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1 March 2021: So lovely to be a part of Lee Franklin's Women in Horror series.
26 February 2021: David E. Cowen shares selections from the works of The 2020 Bram Stoker Nominees for Superior Achievement in Poetry.
25 February 2021: Anton Cancre reads poems from A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES and other nominated collections in Spec Griot Garage Episode 19: 2021 Stoker Award Nominations!
21 February 2021: I'm walking on clouds today!! COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES (Poetry Collection) and FINAL GIRL: A LIFE IN HORROR (Short Nonfiction) are on the final ballot of the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards, alongside many luminaries, colleagues, and friends!
My deepest gratitude and thanks to my publishers Jennifer Barnes and John Edward Lawson from Raw Dog Screaming Press and Holly Walrath of Interstellar Flight Magazine, and my editor Stephanie M. Wytovich, publicist Erin Al-Mehairi, and artist Steven Archer. DREAMSCAPES and FINAL GIRL would not be here without you. Two anthologies I've been thrilled to be a part of have made the final ballot: MISCREATIONS: GODS, MONSTROSITIES & OTHER HORRORS and BLACK CRANES: TALES OF UNQUIET WOMEN! Congratulations, Doug, Michael, Lee, and Gene, and thank you for letting me be a part of your wonderful worlds.
Congratulations to my fellow nominees, Alma Katsu, Todd Keisling, Josh Malerman, Alessandro Manzetti, Steven Archer, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Jess Landry, Meghan Arcuri-Moran, Cindy O'Quinn, Kyla Lee Ward, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Patricia Lillie, Anna Taborska, Jessica McHugh, Cynthia Pelayo, Sara Tantlinger, Sam Kolesnik, Tim Waggoner, Kevin Wetmore, and Rhonda Jackson Garcia, and more. It's an honor being here with you.
16 February 2021: Thrilled to see A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES mentioned alongside books from these incredible writers and poets for Women in Horror Month by Ben Long.
9 February 2021: I'm over the moon!! My essay "The Queen's Gambit Got Me To Play Chess Again" placed first in Cinemania's January Writing Contest. Thank you so much to everyone who read my essay, clapped, and left a comment!
6 February 2021: A wonderful review of A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES by Bruce Baugh: "This is an amazing, powerful, fascinating, wonderful collection of poems working with themes of horror and fantasy.
The poems here gather into several groups: a high fantasy tale of the struggle to save a kingdom from a demon queen and her horde, riffs on classic fairy tales, life among and as monsters, the victims of violence and their revenge, and "Myths and Dreamscapes", a section rich in fantasy and wonder as well as horror.
None of these poems are very long: only a few go onto a third page, as displayed in the Kindle app on my phone. Many are a couple dozen lines or less. They vary so much in tone - some graceful and liquid, some entirely tense and urgent. There's a lot of suddenly uncovered anger and monstrosity, and not all of either is bad in its context. I read quite a few of these out loud, to myself and the cats, and each one was even better that way. These poems work magic with their words."
4 February 2021: Thrilled to see A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES in this amazing list on HorrorAddicts: Women Writing Horror: A Listicle of Women to Read.
3 February 2021: Over the moon to see this 5-star review of A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES by Laurie Bark!
This little book of dark poetry will entrance you with its dark magic and simmering rage. Within its pages you will find fairytale worlds filled with magic, wonder and furious brutality. If you like dark fiction, I recommend giving it a try. The poems are broken up into themed chapters that often progress from one to the next continuing in a story-like fashion.
The first section was about bloodlust, destruction and war and I'm not entirely certain my brain comprehended it all on the first go but the poems all pulled me in and created a complete story.
"His eyelids cut in a half-moon
What is there not to love about that?!
The Fairy Tales section was one of my favorites. They're beautifully modern but yet manage to maintain a fairytale-like mood filled with the whims of the fey, the evils of men and they are bloody and vicious as well they should be!
All the Monsters in the World brings forth devastating violation, murder, and even a quirky vampire poem that offered some sweet, much needed relief from all the unrelenting but purifying violence.
"They will arrive
Hahahaha! Dare I say how much I love the way Sng puts words together?!
There's one poem here that will sit with me forever. It's called "The Girl and Her Wolf Dog" and It broke me into a million pieces and put me back together again. If I had to pick just one perfect poem from this collection, a collection filled with them, it would be this one.
Do something nice for you and give it a read! I doubt you'll have regrets."
1 February 2021: Honoured that my haiku "drifting snowflakes" was read at the Seashores Zoom event in Dublin where it was cited by Jay Friedenberg as example of a good haiku with mystery and more. :D
31 January 2021: Elated to discover that A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES is one of Well Read Beard's Top Five 2020 Poetry Collections!
23 January 2021: The Preliminary Ballot for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards is out and I am elated to see A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES (Poetry Collection) and FINAL GIRL: A LIFE IN HORROR (Short Non-Fiction) included, as well as two anthologies I have been truly honoured to be a part of: Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors - A Horror Anthology and Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women.
My most grateful thanks to my publishers Jennifer Barnes and John Edward Lawson of Raw Dog Screaming Press and Holly Walrath of Interstellar Flight Press, and editors Doug Murano, Michael Bailey, Lee Murray, and Gene Flynn for giving my work a home. Special thanks to my publicist Erin Al-Mehairi and editor Stephanie M. Wytovich.
