You can now read my story “The Dybbuk Ward” at FANTASY MAGAZINE. There is also an author spotlight, and an audio version of the story. Enjoy!
I’m excited to announce that Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League has invited me back to write another roleplaying adventure. I’ll be penning Part 11 of 12, coming to the Dungeon Masters Guild in January 2022.
What’s this all about? Click to discover some mysterious hints on the official D&D Blog.
I can’t tell you much at this point, but here are some things I can confirm about my adventure:
- It will have pages.
- It will be available at the Dungeon Masters Guild (where you can currently find my adventure Forge of Fangs).
- It may contain maps and/or sidebars, and/or stat blocks.
- It is currently SHROUDED IN SECRECY.
I think that’s all I can safely reveal! But more info will appear here as secrets emerge from the mists. Stay tuned!
I’m pleased to announce that my D&D Adventurers League adventure, FORGE OF FANGS (DDAL 08-15) is now available for purchase at the DM’s Guild website. You can get the PDF, for hours of fun, for a mere $4.99.
I’ll be running this adventure for the first time at the upcoming Bookwyrm Gaming Convention, coming to Woodward Park Library in Fresno, CA the weekend of April 6-7, 2019.
My contact info is on the main page of the blog if you’d like to chat about having me come out and run this adventure for your organization or convention. 🙂
I’ve been a D&D player since Mr. Lawrence, my third-grade teacher, introduced us to the game in class. I’m over the moon to have the chance to officially be a part of the world and its lore.
If you play it, please drop me a line and tell me about it!
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed on with Wizards of the Coast to write an adventure for the Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League!
I can’t share much at this time, but:
- I’m really excited to have the chance to be cruel to a whole new audience of players!
- I’ll share more news here on my website as I can.
- As with my Pathfinder PFS scenario, I’ll be happy to run it for your gaming group / convention if you help me get to you.
Additionally, for those who got here through my newsletter and were promised that they could “find out more” at this link:
- The adventure will be available in PDF format at the Dungeon Masters Guild.
- It will probably involve humanoids and/or monsters, and at least one quest.
- I’ll be working with some very talented designers.
- If you print out the adventure, I’ll be happy to sign it for you.
- EEEEEE, I’M WRITING FOR D&D! My inner 8-year-old, who first learned D&D in Mr. Lawrence’s 3rd grade class, is bouncing off the walls. 🙂
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A while back, OF THE ESSENCE rights-reverted to me. I’ve been alternating between working on other projects and pondering what the best thing to do with it would be. It contained proprietary creatures and content from the HELLMAW setting, so any future action is going to require some significant changes.
Well, thanks to a handful of talented fellow authors, and a stack of very helpful reference books, I’ve found that angle. I’m currently about a third of the way through a new first draft, and excited about the way things are going. There’s a chance that you’ll be able to hold Quills’s story in your hands in the not so distant future. And then? She might have sequels. So . . . stay tuned!
Yesterday I met up with two other workshop participants in Albuquerque and drove them up to Taos, and then up up up some more to the Angel Fire Resort. After some kerfuffle, I got settled in and met up with the whole group for orientation and dinner.
We’re at 8300 feet or so up here, and I felt it more than I expected to, but less than would be worrisome. My manuscript is up in the first day’s round of critiques, and I made sure that I’d re-read the other two manuscripts before bed. I don’t sleep well my first night in a new place, but a couple random coyotes sang me to sleep. When I peeked out the window in the middle of the night, the stars looked low and close and bright.
I have officially moved house. If you need my new address and I’ve forgotten to send it, please contact me at one of the usual places. I’ve tried to at least update colleagues, but inevitably someone gets left off the cc: or it goes to spam.
My desk is the first thing we’ve set up here. That’s Toey, keeping me company. And snoring a little, after singing me the Song of Her People all night. I’ve been working on packing up the old house, moving, and doing revisions/rewrites on Hearts Are Jerks. I’m past the 25% mark, slowly but steadily giving it the polish and feels that it needs.
I don’t celebrate a Winter Holiday as such, but I wish you a pleasant one if you do.
I was honored to have the opportunity to interview James L. Sutter for Lambda Literary. James was my editor at Paizo for Gears of Faith, and I was his editor when he wrote for my anthology When the Hero Comes Home 2.
Bisexuality is in an odd place in the matrix of queerness. It’s important to show out bisexuals in the workplace. We exist. We’re not defined by who we’re partnered with. And we bring a vision of diversity to the publishing workplace and the world of literature.
So far, my query process has included two rejections, one request for the first fifty pages (followed by a rejection), and one enthusiastic request for the full manuscript from someone I would love to work with. The full manuscript request ended in a revise-and-resubmit invitation, with a ton of valuable feedback — all of which is dead on.
I’ve hired my long-time trusted editor to go over it for me, side by side with the agent’s feedback, so that my own blind spots don’t get in my way.
Meanwhile, I’ve submitted two new stories to short story markets. I’m currently working on a manuscript edit for a client, and an editing workshop/seminar to add to my repertoire.
Oh, and: Per my last post, converting an existing manuscript directly from first person to third person doesn’t work. At least, it didn’t work at all in this case. But I’ve discovered what my hard science fiction project actually needs, and that’s a full rewrite and present tense. It’s got a new first chapter now and it feels right.
And we keep moving forward, one word at a time. ❤
I’m at a writing retreat called Despite Excuses, up along the California coast. One week, nine writers, an amazing view of the ocean, and words words words.
This retreat is called “Despite Excuses” because there will always be excuses, reasons to not write, other things that take priority or precedence. But we get together somewhere beautiful for a week and we write anyway.
We workshopped my next novel for an hour before dinner. I got great feedback and new ideas, and was proclaimed “ready to go and write this thing.”
I’ve tried to write this thing before. This novel’s been in my head since 2010. It’s the hard science fiction manuscript that brought me to LaunchPad. I have eight(ish) chapters of a draft, which I apparently wrote to bring myself to the realization that I was using the wrong point of view, and possibly starting at the wrong part of the story.
Today I’m converting those 14,000(ish) words from first to third person, to see what they feel like there. Then I’ll build on them. They might all stay, they might all go, but I need to look at my foundation to decide whether it fits the house I want to build.