Two Anthologies + Exam Season

My comprehensive exams are only a month away and I’m starting to feel the heat. Mostly because I spent the first part of September and October reading my favourite romance authors more than I should have been reading about new media. Oops. I guess my November is scheduled for me.

But before other things take me away, I want to talk about the two anthologies I’ll be in this season. One for Halloween (though really, spooky stories can be read at any time in my opinion), and another in time for the Christmas (or other winter holiday) season!

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I’ve already mentioned a few details about “Ugly Things” so I’ll shift my focus to my story “Red Suits and Second Chances” in Ylva’s Do You Feel What I Feel Anthology. My main character, Gina, dreads the holiday season because she wonders if she’ll have to play Santa Claus again at her office’s Holiday¬†party. Years before, when she wasn’t out as a trans woman, she was always slotted into this role because of her large beard and belly. Now, her life is considerably different–and she merely wants to get through the holidays without revisiting her past ghosts. Good thing Felicia, a helpful coworker, has a plan that involves some rethinking of Christmas spirit and what to do with red fabric.

I realize now that so many of my holiday stories end up having characters who hate Christmas, or generally find a hard time enjoying the holiday. Gift Wrapped was about two women who were considerably stressed for the holiday, since one was grading and the other wasn’t that close with her family. I’m sensing a trend here! I love Christmas, but I often find that I have to really work at loving it in some way. I need to find unique traditions and different stories to tell.

And hopefully, if everything goes okay, I will be done and passed my exams (both written & oral) by the time the winter solstice happens. Wish me luck!

September Review

I really, really like September.

First of all, my birthday is here in seven days. This year, it actually does fall on Labour Day, so I actually get a day off work. In other years, my birthday has often fallen on the first day of school, which for a nerd like me isn’t actually that bad.

Which also brings me to another reason why I like this September–no more course work! If you’ve been close to me or following me on Tumblr, you’ll know that I’ve been getting my PhD. This July, I finally finished the last of my required course work for my degree and I’m so excited. I’ll have to prepare for my comprehensive exams this fall instead, but considering that it will mostly consist of reading books I find interesting, I’m totally okay with that.

Another reason to like September? It’s close to Halloween and I’m a fan of all things Halloween. Including scary stories–like my short called “Ugly Things” in Ylva’s upcoming¬†Tales Of The Grimoire Anthology. Have I mentioned this yet? Because it’s really not that scary of a story, but more supernatural and fun. Kylie is a werewolf, but an ugly, mutt of a werewolf so she has no pack. She works at a dog shelter instead, protecting all the dogs–especially the mutts–from bad owners. Then she meets Jeanette, who likes Trixie this hideous beast of a dog that I actually based on a real life wondrous ugly puppy, and Kylie thinks she’s found the perfect person. Check out the listing for the anthology here.

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The other good thing about it being this close to Halloween? PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. I may be a complete stereotype of jumping on the bandwagon, but come on, pumpkin spice lattes?? I’m going to get a least a dozen until they stop serving them around Christmas time. Because pumpkin spice is great. And so is September, and I’ll obviously need these lattes when I’m studying super hard and trying to get edits done for my novel, Fragile, while also working on a couple other interesting projects.

Like this really strange urban fantasy series that I’m working on about enchanted shoes. More to come later.

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For now, as a parting word, can I link you to my free short story “Friday I’m In Love” that came out back in July? Because it’s cute, and I love The Cure, and it’s under 1000 words, so it won’t take you to long to read. Enjoy!