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We’re about to wrap up October here in a little bit, and that means Evil Girlfriend Media‘s anthology Roms, Bombs, and Zoms will be launching. November 1st, kiddies. Think about getting your hands on it so you can read my story, The Second Battle of Gettysburg.

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Also happy to announce that Global Interdisciplinary Research Studies‘ journal, Monsters and the Monstrous, has accepted an excerpt of my novel, (tentatively titled) Of Wolves and Donkeys: RLS’s Untold Journey Through the Cevennes. From their home page:

Monsters and the Monstrous is a biannual peer reviewed global journal that serves to explore the broad concept of “The Monster” and “The Monstrous” from a multifaceted inter-disciplinary perspective. The journal publishes work that seeks to investigate and assess the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the journal will have a dual focus with the intention of examining specific ‘monsters’ as well as evaluating the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as ‘monstrous’. The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors will also be examined.

This is very cool for a number of reasons. The first is the obvious–publishing is always a treat. But I have a special place in my heart for the M & M journal, as it is the journal that stems from the interdisciplinary conference by the same name. As a sophomore during my undergrad, I actually gave a paper at their 6th Global Conference at Oxford, under my maiden name, Meadows. That feels like an awfully long time ago, so it’s pretty neat to have a piece get into the journal all these years later. If you’d like a few samples from the novel, head on over to my Goodreads author page; I’ve got a few excerpts up.

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In terms of Despumation Press, I’ve decided (because it’s still early enough to do so) to change from book publishing to journal publishing. Although I’ve got experience with both (or maybe because I do), a literary journal is really what I need to be doing. Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll expand into books, but I’m happy and excited to put out what I hope will be a quarterly journal. I’m expecting pieces from a handful of authors whose work I’ve always admired and I expect the first issue to be rather nifty. That’s right…nifty. It’s a perfectly metal term. Okay, it’s not, but…whatever. \m/\m/ If you’re a writer and you’re reading this, please swing on by our submissions page and see if it’s something you’d like to try. In the meantime, I’m anticipating a series of ecstatic story/essay acceptance announcements in the coming weeks and months.

Otherwise, I’ve recently finished a marathon manuscript editing phase (not my work, the work of others), then took a break to take care of some things here at home that required a little time and effort (hey, I even had a birthday–hello, 39!), but today is a Me Day. I have pumpkins to carve (it’s not too late!) and some Halloweeny activities to indulge in this evening. Tomorrow, it’s back to work–on my own manuscript. And then, I don’t know, I’m toying around with maybe taking on NaNoWriMo this year. I kind of forgot about it, but I might have something rolling around up in the ol’ noggin’ that I can vomit out over the course of the next month. We’ll see…how about you? NaNoWriMo for you?

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So…life has been complicated since I last posted. Our beloved Moggy had to be let go on June 24th, as his leukemia finally caught up with him. Almost six years was much longer than the 2-3 years vets gave him, so we can’t complain, although we miss him terribly.

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That said, there is always a silver lining, or in this case, two linings, one black and one grey. The day we took Moggy to the vet’s, there were two cats that had been abandoned there the night before. We had to wait a month to make sure any bits left over from Mogg’s leukemia were indeed gone, but about a week ago, we brought home Aud the Deepminded (black) and Gudrun (grey). Good, strong viking women. They’re adjusting well, and so are we.

LadiesontheCouchIn addition to that, we’ve been having issues with our neighbors, with whom the township has sided, and now we are forced to enter into litigation. I won’t go into the details, but I assure you, it’s absolutely not how we want to spend our time and money, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

These things have been stressful and distracting, but I have, nonetheless, been productive. Been doing a lot of editing. Happily working on Stephen Graham Jones‘s ‘Sterling City’ for Nightscape Press.

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But the most exciting news I have is that I’ve started a press. Here is our mission statement:

In fiction, Despumation Press seeks to champion writing that explores the diverse themes metal customarily addresses using language in such a way as to evoke the feeling of listening to the music. In nonfiction, Despumation Press seeks to produce books and essays on an assortment of unique and fascinating topics from within and around the metal ethos.

So, we’re open for submissions. Books in the works are a collection of nonfiction mosh pit stories along with a handful of essays on the pit, a collection of short fiction based on metal songs, and we’re on the look out for our first novel/novella. I have some other projects in mind, but this is a start and we’ll see where we go from here.

Please check us out, and share our links wherever you might find them (Facebook, Twitter). We’re listed on Duotrope, for those who like to go through there, but we need all the word of mouth we can get. That said, we’re expecting to be featured over at Decibel magazine’s Deciblog in ‘Tales from the Metalnomicon” at the end of the month, and that’s pretty dang cool.

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To celebrate the cover reveal for Greenshift, the e-book will be temporarily 99 cents at Amazon!




A tale set within the world of Ambasadora.


Mari’s rare eye color makes her a pariah within Upper Caste society, which is why she prefers plants to people…except David, the former Armadan captain who shuttles scientists around on a refurbished pleasure cruiser.


