Usually I enjoy doing end-of-the-year recaps, but as with so much this year, I really had to force myself to do it because my heart just isn’t in it. I’m beyond tired and burned out (hello fellow adjunct instructors out there), but I still had some cool things happen this year, so I want to remember those. I’m not sure what 2021 holds in store, in terms of you know, the world, or for me personally, but I guess all any of us can do is take it one day at a time, be kind to each other, and maintain hope for a better future. Also, a huge thank you to all essential workers and anyone who has to go into work and cannot stay home. You are beyond appreciated.
Before lockdown, I was on a road trip in February and went to see Graffiti Highway in Centralia, PA (which I think is now filled over in dirt?). I had no idea that would be my last road trip of the year besides going to local trails and parks, so I’m grateful I got to have that exploration on the other side of the state. I also spent some time in Jim Thorpe and it was the most whimsical little place. The town filled my brain with all kinds of story ideas, and I really hope to go back there one day.
Writing News Recaps:
- I co-wrote a novella with Matt Corley titled The Devil’s City, which ties into Horror in the Windy City, a full-length RPG campaign sourcebook.
- Cradleland of Parasites, my third collection of horror poetry, was unleashed into the world
- The anthology I edited, Not All Monsters, was published — I interviewed the authors behind the anthology back in February, which feels like a lifetime ago!
- Both books were featured alongside K.P. Kulski’s amazing debut novel, Fairest Flesh, in the December Night Worms package! It’s been so neat seeing all the photos of the books.
- I was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts — This Is Horror! I’m not sure when the episode will be out, but I had a lot of fun chatting with Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella
- I sold 12 poems, two flash fictions, and one short story, most of which are hopefully updated on my Publications page. I was particularly excited to have a story narrated on The Wicked Library.
- I began the Delicious Horror series on my blog and had so much fun with it. Submissions are always open if you have a love for baking/cooking/mixology and horror! Thank you again to everyone who participated and who has submitted
- I was on a panel titled “The History and Future of Women in Horror” also featuring Gwendolyn Kiste, Kathe Koja, and Michelle Lane, and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Archives & Special Collections– I loved listening to my fellow panelists and was really inspired by this conversation
- Earlier in the year, To Be Devoured was nominated for a 2019 Stoker Award in Long Fiction, and won the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Novella! Also, edits for the forthcoming Spanish translation of the book are ongoing with the amazing Dilatando Mentes Editorial!
- I was so honored to appear on the 10 Weird Writers to Save us All list by Silent Motorist Media alongside so many writers I admire!
- I co-organize the HWA Pittsburgh Chapter and enjoyed our online meetings this year, but I miss seeing our chapter in person so much! We held a spooky reading in October which was a blast
- I blurbed a lot of books and wrote a few introductions (and a lot of reviews on Goodreads) — things I very much enjoyed doing, but I’m going to have to cut back on that in 2021 because I really need to catch up on my own projects
- I appeared in a coloring book of horror authors! This awesome project was done by the very talented Cassie Daley — and you can find the coloring book here
- I’m positive I’m forgetting a few things, so I’ll just say how grateful I am to my writing friends, whether we’ve met in person yet or not, and everyone else who has helped make this year not so awful
- I explored a lot of trails around the local area, which was not only fun but really helped keep me sane (some of my pictures below)
What will 2021 be like? Not a clue, but I am quite happy to see 2020 go at any rate. Stay safe everyone, and I so look forward to seeing you all in person again someday!