The Skull Collector, Speculative Quarterly International Magazine (SQ Mag) Edition 31. This story, best described as a mash up between The Hunger Games and Moana, was shortlisted in SQ Mag’s yearly international contest. Release date: June 12, 2017 Read for free – SQ Mag … Continue reading
Music of Heaven, Summertime, Volume Two – The Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance 2016 anthology of that year’s contest winners. My flash fiction piece, The Music of Heaven, where celestial harmonics destroy the world, took 1st place. Release date: February 9, 2017 Order … Continue reading
Transdimentional Zombies – Immortal Works Flash Fiction Friday Youtube Storycast. A zombie researcher stumbles on a surprising discovery while exploring a graveyard. Release date: Nov 18th, 2016 Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPQVa9KfpfE
Mundane Chores, Volatile When Mixed – The League of Utah Writers 2016 anthology of the 2015 Fall Conference writing contest winners. My flash fiction, Mundane Chores, is a “slice of life” piece about the frustrations and joys of a mother doing laundry around … Continue reading
Breath, The Toll of Another Bell – Xchyler Publishing’s fantasy collection of the year. In it, stories range from whimsical alternative history to some truly hard hitting dark fantasy. My story, Breath, tells of Fauna, the Guardian of Souls, who has discovered … Continue reading
Around these parts, writers are drawn to writing conferences more readily and faster than cats chasing a laser pointer. For those of us who have been around for a few years, a writing conference is a great excuse to hang out with our awesome writer friends and claim it as a business expense. For newer writers, a writing conference is a place to find new friends and feel supported all while learning the tricks of the trade.
The League of Utah writers held their annual conference October 6-7. Even better, they let me come play. I got to moderate a panel titled “Mindfulness and the Modern Author” where we explored the importance of finding your center and using mindfulness techniques to acheive greater focus and more importantly, get more and better words on the page. On the panel with me were Jef Huntsman, Peggy Eddleman, Lauri Schoenfeld, Amanda Luzzader, and Dan Allen. If you are nice to me, I might do a blog post about the key points in the future.
One of the other perks once you’ve been around for a while is the chance to volunteer. On a whim I asked to help out and the next thing I knew, I was in charge of the special guest check-ins in the green room. Major Score. I got to spend the majority of my conference doing what I like best, having conversations with some of my favorite local authors, including our keynote Kevin J Anderson. I also had access to the best snacks.
While I didn’t get to go to as many classes as I would have liked, I did get to go to a few. DK Godard did an amazing presentation on the use of ballistics gel and let us play with some that he brought. Liesl Seborg taught about how authors can get involved with their local libraries, Patrick Tracy did a mini workshop on flash fiction and let us play with some random generated story prompts. I wrote a story about an astronaut waking up from a medical hypersleep and being hit on by an alien who thinks he’s cute. He rejects her because he’s still tired. I might just post it here if I get brave enough. There was also an insightful lecture given by John Patten about leadership for those in the league in leadership positions, including myself, one of their chapter presidents.
All in all, a terrific conference, fabulous guests, good food, and good memories.