Monthly Archives: June 2020

Two virtual events coming up

If you’d like to connect with me online, you’ll have two opportunities over the next few weeks. 

First up, on July 18th, I’ll be co-teaching a workshop for writers on Creating Non-Human Characters.  Elizabeth Beechwood and I will be covering how to delve into animal and object characters to make them resonate with readers.  We’ll incorporate discussion, writing exercises, and lots of examples.  Whether you have a particular character in mind or you want to learn a new technique, we’d love to have you join us. 

Later on, I’ll be participating in this year’s Worldcon as a panelist.  This online con will take place July 29th through August 2nd (New Zealand time, so dates may vary depending on your time zone), with tons of programming to check out.  More information on my schedule to come!

Free ebook on Amazon today

After Dinner Conversation is offering the ebook of my story “Venom in the Cloud Forest” for free today and tomorrow, as well as “Two-Percenters” by CJ Erick

I completed the first draft of “Venom in the Cloud Forest” about a decade ago, well before it found its original home in the Guardbridge Books anthology Myriad Lands Vol. 2: Beyond the Edge.  At the time when I wrote it, social media was prevalent, but the landscape looked somewhat different than it does today, and “fake news” was less of a household term although it’s been a longtime issue along with historical negationism.  

I’m simultaneously pleased and dismayed that my story continues to be relevant.

“Venom in the Cloud Forest” reprint with discussion questions

Mark your calendars!  I’ve got two pieces of good news to share. 

First, my story “Venom in the Cloud Forest” is available now through After Dinner Conversation, complete with a set of discussion questions based on the ideas in the story.  I love how After Dinner Conversation encourages readers to engage with story concepts after you reach The End.  I hope you enjoy their discussion questions, and feel free to share any of your thoughts and conclusions with me if you’d like through my Contact page. 

This Thursday and Friday, you’ll be able to download the ebook for free on Amazon!  

The second piece of news is that the upcoming July 18th workshop, Creating Non-Human Characters, which I’ll be co-teaching with Elizabeth Beechwood, will officially be online via Zoom.  If geography was a potential barrier for you to attend, it no longer should be!  I hope you can join us.