WisCon: Or How I Found My Tribe

What is that crazy hand gesture in the picture below all about? I honestly don't know. The picture was snapped during my reading of "Schrödinger's" at WisCon last weekend, and all I can say is that whatever I was doing I was really into it. I still don't have pre-order information on my collection Uncommon Miracles, due out with PS Publishing later this year, but I'm having all sorts of writing fun while I wait for the next steps. WisCon was yet another first for me this year. My first time at WisCon. My first time meeting and hanging out with one of my critique partners, the fabulous Sarah Read, live and in person. And, of course, the first time I've done a group reading for a roomful of WisCon attendees. As it turns out the editor of the Cream City Review, who published my story "Raven Hair" last month, was also in the audience, so that was a first, as well.

Other People's Words

Emily B. Cataneo's collection Speaking to Skull Kings & Other Stories is dark and weird and all sorts of fantastical. Emily writes sentences that make me desperately wish they were mine. She's a writer with style to spare. More than that though, she is one of my writerly soul sisters. Like Miranda July, Kelly Link, and Bonnie Stufflebeam, Emily's stories couldn't have been written by anyone else but her. They are unique in both vision and execution. And most satisfying of all, they are full of heart. 
My story "Raven Hair" is out in the latest issue of the Cream City Review. Can I just say I'm super excited about this one? A riff on fairy tales and transformation, plus of course cannibalism. I'm hoping to find the time to do a lot more in this mode. The first person to message me @thisjulieday gets a free copy and one of the tasty cookie medals I'm modeling in the picture above. 
This Month's Favorite Re-read

Lovely people, dear readers, goddesses, and demi-gods, while re-reading Dorothy Sayers novel Clouds of Witness, I mentioned to a friend how much I was enjoying the book. Her response? "Who is Dorothy Sayers?"  Who is Dorothy Sayers? Well, let me just say, challenge accepted. Dorothy Sayers is a feminist crime writer from the 1930s whose work is both witty and line-level wonderful. She's an author of detective mysteries who out-Christies Agatha Christie. She was also one of the first women to receive a degree from Oxford University. On those late nights when life feels hard, her novel The Nine Tailors is one of my regular companions.  
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