A Busy Time

Hi all.  Are you ready for a busy month. I sure as hell am. September is going to be a jam-packed month for me.  Lots of activities going on and a few new opportunities opening up.

-First up, I have a new job, which is exciting. Same company but different department, and vastly different type of work. I’m ready for the change and feel good about it. It’ll be less time on my feet and I’m grateful for that alone. Plus it’s a different side of the business.

-Next up, Imagi-Con.  Imagi-con is going on in Easton, Pa on Sept 15. It’s a place where Cosplay and Pop culture collide. Pretty much a place to get your geek on, regardless what you geek about. This promises to be a fun day and a whole lot to do and see. Cosplay, steampunk, music, comics, books; you name it.  The plus is that Mel and I will be vending our wares (books, jewlery, fairy houses, etc).  All homemade, btw.   And to top it off, both Mel and I will be speaking on a panel. She will talk about costuming and effects make-up while I will talk about the writing process and inspiration. If you’re in the PA area or simply a Con enthusiast, I suggest getting yer tail over here on the 15th.
Imagi-Con info: https://www.facebook.com/events/447696488993245/

On the publishing front: I have a short story being published this month.
In Shadows & Light Anthology 2018, I have Eat The Poor. Shawna Platt puts out this anthology every year with a host of amazing stories. This year is no exception. I have been blessed to be included in multiple volumes, and honored to be published again this year.
Shadows & Light Anthology 2018: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1719964335/

I do have another story being published in October in Ink Stains 10, but we’ll talk more on that later.

-September is Bi Month (at least as far as I’m concerned) as we have Bi Visibility Day and Bi Awareness Week. For those of us in the Bi community, these are kind of big deals because it’s where we can highlight and and educate the community. There is a lot of erasure and misinformation going on and it’s important to dispel all that bullshit.
In that spirit, the proceeds for any sales of Pale Winter Sun will go to The Bicast.  Since PWS is a heavily Bi-centric YA novel, it seems not only fitting that it help support such an important project, but I want to give back to those that have helped me so much. The Bicast is a podcast for and by the Bi+ community. It’s been a mainstay for a number of years now and helps to elevate and educate. Just recently I co-hosted a show, after a long hiatus, which was really awesome. And don’t forget Our Stories, which is a project of the Bicast. It’s to collect and share experiences of the Bi+ communtiy, because we all have a story to share.

-I’m also slated to be interviewed for an episode of Deadman’s Tome with Jessi Dedman. I’ll give more on that as details come forth.

-Ohohoh, and last but not least, I will making a quick trip back home to Idaho to visit the family. It’s been a few years since I’ve been back so I’m excited, even if it’s a quick trip.  My initial target was to be there for my dad’s 70th birthday, but plans changed. Still, just being able to get up there and see everyone will be fantastic.

So there you go, my September dance card is kinda full, but that’s okay. Lots of fun and exciting stuff going on and I’m looking forward to it all.

Busily yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick

 

 

 

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Official Soundtrack Playlist

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I’ve mentioned it before, but ‘In Shadows Of The Wicked’ is a book full of music references. Mostly early Goth and Industrial, they become an integral part of the story. In the many forms this book took over the years, one thing that stayed was the love affair I have had with the music. Writing this reminded what drew me to the music in the first place; it was exciting and it scared me a little. In writing this book, it reminded me of that, and I gleefully delved even deeper into it.

With that being said, I couldn’t help myself and put together this image. Seems like lately I don’t need much of an excuse to put together these promo images. They are almost as fun and writing the damn story in the first place.   And just to help you all out, I put together a playlist on Youtube so you can listen to the referenced tunes while you read, for maximum atmosphere and creepiness.

 

A Wee Pride Post

June is the month of Pride. For all us LGBTQA’ers out there, this is the month where we get out there and show the world that we are here, we are queer, and there ain’t a damn thing they can do about it.

Unfortunately they can, they do, and they do it often.

I was going to make this long diatribe on togetherness, dealing with oppression, being true to yourself, and building community. But this isn’t new ground for any of us. We’ve been doing it for a long time now. Or at least trying to. Sometimes we get in our own way. Not all the letters of LGBTQA get along, but now, more than ever, we HAVE TO stick together because we’re on the same side. The same can be said for our allies. They are fighting for us when they could just as easily keep quiet.

But Pride isn’t all about us vs. them. It’s a time when we can really step back and look at our community and strengthen ourselves. We have rampant health issues, depression, and suicide. We have gaps in our community that people fall through. This isn’t a club with a secret handshake and membership dues. It’s a group of people who are fighting to live their lives unobstructed and build a world of inclusion.

It’s really scary right now for everybody. We’re all afraid. Queers are afraid because of the progresses of the last few years being rolled back. Women and non-white folks are afraid because racists and misogynists are coming out of the woodwork like angry little termites. Those of us that can’t afford that vacation house in South France are afraid because we make less money the harder we work. The disabled, sex workers, elderly; the list goes on and on. Yet I take one slight umbrage in the fact that the proponents of hate and ignorance are just as afraid. They are afraid because we fight back, because we no longer sit in silence and inaction. Their fear makes them dangerous, though, and we are seeing more and more backlash everyday.

We have a morally bankrupt, egotistical, racist, misogynistic toddler as a president. Our elected representatives are so self-assured of the lies and back room deals they’ve been doing for so long, they blatantly shove it in our faces now. Things are going to get worse before they get better. I hate to say it, but it’s the truth.

But we cannot back down. Let me repeat that: we cannot back down.

We need to celebrate, though. Party our asses off in celebration of all our diversity, the battles we have won, and those that paved the way for us. Let’s celebrate and enjoy life. Then let’s get down to business because there is a lot of shit still to do.

Pridefully yours,
-Your Weird (Bi) Uncle Mick

OFFICIAL RELEASE – In Shadows Of The Wicked

FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING!!

In Shadows Of The Wicked is officially out. Released to the world, this ghost story is a tale of terror unlike any other. Of all my releases, this one seems to mean more than the rest. I started this story in 2004 and I’ve lived so many lives since then. I’ve hit rock bottom, I’ve risen to the top, and now here I am with the one thing that stayed an inexplicable constant.

I do have high hopes for In Shadows Of The Wicked, only because I feel its my best writing and its an amazing story. In places the metaphors are very personal, though I hadn’t intended it at the time. Each of The Family, as well as their ‘Other Place’, and the Darkness are allusions to parts of myself. Most specifically in regards to depression and those dark parts of myself that I have battled over the years. But over all I think its a fun and scary ride that I know readers will enjoy.

Available in ebook and paperback! The Family is waiting.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198100114X

Excitedly Yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick