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Summer is Coming

Summer is Coming

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I’m a teacher, which means summer is a time for sleeping in, but also attending workshops and planning for fall. The school year ends for me officially on Friday, which means I’ll be having more time to write and promote my work. That said, I’ll also be moving classrooms, so my time isn’t totally open.

thumbI’m writing today because I want to keep my loyal readers updated on what’s going on as far as my work. My content editor has a copy of my latest novel, the first in a series of NA mysteries. My mythology this time is Lovecraftian (though the main character is a classics major, so there will definitely be a hint of the Greeks in there). I’m working on a promotional plan right now with my publishing company. Our goal is to have it releasing before Halloween, but nothing can be certain at this point.

If you’re interested in getting an early look at this, please consider joining my mailing list.

The Olympia Heights Comic is wrapping its third issue in the next few weeks. You can buy the issues on Kindle or read them online, but please, consider making a purchase of issues or swag to support this comic.

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Issue four will start this summer. “The World and His Wife” follows June (Hera) and wraps up the first of four archs. I’m hoping to have the first trade paperback of the comic available for purchase by Christmas.

That’s all for now. Expect more updates as summer arrives.

Dreams

Dreams

It’s been hard to write lately as I’ve been super busy with work and other projects. I finished another revision of Cult (upcoming) and a script for issue 3 of the Olympia Heights comic. I built a website for my mother-in-law and I’m helping build another website to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Charleston Shooting. TLDR: I’m busy. I hope to write more this summer.

But today I wanted to ramble a bit about dreams. I have a weird relationship with sleep. I love sleep, and I’m really good at napping, but I’m not so good at normal night time sleep.

I’m a Weird Sleeper

I can nap in a noisy gymnasium sitting up (and I have, in case one of my high school gym teachers is reading this.) I can drink an entire Red Bull with 90 mg of caffeine and immediately take a nap. In college I used to sleep biphasically. I would go to sleep at 3 or 4 am, wake up at 8 am, go to class, come back and sleep from 2 pm to 6 pm and then go have dinner and be up until 4 rolled around again. It worked for me. It does not work for a married school teacher.

I Need Your Help 🐭 🔫 🐱

I Need Your Help 🐭 🔫 🐱

This winter, my school is bringing in a speaker to talk to the kids about the holocaust. Every 8th grade English class will be teaching a holocaust novel to coincide with the unit. I would like to teach the 1986 graphic novel, Maus.

Now the school has The Diary of Anne Frank and Night on hand, but there are no copies of Maus. So I need your help. My Donors Choose project is running right now. Every $10 donated buys a copy of the book and if you use the code SNOWFLAKE (still active as I write this) at checkout, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will match your donation up to $500.

Maus is not only a great chance to engage students who otherwise might resist reading, but it also tells an important story about the dangers of intolerance and scapegoating.

You can check it out here. Thank you for your donation 🙂

Warning: Con at a Con

Warning: Con at a Con

Before I launch into this story, I want to thank Jeff Moore, convention security at CONjuration as well as Angela (Headsmistress of this spectacular convention) and the gentleman with the awesome Cthulhu shirt who loaned us his daughter to haul boxes. This experience I am about to describe in no way sours my opinion of this event as it was handled well. I will be back next year.

So let me tell you about the super upsetting and dishonest thing that happened to me in the final minutes of my CONjuration Con 2015 experience. I don’t tell this story to warn anyone against the convention (because you should all go!), but rather to warn vendors at all conventions in the south east to be on the watch.

NaNoWriMo 2015 Liveblog

NaNoWriMo 2015 Liveblog

This month I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. This is my fifth year doing the 30-day writing marathon. To the left you’ll find a daily calendar marking my progress. Below the related posts, you’ll find a liveblog that I’ll be updating throughout the month to talk about the experience.

Are you a Wrimo? Add me as a Buddy at Nimbuschick.

FINAL UPDATE

It’s done, though the draft isn’t complete. I’ll go back and revise book one more before I decide what note to end book two on. Thanks for the encouragement, internet!

NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

Happy Halloween! All Hallow’s Read is fast approaching. Tomorrow night I will be busy with friends eating book-themed food and swapping spooky books while dressed as a gender-bent Harry Potter. Then on Sunday, I will be writing like a madwoman to get out in front of NaNoWriMo!

My username is Nimbuschick, so go add me as a Buddy (it’s case sensitive). You can also follow me on Twitter and participate in sprints with me from time-to-time.

thumbWhat will I be writing? Last year I wrote a ~65k word serial NA horror story that is in edits. It’s set in HP Lovecraft’s world at Miskatonic University, present day. The book, currently titled Tales from the Eldritch Ivy: Cult, will be released in episodes in 2016 (I hope). This year I’m getting started on the sequel.

thumbThe sequel follows Sebastian, a secondary character from the first book, who is still struggling to rationalize the events of the first novel. When Sebastian’s ex shows up, AWOL from the Marines, he gets wrapped up in yet another dangerous, mysterious plot, this time involving the Necronomicon.

I’ll see you on the other side of November when the second issue of the Olympia Heights comic is available in paper and ebook. You can read it here as a webcomic.

Bottom Line: The Rocket City LitFest Was a Blast!

Bottom Line: The Rocket City LitFest Was a Blast!

I’ve had a very busy October so far. On October 9th I finished a 9-week teaching position with a flurry of paper-grading. On the 10th and 11th I did the Rocket City LitFest in Huntsville. On the 13th I spoke to some kids at Chelsea High School. Today I slept in late and made pretty leather things, at the expense of my clean, unstained fingers.

As utterly exhausted as I was by weekend, I must admit that it was well worth it. I spoke on a bunch of panels, met some really nice readers, and got to interview one of the coolest people on this planet on stage: Jenny Lawson.

Aurors: The Fist of Mars

Aurors: The Fist of Mars

tumblr_nuzm30bCzI1u5rgl3o1_1280I wrote a Harry Potter fanfiction. A 65k+ word fanfiction. Because I don’t know, but it was fun.

Aurors: The Fist of Mars starts months after the Battle of Hogwarts and is canon to the epilogue. It follows Harry, Ron, and other members of the Department of Magical Law enforcement as they attempt to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the war.

Ships: Romione, Hinny, and just a bit of Hannah/Neville. Also Oliver Wood features strongly in this fic.

I’m putting it online for free because I just want people to read it. I was inspired by CONjuration last year to get back into fan fiction. Years ago I used to spend much of my free time doing online Harry Potter role-playing, and so writing this story felt like visiting an old friend.

I hope you like it. You can follow its continuing updates on Tumblr, Archive of Our Own, and Wattpad.

And now back to editing my next original novel. Here’s chapter one to get you started: