A Hollywood Werewolf and Three Poems: Free Writings Out Now in Echoes!

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Hi, friends! Recently I said goodbye to the town I lived in for the past year, McAllen, Texas. My favorite thing about McAllen was its fabulous library, as well as the friends I made there.

I had the good fortune of being part of the McAllen Public Library Writing Circle, a writing group that meets monthly at the library. An anthology they just published features three new poems and one new story from me, as well as work from other great authors, on the theme of “echoes.”

My story, “What Spawned the Sequel,” is about a rejected werewolf actress who dreams of giving a speech at the Oscars. Her dream comes true, but not in quite the way she hoped. My three poems in the anthology range in scope from national political catastrophes to a casual chat in a coffee shop.

You can access the Echoes anthology for FREE here: https://mplwritingcircle.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/echoes-anthology-1.pdf You can also buy or borrow paperbacks at the McAllen Public Library, where you can check out Beyond Acacia Ridge too!

Furry Book Month Deals!

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In case you missed it, October is Furry Book Month! Furry books are books that feature anthropomorphic animal characters. You can get several books that include my writing at a discount price this month! See below for deals that involve my work:

Mist: You can get $3 off paperback copies of my YA fantasy novel Mist if you order here: http://thurstonhowlpub.storenvy.com/products/21740489-mist (The deal will be applied at checkout.)

-You can get 20% off ebook copies of Mist if you order here: https://baddogbooks.com/product/mist/ and use coupon code FBM2018 at checkout.

SPECIES: Foxes: You can get $3 off paperback copies of the anthology SPECIES: Foxes if you order here: https://thurstonhowlpub.storenvy.com/products/23107239-species-foxes (The deal will be applied at checkout.)

-You can get 20% off ebook copies of SPECIES: Foxes if you order here: https://baddogbooks.com/product/species-foxes/  and use coupon code FBM2018 at checkout.

ROAR: You can buy paperbacks of the furry anthology series ROAR, including Volumes 6, 7, 8, and 9, which feature my stories, at half-price through the FurPlanet website: https://furplanet.com/shop/search.aspx?search=ROAR

-You can buy ebooks of ROAR at half-price through the Bad Dog Books website: https://baddogbooks.com/?s=ROAR&post_type=product

Exploring New Places: You can buy half-price paperbacks of this anthology here: https://furplanet.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=998 and half-price ebooks here: https://baddogbooks.com/product/exploring-new-places/

A Glimpse of Anthropomorphic Literature: 40% off the paperback here: https://www.goalpublications.com/store/p3/A_Glimpse_of_Anthropomorphic_Literature.html# with coupon code FBM2018

-20% off the ebook of Issue 01 here: https://baddogbooks.com/product/a-glimpse-of-anthropomorphic-literature-issue-01/ with coupon code FBM2018

Civilized Beasts 2015 Edition: 20% off the ebook here: https://baddogbooks.com/product/civilized-beasts-2015/ with coupon code FBM2018

These deals will only apply for the rest of October! Be sure to snag your discount copies of these books ASAP!

Many thanks,

Amy

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!

SHARKASAURUS!

Hi friends!

Fossil Lake IV: SHARKASAURUS! is out now! This dinosaur-packed, shark-infested anthology features my short story, “Hungry,” about the moral dilemma of an anthropomorphic shark, and my poem, “Bite Marks,” about old wounds that never quite healed. You can get it as a paperback through Amazon or as an ebook through Smashwords. Sink your teeth into it! https://fossillake.wordpress.com/fossil-lake-iv/

Thanks for your support! ♥