Girl by Moonlight: Fractal Spire
A series of Speculate 2.0’s actual play episodes using the Girl by Moonlight system, in a joint production with Gregory A. Wilson’s Twitch channel. Brandon O’Brien GMs the crew of Michael R. Underwood, Valerie Valdes, Iori Kusano, and Jeoi Gawain Lin as they explore a technomagical conspiracy between reality and dreaming. New episodes once a month.
Next episode: TBA on Twitch
Monday through Wednesday night at 9pm ET on my Twitch channel, I play a video game for fun! Chat with me as I ruminate about the gameplay, characters, narrative, design, graphics, real-world connections, and sometimes my own life as it relates to whatever is happening on-screen.
Currently playing: Hades, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Due to the current pandemic situation, all my upcoming events are virtual.
Learn the secrets to writing a quick and dirty first draft
October 31, 2022 at 2pm EDT
This free online event will get you ready for the most productive month in a writer’s calendar – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Join top authors and previous NaNo winners as they reveal the hints, tips and cheats you need to turbocharge your November and write an entire novel in just thirty days. With Fiona Longmuir, Eden Royce, and Valerie Valdes.
October 15, 2022 at 2pm ET
Worldbuilding with Valerie Valdes: Developing your world is one of the keys to understanding your characters and the conflicts they’ll face. Find out what details are essential to consider before you start writing, and learn tips for not getting bogged down while playing god.
September 1, 2022
- 12:30pm ET: More Than Sexbots and Slaves
- 3:30pm ET: Virtual Table Talk
September 2, 2022
- 5pm ET: Reading
- 6:30pm ET: The Hero Doesn’t Always Journey
- 9:30pm ET: Cultural Borgification: Resisting Assimilation
September 3, 2022
- 2pm ET: The State of Latin SFF
September 4, 2022
- 12:30pm ET: The Problematic History of Speculative Fictions
- 6:30pm ET: Latinx Speculative Fiction—Authors, Stories, and Characters
Grayshade Kickstarter Finale Marathon TTRPG Extravaganza
July 15, 2022
At 12pm ET, a group of players and GMs will start a D&D 5E one-shot. For every $500 the Kickstarter earns, we will switch TTRPG systems, but keeping the characters as close to their archetypes as possible. Potential games include Scum & Villainy, Blades in the Dark, Brindlewood Bay, Boy Problems, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, and more! I’ll be playing from 3-5pm ET and 9pm-midnight.
April 30, 2022
- 11am ET: Inclusivity and Representation: Writing a Real World
- 12pm ET: From Flash to Fiction: Going Zero to 20,000 Words and Where to Stop
- 1pm ET: The Query Letter: How to Land an Agent
May 1, 2022
- 6pm ET: Worldbuilding: When Is Your World a Character?
April 8, 2022
- 4pm ET: Chill-n-Chat
April 9, 2022
- 10pm ET: Fantasy? On MY Spaceship?! Blending Science and Sorcery
- 11pm ET: Writing Non-Human Beings
April 10, 2022
- 11am ET: Up For Interpretation: Finding and Making Meaning in Fiction
Blades in the Dark: The Case of the Cindered Seal
A series of Speculate 2.0’s actual play episodes using the Blades in the Dark system, in a joint production with Gregory A. Wilson’s Twitch channel. Brandon O’Brien GMs the crew of Michael R. Underwood, Valerie Valdes, Iori Kusano, and Jeoi Gawain Lin as they explore a cultist mystery in the city of Duskwall. New episodes once a month.
Watch the whole series on YouTube!
A one-shot (for now) Speculate 2.0 actual play episode using the Shiver system, in a joint production with Gregory A. Wilson’s Twitch channel. Brandon O’Brien GMs the crew of Michael R. Underwood, Valerie Valdes, Iori Kusano, and Jeoi Gawain Lin as they attend a fancy party for up-and-coming writers, only to find a horrifying surprise awaits them.
Watch the episode on YouTube!
