I’m reading four of my poems at an event on October 18th, so I’m trying something new: memorizing my own poems. Singers memorize their songs, so I’m thinking of this as my “set.” Any tips for memorized poems?
A challenging first round in the 250-word [Microfiction Challenge] 2019(http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/MFC/250/Challenge.htm). Genre: drama. Action: going to a prison. Word: preemptive.
My first speculative poetry acceptance is a tiny poem to appear in a future issue of Star*Line from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association!
3 days into “31 Days of Classic Horror” and I love it! No decisions to make, just renting or buying when I get home if I don’t already own the film, and sitting back to enjoy. Dracula, Frankenstein, & Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde so far. So good!
I’m not sure I’ve ever been this excited about a TV show (and I’m a Buffy fan): Table read for the first episode of The Wheel of Time.
Half full means there’s still room for students in my Tucson, AZ literary fiction, poetry, & creative nonfiction writing workshop and my online science fiction, fantasy, & horror workshop that start this Saturday, October 5th. ✍️
📚 What I’ve finished reading lately Reading about a novel a week now, pretty happy with the pace.
I landed on the short list for the “Shadow Award 2019” competition in dark and weird poetry from The Molotov Cocktail! ✍️
📚 Been lax in updating what I recently finished reading.
📚Written for middle grade readers but one of the most intensely scary books I have ever read: Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker. My heart is still pounding from the end. Recommended by a teacher/writer friend of mine, and now highly recommended by me.
✍️ Just sold my first science fiction short story! 🚀 Will be published later this year.
✍️🍿 NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 2 prompt: horror, halfway house, tap shoes. Fun one to write. Took breaks to watch old musicals (Stormy Weather & Broadway Melody of 1940) & new horror film (Haunt).
NYC Midnight has a new annual contest: 250-word Microfiction Challenge. Genre, action, and word prompt. Round 1 kicks off October 4th. $25 registration through October 3rd.
✍️ NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 1 results: my “romance in a tennis court with a neck brace involved” flash placed #5 out of 30 in my heat (one of 125 heats.) 11 pts going into elimination Round 2.
🍿🤡🎈I think IT Chapter Two is scarier and even more brutal than the first chapter. More satifying than the back half of the miniseries. Really smart and welcome changes from the book. Fantastic acting all around, including all the adults. And that horrifying monster.
📚 The entire lineup of poets & writers hosted by the UA Poetry Center this fall, including Sandra Cisneros, Matthew Zapruder, and Aimee Bender, is pretty incredible.
📚 Attended an evening of fun, thought-provoking, rebellious, risqué poetry read by Erika L. Sánchez & sam sax at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
📚 I’ve been struggling with a reading plan (pulled in too many directions), but I finished reading one issue of a journal last week. Now I have a plan for the rest of the year, so hopefully my reading progress will improve dramatically.
📚Finished reading a couple novels last week: The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade and The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley. The Beauty was especially fantastic.
My latest poem, “November in Portland,” is out now in issue 6 of Impossible Archetype. 📚✍️
📚🎥 Great casting for The Wheel of Time adaptation is raising my expectations higher and higher!
📚After not finishing any books for a couple weeks, I finished three books of poetry this past week. The highlight was Oculus by Sally Wen Mao.