Today I have the privilege of sharing with you the cover for my upcoming novella Conduits. Beautiful, huh?
Reblogging because it’s important.
Originally posted on Libba Bray:
This is the hardest blog I’ve ever attempted to write.
For the better part of eight months, I have been struggling under the thumb of a rather intense depression. This is a monster I’ve battled many times in my life; it is not new. Yet, this has been a particularly brutal one, and I’m not out of the woods yet.
As a writer, I try to write about everything. But it’s hard to write about depression. For one, there’s the fear that the minute you say, “I’m suffering from depression,” people will look at you funny. That they will nod at you with wincing, constipated face, place a hand on your arm and say, with all good intent, “How are you?” And your pain will war with your desire to be “normal” and not looked at funny by sympathetic people at parties. So you will answer, “Fine, thanks” while you’ll think of all the things you could say: “Partly cloudy with a strong chance of rain later?” “Mostly okay except for that silent sobbing I did on the F train this afternoon which frightened the school children.” “Well, I’m okay now but around 10 PM I could be drinking from a seemingly bottomless cup of self-loathing, so stick around if you’re into that sort of thing.” You do not want to be labeled “That Depressed Person,” which was not a show on ABC.
As we brace for yet another storm (really, winter, this is getting old), I wanted to share one of my favorite homemade hot chocolate recipes. Enjoy!
What You Need:
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Directions for Two Servings:
Mix ingredients together. Stir 1/4 cup mix and 2 tbsp hot water in a medium-size saucepan until blended. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups milk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
I like to put the dry mix in fun plastic containers from the dollar store and tie the directions to it with ribbon. Take that, winter!
Somehow I never mentioned this on the blog (just everywhere else), so let me leave this right here.
Table of Contents:
John Paul Allen
Joan De La Haye
Blaze McRob (poetry)
Jenn Loring (1st place in Tales From the Lake horror writing competition)
J. Daniel Stone (2nd place)
William Ritchey (3rd place)
Introduction by: Rocky Wood
Cover by: Ben Baldwin
Edited by: Joe Mynhardt
Scheduled release: July 2014
And check out my bio page on Crystal Lake Publishing’s website! I was stunned, to put it mildly, that I had won this competition, and it’s even more exciting to be in print alongside my grad school mentor, Tim Waggoner, for the first time.
I’ll be out of town for the next week, but I’m working on two novels at the moment (a YA horror and a brutal post-apocalyptic dystopian), as well as another novella and a new batch of short stories. Things really picked up for me in the last few months of 2013, with the two writing competitions and the sale of Conduits to DarkFuse, so I’m heading into 2014 with guns blazing.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday and a productive new year!
Originally posted on Whatever:
“Self-loathing is in the writer’s blood.” What? No. http://t.co/3W9SwUeEsG
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) December 17, 2013
I’m a writer and I really don’t have self-loathing in my blood, or in my liver or indeed in any other organ or part of my body (including the brain, which I suspect is ultimately the relevant organ under discussion here). As a result I am more than vaguely annoyed by the declaration above, which comes from a Salon article about “Literary Self Loathing.”
This is not to say that on more than one occasion I have not had doubts or concerns about my writing — the thing that writers do when they’re in the middle of writing a book and they think to themselves okay, honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing and that’s going to be obvious to anyone who reads this thing is something that happens to me, oh, a lot. I have concerns about whether my reach exceeds my grasp, whether what I’m writing compares well to what I’ve written before, and what the response to the work will be. I think this is both normal and probably healthy — the ability to criticize one’s own work is often key to having work that doesn’t entirely suck.
Today’s a big hockey day, with 12 NHL games scheduled, so there’s no better time to feature fellow hockey fan and author of the Las Vegas Sinners series, Katie Kenyhercz. Though we root for opposing teams in Pennsylvania’s cross-state rivalry, we share a mutual love of and respect for the game itself. Katie says, “When I tell people I write hockey romance, the first reaction is raised eyebrows. Hockey? Why hockey? It’s high speed excitement combined with precise skill and breathtaking grace. It’s a lineup of brothers battling for the good of the team and for each other. You see bonds in hockey stronger than any other sport. They hug after goals. How great is that? I love the silly pranks. I love the smell of the ice, and the bone-deep calm breathing it in before a game starts. I can be anywhere, and if I go to a hockey game, it feels like home. Why hockey? That’s why.”
Ready for more? Check out Katie’s debut novel from Crimson Romance, On the Fly:
Jacey Vaughn has a newly minted MBA when her father dies unexpectedly and leaves her his NHL team. Well-versed in business but not so much in hockey, Jacey navigates this new world with a few stumbles. She definitely doesn’t plan on falling for the team captain. At the first hint of scandal, a local Las Vegas reporter latches on, and Jacey finds herself in the newspaper with headlines that hurt instead of help. Jacey’s determined to keep her father’s legacy alive and make the team successful, but while she has no problem denying her feelings to the media, she can’t lie to herself. Carter Phlynn has known nothing but hockey his entire life. Drafted into the NHL at age eighteen, winning the Stanley Cup is all he’s ever wanted. Nothing has ever disrupted his focus. Not until he meets his new boss. Jacey gets under his skin like no one else, and while dating the team owner would be a disaster for his career and reputation, he can’t get her out of his head. Carter has never had a relationship last more than a month, but the more he’s around Jacey, the more he can’t picture his future without her.
Katie lives in Arkansas with her Air Force husband, where she writes hockey romance. She loves X-Files marathons and eats pizza like a Ninja Turtle. Connect with Katie online:
I’m super happy to announce that DarkFuse will be publishing my novella Conduits. This was, despite its tragic inspiration (the death of a beloved friend), a lot of fun to write. It’s my love letter to Japanese horror and quantum mechanics, and I’m glad it’s in such good hands. More details to come!
The other upcoming publication (so far) is a reprint of my 2004 story “A Taste for It” in the Of Devils and Deviants anthology, which should be out February 2014 from Crowded Quarantine Publications. If you like Storyville hookers and cannibalism, this one’s for you. The cover is great, too!
Last but certainly not least, come back this Friday, Nov. 29, when I’ll be featuring Katie Kenyhercz (aka Katie McGinley), author of the Las Vegas Sinners hockey romance series.
It’s been a busy few weeks once again. Although my internship is winding down, my editing duties are ramping up (yay, money), and in a few weeks I’ll have even more time to write. Here are the most important goings-on of late:
1. On Halloween I married my long-time boyfriend. We had a nice little private ceremony in our own living room and later that night got all dressed up for the holiday. Our favorite bar gave us a free bottle of champagne, and everyone loved our costumes. I highly recommend getting married on Halloween.
2. I won second place in Fiction Vortex’s First Annual Horror Contest. It was the first time I’d ever entered a writing contest. Woot.
3. I received two big rejections in the past week but finished the first draft of a new novelette. It needs serious work. That said, I completed something. Go me.
4. I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I’m behind in word count as usual, but I think I may actually pull off a win this year.
What have you been up to lately?