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Dec.12.2013
Oh, also! A quick update to show you all the cover to an upcoming anthology in which I have an essay: A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships, edited by Bruce Gillespie. It's coming out in April from TouchWood Editions, but here's a look at the cover. I like it! I'm still trying...
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Dec.12.2013
What's that, you say? You're not feeling the panic? I envy you, then. I never thought I'd get finish with grading papers this semester. Since the end of November, I've been reading papers comparing and contrasting narrative elements in a variety of video games. Now that I'm done, I have the urge to...
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Dec.01.2013
As you've probably picked up by now, I've been a little... harried lately. Between the end of the semester, a new book coming out in four months, and a thesis draft about to land on my desk, it's been kind of stressful. Not to mention a magazine contest that if it doesn't go well it's going to look...
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Nov.30.2013
Among all the other things that were happening last week, I forgot to mention possibly the one that was most fun: I gave a reading! It was Green College's 20th anniversary celebration (that's the place where I'm living while I'm in grad school), so I helped pull together a reading by current and...
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Nov.26.2013
(First of all, congratulations to Donna in Ohio for winning the copy of The Lavender Menace I gave away on Goodreads. If you're reading this, I hope you enjoy the book!) I can tell that it's getting close to the end of the semester, because I'm getting less sleep and drinking more coffee. It...
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Nov.11.2013
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One thing I've been trying to do this year is send out more stories to magazines, literary journals, and contests. I've probably mentioned before that I'm contest manager for a literary magazine called PRISM international. If you haven't heard of it, you're probably not from Canada. It's been...
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Nov.04.2013
*tap tap tap* Is this thing on? Can you hear me? Good. Remember when I said I was giving my advisor the first draft of my thesis? Yeah, that didn't happen, at least not on Oct. 11. Mike arrived for a visit on the 12th and I still wasn't done, so I got a week's extension. I finally sent it off (...
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Oct.24.2013
Okay, so it's really not Cupertino's fault that I decided to install the (free!) upgrade to Mavericks on my laptop Tuesday night. The night before I had a story due for my fiction workshop. A story that I hadn't finished. But yeah, I'm from New England and we tend to be frugal (my mother...
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Oct.21.2013
Right! Remember a while back when I said I had a copy of The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy! to give away? Well, I finally got my rear in gear and listed the giveaway on Goodreads. Behold! You've got until November 20 to enter, so don't delay. I also recently received my contributor...
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Oct.18.2013
...’Nathan Burgoine's Light came out. I picked up my copy from Chapters on Granville this week: (Bonus thumb in picture for added interest.) I'm delighted that it's getting loads of good reviews—a) because it's a great book and b) because ’Nathan is probably one of the nicest people I know. But...
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Oct.11.2013
The "disorganized, slightly impoverished graduate student" bookshelf
Happy Friday! Yes, I'm still alive. You can attribute the recent radio silence to deadlines. I'm giving the first draft of my thesis novel to my advisor today. This is the point where I should probably say, "It is so bad. So bad." But hey, it's a first draft. It's supposed to be bad. Or at least...
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Oct.06.2013
Next semester I'm taking a course in writing for radio. It's nothing I've ever done before, but I figured it would be a great opportunity to learn a different form and also to focus on dialogue. It's funny, when I was young (we're talking teenage years) I used to write things that were almost...
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Sep.25.2013
It's pretty easy to tell when the latest semester of grad school kicked into gear based on how infrequently I post. I've been writing, and TAing, and working on the literary magazine's contest, which I hope you'll check out. I also took time to write a post about a writing prompt, which I...
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Sep.09.2013
It's only the second week of term and already I'm exhausted. You'd think it wouldn't be quite so hectic considering that I only have one class, a fiction workshop, in the first term, but I'm also managing the writing contests this year for PRISM international, the literary magazine...
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Aug.30.2013
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Enough of tooting my own horn. I'm going to sing someone else's praises for a while. I met ’Nathan Smith (who publishes under the name ’Nathan Burgoine) in May of 2009 when Michael and I went to the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. I knew a little about him...
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