Foxes and Dinosaurs and Crows: Oh my!

Here’s my news roundup for January!

Publications:

I have a short story in SPECIES: Foxes, an anthology from Thurston Howl Publications about foxes in lore and legend.

SPECIES: Foxes is illustrated by the wonderful Tabsley Abernathy, who made awesome illustrations of each of the authors as animals. Here’s me as a wolphicorn (wolf-dolphin-unicorn), pictured with a fox mask (my story in the book is about a fox who turns into a human and ends up working in a theater). Thanks, Tabs!

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You can get a paperback copy of SPECIES: Foxes on Amazon here or on the THP storefront here.

A haiku I wrote was published in Haiku Journal Issue 56. I wrote it near the end of my high school years, and it’s about what it felt like to be leaving that time in my life behind. You can read the issue for free here. You can also buy a paperback copy here.

I also published a poem about attending the 2018 Women’s March in Eureka, California, in North Coast Journal. You can read it for free here.

Other News:

-I became a member of the Codex Writers’ Group this month!

Mist and “The Moon Fox” were both nominated for the Leo Literary Awards! Thank you so much to whoever nominated them! ❤

-The Ursa Major Awards, Cóyotl Awards, and Leo Literary Awards are still open for nominations! The Leos will only be open until February 1, though. To see my eligible work, go here. I’d love it if Mist could get some love!

-The Dragon Awards are also still open for nominations! Mist is eligible in the Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel category. To nominate, go here. Thank you very much! ❤

As always, thank you for your support! I’m so grateful that amazing people like you are reading my words. Feel free to reach out to me anytime through this website, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads. I’d love to hear from you!

Awards Eligibility Post – 2017

Hi, folks! Despite my raging imposter syndrome, my rampant perfectionism, and the fact that I’m a very young writer who’s still learning and growing and rather nervous about putting myself out there, I’ve decided to do a post of my published writings from 2017 that are eligible to be nominated for literary awards! I care deeply about the work I’m doing and I’d love for my words to reach more people through this post.

Novel: Mist

-Eligible for young adult/middle grade, fantasy, first novel, and small press book awards, as well as the Ursa Major, Cóyotl, and Leo Literary Awards within the furry fandom.

Short Stories:

“The Moon Fox”: My first professional, SFWA-qualifying sale!

“When Pigs Fly”, ROAR Volume 8

“Hungry,” Fossil Lake IV: Sharkasaurus!

“A Fate Purse than Death,” The Supreme Archvillain Election

-These stories are eligible for the usual fantasy/science fiction short story awards. “The Moon Fox” is also eligible for professional debut awards, such as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. “The Moon Fox,” “When Pigs Fly,” and “Hungry” are also eligible for the Ursa Major, Cóyotl, and Leo Literary Awards.

Poetry:

“What Doesn’t Kill You,” Werewolves Versus Fascism

-In addition to general and speculative poetry awards, “What Doesn’t Kill You” is eligible for the Leo Literary Awards.

“Bite Marks,” Fossil Lake IV: Sharkasaurus!

Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to writing more and better in 2018, and to reading YOUR words, too!

Wolves and Words: 2017 in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Since it’s important to think about where you’ve been and where you’re going, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my accomplishments this year and my goals for next year.

Accomplishments: Wildlife

-I worked as an intern for the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program in Alpine, Arizona for six months. I tracked wolves with radio telemetry, helped to care for pups and release a young adult into the wild, monitored carnivores with trail cameras, investigated tracks and scat in the woods, and more!

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A cute Halloween decoration in Alpine. It reads, “Just RAVEN about how much fun we had in Alpine.”

-I was listed as a coauthor on a scientific paper for the first time, an article about feral cat vocalizations, with some amazing colleagues I met while working as a field crew leader at Montana State University:

Jessica L. Owens, Mariana Olsen, Amy Fontaine, Christopher Kloth, Arik Kershenbaum, Sara Waller; Visual classification of feral cat Felis silvestris catus vocalizations. Curr Zool 2017; 63 (3): 331-339. doi: 10.1093/cz/zox013 https://academic.oup.com/cz/article/doi/10.1093/cz/zox013/3056230/Visual-classification-of-feral-cat-Felis

Accomplishments: Writing

-My first novel, Mist, was published by Thurston Howl Publications.

-I made my first professional, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America-qualifying fiction sale, my short story “The Moon Fox” to the zine Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.

-I had three other short stories and two poems published. At least three more of my short stories will appear in anthologies sometime next year.

-I won NaNoWriMo in November, wrote 17 new short stories and various poems over the course of the year, and significantly rewrote an older story (“The Moon Fox”) which was then accepted for publication.

Accomplishments: Editing

-I became an editorial assistant for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/about/our-team/

-I became an assistant editor/independent contractor, working with Goal Publications and AnthroAquatic Literary Editing.

Goals for 2018:

Wildlife Goals: Gain new experiences with animals, whether that means seabirds, dolphins, foxes, elephants, or dogs!

