My MileHiCon 2022 Schedule

MileHiCon is nearly here!

MileHiCon54!

On October 21 to 23, you can find me along with lots of other amazing regional authors at the Denver Marriott Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, for a weekend of SF/F/H fun. There’s a robust Covid policy to protect participants and attendees alike, which I’m grateful for. I’m on a bunch of panels and look forward to digging in on these topics and more throughout the convention:

● Friday 5pm: You got your Punk in my Story! (M)

● Friday 8pm: Body Modification – Science can take us farther than ever, but
should/can we?

● Saturday 11am: Building a Sustainable Future (M) 

● Saturday 12pm: Making your Characters Names Memorable and True to Them (M)

● Saturday 8pm: The Future of Food 

● Sun 11am: The Future of Work (M)

I hope to see you there — masked, vaxxed, and boosted, of course! To learn more, check out the convention’s website at milehicon.org.

New Story Alert: Android Press’s Cyberpunk Solarpunk Anthology

I am so pleased to announce I’ll have a story in the forthcoming anthology Fighting for the Future: Cyberpunk and Solarpunk Tales, which is edited by Phoebe Wagner and published by Android Press.

When I first saw the call for the anthology, I knew I needed to submit a story since they were specifically looking for stories at the intersection of Cyberpunk and Solarpunk, and of course, that is exactly the same energy I brought to my debut novel Implanted.

How it started:

How it’s going:

“Root Cause,” my story for the anthology, is set in the very same world of Implanted: that of a high-tech society rewilidng the land outside a domed city, their refuge from the changes wrought by climate change. While it introduces new characters, the story’s blend of hyperconnectivity, environmentalism, and rebellion will be familiar to readers of the book and hopefully entice new readers to check it out as well.

I am very grateful to the people in my writing group (you know who you are!) who helped me get this story ready for submission. I am also glad to be working with the people at Android Press, given their mission to showcase environmentally-focused speculative fiction.

The full table of contents is a banger, and I’m thrilled to have my work alongside everyone:

Introduction by Andrew Sage

“Nano-Vibration” by Brent Lambert

“Property of PAUSE Ltd.” by Ai Jiang

“The Galaxy’s Cube” by Jeremy Szal

“Do Anarchists Dream of Collective Sheep?” by Izzy Wasserstein

“Tomorrow Is Another Day” by Louis Evans

“The Promise” by Rona Fernandez

“Root Cause” by Lauren C. Teffeau

“Broken Threads” by Kevin Wabaunsee

“The Robot Whisperer” by Holly Schofield

“The Strength of the Willow” by Commando Jugendstil and Tales from the EV Studio

“Solarpunks” by J. D. Harlock

“Materiality” by Cory Doctorow

“The Scent of Green” by Ana Sun

“Cloud 9” by Christopher R. Muscato

“The Holiness of Light” by Cynthia Zhang 

There will be a cover reveal in the weeks to come, along with a pre-order campaign, so stay tuned for more about this project!

Dog Days

They aren’t quite over, no matter what Florence and the Machine says, but as the summer begins to wane, I’m feeling more optimistic about so many more things than I was earlier this year. That shift has been on a lot of fronts both personally and professionally, and I’d be lying if that wasn’t also bolstered by the January 6th Committee’s hearings and the work across the nation to galvanize women voters after the Dobbs decision. The Inflation Reduction Act’s impact on climate change is also another point of optimism. While it is not enough, it is a much-needed start, and I can only hope we can build on from there. Plus it helps that the monsoon season here in Albuquerque has been amazing–I stopped taking rain for granted years ago when we first moved to New Mexico, and I still marvel when it torrents down, soaking the mountains and riding roughshod over the city as it makes its way to the river.

So some good things, even though that same river went dry earlier this year, even though a dear friend was killed last month by a motorist while on a family bike ride, even if I now officially need reading glasses after spending the overwhelming majority of my life with perfect vision, even though the daily grind continues always across multiple fronts. There is good with the bad, even if it can be fatiguing to search it out sometimes. So long as we keep looking for it with a weather eye on the horizon, we will be okay—that much I am certain of.