But someone else is interested in Mari and her distinctive look–an obsessed psychopath who tortures and murders women for pleasure.


When the killer chooses Mari as his next victim, the soldier inside David comes alive, but it is Mari who must fight for her own life and prove she isn’t as fragile as the flowers she nurtures.


Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller


Cover Art by Bradley Sharp


Foreword by Dana Marton

Space Opera/Science Fiction Romance paperback coming from Dog Star Books in August 2013


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If you haven’t yet, please head on over the Evil Girlfriend Media‘s Roms, Bombs, and Zoms anthology Facebook page and ‘like’ it! My story, The Second Battle of Gettysburg, will be in it!

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crossroadsAnother missive here from the land of Not-A-Moment-To-Spare. I have done no writing, and have barely done any editing. It’s all about the garden. Which makes sense, and although it’s all-consuming this year, it will be much less so next year (I have to keep reminding myself). This year we had started from scratch, with no tools (literally, we have to keep finding ways to acquire what we need, as we need it, or just go out and buy them), and without proper space. All in all, despite being so busy with it, due to things that seemed beyond my control, we’re hardening off our plants late, although I expect to be transplanting more later today. So far, the Amish paste tomatoes are in, the corn, sunflowers, carrots, dill, and thyme are seeded and sprouting. The two types of cucumbers, summer squash, zukes, pumpkins, and cilantro have been seeded. And yesterday I transplanted five strawberry plants, what I believe are winter squash plants, and a few mystery bean plants that we got from a friend. He also gave us a lemon balm plant and one of chocolate mint, which are both incredible.

Since when did my editing blog turn into my gardening blog? Well, just today, I guess. There will be a point, I swear.

So, when I finished my novel, I got really excited about the prospect of self-publishing. Mainly because I like working on these sorts of projects, from beginning to end, so it makes sense that I’d do it with my own work. The thing about that, though, is that it is intensely time consuming. Publishing is hard work. It’s not for the faint of heart. It requires sleepless nights. Also, self-publishing speaks to the kind of person I am. I won’t get into that, but those to whom it also speaks probably know what I’m talking about without having to explain. For those to whom it doesn’t speak, you will just have to wonder.

And so here is my predicament: I have a lot of plans. I have things that I promised myself I would do, and hell, I ain’t getting any younger. We have just bought and settled into a home with 5.4 acres. I finally have the space and freedom to do some things that I’ve wanted to do. These things are as follows:

1) Write. This kind of goes without saying, but it’s necessary to state it on the list of Things I Must Do. I must write.

2) Edit. Despite the seemingly hefty rates an editor can insist upon, unless one has a pretty regular group of clients, the income from editing is sporadic. That being said, though, I like editing. I do enjoy editing. And therefore it goes on the list as Things I Must Do. I must make room for as much editing as I can fit.

3) Homestead. Not just the garden. The garden is just the first step—the garden is to feed us through the season and the (hopefully) massive amount of canning and freezing should get us through the winter until it’s time to eat fresh again. This thing—this farming—isn’t something I can ignore. It has been an inexplicable longing in my blood for a number of years now. Although I had never been a farmer, I am from a family of farmers. That is my explanation. I am now a farmer. And it’s only going to get worse. Top things we need to get done this summer: finish setting up the rain barrel system for next spring, construct a hoop house for massive amounts of seed starting, get the compost area composting, and, finally, refit a shed as a chicken coop and build the fenced in area to protect our future egg-layers from the fox, coyotes, and, apparently, bobcats in the area. If we can do these things this summer, next spring should, theoretically, go smoother than this spring. We’re hoping by the third year, we will have gotten most of this down. This stuff is not optional; these are Things I Must Do.

4) We have a brand new kiln sitting in our cellar. I realized about a year or so ago that I need real, hands-on creative work. Writing is one thing. Even editing requires a certain amount of creativity. But I need to get my hands dirty, literally. Many people don’t know this about me, but I am an artist. I spent my childhood assuming that it was what I would be when I grew up. And then, well, life happened. What I’m best at is illustration, but it’s not what I enjoy most. I needed something more tactile. About ten years ago, I used to make ceramic glazes for a tile company in Topanga Canyon, Ca. The company was terrible, but I really liked the work. So, I decided that ceramics it is. Beads, small items, with an emphasis on interesting, custom-made glazes. Again, this is a pull from the inside; this is absolutely a Thing I Must Do.

5) Learn to play the drums. I don’t play one single instrument, and that is unacceptable. We bought a cheap practice kit. It sits in my pantry, waiting for me to upset the neighbors more than we already have. To get this far in life and still not have learned to play an instrument is shameful. This is a Thing I Must Do.

6) Getting to a final draft of this novel and getting it published, one way or another.

Number Six is also a Must Do. What separates it from the other Must Do things, though, is that it’s the only thing on the list that I can pass off to someone else to do. No one else can do my writing for me, and no one else can do my editing for me. The homesteady things are things I do with my husband, so there’s help there. But no one else can make that glaze and no one can learn to play the drums for me. Someone else, however, can publish my book.

