Favorite Reading of 2022

Some favorites released in 2022: Sea of Tranquility. Multiple timelines, a sci-fi edge, well-drawn characters. A story about plagues and how much we can affect the world around us. My favorite of the year. Joan Is Okay. A touching and hilarious voice, an endearing narrator, and an engrossing story of New York in 2020, COVIDContinue reading “Favorite Reading of 2022”

Don’t Look Too Close: 2022 at a Glance

This year was an exercise in changing focus. Many times. I began the year by sending out queries for a novel, and then promptly putting that novel out of my mind to focus on a new book. Then, in the summer, I turned to short stories for a bit to give the other book timeContinue reading “Don’t Look Too Close: 2022 at a Glance”

Past Cast Hast Passed at Last

In 2022, I have read not one, not two, but three novels in which people experience some variety of trauma as young theater students, and then years later confront the effects on their lives. They’re all very well written, but I gotta say, you guys… I don’t know what kind of theater classes y’all attended,Continue reading “Past Cast Hast Passed at Last”

September Renewal

Two weeks ago, a cool front came through, marking the first relief Central Texas has had from its second-hottest summer on record. Suddenly, we can breathe again. In quick succession, a few other developments have tumbled forth. I’ve signed the contract for my horror story “Justice Turns the Balance Scales” to appear in a forthcomingContinue reading “September Renewal”

ArmadilloCon 2022: Imagining Your World in Other Media

It was great seeing everyone at ArmadilloCon last week! I had the pleasure of hosting a workshop on exploring worlds and characters through other creative media, something I’ve written about before. This time, I was joined by Jessica Reisman and Donna Dechen Birdwell, and with the attendees, we brainstormed a list of activities writers canContinue reading “ArmadilloCon 2022: Imagining Your World in Other Media”

Religion and Nationalism in SFF

One of the panels I’m moderating at this weekend’s ArmadilloCon is on Religion and Nationalism in SFF, at 8 pm. I’m including a list of books that explore religion and nationalism together in some fashion. After the panel, I hope to update this list with titles that the other panelists mention. Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’sContinue reading “Religion and Nationalism in SFF”