Dissident Signals Releasing at Anthrocon

Anthrocon is this weekend and I am happy to announce the dystopia anthology I have been working on, Dissident Signals, will be releasing at the con! This project with Slip Wolf has been a long, challenging, but rewarding project. It’s awesome that is also has finally reached completion and in a few days it will be in people’s hands. We have fifteen amazing stories in this thing by very talented writers. Slip wrote the overall narrative and I have a story in this, but it is really the writers who are making this thing shine. It’s available from FurPlanet now.

To help support the book, we’ll be doing a reading at the con, Saturday July 7th at 4pm, from four authors who will be there. Slip and I will introduce the book, and then TJ Minde, Mog Moogle, Thurston Howl, and Joseph Vandehey will read excerpts from their pieces. T.D. Coltraine will also be in attendance, but didn’t want to read.

Besides the reading, my Anthrocon is going to pretty relaxing. I am doing one other panel at the con, Historical Fiction, Sunday at 11:30 AM. This should be fun since the awesome Tempe O’Kun is also on the panel along with Jaden Drackus, a newer but raising star of furry writing. If you are at the con, definitely come to the panels and pick up a copy of Dissident Signals. I’ll be happy to sign it, if you want.

I also have a story that came out a few weeks ago in BREEDS: Wolves by Thurston Howl Press called Unsatisfied. It’s a sequel to my story that appeared in Knotted, and revisits the two protagonists from that piece. I’m really proud of this story, so if your looking for something steamy, check it out.

Furry Weekend Atlanta 2018

I’ll be attending Furry Weekend Atlanta (FWA) this weekend. FWA was the first con I ever got to attend, so it’s been existing to watch how it’s grown from a small event out by the airport to being a much bigger con. The changes have really been existing to see.

FWA continues to develop a better writing track at the hands of JelliQal. As part of that, I’m doing some panels at the con.

Friday, April 6th

  • Out of this World Fur Fiction, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • World Building in Furry Literature,12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, April 7th

  • Traditional Publishing, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Adult Writing, 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Sunday, April 8th

  • Improving your Fiction, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

All writing panels will be in Panels Dock 7. I hope to see you in Atlanta.

TFF 2018 And a Story Reprint

Hey, it’s con time again, and I’ll be at TFF this weekend for the first time ever. As part of that, I’ll be doing some writing panels.

  • Fantasy Story Writing – Friday, February 9 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Scene & World Building – Friday, February 9 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Writing 201 – Saturday, February 10 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Publisher Q&A – Sunday, February 11 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

I’m really looking forward to this trip as I’ve never been to Texas before. Dystopia editing has been humming along, so it’s a nice break. Also, I’m happy to announce, I’ve got a reprint that came out last month. “The Harvest Moon Ceremony” is out again in SPECIES: Foxes by Thurston Howl Publications.

Dogs of War 2 and Midwest FurFest 2017

I’m excited to announce that my fifth story of the year will be released this weekend at Midwest FurFest. Not only that, I’m attending the con this year! This piece, “The Son of Goulon Stumptail,” will be appearing at in Dogs of War Volume 2: Aftermath, and is the first story set in a much larger world I’ve been working on. The book will be available at the con and can also be pre-ordered online with FurPlanet.

Not only will I be at the con, I’ll be doing some panels. Friday I’ll be on the Writing 101 panel at 11:30am, and the Scene and Story Structure panel at 6:30pm. Immediately after the second panel there will be the RAWR panel, and they’ve asked me to sit on that share my experiences. Finally, on Saturday I’ll be on the Editing and Revising panel at 4:00pm. The rest of the time, I’ll be hanging around and helping out with the Rysingson Accessories table. I’m looking forward to this quick getaway, so if you are in Chicago, I’ll see you there!

Podcast Round Up and New Story Online

I’ve been on a few podcasts lately talking about writing I wanted to share. These are all group events, so I’m just a panelist. While it’s a lot of material, I think they’re worth giving a listen to if you have the time. They also have a number of other talented writers in the fandom on these.

Ocean recorded two podcasts at the RAWR Year 2 retreat for Fangs And Fonts. The first installment was recording the night before the event after we arrived. The second installment is a follow up we recorded after we finished all our critiques. Both podcast give you a good rundown of what RAWR is like. The other podcast I appear on was a podcast recorded for Independent Claws after Anthrocon title “Excrement Writers Articulate” where a bunch of writers talk shop post con Sunday night.

I’ve also posted “The Road to Midnight” one of the two stories of mine that appeared last year in FANG Volume 7 and is offered here with art provided by the wonderfully talented Simul. This is an erotic story, so please be an adult if you want to read it. The piece has become strangely relevant recently since it’s set in the nuclear age and I wanted to share it.

Mageplex 2017

I’ll be attending Megaplex this weekend. For this con, I’m only be doing two panels. The first is Erotic Storytelling Friday night at 10:00 pm in Panel 4. The second is Improving Your Fiction Sunday at 1:00 pm in Panel 3. Besides that, I’ll just be around the con. Megaplex is more of a relaxing con for me, so this is going to be a much-needed break.

Anyway, see you in Orlando!

Dystopian Anthology Selection Process

It’s been a little over two weeks since I got back from Anthrocon, and as usual I had a blast at the con. The writing panels I was on were great, the other panels I got to see were great, and there were lots of writers I know I got to see. All in all, it was a really successful con. Also, while there, besides buying more books to read, I got to see my co-editor for this Dystopian Anthology, Slip Wolf, and we made final decisions on stories. Now that we’ve notified everyone, I’d like to do a small wrap up about the book.

For this anthology, we got a total of 47 submissions from 43 different authors for a total of 338,650 words. We had some really good stuff in here, and I’m impressed with the diversity of work we got. Some of the stories had some really unique takes on the theme that explore a number of different issues. We ended up taking 16 stories for a total of 106,321 words.

To help with the process, we got Thurston Howl to slush with us, and he provided some great suggestions. Out of this, I think we selected a good group of stories. They cover various themes and settings, some being fantastical while others are more realistic. Together I think all the stories are going to make a good anthology. Editing is of course the next step, and we’re going to be working on the book for the rest of the year. While I’ll be doing some writing during the process, my focus is going to be getting this ready to print.

I’ll update more about the book once Slip and I are further along. I can’t wait to share all these amazing stories with you guys.