Feb. 17th, 2019 07:13 pm
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Been a while since I updated anything here; sorry about that. Having your website hacked and changing day jobs can have that affect. Anyway, I have a new poem up over at Polu Texni. I'm pretty proud of it. Take a gander.

Next appearance will be at Tucson Festival of Books March 2-3. My schedule is here (just scroll down to "R" and click on my name). Hope to see some of you!

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Have a picture of my cat:


Dec. 1st, 2018 10:19 am
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Had intended to write this blog post much earlier, but time got away from me, the slippery bugger.

Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be at the KJZZ Story Fest TODAY from 2-7, with a presentation on tie-in writing at 4:45. Come see us if you're in the area!

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Happy December! 24 more days until Christmas!
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Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I had intended to be at TusCon 45 this weekend, but, alas, we are not going to make it after all (thanks, con crud). Sorry to all those we'll be missing!

Tucson Comic-Con was a blast, though (as always). Thanks to everyone who stopped by and picked up books - hope you enjoy them! Some pictures:

Up, up, and away!

Our table

Me and my bestie.

(Have you seen the new Halloween movie, BTW? Go! Jamie Lee Curtis kicks ass!)

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Happy Veterans Day, and thanks to all who have served!
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Tucson Comic-Con is only a couple of weeks away now (Nov 2-4), so I guess it's time to post a schedule.

Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be on the following panels:

Sat, Nov 3
Does Creativity Run in Families?
4:30 - 5:20
Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, David Mariotte

Sat, Nov 3
horror panel (that's all I know right now)
5:30 - 6:20
Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, Jenn Corella

Sun, Nov 4
Playing in Favorite Sandboxes
2:30 - 3:20
Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, David Mariotte

Will post room numbers when they become available. When we're not at panels, we'll be at Table 65 & 80 (right next to each other) in Artist Alley.

We will be at TusCon 45 the following weekend (Nov 9-11). No schedule up for that yet, but as soon as there is one, I will post it.

Finally, we will be at the KJZZ Holiday Storyfest & Author's Showcase at the Glendale Civic Center from 2-7 PM on Saturday, December 1st. More details on that when I have them.

Anyway, lots of opportunities to see us this fall/winter, so come say hi!

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Watched the premiere of "Titans" on DC Universe. Very dark, both visually and story-wise. Of course, it's not really the Titans without Donna Troy, and she doesn't show up until Episode 9, so I will have to be patient.

Speaking of patience, my Huskers are now 0-6 for the first time in school history. Ouch. Still, I believe in Coach Frost and his ability to turn our program into something we can be proud of again. #GBR!
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...I has written one! Well, a short story, anyway. For the Straight Outta Deadwood antho coming from Baen Books in 2019. Here's the TOC:

Shane Hensley "Cookie"
Charlaine Harris "A Talk with my Mother"
Dave Butler "The Greatest Horse Thief in History"
Mike Resnick "The Doctor and the Spectre"
Jane Lindskold "Doth Make Thee Mad"
Jeff Mariotte "Sunlight and Silver"
Peter "Frog" Jones and Esther Reed Jones "Pinkerton's Prey"
Derrick Ferguson "The Relay Station at Wrigley's Pass"
Cliff Winnig "Not Fade Away"
Jennifer Campbell-Hicks "The Spinners"
Alex Wells/Acks "The Stoker and the Plague Doctor"
Steve Rasnic Tem "Bigger than Life"
Marsheila Rockwell "Dreamcatcher"
Mario Acevedo "El Jefe de la Comancheria"
Betsy Dornbusch "The Petrified Man"
Stephen Graham Jones "Stands-twice and the Magpie Man"
Travis Heermann "Blood Rush and Gold Dust"

Yup, Jeff and I are in the antho separately, for a change of pace. Twice the spooky goodness!

Will let you know when the publication date nears so you can pre-order.

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It's a couple of days late, but Happy Autumn! My favorite time of year, even though we don't get much in the way of classic fall weather here in AZ. Still, there's just something about the days getting cooler and the light shifting just so that makes my little Aries heart happy. If nature's first green is gold, her last green is bronze, and it's all the more beautiful for heralding the darkness.

