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Nothing much to report for myself, but the fantastic Jaime Lee Moyer has this lovely gem coming out in the fall, which you should snag the very SECOND it becomes available for pre-order! Just saying.

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Spent my birthday week recovering from a Grade 4 scorpion sting. Let me tell you, people who have never been stung, have been stung but not injected with venom, or have been stung and injected but not to the Grade 4 level - I'm really glad you were spared, but don't presume to judge the experience of others based solely on your own very fortunate one.

It f-ing HURTS. I've delivered three children, had two back surgeries, a burst appendix and gallstones (not all at the same time, duh). I am no stranger to pain, and no wimp. THIS pain was worse than ANY of those others. My toe is still numb and tingly with random fiery flares almost a week later and I'm still feeling after-effects from the anti-venom they gave me (which God only knows if insurance will cover, and that's a pain of a whole different sort).

If one more person says to me, "I was stung and that didn't happen to ME," I will not be responsible for what happens next. You've been warned.
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Tucson Festival of Books was awesome, as always! (Thanks, Mira!) Jeff and I did a workshop on collaborating that was well-attended and enjoyed by all. It was the first time we'd done that particular workshop, so we were very pleased that it went so well.

We were supposed to do a V-Wars panel with our friend (and V-Wars creator) Jonathan Maberry, but some health issues meant he couldn't participate, so Jeff and I and Von Navarro and Wes Ochse soldiered on with the wonderful Linda J Addison as our moderator. Here's a photo I stole off of Von's FB page, since I forgot to have someone take one for Jeff and me.



I also got to meet author Thomas Perry and his lovely wife, Jo. Here's a picture Jo took of us, which I'm posting mainly because my hair looks good in it (a woman even came up and complimented me on it out of the blue, which NEVER happens, LOL).



When we weren't at panels, we were at our regular booth with the Dreams Convention folks. (I realized belatedly I never posted the booth number - doh! - but you all found us anyway - thank you!) Always lovely to see Deena Remiel (smooches), Kris Tualla, Terry L Smith, Mark Rude, Duann Black, and many others.

Anyway, it was a wonderful, if exhausting weekend, and we can't wait to do it again next year!

Tentative plans for the rest of the year include the Western Writers of America Convention (Jeff was nominated for a Spur Award this year!) and the KJAZZ StoryFest in June, MegaMania in July, CoKoCon (Aug 30 - Sept 2), and Tuscon Comic-Con and TusCon in November. There may be other events, but those are all I can think of off the top of my head. Hopefully we'll see some of you there!

Also, there's a great new review of Bridges of Longing over at A Writing Life. Go check it out! (Thanks, Syd!)

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Lots of things happening on the personal front which have made writing time a very rare commodity indeed, but there's a glimmer of light that I hope is the end of the tunnel and not the train. Fingers crossed!
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Here's the cover for the Straight Outta Deadwood anthology from Baen Books, which contains my story, "Dreamcatcher."



Out October 2019, but you can preorder now!

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Threw my back out. MRI pending. Whee!

NEW POEM

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:

STORY FEST

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 NewMyths.com. Check it out.

Everything Else

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

Everything Else

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!

NEW POEM!

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)

And MAYYYYYBE...

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.

Enjoy!

Everything Else

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 NewMyths.com. 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.

Everything Else

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!
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