The tail end of 2018 wriggled away from me like a tail off one of countless chameleons my sister and I spent hours chasing through our sweaty Austin childhood. I finally got a moment to listen to the Asimov’s magazine October podcast double issue, which opens with a sweet short piece by William Ledbetter, then (at precisely 8 minutes in) has my listicle story “Because Reasons” — as read by me. Relatively Texas-twang free!
Hear me read from my rock-n-roll Schrödinger’s birdie story “Wonderband” at the ALICE UNBOUND book launch this weekend at the 3 Brewers Pub on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa. This one imagines Alice in Wonderland‘s duck, eaglet, lory, and dodo as an indie rock band ready to rock it out against their nemeses, The Hearts, if only Duckie can win himself back into the good graces of the greatest lead singer in town: the enigmatic Gryphon.
I guess you can take the girl out of Austin, but you can never really take Austin out of the girl. . .
It’s a glorious day here in Canada’s adorable capital city. The air is clean, the sun is out, the leaves are set to turn into autumnal confetti. It’s with great pleasure that I look forward to appearing this weekend at Ottawa’s Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, a brisk walk from Timberhouse. I’ll be discussing Myths You’ve Never Heard Of. I’ll be reading a part in a play by local writer Hayden Trenholm. I’ll be at the launch for 49th Parallels, an anthology that explores potential Canadian alternative realities (and includes my story “As Mistress Wishes“). I’ll be giving blue pencil crits and kicking around and shooting the shit and generally having a decent time. If you’re nearby, I hope you’ll come say hello.
Hanging out at Norwescon this weekend outside lovely Seattle, Washington? Would love any and all to join me for my reading Saturday at 1:30 in the Cascade 1 room at the Doubletree hotel.
If you can’t make that but will be around Sunday 10 AM-11 AM , drop by the “Stranger than Fiction”panel to hear me gab with Cat Rambo, Jason Vanhee, Ann Shilling, & Grant T. Riddell in Evergreen rooms 3&4, or catch me discussing Standards of Beauty in Secondary Worlds Sunday 11 AM- noon in Cascade 13 with Rhiannon Held, Nathan Crowder, David J. Peterson, & Sar Surmick.
Hey! I’m reading at Norwescon Thursday April 2 at 6pm-6:25pm. It’s a tough slot. I know this. Anyone attending the reading has already been promised a drink in the bar immediately afterward. We’ll talk about writing, yo.