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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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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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I’m moderating a panel about Accessibility in Worldbuilding on Feb 20!

Canadian fantasy author Dianna Gunn is hosting a one-day virtual con on Saturday February 20 called Worldbuilding Deep Dive! I have the pleasure of moderating a panel about accessibility in worldbuilding. I think it's going to be an absolute blast! Here's the complete schedule with moderator bios and Zoom links, so you can register for …

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2020, A Year I Examine With Hindsight

There is an expression I often use in therapy: “My life is equal parts awful and awesome. As long as the awesome is really awesome, it wins.” To be completely honest, though, it’s difficult for me to write this post because I'm currently managing a depression. Still, sometimes it’s good to examine one’s life, even …

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RenVCon 2020, Fall Edition is Oct 24-25. Registration is FREE, and I’ll be on two panels!

Registration is open! Go to the Renaissance website to learn more about this amazing virtual con and register for other panels! There will be a virtual vendor room and we can chat and socialize on Discord! I'm going to be participating in two panels, which should be kinda awesome. (I pretend that I know stuff …

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I’ll be moderating a panel about ableist terms and narratives in writing for RenVCon 2020, Fall Edition!

Save the date! I'll be moderating a panel called Ableist, me? That's cr*zy! on Saturday October 24 at 1:00 PM EST for RenVCon, a virtual writers conference hosted by Renaissance. Sign up here! This has been a panel I've wanted to do for some time. Ableist expressions are so entrenched in our everyday language that …

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Reflection on my first award ceremony: There are no losers

My little neurodiverse brain likes pondering about my experiences. Yesterday was my birthday, and later that evening, I attended the 2020 Prix Aurora Award ceremony, done virtually via the When Words Collide conference with charming emcee Mark Leslie Lefebvre. Now, the only good thing about 2020 for me has been these virtual events. I've been …

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I’m going to be a panelist at Renaissance’s Virtual Writers Con!

This virtual writers conference by my publisher, Renaissance, is going to be such a blast! It will have great panels, readings, book launches, and even an interactive vendors room chat (on Discord). Oh yeah, it's FREE to attend! How awesome is that? Learn more! I'll be on the following panels: June 6, 2 PM: Bad …

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FREE Virtual Writers Con, hosted by Renaissance Press! Apply now!

How cool is this? My publisher, Press Renaissance Press, is hosting a FREE online writers conference on June 6-7, 2020! They're taking applications until May 7, 2020 if you want to participate. There will be readings, panels, and an online vendor room, too! Are you a reader, author, publisher, or small business? Learn more and …

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We’re in a pandemic situation. This is how I’m doing.

Hey, lovely humans who follow this blog! As of this date, the City of Ottawa is pretty much slowed right down. It's weird: while I'm typing, I can hear birds singing their flirty songs. The air is getting warmer, and the snow is melting. It seems so peaceful. You'd never guess there was a pandemic …

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