September 17, 2021
September 18, 2021
- 9pm ET: Verses and Visions of the Otherworldly: A Speculative Poetry Panel
- 11pm ET: Anatomy of a Book Boyfriend: Writing Characters Who Display Healthy Masculinity
Myriad Methods of Outlining Fiction
September 30-October 14, 2021 from 4:30pm-6:00pm ET (1:30pm-3:00pm PT)
Most people think of outlining as a boring bullet-point approach to organizing a narrative, but there are a variety of ways to put together an outline that looks nothing like what you might expect. In this series of classes, you’ll learn different approaches to outlining fiction that you can add to your toolbox so you’ll always have something that works for you and the story you want to tell. Guided in-class exercises will let you practice these methods and receive feedback to improve your workflow and output.
July 29, 2021 at 8pm ET (6pm MT)
Old Firehouse Books is thrilled to welcome four fabulous science fiction authors to a panel of stellar proportions! KB Wagers (Hold Fast Through the Fire), Mike Chen (We Could Be Heroes), Valerie Valdes (Prime Deceptions) and Jackson Ford (Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air) will be talking scifi adventure on Thursday, July 29th at 6pm MT. The event will be streaming to the Old Firehouse Books Facebook page, and is free.
Something Queer Is Happening Up in Space: Space Operas
April 11, 2021 at 2pm ET
The diversification of fictional love stories happens not just on Earth but in space too. We’ve asked the writers of two excellent novels set high above Earth to talk about their characters and their loves in this session. A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to Arkady Martine’s genre-reinventing, Hugo Award-winning debut, A Memory Called Empire and Everina Maxwell’s Winter’s Orbit is her gut-wrenching and romantic debut. Moderated by Valerie Valdes.
April 16, 2021
- 6pm ET: Constelación – Founding a Bilingual Magazine
April 17, 2021
- 12pm ET: Writing Contest Winner Showcase: Monique Laban
- 10pm ET: Surviving Your Debut
- 11pm ET: The Clockwork of Mechanized Emotion in Games
April 18, 2021
- 10am ET: Co-working Session
- 6pm ET: What Puzzles in Games Do
- 11pm ET: Trends in Speculative Poetry
How We Get Through: Writing During a Second Pandemic Year
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 3pm EST
How do we write through a second pandemic year? Join us for discussion with writers and novelists who are working with these questions every single day. We’ll talk about what’s been difficult, ways to cope, and how to move forward. Featuring Valerie Valdes, author of Chilling Effect; Marshall Maresca, author of The Velocity of Revolution; Ryan Van Loan, author of The Sin In The Steel; Premee Mohamed, author of Beneath The Rising; A.J. Hackwith, author of The Library of the Unwritten; moderated by Karen Osborne, author of Architects of Memory
Sprint to the Finish: Completing a Novel in a Short Time Frame
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 from 7-8:30pm EST (4-5:30pm PST)
This workshop covers how to prep for and make it through a noveling marathon over a short, fixed time period (such as 60 days or eight weeks!). It includes time management strategies, self-analysis tools to maximize productivity, typical emotional trajectories the writer might experience and how to handle them, rewards and incentives, and other tips and tricks to get from idea to finished draft as quickly and smoothly as possible. It will also include exercises designed to help you leave with a solid plan for how to start or complete your own project.
Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm EST
The people who bring you HNN author events are now starting a writer’s group! Meet with established authors to learn from them about the craft, learn what the publishing world is like, talk with people on how to get past your creative blocks, or ask how to build your world. Featuring Randy Gravitt and Valerie Valdes, presented by the Newnan Carnegie Library.
Book Boot Camp: How to Write a Novel Fast
Saturday, January 16th at 2:00pm EST
Writing a book can be a logistical and emotional challenge. Author Valerie Valdes shares techniques and tools to help you commit to and follow through on finishing a novel in a short time frame.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 12pm EST
Featuring Mur Lafferty, Casey Lucas-Quaid, Vida Cruz, Coral Alejandra Moore and Valerie Valdes.
Experience “Blades in the Dark”
Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 8pm EST
The Strange Friends crew brings new characters to a one-shot that showcases the heist-filled fun of Blades in the Dark. Featuring GM Brandon O’Brien, Michael R. Underwood, Valerie Valdes, Iori Kusano, and Jeoi Gawain Lin.
