Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 in review

Xposted from my main blog on Dreamwidth.
Since it's almost over, I'll go out on a limb and do my year end post. The decade one will be turning up in a day or two.
So the writing part first.

Catherine Lundoff - books and stories either published this year or accepted for next year:

  • Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic (Queen of Swords Press). Single author collection of my horror, dark fantasy and weird fiction.
  • “By Her Pen, She Conquers” - LHMP Podcast, Heather Rose Jones, editor/host. Historical setting - young female playwright in Regency England finds new opportunity and a love interest at Drury Lane Theater.
  • “Good for Your Career? Evaluating Events for Writers” - SFWA Blog
  • “Inheritance” - forthcoming, media tie-in story for Wraith: The Oblivion edited by Matt McElroy (Onyx Path Publishing). If you read my story "Incarnadine Seas" in The Cainite Conspiracies for Vampire the Masquerade, this is a sequel.
  • “Lost Girl” - Fireside Magazine October, 2019, edited by Julia Rios (Fireside Fiction). Lesbian ghost story.
  • “Hunger” - American Monsters Part Two edited by Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit Books). A story about Minnesota nice, Minnesota monsters, Minnesota winter and toxic masculinity.
  • “The Rani’s Dream” - forthcoming, Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives edited by John Linwood Grant (Belanger Books). Mystery short story in which the acclaimed detective has to work with an Anglo-Indian agent who specializes in the occult to solve a jewel theft.
As Emily L. Byrne:
  • “Nights in Red Satin” - The Sexy Librarian's Dirty 30 Vol. 3 edited by Rose Caraway (Stupid Fish Productions). A middle-aged Latina tries to find her spark again.
  • “Arachne” - forthcoming, Nobilis Erotica Podcast, Nobilis Reed, editor/host. Reading of my Arachne and Athena story from Knife's Edge.
As publisher at Queen of Swords Press:
  • Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks. More Ramos, Simms and Deliah! If you liked Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, this is the sequel (and if you haven't read either of them yet, you should check them out).
Selected events - MultiverseCon, Twin Cities Book Festival, Untitled Town Book and Author Festival, The Loft’s Wordplay, WisCon, St. Cloud Pride, 13 Gears, MCBA’s FallCon, the Minnesota Ampersand Club. Plus 3 classes taught at Cat Rambo's Rambo Academy and a whole bunch of readings, presentations, talks, book tables, etc.

Other things that happened this year:
  • I worked 60-70 hours a week all year, between my day job, writing and publishing-related stuff. This was on top of doing the same thing last year and the year before.
  • It was, in short, unsustainable madness. I got laid off at the end of October and have spent the last 2 months recovering.
  • I lost my dear friend Beth to ALS earlier this year and several other friends to other unpleasant things. I miss them all.
  • There are ongoing family health issues that I won't go into.
  • I am actually reasonably healthy at the moment, knock wood.
  • Reconnected with some friends I haven't seen for a while.
  • Finally got the furnace replaced and put in central air.
  • I've done a whole bunch of writing on a couple of novels in progress, revived my Patreon and did a bunch of things to get Queen of Swords Press to the point where it is mostly paying for itself. The next steps are covering all its costs and paying me.
  • Travel this year has been mostly regional, with the exception of a trip to D.C. for Outwrite. Other places visited for events: Madison, Green Bay, St. Cloud.
  • The endless political and environmental trashfire has definitely taken a toll on me and everyone I know.
So there it is, my 2019. Better than a lot of people's, worse than a few. Here's hoping 2020 is a better year all around for all the best reasons. Let's make things better, people!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

So MUCH news!

I am thrilled to report that my story "Arachne" from my collection Knife's Edge has been accepted for the Nobilis Erotica Podcast! I'll post when it's live. And my novel Medusa's Touch got a nice shoutout on Cynthia Ward's year end wrap-up at Ambling Along the Aqueduct!

All of my books are on sale for the I Heart Lesfic Holiday Mega Sale (starts tonight and runs through 12/29/19).

And since my publisher, Queen of Swords Press, has to reset everything to match the Amazon proces and the Smashwords end of year sale also starts tomorrow, my books are on sale at Smashwords starting 12/26 and running through 1/1/20. All Queen of Swords Press titles are also on sale direct from the website from 12/26 - 1/1/20. Sale prices should also be reflected on all other platforms by 12/26 so if you prefer Apple or Kobo or B&N or international ebook platforms, those are options too!

Happy holidays and please enjoy!