I'm so honoured to share this list with luminaries and friends, Andy Davidson, Alma Katsu, Todd Keisling, Josh Malerman, Jeffrey Thomas, Alessandro Manzetti, David E Cowen, Tom Deady, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Jess Landry, S.P. Miskowski, Jason Parent, Steve Stred, Meghan Arcuri-Moran, Larry Hinkle, Cindy O'Quinn, Kyla Lee Ward, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Gary McMahon, Lee Murray, Rob Ottone, Anna Taborska, Jessica McHugh, RJ Murray, Sara Tantlinger, Michael Kelly, Sam Kolesnik, Jeani Rector, Tim Waggoner, Kevin Wetmore, Rhonda Jackson Garcia, and more.
19 January 2021: Incredible news to wake up to!! :D
A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES is one of Tor Nightfire's 10 BEST HORROR POETRY COLLECTIONS OF 2020!!
I'm so honoured to be on this list alongside my esteemed friends and colleagues Cina Pelayo, Marge Simon, Mary A. Turzillo, Michael Bailey, Angela Yuriko Smith, Ashley Dioses, and K.A. Opperman.
16 January 2021: Incredibly honoured that A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES is one of Reading Vicariously's Must-Reads from 2020! Thank you so much, Ben!
1 January 2021: 2020 was undoubtedly the most difficult year of my life but there were many good things that happened for me too and I celebrate them on this last day of the year:
A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES was born! Thank you, Jennifer and John, Stephanie and Erin, and to Steven, for bringing it into the world!
My first novelette FURY was written for the stellar anthology Black Cranes. Thank you, Lee and Gene, for taking a chance on me.
THE GIFT OF DEATH, a short story I love, was published in Space and Time. Thank you, Gerard and Angela, for giving it a home.
I began writing essays again. The one I worked hardest on was FINAL GIRL: A LIFE IN HORROR. Thank you, Holly and Sydney, for taking it on.
In the anthology Midnight Under the Big Top, I shared pages with my favourite author Robert McCammon! Thank you so much, Brian, for making this possible.
A huge thank you to all the reviewers and readers who read and reviewed my work, and much gratitude and thanks to the editors and publishers who accepted my work this year. You brighten my day, every day.
Other cool things that happened:
I completed my first Poetry Half Marathon!! Thank you, Caitlin and Jacob, for organising it.
My poem "Together" was featured in The Fox Poetry Box. Thank you, Tricia, for the wonderful honour.
I saved a lizard from a sticky wrapper.
My first virtual panels at C'monfluence 2020 and the Singapore Writers Festival were thrilling!
I received my first Pushcart Prize nomination for Poetry! Thank you so much, John.
My poems received 4 nominations for the Dwarf Stars and 3 for the Rhysling Awards. Many thanks to the Science Fiction Poetry Association and award chairs, Robin and David.
Finally, I taught my first art class on Zoom. It was a lovely, peaceful session and it made my day to know the participants enjoyed it. Thank you, Stephanie! Everyone was awesome!
I am so deeply grateful to all of you for being here for me during this impossible year. Thank you and thank you again!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year! Here's to a better 2021 for everyone!
12 March 2021: My cat sumi-e "Pensive Cat" and 2 haiku "morning song" and "metronome" appear in the latest issue of Akitsu Quarterly alongside many friends!
22 February 2021: So lovely to see my essay "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" in Cinemania for their February Writing Contest on the theme of love on TV and film!
5 March 2021: Glad to be a part of this month's brass bell on the theme of women and girls for International Women's Day!
4 March 2021: Happy to see my poem "Snow Child" in this month's Ladies of Horror Flash Project! Friends who enjoyed A COLLECTION OF DREAMSCAPES may enjoy this one.
23 February 2021: I'm thrilled to present "How Heritage Affects the Stories We Live and the Stories We Tell", an interview with Lee Murray, multiple award-winning author of Grotesque: Monster Stories and editor of Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, on Interstellar Flight Magazine!
18 February 2021: Lovely to see my poem "Mothers and Daughters" in Write Like a Girl!
17 February 2021: I'm so excited to see my poems "Safe", "Mother of All Things", and "Fairies from the Twilight Forest" in Spectral Realms #14 alongside many colleagues and friends!
5 February 2021: So lovely to see my haiku "spider silk" in brass bell:
25 January 2021: Thrilled to be in the Ladies of Horror Flash Project this month with my poem "The Long Days Before Winter".
14 January 2021: My haiku "movie night" appears in brass bell!
13 Jnuary 2021: So excited to see my latest essay "The Queen's Gambit Got Me To Play Chess Again" in Cinemania!
4 January 2021: My first published essay in 2021, "A Journey into the Darkness of a Violent Mind: A commentary on the American horror movie Becky (2020)" appears in Cinemania.
1 January 2021: My scifaiku "all this rain" appears in Star*Line 44.1:
all this rain
24 February 2021: My art "Eva" and "They Cut Me Up" were sold to Penumbric.
22 January 2021: My poem "Our Brief Time in the Sun" was sold to the anthology Age of Uncertainty.
14 January 2021: Tanka "Every Dream", "The Newfangled", "Digging Up", and Joined Poem "Time Slows" were sold to Scifaikuest for their February 2022 issue.