Rituals for Moving On From 2020
Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 at 12pm EST
Featuring Valerie Valdes, S.L. Huang, Gray Miller and Jamie Dillion.
New Voices from Orbit 2020 Reddit AMA
Tuesday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 9
Head over to Reddit r/Fantasy to ask me and other Orbit authors your questions about life, the universe and everything.
Soundclash: The Clampdown Fundraiser
Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 at 10:00am EST
A fundraiser to help improve the production of an all-BIPOC cast actual-play of a brand new game, with Brandon O’Brien and a bunch of cool folks.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Live Author Panel
Friday, November 20th, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
Organized by the South Hampton public library in collaboration with Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
RoberCon (all times EDT)
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
- 11:00am: Speculative Poetry: Tips for Writing the Best Verse in the ‘Verse
- 3:00pm: Speculative Poetry Reading: Dramatic Journeys to Unknown Realms
- 4:00pm: Sprint to the Finish: Completing a Novel in a Short Time Frame
Sunday, September 27th, 2020
- 11:00am: From the Mind to the Story: Making the Journey of Ideas Smoother
- 4:00pm: Hooked to Our Screens: Video Games in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020, 4pm-10pm
Karen Osborne and Valerie Valdes host a virtual literary house party to celebrate their book releases. Scheduled to appear are: Andrea Stewart, Marina Lostetter, Mike Chen, Megan O’Keefe, C.L. Polk, K.B. Wagers and Michael R. Underwood, with more guests to be announced.
- Friday, August 21st at 8:00pm EDT: BIPOC Round Table
- Saturday, August 22nd at 12:00pm EDT: The Ever-Expanding Universe of Space Operas
- Sunday, August 23rd at 1:00pm EDT: Reading
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 7:00pm EDT
Hosted by the Newnan Carnegie Library, featuring Valerie Valdes, Pat McKee and Angie Gallion. Each author will share about themselves, their writing journey, and their latest book(s). Books will be available to purchase from the Carnegie or Corner Arts Gallery & Studios.
R.A. Salvatore In Conversation
Sunday, August 16 at 10:00am EDT
A virtual panel at ReedPop Metaverse with Salvatore in conversation with author Valerie Valdes (Prime Deceptions) as they discuss the highly anticipated release of the final book in the Drizzt trilogy, Relentless (Legend of Drizzt: Generations #3) and their mutual love affair with fantasy and games in general.
- Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 8:00pm EDT: Reading
- Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 8:00pm EDT: Kaffeklatsch
- Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00pm EDT: Not Your Parents’ Space Opera
- Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 8:00pm EDT: In Space No One Can See You Hide the Evidence: Crimes in Space
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:30pm EDT
A virtual reading and conversation with Michael R. Underwood (Annihilation Aria) and Valerie Valdes.
Friday, July 24, 2020 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm PDT (6:00pm – 7:00pm EDT)
Galaxy Grrls, or the Female and Non-Binary Authors who Bridge the new Frontier of Space Fiction
Featuring Nicky Drayden (Escaping Exodus), Marina Lostetter (Noumenon Ultra), Jessie Mihalik (Chaos Reigning), Valerie Valdes (Chilling Effect), and K.B. Wagers (A Pale Light in the Black).
May 16, 2020
- 12pm: When Conflict Becomes Combat
- 9pm: Reading
May 17, 2020
- 11am: Plot & Revision
- 1pm: Infinity and Beyond
- 9pm: #Squadgoals: Group Dynamics in Fiction
Note: all times are in ET (UTD-4). Check the website directly to see the schedule converted to your time zone.
New York Comic Con
October 5th, 2019 at 1:30pm
Magic Space Opera/Science Fantasy panel
September 17th, 2019 at 6:30pm
Books & Books at Suniland Shops
11297 South Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo
March 15, 2020 at 3:00pm
How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
North DeKalb Mall
2050 Lawrenceville Hwy
Southwest corner of N. Druid Hills Rd. and Lawrenceville Hwy.
Decatur, GA 30033
March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm
Can We Build a Better Society Beyond Earth
Spring 2020 Emerging Writers Showcase
March 28, 2020 at 1:00pm
Fayette County Library
1821 Heritage Pkwy
Fayetteville, GA 30214