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Publications…2011 Year in Review

2011 was sort of a disappointing year for me, writing-wise. I had the pleasure to continue to work with some amazing editors and publishers, and I love the stories of mine that were published (or rereleased) this year, but my personal writing output was disappointing to me. I know why, of course, my other career took a lot more time this year than it has in any previous year, but I hope to find a better way to balance my careers in 2012. To that end, I’ve set some short story goals for the year, and we will see how I do. Also under consideration is a website redesign (posts are truncating weirdly on the main page, I’ve noticed) and more guest blogging. More blogging in general.

Here are the stories of mine that were published in 2011.

January

“Cycles” in Like a Moonrise from Circlet Press

Blurb: Shapeshifting is a powerful metaphor for eroticism, and in Circlet Press’s new ebook, Like a Moonrise, that metaphor is made central to these erotic coming-of-age fantasies.

Like a Moonrise is an anthology of six stories featuring original shapeshifters with a coming of age theme.The stories in this anthology explain what the werefox, werepony, and others face as they discover their own changes and the urges and instincts that come with it. Circlet Press moves beyond the now-common realm of vampires and werewolves to explore the sexual lives of different were-creatures with these stories.

July

“Blazing Star” rereleased as a solo from Storm Moon Press

Blurb: For over 250 years, the use of the tarot for divination has been a mainstay of mystical and occult practices. The themes and forces represented by the cards are said to govern our lives and our destinies. Whether you believe that or not, the story of the cards is nevertheless the story of our lives — the accomplishments and the pitfalls, the path from soaring joy to crushing defeat and back again.

Bea is a mind reader, weary of battle, but still with the Star in her eyes. Her lover, Hope, returns to Bea’s sanctuary in need of comfort and guidance, which Bea is only too happy to give. But the respite is short-lived when other Hunters show up at the sanctuary with news of an impending battle. Bea knows she must let Hope go, even though it may be for the last time.

August

“The Fullness That Love Began” in Daughters of Artemis from Storm Moon Press

Blurb: Werewolf lore has long been dominated by tales of the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology Daughters of Artemis explores this mostly neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos, with an erotic twist.

Publications…Review of Daughters of Artemis and Bonus Link

Well, Month of Thanksgiving ended up being very sporadic, but maybe next year I will be able to post daily. I still haven’t decided what I want to do to celebrate the December holidays; obviously from Month of the Werewolf and Month of Thanksgiving, daily posting is not going to work for me right now (the day job has been super hectic lately). Maybe I will try a couple stories instead.

But first, here is a fun review of Daughters of Artemis, which contains my story “The Fullness That Love Began.”

Over at Lamba Literary, Sinclair Sexsmith included Daughters of Artemis in Cliterotica Fall 2011: Storm Moon Press is a relatively new publisher, and one of their first anthologies is the lesbian werewolf collection Daughters of Artemis. The beastly nature of these stories surprised me, and when I got deep into the characters and plots I felt a connection to my own animal nature. Lesbian sex can certainly bring out the lusty, raw animal, and this collection pulled deeply on those tropes. Though we usually see werewolves as alpha males, there are plenty of alpha females out there and many have just as much command and demand.

And the Bonus. Despite the fact that I frequent Werewolves.com, I missed this post about upcoming werewolf books that includes Daughters of Artemis. It made me grin to see it.

In My Mailbox (2)…Daughters of Artemis author’s copies (Month of Thanksgiving Days 11 – 20)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

So I have failed at posting daily for Month of Thanksgiving, but I have been intentionally thankful each day, and I will share some of them here.

Day 11: I am thankful for solo road trips. I love being alone in my car, just me and my music and my machine, the road stretched out before us. I do a lot of driving at night, on lesser used highways, my lights the only thing breaking up the darkness for miles at a time.

Day 12: I am thankful for people who put up their outdoor holiday lights even though it’s still before Thanksgiving. Isolated farm houses appearing from the fields as I pass, bright white lights framing windows and doors, dangling from the roof, and trees wrapped in colorful strands. It’s beautiful and fleeting and an excellent reminder that some of the most amazing moments happen unexpectedly and then are gone.

Day 13: I am thankful for reading stories to other people. I spent some time with Tech Guru during my trip. One of those days, we were lounging around, me with a book, him watching old Whose Line Is It Anyway? episodes, and he asked me to read to him what I was reading. I was in the middle of the book, in the middle of the chapter, in the middle of the page, but I started reading aloud and continued on that way until my voice broke. He didn’t really care about the book or the story or the characters, but it was so nice to share that time together, laughing over the story.

(Laughing over the way I read so much faster than I can speak, and my brain runs ahead of me when I read aloud, and then I stumble a little to keep from skipping paragraphs at a time.)

Day 14: I am thankful for hot drinks (peppermint mocha) and cold drinks (iced caramel mocha) and the buzz of caffeine carrying me through the many, many entries on my to do list.

Day 15: I am thankful for Hulu, and for the network websites that offer streaming, which allows me to stay fairly current on the shows I enjoy without having to buy a television and order cable. I don’t mind being a week or so behind for some shows. I like being able to watch on my own schedule.

Day 16: I am thankful for good coworkers and team building lunches and having a job that I love a lot most of the time. Two jobs, really, because I also love my writing career.

Day 17: I am thankful for my publishers, with whom I have had such amazing experiences. I have been very, very lucky, and though I frequently focus on all the things I haven’t yet done, I need to take the time to remember all the things I have and all the things I love about what I’ve done.

Day 18: I am thankful for friends who remind me that I am doing more than I think I am, despite how much I feel like I have everything yet to do.

Day 19: I am thankful for the broiler, which I used for the first time today and which is amazing. How have I ever lived without it? Melty cheese on my sandwich, sourdough crunchy at the edges — I can’t wait to figure out more ways to use.

Day 20: I am thankful for author’s copies of gorgeous books. I opened my author’s copies of Daughters of Artemis today, and it is a beautiful book in person, just absolutely beautiful.

Daughters of Artemis cover

(Image description: A book cover in grays and shadows, with a full moon in the upper right, partially obscurred by dark clouds and the anthology title, “Daughters of Artemis: A Storm Moon Press Anthology.” A bare tree takes up the left side of the cover, and there are rocks at the bottom. On the rocks is a wolf and two women with pale skin. One woman is naked, the other wearing a dark dress. The clothed woman stands above the wolf and the other woman, the alpha to her pack. Contributors names are in the bottom right corner: Shashauna Thomas, Della Buckland, S.L. Armstrong, Marie Carlson, Erik Moore and K. Piet.)

It’s a crappy picture because I’m in a hurry, but oh, author’s copies, amazing.