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  • 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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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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 Still getting caught up, so here we go. Things to not do before an author event: do not put ear drops in your eyes. For real and serious. Ow. So much ow. Anyway, was groggy and grabbed the wrong bottle, so much flushing of left eyeball ensued. But then I had to leave to drive up to St. Cloud (about an hour and a half away). My eye swelled and burned and seeped, so this was all kinds of fun, but the drive was otherwise uneventful. I got to the hotel, checked in and unpacked the car, then met Rachel for lunch.

We took a brief tour, then went to the Great River Library, which is surprisingly big and new (it is a multi-town effort). We had already gotten a nice write-up in the St. Cloud Times and the library had a good plug up in their "What's Happening at the Library" display. However, 4PM on Friday is not the most hopping time slot so we drew a small (10-12) person crowd. They were quite enthusiastic though, which helped. We read and did our on the road schtick and it was well-received. Flaming Eyeball of Doom did not help, however, so I was happy to wrap up and head back to the hotel. Rachel had been traveling for a couple of weeks so she decided to drive home for the night while stayed at the hotel. 

Next day, Flaming Eyeball of Doom looked and felt more like Allergy Eyeball, which was a giant improvement. Rachel and I met for breakfast, then headed to Pride in the Park. We loaded in and set up the tent I borrowed from my buddy Kevin, with some help from other vendors and a minor injury to my hand (metal retractable banner snap-back is less fun than you'd think). We helped out one or two other folks and settled in. Folks stopped by with great regularity, bought books and picked up cards and chatted. Also, it was hot. Then it was blisteringly hot. Rachel had to go sit in her car with the A/C on for a bit. I drank a lot of water. It got hotter. I went and sat in my car for a bit. We still both got heat exhaustion. Blergh. But overall, it was a good tabling experience and a nice, friendly event. Would go again, minus the eardop thing. 
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Apart from national and world events, Ma'at hates Shu this week so it's Kitty WWIII at home. Which means separating them into different parts of the house, all night howling, sneak attacks and a house overflowing with cat pheromones. Whee. It generally doesn't last more than a couple of days but has gone as long as two weeks. Ack. Otherwise, lots and lots of balls in the air. Some should settle soon and then I'll have some good news about Queen of Swords Press, the schedule for next year and such. I'm also getting a new writing website, so I'll post about that soon too. My much beloved previous site was rendered unupdatable and inaccessible through sundry changes in tech so I'm getting something simpler and much easier to navigate. 

In the meantime, two huge events this week for Queen of Swords Press and I'm scrambling to get ready:
  • On Friday, October 13th, QoSP will be at the WomenVenture Women Mean Business Luncheon and Marketplace at the Minneapolis Depot. This will be the first big tabling event for the Press. I'll have books, mugs, mouse pads and info out at the table so please stop by and say hi if you're there.
  • On Saturday, October 14th, QoSP will have a Press table at the Twin Cities Book Festival at the MN State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Author Michael Merriam will be helping me out, as well as selling and signing his brand new weird Western novella, Not Enough Midnights. More books, more swag and chocolate! Come by and say hi!
And for serious fun, I get to scramble to pack up right after the first event, go quick like a bunny to my car and race through early rush hour traffic and the horrors of "Hey, we've closed pretty much everything for construction! Good luck!" (Seriously, our construction season is epically awful right now) to go get set up up for the second event late Friday afternoon! It will be glorious! Or something! I'm sure I'll learn a LOT from this experience. 😏



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