Writing Goals:

-Keep writing and submitting and improving my craft! I plan to write at least one new novel, start a visual novel, and hopefully get some more pro sales under my belt!

-Become an active member of Codex (my application is currently being processed).

-Continue to follow a modified version of this 1000 Day MFA plan.

Editing Goals:

-Keep learning more about the art and science of editing! My aforementioned positions as editor and editorial assistant are the first ones I’ve ever had in this field, so I’m still learning and growing, and I’m eager to do the best job I can!

Personal Goals: Become a more loving, compassionate, enlightened human being.

Thank you all SO much for following my updates and progress this year! Here’s to all of us learning and adventuring and growing together more next year!

The Moon Fox

Today, my short story, “The Moon Fox,” was published at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores!

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This story is about a little fox who is trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs. It’s a tale that’s very dear to me, and also my first short story sale at the professional payment rate set by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, 6¢ a word.

You can read the story for free at this link. I hope you will enjoy it! https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/fiction-all/stories-for-young-people-from-4-to-400/the-moon-fox/

Photomanipulation by Fran Eisemann. Stock used: “140” by m-everham-stock; “Full Moon” by raven2663

Mist: A New Novel from Thurston Howl Publications

Almost ten years ago, a fourteen-year-old girl started writing a book. Today, that book was published.

Mist Front Cover

Mist is a young adult fantasy novel about shapeshifters, elemental magic, and being the change you wish to see in the world. I am proud of what it has become, and I am grateful that these characters chose me to tell their story.

Thank you to Thurston Howl Publications for helping me make this dream a reality. Thank you to my family and friends who read and critiqued this manuscript and encouraged me to keep working on it. Thank you to the divine power that runs like a silver thread through the universe and connects us all. And thank you, dear reader, for being part of my dream.

You can get a copy of Mist here. I hope you enjoy it!

ROAR Volume 8

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ROAR Volume 8 is now available! It is a PG-13 anthology of short stories featuring anthropomorphic animal characters, centered around the theme of “Paradise.” From the editor, Mary E. Lowd:

“Paradise can be the stark natural beauty of our own world; it can be the connections we have with the people we love; it can be a moment in time. Paradise can be a place we’re seeking or a place that we didn’t realize we already had until it started to slip away. It can have a dark side. Even shining science-fiction utopias can come with a price.

Read this book and take a journey through eighteen different visions of paradise—beginning with the personal and natural, traveling through the societal and technological, and all the way out to the supernal and divine. A great book can heal you when you’re hurting, give you an escape that you desperately need, or even rekindle a lost spark of hope.

Let this book be a small piece of paradise for you.”

My own story in the anthology, “When Pigs Fly,” is about a pig with a big dream. Check out a print (https://furplanet.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=905) or ebook (https://baddogbooks.com/product/roar-volume-8/) copy of ROAR Volume 8 today!

The Science of Meow

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As a wildlife biologist, I’ve gotten to be involved in a lot of cool research. Here is a paper some colleagues and I published in Current Zoology earlier this year about feral cat vocalizations. Fun fact: you can make a visual representation of a sound using a graphic called a spectrogram. If you’ve ever wondered what cat sounds look like, you should check this out! Visual classification of feral cat Felis silvestris catus vocalizations | Current Zoology | Oxford Academic https://academic.oup.com/cz/article/doi/10.1093/cz/zox013/3056230/Visual-classification-of-feral-cat-Felis

Thank You for Your Stories

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Some of you may have seen my previous post about receiving rejections as a writer. In recent days, I have seen what rejection is like on the other side of the fence.

I just became an editorial assistant for the ezine Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. As part of my duties, I have to craft decline notices to certain authors after the editor has chosen to turn down their stories. I give them a short critique expressing what did and didn’t work for our team, summarizing the views of the various editors, editorial assistants, and first readers who have read and commented on the story, and notify them that their work has been declined.

As you can imagine, this is a delicate and rather difficult task. We strive to be as polite, open, honest, and encouraging as possible through the messages we send to writers, letting them know what we liked about their work as well as what we didn’t, in the hopes of giving them a boost and pointing them in the right direction to grow and improve their writing. Even so, as I submit a decline notice, I can feel in the back of my mind the sadness and disappointment I myself have sometimes felt after receiving a rejection in my inbox.

So this is my love letter to all the writers struggling to make their voices heard. I just wanted to write a little note to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your stories with people like me. It is a privilege to read your words, to get a glimpse of your dreams.

Whether or not your work is accepted by whatever publications to which you submit it, whether or not it is understood and liked by the editors at those publications, take heart. You are doing a brave thing just by trying. Creating something uniquely your own, in an age of passivity and consumption, is an act of courage. Submitting your work to complete strangers is an act of courage. Responding to setbacks and disappointments like rejection with resilience, hard work, and an even greater determination to improve and succeed is an act of courage. It makes me smile to know that there are people like you in the world, out there trying their best.

Thank you so very much for your stories. I wish you the best of luck.

Love,

Amy