I CAN DO ZAT: The Clarion West Write-a-thon

Guys, real talk for a second. Recently, I’ve been having a hard time relaxing. All week, I was looking forward to the opportunity to just sit for a while and lose myself in nothing. That didn’t happen. I would sink into my chair and then jolt so hard I thought I might panic. Then I realized it was just a voice in my head saying, “You know, you could clear off that shelf. Or put away those things in that other place.”

Today marks the start of the Clarion West Write-a-thon for me (and many others, I’m sure, but whose blog is this? THAT’S RIGHT. MINE.). You can check out my page here which is also where you can donate. And you should donate.

As you can see, my goal for this write-a-thon is to release stories that will be compiled into a collection of Black Carnival tales. Now, some of you may be just going, “Huh, that sounds neat.” Other of you know that this is truly very, very exciting.

The Black Carnival is a modern magical realism setting I’ve been using in short stories for the past several years. The world is reminiscent of late 19th/early 20th century traveling circuses but with the added element that the Black Carnival travels through present-day America. It blends human conflict with fantastical creatures, portrays the personal spirit with magic and wonder. It’s pretty cool; trust me.

So, starting this week, please keep an eye out here as I release these stories. Let me know what you think, what you would like to see. I’m wide open, and I hope you will be too.


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