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This One Has Sure Been Rough It’s been rough for everyone. For me, personally, it’s been both the most uplifting year I’ve had as well as the most depressed. However, I feel like despite all that, there have been a few great things that did happen. I published a few things. I stayed active (and safe!) in my community. And, I survived another year. And for that, I’m grateful. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to say I’m happy and proud to be alive. Depression has stripped that from me, and despite it being the hardest year I’ve had yet, I have hope it will get better. Published in 2020 Flash Fiction Storyteller was published in September. It’s got 6 gay flash fiction inside. I quite enjoyed compiling this one. The stories inside are: Book, a very gay reflection Coffee, four sugary words To Light Your…

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A colourful background of light blue, red and yellow. On top is a white square titled IndigAThon 2020. There is a table of nine squares that reads: Intersectionality, New To You, Other Than 5CT, Middle Grade, Free Space, Buddy Read, Other Than US, Group Book, and Non-bookish media.

National Indigenous History Month November is National Indigenous History Month, and as such there is a read-a-thon hosted by Et Tu Brody? (Twitter | Youtube) and Thor.Wants.Another.Letter (Twitter | Youtube) called IndigAThon! A whole month of reading literature by Indigenous authors! I’m clearly excited about it, what about you? For the month of November, I’m going to try and read three books back-to-back, that cover as many squares as possible each. I can’t read super fast any more, so this will be a challenge for me! IndigAThon TBR List Love After The End edited by Joshua Whitehead This book is an anthology about Two-Spirit scifi and romance. I’ve dug into the first story already, and I have to say that it’s a great read so far! From left-to-right, top-to-bottom, the squares this covers will be: Intersectionality, Other Than 5CT, Buddy Read, and Other Than US. Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson…

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6 Westwood Drive Samantha Dam is a nonbinary woman who’s just purchased her first home, and her sister Carolyn is there to help. Sam finds herself in a bit of trouble when some strange things begin to happen, including seeing things she shouldn’t while on her medication. The house itself seems alive, and she doesn’t know if there’s someone living in the crawlspace under the house… Where can I find this? Right now, it’s available through Barnes&Noble, Rakuten Kobo, Apple Books, Tolino, Baker&Taylor, Biblioteca, and Vivlio. No waiting involved! If there’s a demand for it, I may put it on Amazon.

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October is Monster Month! We’re reaching the end of the first week of October now, and that means that some spooky reads are coming your way for Halloween! Over on itch.io, Monster Month is up for Pay What You Want for the rest of October! That means that after the month is finished, I’ll be removing the stories from here and the collection will be available to buy for $2.99 USD. The stories included in Monster Month are A Slippery Slope, Signed in Blood, A Witches Curse, Ghostly Encounters, and The Terrible Night. These stories will not continue to be available to read on my website after Halloween. Content warnings are provided in the beginning of the book. Dead Things Galore! A short story called Dead Name will be coming toward Halloween, too! I put out a call a few months ago for beta readers. So, thank you to everyone…

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Kill Them With Kindness There’s a short story on my website called Kill Them With Kindness, about Mortemer and his unfortunate powers. When I initially wrote it, it was meant to be flash fiction. I put myself under restrictions that were pretty strict and therefore never developed the story in a way I liked. I wanted to know the world better, and I never got the chance to explore very far with the idea. That is going to change. So, that means that right now Kill Them With Kindness is being reworked. For now, the story that inspired it will remain online. I’ll post updates periodically. When I’m ready to release the novella into the wild, you’ll all be the first to know! Storyteller: Flash Fiction Now, I’m a fan of short fiction. I try to read a lot of it, because I can’t always digest longer works when I…

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Patreon This story was originally being released on Patreon, but I’m making the decision to shut it down. That means that Moonstone has found a new home on my website! Patreon itself will probably not be an avenue I pursue in the future. I’ve tried twice with it, and neither times have I had success. I’m sure it’s a great avenue for other writers, it’s just not for me. The Story Stealing an artifact is easy enough. However, Sonbri finds some unexpected trouble trying to sell the old magical item. Moonstone is a story woven in twelve parts of 150 words. It tells the story of a young bisexual thief named Sonbri Baar. Sonbri has a reputation to uphold, and a magic rock to sell. She meets a mysterious shopkeeper on her adventure to sell her ill-gotten wares that enraptures her. Will she be able to sell her stolen goods…

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Hey, so I’m looking for interest in becoming a beta reader for a new horror novelette called 6 Westwood Drive, and a piece of flash fiction called Dead Name. I’m not contacting anyone until late August to give people time to decide. This interest form will remain active until I’ve found enough beta readers. Beta Reading Are you a quick reader, good at giving feedback, or just want to tell me how much you hate/love the characters? Are you able to pick up on the subtle themes and not-so-subtle themes of short fiction? Do you like catching symbolism? Can you write an email? If that’s you, please read on! What a beta reader does is provide feedback on the basics of the story. Is it well written? Is there flow problems? Are themes evident enough? Are the characters likeable? Beta readers give the first pass on the writing before it…

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These times are hard; they’re especially hard for Black people – and even more so with multiple marginalization. It’s time to start to read more diverse literature. It’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Here are six books you can do that for right now. Find these books. Buy them with your money if you can, and add them to your To Be Read piles. Or, read them, give them away, make them into art projects. Buy them because you’d do it with another release for a white person, or a cis person, or both. Do it because these books deserve readership, because the authors deserve to be paid, because you can, and, just because. Some of these books contain exploration of heavy topics, such as racism, sexual assault, colonialism, transphobia, etc. Please take care of yourself if you’re going to read these! Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy Queen of…

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#MerMay During the month of May, many people participate in what’s known as #MerMay. It’s a celebration of creativity in which artists create a drawing of a mermaid every day based on a prompt. It’s been running for a few years now, and has gained a lot of popularity over on Instagram. There’s even a website for it, if you’re interested in learning more! Now, I love mermaids. I’ve written one short about them already (currently out of print) called FOLKTALES. I have several drafts of mermaid stories sitting on my computer. I have a commissioned piece of art in my hallway that’s about scary mermaids. Something about them calls to me. However, that’s what they’re meant to do. That brings me to my newest project; ASH. More Mermaids During the month of #MerMay, I have released something called ASH. An Interactive Flash Fiction piece, ASH is about a mermaid…

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I’m going to be blunt; I need to take care. I have been in self-isolation for 20 days now. It’s been hard. I’m depressed, I’m anxious, and I’m stressed. None of these things is conducive to getting a damn thing done, especially when I’m living from panic attack to panic attack. My life revolves around keeping my loved ones safe. I would rather inconvenience myself until the summer than see them die a slow death on a respirator – or not even that, since they’ve got underlying health problems. I haven’t been able to read anything in a month, so my reviews will need to stop for now. They will still go up in the order I promised… Just not when I promised. However, Moonstone was completed and scheduled a while ago, so that will still be released on Patreon every month until the end of the year. So, I’m…

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