Spring has sprung – and other news!

I woke up this morning and it was actually getting light! That’s always a great sign in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Already, there are some dandelions blooming and my neighbor’s yard is filled with crocuses and daffodils. Meanwhile, in my garden,  the chickweed is verdant and I’ve been judiciously eating it, not wanting to overgraze this precious source of vitamins and minerals. With the increase in daylight and promise of flowers, I’m slowly emerging from the winter blahs. Quite a bit has happened in my writing life in the past few months and I want to share it with you.

The Bram Stoker Award-nominated Nox Pareidolia anthology is out and includes my short story Just Beyond the Shore. Published by Nightscape Press, this an anthology is a “new vision of weird and horrific ambiguity”. It’s available as either an ebook with color illustrations by artist Luke Spooner, or as a black-and-white print edition on the Nightscape Press website or Amazon. The deluxe color illustrated print edition will be out soon.

One of my favorite stories, Yes, Yes, Yes We Remember is included in Third Flatiron’s Best of 2019 anthology. This is another story told by the Vysoké Tatry – the Tatra Mountains, who also told Maria’s story in Stone Dove. Yes, Yes, Yes was first featured in the Hidden Histories anthology, then released as a podcast. I feel like I’ve hit the trifecta!

On Marth 8th, I’ll be joining the other Strongly Worded Women at the Multnomah Library from 2:30 – 3:30 pm for “Before, During and After the Pages: Writing Short Stories“.  If you’re in the Portland area, be sure to stop by!

As Spring makes one hopeful, I’ll continue to write and submit, complete my eco-feminist fantasy novella, and begin my first course at UC San Diego’s Copyediting Certificate program in the coming months. Here’s to a prosperous Spring for everyone!

Short Story Writing Workshop at the Forest Grove Library

I’m so pleased to be teaching a short story workshop at the Forest Grove Library on September 21st.

What does it take to write a short story? And what do you do with it when you’re done? We’ll talk about both of those questions, as well as read three short stories and use them for inspiration. There will be writing exercises, so bring your writing implement of choice and join me for a fun workshop!

This workshop is free but please register to hold your spot!

Reading Painted Ponies

I had the privilege to read my story, The Painted Ponies of Wiley Creek, during a book signing that several of the Strongly Worded Women had at Broadway Books in Portland on February 12, 2019.

It’s weird watching myself … I think I did pretty well, though. But next time I bring a step stool!