Fiction Sale — “Poor Man’s Roses” to Apex Magazine

Yay! I sold a story to Jason Sizemore at Apex Magazine called "Poor Man’s Roses." It’s a 2400-word dark science fiction tale set in the near-apocalyptic far future. It’s also a total homage to Patsy Cline. I dedicate it to my fellow author and BFF Kelli Dunlap, who inspired me to come up with the idea (the woman being…

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Hannah, Backward & Forward

For me, 2008 was The Year of Getting Better. (Like Tomo would say: Bad Breakup was bad.) I took the first six months off to wallow in self-pity and nurse my wounded pride. By Mo*Con, I was ready to come back into the world and my friends welcomed me with open arms. I spent the rest of the year…

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I Saw Elvis Last Night

Not this Elvis: THIS Elvis: I’m amazed I a.) got a decent picture and b.) managed to take anything at all before the Ryman Camera Nazis descended. They were in rare form last night. So was Elvis…during every second of his 90-minute encore. We just about "one more song"ed him to death. Welcome to Nashville.

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Tomorrow’s Fair Game

For those of you not following along on Twitter & Facebook, I got hit with a pretty serious bout of food poisoning Monday night (thank you Wing Stop, Murfreesboro). I lost about 36 hours to vomiting and blinding fever so I’m now behind on everything: work, laundry, packing for the next trip, posting the pictures of Mo*Con, charging my…

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With friends like these, who needs Con reports?

The first two years I attended Mo*Con, the Machines of the Universe gave me something I didn’t know I needed. This time, it was Kelli Dunlap’s turn. And I helped. You can read her beautiful summary here. We had fun (as usual), we ate like kings (as usual), I took lots of pictures (as usual)…and then there was the…

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Susan Boyle: It Takes One to Know One

I was all set to write an Apex essay about introverts and tornadoes, but–as happens to writers from time to time–recent events compelled me to take my thoughts in another direction. Not about the huge lot of repairs my car suddenly needs, or the Unabomber squirrel who’s taken up residence in my attic, or the convention season I’m about…

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Millennicon Memories # 2: The Queen of Karaoke

A lot of people follow astrology, numerology, runes, bones, or the grounds at the bottom of a coffee cup. Some say your name’s meaning is your blessing and your curse. Other folks believe that the Number One song on the charts (US/UK) on the day you were born determines your destiny. On January 11, 1976, the number one song…

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How To Play the Musical Saw

While in Chattanooga for Mary Robinette Kowal’s birthday bash, Ken Harrison (Mary’s esteemed father) played his saw for us. He also gave us a brief tutorial on how one plays the musical saw, and I caught it on camera. The bonus bit at the end is for all my fellow Trekkies out there.

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