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2018 has been a year, as evinced by the lack of updates on this site.  A book release, a major move, two major health crisises, two conventions, transitioning our youngest into an adult home.  Yet I'm still here, so I'll call it a win.

Perhaps the biggest news of the year is the release of my short story collection GODFALL & OTHER STORIES from Hydra House Books (available here).  The collection is all Cat Rambo's fault.  She said, "You're at a point in your career where you need to get your name out there.  Send me some of your stories.  Convince me that you have a collection, and I'll help you put it together."

Two weeks later, she agreed to edit the collection and voila!

Godfall Front Cover Final

The collection received a starred-review from Publisher's Weekly.  Four stories are original to the collection and eligible for fiction nominations for 2018:  "The Home For Broken" (listen to it for free here); "Scarecrone"; "Good Boy"; and "Black Widow".  Many of the other stories such as "Ink", "A Troll's Trade", and "Blue", are also available in podcast form.  The collection itself is also award eligible.

Of the new stories, "The Home For Broken" is the most personal, touching on the joys and pains of raising a disabled child.  I wrote it for myself, and am both surprised and humbled that it has resonated with so many readers.

What else?  I am now an Editor at the Drabblecast podcast.  I still listen to podcasts, though I don't write about them as often as I once did.  I am an Associate Editor in charge of author spotlights at NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE.  I have a Patreon where I ask questions, make paper craft cards, and explore what it means to be queer and disabled.  I have slowly begun to write again.  I attended Worldcon in San Diego, saw many wonderful people, and sat with the amazing Escape Artists, Inc., crew for the Hugo ceremony.  I also panicked, panicked more, hid in my room, and almost believed the shadows when they insisted everyone hated me and the world would be better off without me.

What's in store for 2019?  I don't know.  My only hope is that I will be here.  Thanks for reading.

I have struggled to write this post for weeks, rather months, okay, since January 20, 2017.  Like many sane people, I have difficulty processing much of what has happened in the past 12 months, kind of like processing being hit by a mack truck and dragged for a mile caught in its undercarriage as an afterthought.

The urge to wax poetic about my struggles with depression and suicidal ideation during the Year of Bizarro ...continue reading "2017 – The Good, The Bad, The WTF?"

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Early the morning of July 1st, pleasantly overcast and cool, I said good-bye to my husband and sons, had a hearty breakfast, and set off on a grand adventure.

Fuel for the grand adventure.
Fuel for the grand adventure.

My companion on the journey was Captain Rambo, a stalwart woman of keen insights and good cheer so long as ...continue reading "That First Breath"

As I settled into my cozy vacation home for the summer, I was filled with excitement and anticipation for the weeks of relaxation and fun ahead. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, the quaint cottage seemed like the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, my idyllic getaway took an unexpected turn when I discovered the presence of mold lurking within the walls and corners of the house. At first, I brushed off the musty odor and unsightly patches, attributing them to the inevitable wear and tear of an older property. Yet, as the days passed, my discomfort grew, and I began to notice subtle changes in my health and well-being.

Persistent coughing fits, nasal congestion, and headaches became constant companions, casting a shadow over my carefree vacation days. Concerned about the potential health risks associated with mold exposure, I made the difficult decision to cut my vacation short and seek refuge elsewhere. Leaving behind the cherished memories and anticipated adventures, I embarked on a journey to reclaim my home from the insidious threat of mold.

The discovery of mold in my vacation home served as a wake-up call, highlighting the importance of proactive home maintenance and mold prevention measures. Mold growth can thrive in damp and poorly ventilated areas, posing serious health risks to occupants and compromising the structural integrity of the property. As I embarked on the process of mold removal and remediation, I gained a newfound appreciation for the significance of maintaining a safe and healthy living environment. By addressing mold issues promptly and investing in professional remediation services, I took proactive steps to safeguard my well-being and protect the value of my property.

The experience underscored the need for comprehensive home inspections and regular maintenance routines to detect and mitigate mold growth effectively. From inspecting plumbing fixtures to monitoring indoor humidity levels, proactive measures can help identify potential moisture sources and prevent mold infestations before they escalate. Additionally, implementing ventilation systems and using dehumidifiers can help control indoor humidity levels, creating an inhospitable environment for mold growth. By integrating these preventive measures into my home maintenance regimen, I aimed to minimize the risk of future mold problems and ensure a safe and healthy living environment for myself and my family.

Moreover, the ordeal prompted me to educate myself about the adverse effects of mold exposure on health and well-being. Mold spores can trigger allergic reactions, exacerbate respiratory conditions, and contribute to chronic health issues if left unchecked. As I navigated the process of mold remediation, I became more vigilant about monitoring indoor air quality and implementing measures to mitigate potential health risks. By prioritizing the health and safety of my household, I embraced the importance of proactive mold prevention strategies and committed to maintaining a mold-free living environment.

With the guidance of a mold remediation expert and Building services in Sacramento, I embarked on a comprehensive plan to eradicate the mold and restore my vacation home to its former glory. From thorough inspections to targeted treatments, every step of the process was met with meticulous care and attention to detail. Witnessing the transformation unfold before my eyes, I felt a sense of relief and reassurance knowing that my home would soon be a safe and healthy haven once again. Though my vacation plans were interrupted, the experience served as a powerful reminder of the importance of prioritizing health and well-being, even in the most unexpected circumstances. As I returned to my revitalized vacation home, I felt a renewed sense of gratitude and appreciation for the moments of joy and serenity that awaited me in the days ahead.