Plus, college football. Go Big Red!
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Sold my poem, "Maiden, Mother, Clone," to SCIFAIKUEST on Wednesday. It will be in the print edition in November 2019. Don't worry, I'll remind you about it then. I'll also have a couple of poems ("Little Red Fortuneteller" and "Breaking the Cycle") in this year's November print edition. I'll let you know when that issue is available, too.

Another poem of mine, "Not Your Fairy Tale," is up over at Check it out.

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Went and saw The Eagles last night as part of Jeffrey J. Mariotte's birthday gift. It was a great concert, but problematic for me.

See, The Eagles were probably my mom's favorite band - her theme song was "Witchy Woman." I grew up listening to their music and they are one of my favorite bands, too, largely because of her influence.

Some of you may recall that my mom died a couple of years ago. For various reasons that still make me bitter, I was forced to make the decision to take her off of life support. My guilt over this continues to haunt me.

Fast forward to concert day, when I was finishing up Gillian Flynn's novel, "Sharp Objects," which is, in part, about an abusive mother. My mother was abusive, physically and emotionally. So the book hit home in a lot of ways.

Then I go to the concert, and there was her band, singing her song. And it made me angry and resentful, because I just wanted an evening listening to my favorite songs with my favorite guy, without it being spoiled by bad memories.

But it also made me miss her. Despite everything, she was my mom and I both loved and hated her. It's hard to extract the good from the bad, but it can be done. Whatever else she did, my mom introduced me to The Eagles, and while I'll never have a peaceful, easy feeling when it comes to her and our relationship, I am grateful to her for that gift.

Take it easy, peeps.
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Back from CokoCon. Had a great time, saw some old friends, made some new ones (hi, Ashley Carlson!), did some fun panels.

One panel, Mental Health Check for Writers and Readers, got pretty deep and raw, but a few people afterward said it was really helpful and they appreciated it, so that was good, in a lot of ways. Here's a pic:

The Childhood Favs panel was also a fun one. GOH Beth Cato and friend Tom Leveen (and of course, hubby and writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte) were wonderful co-panelists.

And I picked up this awesome Steve Rude print, after chatting with the man himself, who was very gracious and kind:

All in all, a great con we'd be happy to attend again. Good job, guys!

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Three-day con weekends are too short! Dinner and bedtime, STAT!

Happy Labor Day, all!
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Two blog posts in one week! Don't faint!

Signing schedule for CoKoCon is up:

Sunday, Sept 2 @ 6 PM
with Jeff Mariotte

Also, we will be at the "Playing in Other Sandboxes: Media Tie-in Writing" panel at 1 PM on Friday at WorldCon76 in Room 210F in the Convention Center. Mind you, we won't be ON the panel, but it's the only one we know for sure we will be at, so if you want to see us and haven't made other plans, that'd be a good place to look.

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Still have to pack! Argh!
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Come see me at Tucson Comic-Con! Nov 2-4! Not sure yet about table and panel info - will let you know when I do.

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Leaving for WorldCon76 in TWO DAYS! Ack! Must pack!

Hope to see you there!
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Jeff and I will be at WorldCon 76 Aug 16-20, but we won't be doing any panels there. If you're in the area, get in touch, and maybe we can hang out!

We ARE doing panels at CokoCon, here in AZ, Aug 31-Sept 3. Here's my schedule:

Saturday, September 1
The Importance of Beta Readers
with Gary W. Babb, Cynthia Ward, Thomas Watson
Canyon 3, 5pm - 6pm

Sunday, September 2
Mental Health Check for Writers and Readers
with Ashley Carlson, Beth Cato, Eric T. Knight
Canyon 3, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Monday, September 3
Making Monsters
with Bruce Davis, Tom Leveen, Jeff Mariotte
Canyon 3, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Childhood Favorites
with Beth Cato, Tom Leveen, Jeff Mariotte
Canyon 3, 2pm - 3pm

Come see us!

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School has finally started, so that's a relief. I wish it meant summer was over, but we're just getting started in AZ. 122 degrees, anyone? But, hey, it's a dry heat. Except for when it isn't. Heh.

