I’m happy when I know my stories are out trying to make their way in the world. Lots going on in December. I submitted a short story to Flame Tree Publishing for their Weird Horror anthology. I submitted a horror to LampLight Magazine. I have a cosmic horror pitch sent to Weird Tales. I have a dark fantasy story almost ready for WotF contest and a contemporary fantasy manuscript submitted to Titan. I write as many hours as I can on my dark epic fantasy and hope to have that first draft completed before end of July. Onward!
I’m so excited! We’re going to be on the news! My story “Care Taker” is in there, written as Audrey McLennan. Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse was selected by The Book Break as one of their Recommended Reads this week! We’ll be featured in on-air segments August 10-11, and the clips will then be posted to The Book Break’s website and YouTube channels. You can tune-in to the on-air segments here (all times MST):– ABC4 Good Things Utah – live, Tuesday, Aug 10, during the 9am hourhttps://www.abc4.com/gtu/– KSL Studio5 – airs Wednesday, Aug 11, at 11amhttps://studio5.ksl.com/– KUTV Fresh Living – airs Wednesday, Aug… Continue reading
After I took the FREE Writers of the Future Online Workshop (AMAZING), I was invited for a quick interview with Emily Goodwin of Galaxy Press to talk about my experience. My story “Care Taker” (written as Audrey McLennan) had just come out. The interview is available on YouTube in a month or so. Fun! The link to the workshop is here: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/register/online-workshop/ Writers of the Future Online Workshop offers videos from big names such as Orson Scott Card, Dave Farland, and Tim Powers! There are amazing essays by L. Ron Hubbard. If you are an intermediate level writer who wants… Continue reading
I was crawling around inside a giant pyramid at Giza, some time around 1993, when a masked man told me I had to pay or he wouldn’t let me out. A stranger in the tunnel provided a quick distraction and I threw loose change to draw the eyes of my captor. I scrambled on my hands and knees until I escaped the tunnel and ran as fast as I could. In 1999, I bought a 34’ CHB trawler. I lived on it for three years off the California coast, usually around Anacapa Isle Marina. It’s like camping out every day,… Continue reading
This is Ramses the Great, 2003-2019. Though not as openly telepathic as the audacious cat Rad Ghastly, one of the heroes of my story “Care Taker,” Ramses inspired me with his bold attitudes and knowing stare. I feel certain he would have fought hard for the right cause, given the opportunity.
Soon means NOW!! My short story “Care Taker” is in the “Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse” anthology! This Camden Park Press anthology is available PRE-OPEN RELEASE in this cool StoryBundle for three weeks! More cats are always better, right? https://storybundle.com/cats
In a post-apocalyptic world, who cares for the animals? For that matter, who cares for the insects? I was inspired to write Care Taker after news of colony collapse disorder among the bees, and my interactions with the type known as a “solitary bee” in my own backyard. I’ve always loved the idea of druids as humans with a magical ability to commune with animals. What would happen to them if the animals began to disappear? What if it took away their powers? It seems to me that the type of druid who would attempt to save the bees would… Continue reading
A low-hanging drizzle is ideal for starting on taxes. My story waits patiently.