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Let me explain.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

My story “A Diet of Worms” was published in the October issue of Nightmare Magazine, for their People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror! special. Read it, fear it, send me all your gummy worms. There’s an associated interview, if you want a peek into the inner workings of my story mind and don’t get enough of that from Twitter ramblings.

Since it was published this year, the story is eligible for awards. I’m not sure which ones, precisely, but you could nominate it for some if you enjoyed it.

In other news, I had the enormous pleasure of attending Viable Paradise in October, which deserves a lengthy and glowing report that I will likely get to after NaNoWriMo has released me from its cruel tentacle-y grasp. I learned things, I wrote things, but more importantly, I made friends with some of the finest humans around.

In conclusion, this cat is snoring. Please do not wake him.
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SF Signal Mind Meld: Our Recent Faves from the Lighter Side of Genre

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The operative question for this Mind Meld was: What books have you read, especially recently, that you’d recommend to others as a temporary vacation from the slings and arrows of our current world?

Because I am nothing if not consistent, I once again mentioned Diana Wynne Jones, whose work never fails to put me in a chipper mood. I also offered up my most-reread duology by Patricia C. Wrede, because I’m a sucker for Regency romance.

There are a ton of great recommendations there, so check it out. You can apologize to your wallet later.

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New article on Fantasy Literature

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I wrote an article for Fantasy Literature about how to write worlds and magic systems where magic is treated as a profession. If that sounds like your cup of tea, take a sip.

Comment on the post and you could win a book of your choice! The selection looked pretty sweet to me.

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Daily writing prompts

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

I’ve started to post daily writing prompts on Tumblr, primarily for my students but also for anyone who needs a little nudge to get back on the wagon. Or to fall off the wagon? Possibly to caulk the wagon and get across the river.

Anyway, here it is, and I hope it helps.

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Short Fiction Workshop

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

This summer, I’ve been invited to teach a workshop on short fiction at The Brainery. The Brainery Workshop is an online creative writing class focused exclusively on speculative fiction as an artistic discipline worthy of theory and practice. The writing participants are expected to produce includes, but is in no way limited to: magical realism, science fiction, horror, weird tales, slipstream, steampunk, and the like. As long as there’s a speculative fiction-y element, we’ll call it good.

This course is an intense practicum in speculative fiction writing and students can expect a traditional graduate-level fiction workshop, concentrating on understanding and implementing the various aspects of speculative fiction. These aspects include craft issues such as characterization, point of view, narrative structure, style, and voice. Although this class is designed with a flexible schedule in mind, students are expected to commit to the same standards as expected of graduate-level creative writing courses, including: deadlines, feedback, and accountability.

There will be master class roundtable sessions with John Chu, who won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, and Michi Trota, managing editor for Uncanny Magazine.

For more information or to sign up, visit: http://www.transmography.net/brainery/shortfictionsummer2015withvalerie/

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