Digital versions and preorders of Dark Matter Magazine Issue 009 are available now!

I am so excited for this release. It includes my story, “The Ground Shook”. This is one of my favorites. Meera arrived on the page and insisted her story be written. She’s determined to bring back her daddy, no matter what it takes or what might be happening in the world around her. Meera’s story is a dark, creepy, and emotional one, but not without love and hope.

A sample of Issue 009 is available here: https://darkmattermagazine.com/issues/issue-009/

Honored to share a table of contents with these amazing writers, Noah Codega, Andrew Sullivan, R.L Meza, Monte Lin, Rich Larson, Ai Jiang, Mark Joslyn, Warren Benedetto, Alex Woodroe, and Christi Nogle. As well as, incredible artists Asher, The Art District’86 and cover artist artofolly. Art features and editorials by Rob Carroll are always fantastic. And, there’s an author interview with Anne Heltzel by Jena Brown and upcoming submission news by Anna Madden. Dark Matter Magazine is one of the best out there, and it’s exciting to watch the press grow.

You can order digital issues and preorder print issues here: https://darkmattermagazine.shop/collections/issue-009

Under Her Skin: A Women In Horror Poetry Collection, Volume I

There’s been much buzz about this one and rightly so. I may be a bit biased as I am honored to have three poems, “Intimate Communion”, “Molting”, and “Zombification”, in this amazing collection, but the TOC, the sneak peeks, and the spotlights have been spectacular.

This collection edited by Lindy Ryan and Toni Miller with incredible cover art by Lynne Hansen, a foreword by Linda D. Addison and illustrations by Marge Simon releases April 2022.

Until then, check out these spotlights and reviews:

https://www.glitterandgravedust.com/blog/under-her-skin

Another cover and TOC reveal:
https://thenerddaily.com/under-her-skin

Poem Previews:
https://www.fangoria.com/original/under-her-skin
https://www.scifinow.co.uk/books/under-her-skin-cover-and-poetry-reveal

Release announcements:
https://www.horrorscreamsvideovault.co.uk/2021/10/ https://joyhorrorentertainment.blogspot.com/2021/10/
https://horrorpatch.com/2021/10
https://www.pophorror.com/black-spot-books
https://horrornews.net/169853/black-spot-books
https://www.horror-asylum.com/news/black-spot-books
https://dreadfulesque.com/review-under-her-skin-a-women-in-horror-poetry-collection
More NetGalley Reviews:

April: National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.

Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.

I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.

For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.

The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.

2021 Goals

So, I’m figuring these out as I write this. Not the way I’d recommend setting goals, but I don’t want to go into February without a plan.

Today I submitted the first 3,000 words of my novel to Futurescapes workshop. I was thrilled to be accepted and am both excited and nervous about workshopping my novel in March. My main goal this year is to have my novel ready to submit by June 1st.

Secondary goals are:

Write a poem a day in April for National Poetry Month.

Write, revise, and submit 12 new flash or short stories this year.

Revise and submit any previous stories that are worth developing.

Read 20 books. I’ve reduced this goal from previous years due to the hours of reading I do each week for Flash Fiction Online.

Still aiming for 100 rejections, and a handful of acceptances would be nice, as well. 🙂

Think that’ll do it for my writing life this year. Wishing everyone a productive and peaceful 2021!

These two little pen stealers haven’t helped my productivity, but they’re worth it.

2020 Goal Accountability

I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, but I do like goal setting. So here’s a look at how well I met them last year.

The number one goal was writing my novel. I finished the first draft and am about halfway through revisions. Then, I’ll send it to Richard Thomas for line-edits. Once he sends it back, I’ll do one more round of edits before sending it out to agents and publishers. I’m happy with this, even though I’d hoped to have it in Richard’s hands by the end of the year. The novel is coming along nicely. It’s dark, tense, and disturbing, with a touch of humor and, maybe even, hope. I’m excited to share it with readers.

I’d planned to revise and submit 16 short stories. I’ve finished 8. Those, along with a few stories that were completed the year before, plus a few poems were submitted 71 times. My goal was 100 rejections and a few acceptances. Didn’t quite hit the rejection mark, but my short story “Wolf’s Bane” and two poems, “Haunted Basin” and “Witch’s Garden”, were accepted to publications I’m honored to have work in.

Adding to my collection of print publications 🙂

Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tales and Myth workshop led to six new stories. Plus, I signed up for a couple micro-fiction challenges with The New York City Midnight Challenge, as well as, wrote a new story in the short story challenge.

My goal of reading 52 books last year fell short, at only 37. But including the 8 novels I read and critiqued for my peers and all the flash stories read and reviewed for Flash Fiction Online, I feel pretty good about my reading for the year.

All in all, it was a pretty successful year, amongst all the chaos. Next week I’ll post goals for 2021!