Reminder: Reading at Pandemonium Books TONIGHT! 7-9PM with COOKIES!

Quick reminder: I’m reading tonight at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge, sometime between 7 and 9pm. There will be cookies from me and goodies from another author, so save some room after dinner for dessert!

i’m having trouble deciding what to read. Here are the selections I’m considering:

1. The first chapter of A Witch’s Kitchen
2. The mud fight chapter of A Witch’s Kitchen (always a crowd pleaser, but I’ve read it at Pandemonium before)
3. The bonus Cretacia story from the Kickstarter, which I don’t think I’ve ever read aloud
4. My short story “Weeds” from YEAG2017
5. My short story “My Mother the Ocean”, which will appear in YEAG2018

Which one would you like to hear? Please vote in the comments or on my Facebook page.

All Books Read at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

I ran the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading yesterday, and it was a total blast! Fourteen members of Broad Universe read from their works and gave away prizes. What is Broad Universe, you ask? In a nutshell, it’s a non-profit organization of science fiction and fantasy writers who identify as female, as well as male-identified people who support female writers. We work together to sell our books at conventions and book festivals, organize readings such as last night’s RFR, and share information and advice.

Several people came up last night and asked for a complete list of the books and readers at the RFR. So here it is, to the best of my knowledge. Broads who were there, please correct me if I’m wrong.

Thanks to everyone who came to hear us read and to all my fellow Broads who tolerated my bumbling.

Resources for the How to Write Diverse Characters panel

For those of you attending Arisia this weekend who plan to attend the How to Write Diverse Characters panel (Sunday, 4PM, Douglas), this is a list of resources put together by our panelists:

Online Resources

Not directly related to writing, but still of interest: How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Recommended Reading

Our Favorite Books Demonstrating Diversity

An audience member noted that the upcoming Northeast Storytelling Conference is specifically about diversity.

And if you need to find someone to talk to about, well, anything, try Quora.com.

Arisia Schedule!

I’ll be at Arisia, the largest science fiction convention in Boston, Friday, January 13 through Monday, January 16. Here’s my schedule:

Fri 7pm – Geeky Parenting (moderator)
Sat 7pm – Latinx SFF
Sat 10pm – Pitch Mania! (moderator)
Sun 4pm – Writing Diverse Characters (moderator)
Sun 7pm – Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (moderator)
Mon 10am – What do you mean, 10 and up? (moderator)

If it looks like I’m moderating a lot of stuff, THAT’S BECAUSE I AM. And I’ve never moderated even one panel before, so this is freaking me out a teensy bit, so please come to my panels and lend me some moral support.

I will be selling my books and many others at the Broad Universe table in the Dealers’ Room, so please stop by. I’m offering a special on my books: buy both A WITCH’S KITCHEN and the 2017 YOUNG EXPLORERS’ ADVENTURE GUIDE, and I’ll throw in a copy of MOJO: CONJURE STORIES for free.

I may also make a brief appearance at the Masquerade because I helped judge the Student Writing competition, and they’d like me to be present for the award ceremony. However, the RFR may conflict, and by that point I may also have died a horrible death, strangled by my program. We shall see. I’m working on a costume, just in case…

Hope to see you there!

Behold the Glory of the New Site Design!

This has been a crazy, crazy summer, taken up mostly by packing up my entire household and moving. What spare time I’ve had I’ve been pouring into preparations for the release of A Witch’s Kitchen. I realized early in the summer that there was NO WAY I would also have time to revamp my web site. I wanted something fun and inviting for my young readers, but my web design skills are very, very rusty.

Fortunately, I noticed a Facebook post from Erica Schultz Yakovetz, an old friend looking for freelance work, and I swiftly hired her to do the redesign. I am DELIGHTED with the results, and I hope you are, too! We rushed the launch to coincide with Bubonicon, which I’m attending all this weekend. There are even more, cooler features that we’re planning, so this site is still somewhat under construction. Keep checking back for new content, or better yet, subscribe to my newsletter to keep up with all the changes.

In the meanwhile, I’d like to express my undying gratitude to Erica for going above and beyond to get this gorgeous site up. Erica also does book design and production. If you’d like to contact her, she can be reached at: