll like them, really.

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2018-12-07 06:43 pm

Big news!

*Taps mic, clears throat, croaks from stupid, lingering cold* Publishers Weekly LIKES SCOURGE OF THE SEAS OF TIME (AND SPACE)! Rather a LOT! This is a very nice review and the first for a Queen of Swords Press title. :-D I am chair dancing to David Bowie and singing Labyrinth songs to one of my cats, in case you wondered.

You can find copies at DreamHaven Books, at the Queen of Swords Press table on Saturday at the MN Women's Art Festival,  at Eat My Words Bookstore on 12/13 or at the Queer Author Holiday Book Fair and Benefit at The L Spot on 12/15. Or any of the usual places fine books are sold. :-D

Off to go recover from Hell Cold in time for tomorrow's event.



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2018-12-04 07:38 pm

New story, a reading reminder and a question

Free this week only, I have a story in A Few More Winter Tales edited by Matthew Bright. This is an anthology of mostly queer winter and holiday-themed tales. My story is an f/f climate change fairytale, in case that is a thing you ever wanted to read by me. And of course, if you like that, I have an entire queer spec short fiction collection called Out of This World that you can get too, for a mere $3.99 (print also on sale this week).

Reading tomorrow night! Michael Merriam and I will be reading selections from Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) at Dreamhaven Books in Minneapolis from 6:30-7:45. There will also be Q&A and chocolate!
Also worth noting: DreamHaven's owner, Greg, has said that these last few months have been quite slow at the store, so please help keep our local indies open and stop by, even if you can't make our reading. We'll have another one on the 13th at Eat My Words Bookstore so you have two chances.

Queen of Swords Press and Western Slope Bindery (AKA my wife, Jana Pullman, and me) will have a booth at the MN Women's Art Festival this Saturday, December 8th at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. This is always a good show and it's our first time doing it so please come by and say hi!
Also this weekend, the GPS Holiday Emporium, where Mike Merriam will selling his books, some Queen of Swords Press titles and the work of other local authors. Be sure and check that out too!

A lovely human reminded me today that I have a Ko-Fi account and that I should maybe do something more with it. If you like my fiction, my commentary, my YouTube readings, my articles and other miscellaneous things like the older women in spec fic bio, and would like to kick in a bit toward me doing all those things and more, that would be lovely. If you think it's something you'd like to do periodically, what kind of content would you like to see from me?

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2018-12-01 10:29 am
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It's here! SCOURGE OF THE SEAS has landed!

It's here and it is glorious, even if I am a tad biased!
Check out reviews and order direct from Queen of Swords Press here. Or get it at Smashwords, Amazon, IndieBound, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and a bunch of other places. Your local library can get it via Overdrive or Ingram. I will have copies at all my upcoming events (see pinned post) and DreamHaven Books will have copies later on this week. Perfect holiday or birthday or whenever gift!