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Join Me at Johnson County Library’s 2017 Writers Conference

I love our libraries in Kansas City! The KCMO Public library was the master minds behind the day I got to talk to George R.R. Martin. And, now the Johnson County Library is hosting another FREE writers conference. I attended the conference last year and participated in one of the critique sessions.  I took the opening chapter of The Color Eater and ran it through one more round of edits, based upon the fresh eyes and feed-back of writers attending …

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My Fifteen Minutes on Artspeak Radio

Maria Vasquez Boyd is the penultimate advocate for Kansas City creatives of all types.  Every Wednesday she assembles a cast of talented individuals for her KKFI radio show–Artspeak Radio. I was lucky enough to be Maria’s first guest on August 9th of 2017, and we had a great chat about: my inspiration for The Color Eater, the state of women writers in the SFF realm, 80s action movies (of course!), and she was kind enough to let me read my …

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See you at the Uptown Arts Bar for The Color Eater Debut

It’s almost here!  This Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.,  I’ll be at the Uptown Arts Bar sharing behind-the-scenes secrets on The Color Eater and reading from the manuscript. I’ve had loads of weird raffle prizes donated, and you can win any of them.  Even if you can’t make it to the event, you still have a chance to win: A character’s name in my next novel— The winner of this raffle will pick the name of a character …

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Tune in to Artspeak Radio 90.1 FM-KKFI at noon on Wed 8/9/17

Things are going gang-busters getting ready for this Saturday’s big event at the Uptown Arts Bar. They’re going so well Maria Vasquez Boyd asked me to join her on the radio to talk about my work! If you’re by a radio at noon CST this Wednesday 8/9/17 tune in to Artspeak Radio on 90.1 KKFI.  Maria and I will be talking about my latest writing adventures, and she always has a really good line up. You’ll hear from me as …

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KC Writes Interview-Jeanette Powers

I count myself very fortunate to have spent an hour with the indomitable Jeanette Powers for my latest KC Writes Interview. And, I think today, on the eve of her new book launch, is a great time for me to share the interview with you. Jeanette is one of the hardest working women I have ever met, and is the penultimate community builder and facilitator of performance, literary, and visual arts in Kansas City. Always engaging and incredibly intelligent check …

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It’s Almost Time!

A few months ago I told you about my first solo-speaking event. It’s almost here, and I hope you can join me!  On Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.,  I’ll be at the Uptown Arts Bar sharing behind-the-scenes secrets on The Color Eater and reading from the manuscript. And do you remember that story about the four obstacles to living your dream? I overcame obstacle three by making a down payment for the writers’ retreat. Well, to help offset …

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Meet WTF on Friday, January 13th @ The Uptown Arts Bar

I’m sure by now you know you’re invited to the WTF stories for your earballs reading on Friday the 13th from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. at the Uptown Arts Bar. (3611 Broadway, Kansas City, MO)  I hope you can make it because I would like to see your face in real life. I realized some of my newer readers might not know what WTF is, though.  WTF is my weekly writing and critique group.  Let me introduce you to: Teresa Vratil …

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Book Review-Arts & Numbers by Elaine Grogan Luttrull

I did a bit of extra writing for the Whispering Prairie Press newsletter this month. I’d read Luttrull’s book and found it extremely helpful, so WPP decided to include my review in this month’s newsletter. You sold your first piece of work! Hooray! Congratulations! Celebrate that check, because it is a major moment of creative validation. You have mad creative skills—skills with financial value. If you want to pursue your art/writing professionally it is important to understand what your talent …

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Super Secret Library Day- Part 2

If you missed part 1 click here to catch up. “How do you balance your editorial brain with your writing brain?  Is it symbiotic? Or do you have to mute your editorial brain to finish your first drafts?”  I ask. George R.R. Martin pauses, “Now that’s an interesting question.” Interesting.  That could be good.  It means all my words came out of my mouth, in somewhat of the right order, in a way that made sense.  And he’s not answering …

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