Baltimore Book Festival Schedule 2018

So, next up, I’m going to be at the Baltimore Book Festival in a few weeks! This festival happens every year around the Inner Harbor and authors from up and down the Eastern Seaboard like to attend. It’s always a lot of fun.

I’ll be on two panels this year over in the Science Fiction Writers of America’s tent.

1. Saturday, September 29th @ 1pm

Short Fiction: The Beating Heart of SF/F

“Novels may get all the press, but some writers do their most interesting work at the shorter lengths, where they are free to be more experimental. Find out the great reasons to read short stories, novelettes, and novellas, which ones to read, and where to read them.”

Panelists: Sarah Pinsker, AT Greenblatt, KJ Kabza, Sam J. Miller, Irette Y. Patterson, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

2. Sunday, September 30th @ 2 pm

Fantastic Places & Where to Find Them: Wakanda, Westeros, and Beyond

“In all genres, locations can often be so vividly imagined they become characters in themselves. Our authors talk about their favorite hidden, lost, invented, reinvented spaces, and whether or not anyone would want to live there.”

Panelists: L. Penelope, Lara Elena Donnelly, A.T. Greenblatt, Ilana C. Myer, Vivian Shaw, Jon Skovron

If you’re planning on attending, please feel free to come up and say hello!

“Heavy Lifting” Now Live in Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction!

As soon as I heard that there was going to be a Disabled People Destroy anthology series last summer, I started plotting.

If you’re not familiar with the Destroy project, it’s a series that started with Women Destroy Science Fiction when critics said that woman writers were ruining the genre. Since then, there’s been Queers Destroy Science Fiction and People of Color Destroy Science Fiction (As well as Destroy Fantasy and Destroy Horror editions). Everyone working on these anthologies, from the writers to the interviewers to the editors, are part of the marginalized group of that particular anthology. Most of the characters in Destroy stories are too, because the idea behind this series is not so much to destroy, but to normalize narratives that have often been left out (or worse, badly handled) in the genre.

Disabled People Destroy was a project I’d hoped to be part of for a very long time.

So, I’m pleased to announce my story “Heavy Lifting” is now free to read online. It took me many drafts and much pacing and wringing of hands to get this story right. But it’s important to me to create disabled characters who are well balanced, otherwise healthy, and are perfectly willing to go on an adventure.

Sort of like me.

I always write to music. Strangely enough, I never found the perfect song to be the soundtrack of the story while I was writing it, but settled on “Shadow Preachers” by Zella Day because of deadlines. Also, I liked the song.

Hope you enjoy!

P.S. My personal essay for the Disabled Destroy series is also free to read here.