Things and Stuff

It has been brought to my attention that I suck at updating this blog. Honestly, I’ve been pretty busy for the past couple of months, and the last month in particular. So here’s a quick recap of everything that’s been going on since my last post.

1. I took over the “Doctor Who Project” column at HorrorNews. Whether I’ll still have time to maintain “Creature Profiles” is up for debate–and I haven’t written one of those in quite some time to begin with.

2. I interviewed for and was offered an internship at In Bliss here in Philadelphia. I just completed my 4th week and have about 8 weeks to go. I get to write content for their eZine, edit website content, and generally learn more about weddings than I ever anticipated. I am also master of their Spotify account, owing to my past as a DJ.

3. After completing my first day of the internship, I phone interviewed with Red Adept Publishing and landed a job as a line editor. I’m already on my second book, and my schedule is full for the foreseeable future. Which is good, because I’m getting paid to do something I love.

4. Waiting on submissions to Cemetery Dance, Tor.com, Samhain, Namel3ss, and DarkFuse. Hoping for good news. I’ve got two more stories needing to be typed up (yes, I still write most of my stuff long-hand), and I’ve started a new novella. Another novella is in need of revisions, and I’ve had a few false starts with my next novel, which is currently on the back burner until my internship is over and until I can figure out which book I’m actually trying to write.

5. I’m taking several classes through Coursera, since I can’t seem to break away from school just yet. Currently I’m enrolled in Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. Next month I start Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases and Plagues, Witches, and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction. It’s all free, and it’s a great opportunity to take classes not offered at your particular school.

I think that covers everything for now. I’ll try to update more often, I promise.

Quick Updates

Yesterday I received a promo print copy of the first book I ever edited for Musa Publishing, Stained Glass Summer by Mindy Hardwick. I’m very happy for Mindy and glad it’s doing so well.

I have three stories submitted, one completed as of yesterday, and another that will be finished this weekend. And I’m planning to rewrite yet another story for an upcoming anthology whose due date is the 31st. So yeah, not much time. Fortunately I’m on vacation the 20th-24th, although my teaching class starts that same week. (An essay due in the first week of class? Really???)

I’m also working on a guest post for Nikki Hopeman‘s blog, where we will be discussing YA dystopian. The dystopian sub-genre of science fiction is one of my favorites, and I’m excited to talk about it in a YA context. I have an upcoming interview on Mary DeSantis‘s blog as well.

Finally, I’ve joined the fine folks at HorrorNews.net. You can read my first article, about the Jersey Devil, here.