#CaitTacklesTBRPile—Sad, Black, and Fat: Musings from the Intersections by Tangela Williams-Spann

I love discovering new authors through Twitter writing chats. That’s how I met Tangela Williams-Spann. When she had put a call out to podcasters a few weeks ago, I let her know I was interested in interviewing her! I was so happy when she accepted, and the plan is to have Tangela Williams-Spann as a …

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The Great Equalizer Known as Receiving Submission Rejections

I wrote a post for the Spoonie Authors Network! The topic of rejections has been on my mind these days, so I wanted to share my points of view as an author and anthology editor.

With quotes from Nathan Caro Fréchette, Jamieson Wolf, April Laramey, and Christina Robins! (Thanks, awesome humans!)

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Who loves receiving rejections? Isn’t it super fun? Submission rejections are my fave.

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Yeah, sorry, I can’t even joke-fake enthusiasm for them. For me, a rejection of my work stings like neuropathy, even if I can reason that it might not be a problem with the quality of my writing, but that the story isn’t a good fit for the publisher.

I don’t know about you, but perhaps the most difficult thing for me as an author when receiving a rejection is not knowing the reason why. And I completely empathize that it’s way too much work for most editors and publishers to give out this information. It would probably be an administrative nightmare for them.

“When one of my novels or stories is rejected, I have a moment or two of wondering why they didn’t like me or my story. Every book is…

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I’ll be a panelist at the Weeknight Writers Exploring Story Structure Con on July 3!

Squee! I love these virtual cons, and Canadian Fantasy Author Dianna Gunn knows how to put together a great one-day event! It's FREE, too! I'm so excited to be a panelist for Plot vs Story: Balancing Action and Emotion (11am-12pm EDT, July 3), with moderator Steven Savage and fellow panelists Stephen Graham King, Crystal Storm, …

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The Masks, A Poem

I am fluent in languagesnot like English, Français, or Gaeilge.I mean the social languagesyou constructed beforeand built duringmy time. There were no classes to teach meall of the facial expressions, subtext,and the unspoken assumptions.I learned by mistakesand the shunningthat followed. To survive and be acceptedI refused to give up; I mastered them.Even though I despised …

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#CaitTacklesTBRPile: Rear Admiral, by ’Nathan Burgoine and The Final Decree, by Jeffrey Ricker

I'm so grateful for authors who write shorter works of fiction. I must have said this dozens of times in the past 14 months. With my brain having concentration issues, it so lovely to get a full meal in a smaller package. And smaller package might not be the correct term for the first of …

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#CaitTacklesTBRPile: Entanglements, by Christina Robins

Earlier this year (because I'm on Jeremy Bearimy time and can't tell two weeks from two months these days), I read an eARC of Entanglements by Canadian romance author Christina Robins. This is her first published work. Entanglements is a novella that pays tribute to the style of Jackie Collins but with a distinctly Canadian …

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Accessibility in Worldbuilding panel video available now!

I had the honour of being invited by Canadian dark fantasy author Dianna Gunn to moderate a panel called Accessibility in Worldbuilding as part of her Worldbuilding Deep Dive con in February of this year. This is a topic that's dear to my heart as a disabled, hard-of-hearing, and autistic reader and a writer (Iris …

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How I Wrote Over 20K Words in April 2021

I have absolutely no clue how I had the endurance to manage it. But I did it. I set a goal of 20,000 words for CampNaNoWriMo this April and just passed it this afternoon, three days early. Why this is amazing to me is because of the state I am in at present. The pandemic …

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I was interviewed by Ada Hoffman as part of their series about autistic authors, taking place this April!

Canadian speculating fiction author and poet Ada Hoffman interviewed me as part of their series on autistic authors, taking place during the month of April. We discuss Nothing Without Us, autistic representation in fiction, and what it’s like to be an autistic author in the publishing world! You can find the interview here. I highly …

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