Review for King of Ages

Hi all,

I thought I would share a a review on Goodreads about the anthology I am in and in particular my story. 🙂

“If This Grail Be Holy (P. Andrew Miller): I was loving this story even before I realized it was going to be about Arthur falling in love/starting a relationship with Lancelot. The idea of Arthur as a politician is one of my favourite ideas about a modern day Arthur and the plot twist was amazing and unexpected. I particularly loved Merlin here as he was rutheless and desperately trying to help Arthur get to his destiny and I liked how this story showed a bit what also happen in some of the future stories (at least in my opinion): that Arthur is a free man/woman and doesn’t live just for his destiny even if he/she often ends up reaching it. In my mind he did here too, telling the truth. Absolutely delightful.”

You can read the whole review here.

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Bad Black Cat Poetry

This past week had two very important days: National Black Cat Day and National Bad Poetry Day. Of course, the only logical thing to do was to combine the two.

An Ode to My Black Cats

An ode to my black cats three,

on the floor, they do not pee.

The youngest is Hades

who likes to abduct ladies.

The Oldest is Hector

Who’s sweet as, um, . . . nectar.

In the middle is Hermes,

He’s been fixed so he has no spermies.

Hmmm, I guess to celebrate them in rhyme ,

I should have named them Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

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The Inadvertent Networker

While networking has become almost essential for any career including writing, I am terrible at it. Whenever I try to deliberately network, I’m sure it sounds false. That’s even if I do it. It makes me very uncomfortable to approach editors, etc at a con or conference and pitch myself or my work. I have no trouble just chatting with people usually with no ulterior motive in mind. Often though, much to my surprise, these talks turn into networking opportunities. I have been asked to contribute to a short story anthology after having a casual dinner. I have been asked to contribute to a reference book because I knew the editor from a couple of conferences.

The most recent example came out of Comic-Con. I was wearing my Science Fiction Poetry Association t-shirt (In space, no one can hear you rhyme) and standing in a line. The man working at the booth saw the t-shirt and asked me about it. We started talking about writing and science fiction and fantasy and I gave him this blog site so he could look up the guidelines for a sf poetry contest. He did and then asked me to contribute to his own blog and a spot he calls Little Creative Interviews. I was happy to do it.

You can find it here.

And check out the rest of Scott’s website as well!

New Story in King of Ages: A King Arthur Anthology

I am pleased to announce that I have a new story in the anthology King of Ages. This anthology is a series of stories featuring incarnations of Arthur and Merlin in different time periods. My story takes place in America in the 1980s. Arthur is a politician and Merlin is his campaign manager. When Arthur has an affair with intern Lance, he is faced with a moral crisis about his future and his relationship with Merlin (Martin in the story).

From the blurb:
“A wonderful collection of short stories, with many vivid imaginings of different Merlins and Arthurs across space and time. A must read for fans of the Arthurian legend, as well as anyone who loves a good story.”
— Katherine Sparrow, author of “The Fay Morgan Chronicles”

And by the way, I do get royalties!  🙂