There have been some bright points this summer as well. For starters, I finally got my hands on my contributor copy of Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology of Women in Horror. I’ve gone into more detail about my story in previous posts, but it was a great experience overall working with Sara and the creative team at Rooster Republic Press.

I also attended Armadillocon this summer. It was my first time back since lockdown, and while it felt a bit like ripping off a bandaid getting back into the swing of paneling, I had a great time reconnecting with the Austin area writers and readers. While it is so easy to feel forgotten in our field if you are for whatever reason unable to stay on the hamster wheel of publishing, my interactions with the con-goers showed that that’s not true, that those connections matter.

A good reminder, particularly with our local convention Bubonicon gearing up this weekend!

Finally I am excited to share that I’ve been asked to contribute a solarpunk short story to Solar Flare, one of four new anthologies that Zombies Need Brains will publish, so long as their Kickstarter campaign is successful. If you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure you’ve already seen me plugging the campaign. We’re more than halfway through, and I’m excited to dig into my story idea for the anthology. There are a lot of reward tiers for backers to contribute and three other anthologies chock-full of stories by some amazing creators. Please consider supporting if you are able.

That’s all for now. May the last days of summer treat you well!

Release Day for Chromophobia!

Rooster Republic Press surprised us with the early release for the trade paperback edition of Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror, edited by Sara Tantlinger, and featuring a story by moi, along with two dozen other lady horror writers!

Now Available!

While the pre-order window for the special hardcover edition has come and gone, you can still get your hands on the trade paperback version, rocking a brand new but no less intriguing cover for the amazing collection.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. In Kirkus’s review of the book, the anthology is described as

“a set of admirable stories featuring delicious twists, eerie creatures, and visceral imagery. They necessarily linger on assorted colors, befitting this anthology’s theme, but the prose throughout is vibrant in other ways. [..] It’s a fine sampling of an array of voices in the horror genre that will assuredly garner a bevy of new fans. Extraordinary tales of terror that are as grim as they are delightful.”

In the Editor’s Pick Booklife review, they say,

“An inventive anthology spotlighting women in horror and exploring the terror-inducing possibility of color, Chromophobia showcases the talents of new and veteran writers alike offering an eclectic mix of fresh horror stories as strange as they are inventive and unsettling.”

 

While the book will soon be rolling out to bookstores and other online platforms, you can get your copy now on Amazon. I can’t wait to get my hands on my own contributor copy. I hope you’ll enjoy my story “Gray Rock Method” as well as all the others within its pages!

August Convention Schedule

August is nearly here, and with it is the return to con season. While I’ve participated in my local con virtually the last two years, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and return to in-person conventions. This all made more sense when I put my name in for programming earlier in the year than it does now with the recent increase in Covid and monkeypox cases throughout the country, but since I’m vaxxed and boosted and plan to mask the entire time (even when paneling), I’m going to honor my commitments.

First up is Armadillocon in Austin, Texas, August 5th through the 7th.

Fri 5:00 PM – “Chek Lonescrum: The Art of Making Fantastical Character Names”

Sat 2:00 PM – “Cross-Genre Capers”

Sat 3:00 PM – “Are We Too Late for Climate Fiction”

Sat 5:00 PM – Reading

Sun 11:00 AM – Signing Session


Then at the end of the month, August 26-28, it is time once again for New Mexico’s Bubonicon.

Sat 10:00 AM – “Hell or High Water: The Rise of Climate Fiction”

Sat 1:30 PM – “Cheese Magnet Tribute: What I learned from John Jos. Miller”

Sat 3:00 PM – “Practical Telepathy: The Science and Appeal of Mind-to-Mind Communication”

Sat 4:25 PM – Mass Autographing Session

If you choose to come out in Austin or Albuquerque, I’d love the chance to say hi. Stay cool and stay safe out there!