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2019-09-15: ✍️🍿 NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 2 prompt: horror, halfway house, tap shoes. Fun one to …

2019-09-12: NYC Midnight has a new annual contest: 250-word Microfiction Challenge. Genre, action, and word …

2019-09-11: ✍️ NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 1 results: my “romance in a tennis court with a …

2019-09-08: 🍿🤡🎈I think IT Chapter Two is scarier and even more brutal than the first chapter. More satifying …

2019-09-05: 📚 The entire lineup of poets & writers hosted by the UA Poetry Center this fall, including …

2019-09-05: 📚 Attended an evening of fun, thought-provoking, rebellious, risqué poetry read by Erika L. Sánchez …

2019-09-03: 📚 I’ve been struggling with a reading plan (pulled in too many directions), but I finished …

2019-09-02: 📚 Fun new flash fiction from one of my students: “who ya gonna call” by Marlene DeVere …

2019-08-26: 📚Finished reading a couple novels last week: The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade …

2019-08-26: My latest poem, “November in Portland,” is out now in issue 6 of Impossible Archetype. …

2019-08-14: 📚🎥 Great casting for The Wheel of Time adaptation is raising my expectations higher and higher!

2019-08-12: 📚After not finishing any books for a couple weeks, I finished three books of poetry this past week. …

2019-07-29: My online summer “Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds” workshop at The Writers …

2019-07-29: 📚 Didn’t finish reading any issues or books last week, but started reading a few.

2019-07-23: If you’re religious and/or homophobic and/or at work, this may not be the poem for you. But …

2019-07-23: Tracy K. Smith always picks great poems for The Slowdown, but what’s so great about …

2019-07-21: If you’re into retrowave, Ollie Wride (lead singer of FM-84) is making waves with his debut …

2019-07-18: Horror Writers Association's Quick Moderation and Response to a Hateful Troll on Facebook In the Horror Writers Association group on Facebook, someone asked for horror poetry book …

2019-07-17: Quick "Summer of 84" Horror Film Review The horror film Summer of 84 thrusts a butcher knife through the still-beating heart of this whole …

2019-07-15: 📚 Here’s what I finished reading last week (ending 14 July 2019). I’m trying to catch up …

2019-07-13: A difficult prompt for Round 1 of the Flash Fiction Challenge. Genre: romance. Location: tennis …

2019-07-11: 2019 Dwarf Stars Award My first pick for the SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award (speculative poems under ten lines) and for the …

2019-07-09: I’m participating in the first round of NYC Midnight’s annual Flash Fiction Challenge …

2019-07-09: There’s still room in my face-to-face Writers Studio Tucson workshop, but already enough …

2019-07-09: Only two spots left in my summer science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing workshop online for …

2019-07-08: 📚 Struggling with priorities, but here’s what I finished reading last week (ending 07 July …

2019-07-04: I’ve fallen way behind in reading Diabolical Plots. Absolutely delighted by Year Four’s …

2019-07-02: Spider-Man: Far From Home: I’m not sure I could love a movie more. Perfect. 🎬🍿

2019-07-02: Also encouraging: a rejection letter with a personal note and invitation to submit again in the …

2019-07-02: Just read “Elegies to What Was: A Conversation with Dorianne Laux” in Poetry Northwest. …

2019-07-02: Just finished Dana Diehl’s biting short story “Always Night” published on Pithead …

2019-07-01: June 30, 2019 reading update. I also added a section about the periodicals I’m reading …

2019-06-30: Pet Sematary (2019) managed to out-Stephen-King Stephen King himself with that wild ending. Wow. 🎬🍿

2019-06-28: Always happy to support Strange Horizons’ annual fundraiser. Great speculative fiction and …

2019-06-27: This may be one of NASA’s coolest missions yet (and I work on a cool NASA mission): Dragonfly, …

2019-06-26: At long last, how to read and understand poetry: Read poetry. “Oh, I don’t like …

2019-06-24: Finished 2nd draft of writing exercise based on Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk …

2019-06-24: Wonderful to be mentioned in the weekly Micro.blog newsletter! I’m thankful for @rnv @smokey …

2019-06-23: Inspired by @rnv and others, I created a page on my website about what I’m reading and what …

2019-06-22: After a lot of “well, that’s not really my thing” and a few “oh, yes, this …

2019-06-21: I recently rejoined Critters, an online critique group for science fiction, fantasy, and horror I …

2019-06-19: Really excited that Rosamund Pike has been cast as Moiraine Damodred in Amazon Prime’s …

2019-06-11: "A Portrait of Poetry" at the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography If you’re in Tucson, Arizona (or are traveling here before Thanksgiving), “A Portrait of …

2019-06-11: Marlene DeVere, one of my spring Writers Studio workshop students, has a new essay titled …

2019-06-11: I’m teaching an online workshop in writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction and …

2019-06-11: The 2019 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest is open for entries through August 31, 2019. Non-members …

2019-06-11: NYCMidnight’s 11th Annual Flash Fiction Challenge starts July 12, 2019. Registration ends July …

2019-06-11: 📚 Currently reading: The 2019 Rhysling Anthology “The best science fiction, fantasy & …

2019-06-09: I’ve been coveting these space-themed pride pins, and I’m happy to support a Kickstarter …

2019-06-02: Listening to both Sarah McLachlan and Sufjan Stevens on a Sunday is causing distortions in my local …

2019-05-29: Wren Awry’s fascinating new interview with Alyshia Gálvez, anthropologist and author of Eating …

2019-05-28: The Writers Studio Tucson is holding eight-week writing workshops again this summer, and there are …

2019-05-26: Booksmart is a must-see. Brightburn was pretty good, too. Really great time at the movies. 🎬🍿

2019-05-25: Waiting for a new film directed by Xavier Dolan is always excruciating, and now there are two of …

2019-05-24: I quit Twitter (again, but for real this time???) and restarted my Micro.blog (again, but for real …

2019-05-24: Another absolute favorite magazine: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Two literary adventure fantasy stories …

2019-05-24: My absolute favorite magazine right now is Nightmare Magazine, so much so that I paid for a lifetime …

2019-05-24: Wren Awry’s wonderful new essay, about food, family, and Anthony Bourdain, online in Entropy …

2019-05-21: Currently reading: Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear 📚