Happy International Cat Day! Have a picture of our rescue kitty, Diana (Wonder Woman).

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MegaMania is next Saturday, the 14th, at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. Jeff and I will be there. Here's our schedule:

1 PM: Researching Your Book
Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte, K.S. Merbeth

2PM: Writing Comics
Jeff Mariotte, Lee Francis, Adam Yeater

3PM: Signing
Marsheila Rockwell, Jeff Mariotte
Signing Table

Come see us!

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First haboob of the season! Whee! Luckily, no one blew away.

Hope you all had a great 4th/Second Civil War!
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Looks like we're going to WorldCon! Not sure if we'll be doing any panels, since we registered so late, but I'll update the blog closer to the actual event when I know more. Bay Area peeps, hope to see some of you there!

Also, I just got word that my poem, "Beauty, Sleeping," has been selected for the 2018 Dwarf Stars anthology (meaning I'm a nominee for the Dwarf Stars Award). Squee!

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Things continue to be challenging on the home front. Youngest has been referred back to the cardiologist as the hole is his heart still has not closed, and Middle Boy has been referred to a pediatric surgeon. Should know whether surgery is in the offing for one/both in a couple of weeks. FX for neither!


May. 10th, 2018 07:31 pm
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Just a quick post to link to a new poem of mine up over at Alyss, Wonder Woman Pens a Letter to Her Sisters in the Fight. Enjoy!

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Went home from work this morning with a migraine. Still have it. Yaay?
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No schedules yet, but it looks like we'll most likely be at the following:

MegaMania!! - July 14 (Tucson)
CoKoCon - Aug 3 to Sep 1 (Phoenix)
TusCon 45 - Nov 9 to Nov 11 (Tucson)


WorldCon 76 - Aug 16 to Aug 20 (San Jose, CA)

We will probably do Tucson Comic Con (Nov 2 to Nov 4), as well, as we try not to miss it, but nothing official on that yet.

So, lots of chances to see us over the next few months - hope you'll stop by and say hi!

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Anyone out there in need of an extremely talented editor? Hubby's day job has ended and he's on the hunt for something new, so if you hear of anything, drop me a line...
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Don't faint! Two blog posts in one week! The aforementioned interview with me is up and I wanted to post the link while it's still fresh. Go check it out over at the HBS Author's Spotlight!

I've also posted a permalink on my webpage in the Interviews section.


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Happy Friday the 13th! Hope it's a lucky day for you!
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Seemed an appropriate title, since we're still in the Octave of Easter (for my fellow Catholics out there). Anyway, I sold a poem this week to This one's called "Not Your Fairy Tale." Not sure what issue it's slated for, but I'll let you know when it's up.

Tucson Festival of Books was awesome, as usual. I'm doing a post-festival interview with James Moushon that I'll be posting a link to within the next week or so, so check back for that.

Also have a weird western anthology invite that I'm working on an Ojibwe mythology-centered story for, so that's been fun, researching my family's heritage. More details on that when it's all official.

Next appearance is likely MegaMania down in Tucson in July. More on that as we get closer to summer.

That's it on the writing front.

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Things are still rough on the home front, so continued prayers/good thoughts are appreciated, if you have them to spare. Thanks!
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Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend! Come see hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I in booth 109 and at our panel on Spies, Assassins, and Special Ops at 11:30 on Saturday in the Student Union Santa Rita Room! We'll talk about our newest book, Mafia III:Plain of Jars, and there will be a signing after. Myke Cole, Jonathan Maberry, and Gail Carriger will also be on the panel, so it should be a blast!

In other writing news, I sold a poem to Star*Line and finished the 3rd (and hopefully penultimate) draft of the book I was calling "Firmament" but am now calling "Scrap Witch." It's going back to the first reader, since it's now 16K words longer than it was last time he saw it, then on to betas. FX everyone likes it (and that I still like it by that time, heh.)

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Kind of been a rough week or so on the personal front, so if you have any prayers or good thoughts to spare, we could use them. Thanks!


