Friday, January 1, 2021
what it means
to mean the world
"Milky Way," copyright 2021 Amelia Cotter (first published in Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members' Anthology, 2016)
Monday, December 7, 2020
Highland Park Poetry's 2020 Public Art Poetry Contest (and Chapbook), "Jackson Square at Night, New Orleans"
On November 30, I submitted the completed manuscript for Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn to my publisher, Mike Ricksecker at Haunted Road Media. The goal date for publication is April 2021, and I'm hoping to be able to celebrate in person with a launch party at the Old Baraboo Inn. Stay tuned! I'm also awaiting further news and plans for my poetry chapbook, apparitions, which was accepted by a small press earlier this year for publication in June 2021. And finally, believe it or not, the anthology about the lives and experiences of children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border has at last been scheduled for publication in 2021.
Most of my spring events were cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, but as the year wore on and we acclimated to the new ways of Zoom and other virtual event platforms, I ended up with a fairly robust lineup of appearances. In television news, The R.I.P. Files has been available on Vudu, and I made a few storytelling appearances on local Maryland television station Montgomery Municipal Cable (MMC-TV)! I also did some more consulting with Travel Channel this summer and fall for Season 3 of Haunted Hospitals, and an upcoming show called My Paranormal Evidence. Last but not at all least, all five episodes of Snakenanigans and Stories, my October Facebook Live series and follow-up to Spooky Story Tuesdays, are now uploaded to my YouTube channel. Here are the highlights below:
October 1-29, 2020
July 2, 2020
This fall I was asked by the Society of Midland Authors to judge the Children's Fiction Award of the 2020-2021 Midland Authors Awards. I'm so honored, and what a great way to round out a year in which I (re)published a YA and a children's book. If you're an author with a Midwest connection who published a new book this year, please check out the competition! And hopefully the annual awards banquet can be held in person in May. The rest of the events below are also tentative as we move forward in these uncertain times. In the meantime, I now have a small online Store where you can purchase signed copies of my books, with more items coming soon! Needless to say, if and when these in-person events do happen, I really look forward to seeing everyone and reconnecting with friends and fans!:
The Haunted Savannah Paracon at Hotel Indigo in Savannah, Georgia
February 26-27, 2021
The X Zone Radio Show
October 11, 2021
Haunted Road Media ParaCon at Mineral Springs in Alton, Illinois
Postponed until 2021
As always, thank you all for sharing in this journey with me. Everyone please continue to be safe and well as we journey into 2021. Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, and, of course, Happy Hauntings!
Monday, November 30, 2020
Hello friends, announcement time again! …This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost is the Higgypop 2020 Paranormal Entertainment Awards Gold Winner in the Best Paranormal Book category!
Over 75,000 votes were counted, with 500 nominations across 15 categories. This little book that could has had a very good year. My writing career has had a very good year. And this would not have been possible without the support of all of you—my readers, fans, supporters, and friends. My heart is filled with joy and gratitude.
You can view the ceremony, including my acceptance speech (shot at Waterdog Studios and starting around 7:20), here, and read more about the win here. Thank you all again so much, and thank you for sharing in this journey with me! Happy Hauntings!
|This House for the win in the Higgypop 2020 Paranormal Entertainment Awards!|