I read a story at Powell's so I guess I can retire now.

 

On October 12, I managed to not lose my shit in front of about 200 people at Portland's famous Powell's City of Books for the official book launch of Forest Avenue Press's City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales. I got to share the stage with fan-girl-worthy authors Rene Denfeld, Dan DeWeese, and Mark Russell, read about five minutes of my queer cephalapod romance, "Octopocalypse: a Love Story," sign a bunch of books, and meet dozens of cool Portland writers and readers. It was a truly swoon-worthy evening. 

According to Forest Avenue Press, "City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, often chilling, at times surprisingly profound—and always perfectly weird."

Contributors: Stevan Allred, Jonah Barrett, Doug Chase, Sean Davis, Susan DeFreitas, Rene Denfeld, Dan DeWeese, Art Edwards, Stefanie Freele, Jonathan Hill, Justin Hocking, Jeff Johnson, Leigh Anne Kranz, Kirsten Larson, B. Frayn Masters, Kevin Meyer, Karen Munro, Linda Rand, Brian Reid, Bradley K. Rosen, Nicole Rosevear, Mark Russell, Kevin Sampsell, Jason Squamata, Andrew Stark, Adam Strong, Suzy Vitello, Leslie What, Brigitte Winter, and Leni Zumas.

The book has landed a ton of awesome reviews, so you should probably just go ahead and read it:

Portland Tribune: "I would much rather be reading about octopus monsters than Donald Trump right now.”

NetGalley: "City of Weird is a very strong collection, beautifully edited and illustrated. While I have never visited Portland, the array of authors brought it to life; tentacled, monstrous, ghostly, beatific life....Highlights for me were 'Octopocalypse: A Love Story' by Brigitte Winter (fighting the patriarchy and finding love with tentacles), 'How I Got this Job' by Brian Reid (Santacon taken to its horrifying conclusion), 'Alder Underground' by Jonah Barrett (Strange environs written about tumblr-style), and most especially 'The Color off the Shelf' by Karen Munro (the horrors of unknowable things versus the horrors of racism and violence)."

Sweet shout-out on City of Weird editor Gigi Little's blog: "'Octopocalypse' fit right into City of Weird with its giant man-eating octopus, but what I really loved the story for was its subtle but wicked sense of humor, it's steamy, sexy scenes, and most of all, the beautiful, gentle, real way the relationship between the characters of the sisters was written. When I had all my stories chosen and was looking for a figure to carry the book cover, I zeroed in on Brigitte's octopus right away."

My story "Colony" went live today on 101 Fiction!! (Yay!)

I'm pumped to share that my latest itty bitty story, "Colony," went live today on 101Fiction.com! This is my second 101 Fiction publication (first story here).

This month's prompt: write a 100-word story (with a 1-word title) incorporating the color green.

Visit 101 Fiction to read my story, and check out the full issue of fabulous March mini-stories!

On the 101 Fiction site, editor John Xero asks, "How much story can be told in a hundred words? How big a world can be evoked, how deep a mind? Can a mere hundred words contain philosophies, characters, action and more? We believe it can... 101 Fiction aims to deliver a story you can start and finish over a cup of tea, but one that stays with you all day."

So pour a hot mug of something yummy and enjoy! :)

Columbia Writers Book Launch and Art Show!

Friday, March 13
7-11pm
The Diamondback Tavern
3733 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

Columbia Writers is proud to announce the release of our latest anthology, "Trapped Tales,” now available on Amazon. Please join us for a fun and festive launch party featuring book signings, author readings, and original artwork inspired by each of the ten stories in the anthology, as well as exclusive drink specials for guests.

Columbia Writers is a close-knit group of dedicated writers who meet in Columbia, Maryland, to discuss the craft of writing. "Trapped Tales" is the group’s second published anthology. The featured writers were given a simple prompt: write a tale about being trapped. This prompt inspired ten imaginative stories ranging from fairy tale parody to teen sci-fi to literary fiction, and representing a broad variety of writing styles and perspectives. 

According to one Amazon reader, “Great sampling of shorts from a diverse group of writers. You get lots of sci-fi and alternate world kinds of pieces, along with some real-to-life stories with incredibly relatable characters. Some stories give you a wrapped-up, satisfied feel, while with others you can imagine a full-length work in the background. It's really a grab bag, with lots of little gems here and there. Good pacing and appropriate lengths so that no one story ties you up or slows you down. Come to think of it, I never felt trapped at all.”

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Please celebrate with us on March 13, and spread the word!

"Trapped Tales" features original short fiction by:

Dustin Blottenberger
Michelle Nicolls Drumheller
Deidre Delpino Dykes
Karen Garvin
Jennifer Michael
Jamie Nash
Priya Ramachandran
Loren Scolaro
Jennifer Yates Tebben
Brigitte Winter

The event will feature original artwork inspired by the stories created by:

Derek Blottenberger
Dustin Blottenberger (BlottoArt)
Cassie Dillon
Deidre Dykes 
Sarah Gavagan
Joe Granski
Matt Genier
Lorraine Imwold
Tim Jordan
Trevor Lynas
Matt Muirhead
Michael Mustachio
Loren Scolero
Steph Spinks
Mandark Fuccon
Vanessa Strickland
Bethany Umbarger
Marlana Vassar
Caroline Wexler
Brigitte Winter