Jan. 27th, 2018 06:11 pm
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So I completely missed telling you all about Ace Comic Con Arizona, which was held Jan 13-15 in Glendale, AZ. Got to see a lot of comic book industry friends and meet some new ones, but not a lot of readers. I think there were only three or four authors there, as the rest cancelled for various reasons, so I'm not sure it was the greatest venue for book lovers. Still fun, though, if exhausting. And of course, Jeff came home with the flu AND an ear infection...but I digress.

Next up is C4! Cochise College Comic Con down in Sierra Vista, Feb 10-11, which will be much smaller. Here's my schedule:

Women in Sci-fi
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM Saturday, room 1000

Married With Deadlines: Spotlight on Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Sunday, room TBA

Writing in Existing Universes
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM Sunday, room TBA

(Jeff's is the same, except he's not on the Women in SF panel, obviously.)

If you're down in SE AZ, come see us!

And don't forget Tucson Festival of Books in March! More on that next time!

Also, I finally updated my website, and in the process I added the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vampyr Hardcover Ruled Journal, which Jeff and I wrote for Insight Editions, but were not credited for (even though we were supposed to have been - they did promise to correct that in the next printing, so we'll see). You can see that here.

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Back to work full-time, back writing with my poetry group, still slogging through the second draft of my new novel. Will try to be better about updating here...BEFORE the cons, not after them, heh. FB and Twitter are still the best places to follow me for the most current(ish) news (hint, hint).
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First off, Happy Halloween, and Happy Book Birthday to me and hubby/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte! Today sees the release of Mafia III: Plain of Jars, which is off to a good debut even with me forgetting to remind you all about it, heh.

Next up, con schedules! This weekend is Tucson Comic Con, where Jeff and I will be at tables A2 and A3 for most of the show. I do have one panel:

Sat, Nov 4 - 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm
Playing in Big Sandboxes - Greenlee Room

Jeff will be posting his own schedule on his website, so be sure to check that out.

Then next weekend is TusCon 44. Here's my schedule for that:

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Meet the Guests - Sabino Ballroom

Sat, Nov 11 - noon to 1 pm
Autograph session - Canyon Theater Foyer

Sun, Nov 12 - 10 am to 11 am
Breaking In - Pima B

Sun, Nov 12 - 2 pm to 3 pm
Finish It! - Pima A

Jeff's schedule is the same as mine, so you get two for the price of one, heh.

Come see us if you're in the area!

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You'll have noticed the dearth of entries of late (even worse than usual). That's due to my long-awaited back surgery and recovery period. I'm finally back at work (PT for now), doing physical therapy, and progressing well. I'm in much less pain than I was before, so it's been a real blessing for me.

I might have maybe sorta kinda written a new book while I was recovering, that's been to the first reader and is now in its second draft stage, but more about that later. Stay tuned!
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First off, Westercon was a blast and husband/writing partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I were so glad to be able to see old friends and meet some new readers. I even got to meet GOH Connie Willis, who is just as funny and charming a lady as everyone says (maybe more so). If you were able to stop by, we were happy to see you. If not - sorry to have missed you, and we hope to catch you at the next one!

We also attended MegaMania!! 2017 down at the Pima College campus in Tucson on July 15, doing a panel on horror writing along with Amy Lukavics. It was one of the best-attended panels we've ever had at the event, and a lot of fun, too!

Then we got cover art for our next tie-in novel, Mafia III:Plain of Jars, which comes out in October.

Our short story, "The Lottons Show," will also be available in the first Cutting Block Single Slices anthology coming from Farolight Publishing in August.

In the poetry world, I've sold a few things of late - one to Star*Line, two to Scifaikuest, and one to the Starward II anthology. It's been a long time since I've written/submitted any poetry, so it feels good to know I've still got what it takes to write stuff other people connect with.

And that's the most recent news on the writing front. It may be a while before there's another update (I mean, even longer than usual, heh). See below.

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As folks who've been following along at home know, I had back surgery for a herniated disk a few years ago and have basically been in pain management ever since. During the past few months, the pain has gotten much worse, to the point where I was referred to a neurosurgeon. After some tests, the surgeon has determined an ALIF procedure should alleviate my symptoms, so I'm scheduled for that in mid-August and will be out of commission for a while after that. Here's hoping it does the trick and I can finally be out of pain after all these years! FX!

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