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.

Anthrocon 2017 and Fang 8

Anthrocon is later this week, and I am excited to be attending the con again. I’m also helping out with the writing track again. This year I’m on four panels, three of which focus on helping aspiring writers hone their craft. The fourth panel is the infamous “Readings in Terrible Fiction” panel that with its audience participation component. This one happens late at night and has started to gain a Rocky Horror like theme to, so if you need something to do late Saturday night at the con, swing on by. My panels for AC this year are:

  • Friday, 10pm – Writing After Dark: Adult Content
  • Saturday 11:30am – Historical Fiction
  • Saturday, 11:59 am – Readings in Terrible Fiction aka ‘Can You Read It?’
  • Sunday 10:00am – Fantasy

I’m also happy to announce that Fang 8 will be debuting at the con, and this volume has two of my stories in it. The theme for this issue is paradise, and I have two very different visions of that in that. My first story in the book deals with metal bands and early adulthood while the second piece is set in a dystopian worker’s paradise. If you are looking for some great adult stories focused on gay relationships, check the book out.

While not on panels or talking to writers, I’ll be down at the Rysingson Accessories‘ booth in the dealer’s den helping the boyfriend out. Also, my dystopian anthology co-editor Slip Wolf will be at the con, and we’ll be making final story selections in person. Acceptance and rejection letters will go out Anthrocon. See you in Pittsburgh!

RAWR: Year 2

The road to mastery of any art is long, and the further down the road you go, the more you realize there is learn. What seemed like a single path when you started out becomes a mesh of paths through a tangled undergrowth. Some double back upon each other while others are dead ends. You can follow a path for years only to realize it goes nowhere, or you might stumble upon the most amazing vistas you’ve ever seen just by taking a quick side jaunt. Writing, like all creative activities, is about exploration.

For my own quest in the field of literature, I took a chance and applied for this year’s Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Retreat, or RAWR for short. I’m still delighted they accepted me. I’ve been at this for a while, and while the landscape seems familiar now, I know I have more to learn. Thus the last Friday of May found me on an airplane flying to California to go forth and learn from two of the fandom’s most talented writers with five other writers in a house up in the mountains. For five days I would be immersed in an intensive the event coordinator, Alkani, liked to call the crucible. Into these walls would go six participants with our stories clutch in our paws, and out would come something different.

First, I must say that our instructors Kyell Gold and Ryan Campbell are amazing. Second, the Year 2 class is also amazing. We had a good group and while I knew two of them, the other three I met at the workshop. They’re talented, they’re sharp, and as a group , we consumed a lot of coffee, tea, and alcohol. The second year class is:

* Buni
* Ocean Tigrox
* T. J. Minde
* Ryft Sarri
* John Otter

My fellow attendees have a lot of talent, and we worked hard during the workshop. Each of us brought a story to the workshop and had to write a second story while there. We also critiqued each other’s work while there, which came out to two critiques when you were getting feedback, or three when you weren’t up. Also, these weren’t short critiques but long critique sessions that sometimes lasted up to an hour per story. The instructors also gave us a daily lecture and provided one-on-one coaching to each of us.

This experience, working closely under pressure with other writers, is transformative. I learned a lot from the instructors and could immediately apply that knowledge in my own writing and the critiquing I was doing. An event like this also lets you test your own limits. It’s stressful, and the hours were long, but the experience was well worth it. Everyone in the Year 2 class came out of this feeling the effort they’ve put in has paid off.

So if you are thinking of applying for the Year 3 class of RAWR, of have the option to attend a different type of writing workshop, do it! Also, don’t just take my word for it, go read Buni’s review of the workshop. Going forward, I feel the workshop will really help my writing. I can’t thank my fellow attendees, the instructors, or the event coordinator enough for all the hard work they put into making this experience rock.

Keeping Busy

It’s been a busy time, so I figured it’s time for an update. FWA back in April proved to be a lot of fun, although doing six writing panels was a bit much. The dystopia anthology I am edited closed on May 1st and Slip Wolf and I have been going through the slush pile since then. I’m aiming to get the acceptance and rejection notifications out by the end of June or early July.

I wanted it to be sooner, but I had to get a piece ready for RAWR, the Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Retreat. I am deeply honored to be accepted as part of the 2017 class. For those who don’t know, this is a week long retreat with other writers critiquing and discussing each other’s work hosted by Kyell. I’m really looking forward to this, and I hope to learn a lot while I’m there.

And if going to RAWR wasn’t a big enough deal, I had a story come out this month in Werewolves vs. Fascism! I’m quite fond of this piece, “Old Friends Not Forgotten,” so I recommend everyone pick up the book. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit The Southern Poverty Law Center.

As a final note, my next con will be Anthrocon, I should have two stories that will be out at AC. I’ll post about that once I know what writing panels I’ll be on at the con.