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, 11:59pm – 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.

Furry Weekend Atlanta 2017

Hey everyone! I’ll be at FWA again this year. They put me on 5 panels and I’m joining Searska on her character’s panel. The only one I’m doing by myself this year is my Sunday culture and history panel, so these will be a lot of fun. My schedule for the con is:

Friday

  • Hidden Treasures: Fur Fiction — Panels III (A706) — 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Character Generation: How to Write Believable Characters — Panels V (A708) — 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Editing your Furry Fiction — Panels V (A708) — 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Boss Fight: Getting Published — Panels V (A708) — 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Saturday

  • Erotic Writing — AD Panels II (M106) — 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Sunday

  • Civilization: Culture and History broadens Worlds — Panels V (A708) — 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Also, my boyfriend will be running his dealer’s table Rysingson Accessories during the day, so I will be by there at various points during the con. He’s got a lot of new stuff for FWA, so if you are at FWA, stop by the table to say hi. Also, come learn more about furry writing and how to to improve at the writing track panels. JelliQal has put together a great writing track for everyone this year.

New Story Out, Upcoming Dystopian Anthology, and Ursa Majors

I don’t stay put for long it seems. Early in January the “Seven Deadly Sins: Furry Confessions” anthology from Thurston Howl Press was released, and I have a story in this book under pride. My contribution for the book, “The Music on the Street”, follows a homeless street drummer with a hidden past. You can get the book over on Amazon right now.

Also, in a big change for me, I and Slip Wolf will be editing an anthology that is open for submissions right now. I have long wanted to do a dystopian themed anthology, but recent events have pushed me to pursue it now. The book is open to submissions until May 1st, 2017. We’re hoping to see a good selection of pieces in the slush pile, so if you are interested, I have the call for submissions up on the Furry Writers Guild forum.

Finally, 2016 was a good year with me getting four stories out. The pieces are:

“Yesterday’s Trickster” in Gods with Fur
“Splatters” in Fang 7
“The Road to Midnight” also in FANG 7
“A Moment of Darkness” in Knotted

This is a good year for me, and I’m quite happy with that I was able to get so much work out. Well now that 2016 is done, the Ursa Majors are taking nominations. I was shocked to find out “A Moment of Darkness” made it onto the Ursa Major Recommending List for 2016. This is awesome new and I”m glad it resonated so well with readers. Even more surprising, it’s one of only three erotic stories that made the recommending list.

Now works on the recommended list are not automatically nominated for the award, but if you enjoyed the story and want to nominate it, I would be honored to see it up for considering in the short fiction category. Also, if you enjoyed one of the other stories I got published last year and want to nominate that instead, I would be honored. Nominations are open until the end of February.

On a final note, FWA is coming up soon and I’ll be there doing panels. More on that closer to the con though. Take care now, and wag hard.

Anthrocon 2016 and Four New Stories

Anthrocon is right around the corner and it’s time for an update. I have four stories coming out. I have one story, “Yesterday’s Trickster,” that will be in Gods with Fur. I have two stories in FANG 7, “Splatters” and “The Road to Midnight”. I know Gods with Fur and FANG 7 will be out at AC. I’ll be at the con doing panels, so if you want me to sign anything, come to one of my panels.

Finally, I have a story coming out this July in Knotted from Weasel Press, “A Moment of Darkness,” that is available for pre-order.

Who’s ready for FWA?

FWA is almost here again! Where will be? At the con of course. This year, I’ll also be hosting three writing panels. They are.

  • How to Get Published – Saturday at 8pm
  • Erotic Storytelling (FWA After Dark) – Saturday at 11pm
  • Building Interesting Worlds – Sunday at noon

Each of the panels last an hour. I also plan to attend some of the other writing track panels while I’m at the con. When not talking writing, I’ll probably be either in the board game room, or the Dealer’s Den helping Rysingson Accessories, my boyfriends business. You can find out more about him and the jewelry and accessories he’ll have at the con over at @rysingson.