Now, if I really consider the list above, number one-through-five are incredibly time consuming. If that is my life, every day, every week, every month—writing, editing, farming/homesteading, ceramic-project-making, and drum-learning—can I realistically expect to throw self-publishing into the mix? See, it was easy to get all excited about self-publishing during the winter months, when things had been slow, projects had yet to be started. Now, however, the ball is rolling on everything, and I don’t foresee winter slowing things down much (no, I won’t be growing, harvesting, and preserving, but I will be—if everything goes as planned—spinning fiber (don’t ask) and learning how to finally use this sewing machine my mother gave me. These are also things on the ever-evolving list of Things I Must Do, and they’re things others can’t do for me).

And so, therein lies the crux (points for using the word “crux”). I do not have a problem letting someone publish my book. I understand that certain freedoms get lost, but, in the end, I need to weigh those losses. I can’t dictate what my book looks like vs. I don’t have time for the drums. I mean, honestly…fuck what my book looks like; I want to play the drums. Or write my next book. Or do some editing. Or grow and eat things. Or make something stupid out of clay.

So, what’s the big deal, eh? What’s all this pissing and moaning about? I guess it’s just that I really do want to self-publish. But I think that’s going to have to wait until I can clear out the space in my life for it. I mean, I could do it. Anyone could do it. But I want to do it right, and so, no, there is no time for it right now. And I don’t want to wait the years it will probably take in order for me to finally sit back and say, “Ah, yes, now I can get on getting that book out!” Hell, by that time, I’ll have six more manuscripts lined up for the same treatment.

I think I have to rearrange my priorities, suck it up, and admit that self-publishing isn’t feasible for me right now. Not if I want to do these other things, including continue to write. On one hand, that conclusion comes as a relief, because, boy, I have a lot to do. On the other hand, it’s a bummer, as I dig the publishing process. I suppose I’ll just have to feel better knowing that, eventually, someday, the time and space will open up in my life for me to take on that sort of project, and I don’t doubt that, when that time comes, I will have the right MS for it.

And there it is: I don’t think I can take the self-publishing route with this manuscript, and therefore I will continue to revise, get to a final draft, and submit it to a selection of awesome small presses. With that, who are your favorite small horror presses? I have a few of my own, but I’m always looking to expand that list, both for publishing and my own reading pleasure.

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This is my favorite of the fest's posters, mainly for the, "Blam!" and the "Damn!"

This is my favorite of the fest’s posters, mainly for the, “Blam!” and the “Damn!”

Although there is never a lack of things to do here on the ol’ homestead, the end of filling the garden beds is in sight. I am expecting to have the soil in place, composted, and the plants seeded and/or transplanted by May 14th. We’re supposed to get rain for the next few days, that might keep me desk-bound for at least the duration.

It’s been good to be outside and doing some heavy work, as it’s kept me busy while I await the response from my beta-readers. Once I can settle back into a less manual labor-intensive routine, I do plan on sitting down with Stevenson’s The Amateur Emigrant to begin drafting the second novel in this series. I’m itching to get writing again.

So, April saw the release of Postscripts to Darkness, Vol. 3, with my story, The Obstruction. May saw an acceptance of my story, The Second Battle of Gettysburg, in Roms, Bombs, and Zoms, which looks like fun. I’m slated to be reading at the 6th Annual Alexander Berkman Music & Labor Festival on July 23rd (details forthcoming), which I’m very excited about. I need something for June. Hmmm…any ideas?

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Story Accepted!

EGMIt’s always a happy day when you wake up to have a story you submitted accepted. Evil Girlfriend Media has accepted my story, The Second Battle of Gettysburg, for their upcoming anthology Roms, Bombs, and Zoms.

Evil Girlfriend Media is a fairly new enterprise and I like the direction they’re steering themselves in:

Evil Girlfriend Media, LLC established in 2011 is owned and operated by Katie and Anthony Cord.  It’s a creative project grown out of Katie’s love of geek fabulous female culture.

The company will begin production of books, boutique items, and other creative projects starting 2013. Lovers of sci-fi, horror, fantasy, comics, and crafty geek items will love what we provide over the next year. If you’ve always wanted a hand crafted e-reader cover, a book that meshed quantum physics with romance, or adventurous female characters- you’re going to love Evil Girlfriend Media.

I’m quite happy to be a part of their first anthology. When it’s out, make sure to get a copy to ensure that there will be many more to come. They’ve got two more in the pipeline, one of which they are still accepting submissions. Go here for the info!

My story is the story of boy in the days immediately following the battle of Gettysburg. It’s got romance, explosions, and zombies, as the anthology title would suggest. Anyway, it’ll be out later this year, potentially November.

In the meantime, if you want to read a different story of mine, go here and order the latest volume of Postscripts to Darkness (Vol. 3).

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