Hello friends! This will be my last Newsletter posted (and emailed to subscribers) in this format. Of course, I will continue to post and share important news regularly! I hope everyone is doing well. Jonathan and I are fully vaccinated, although we're still wearing masks as much as possible, out of respect and in solidarity with the folks around the world who aren't quite out of the woods yet. Personally, this is shaping up to be a banner year for me. In non-author news, you all know how much I love animals, especially snakes and other reptile and amphibian friends, and I wanted to share that this winter I was elected to the Board of the Chicago Herpetological Society! I'm currently serving as a Member-at-Large, which is a representative and ambassadorship role. I also "graduated" this spring from the Master Herpetologist Certification Program through the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. My heart is full. Here's the latest on everything else:
|Judges' Favorite, 2021 Golden Haiku Competition.|
Photo by Rick Black.
In the interest of full disclosure, my long-awaited poetry chapbook, apparitions, was accepted last March by Rhythm & Bones Press for publication in June 2021, winning their Bonechaps poetry chapbook series contest after being long- and shortlisted. I was over the moon. Unfortunately, the press became embroiled in an unrelated scandal soon after, and subsequently folded. This poor little chapbook can't catch a break! It is, however, currently under review with a few other small presses, and I expect to have good news, FINALLY, by the end of this month. Stay tuned...again! In other old but better news, the anthology about the lives and experiences of children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border is still scheduled for publication in fall 2021.
Over the winter, I had the honor of being a judge for the Children's Fiction category of the Society of Midland Authors 2020-2021 Midland Authors Awards, and winners were announced this spring! I read about 40 books in three months! The pandemic did not stop authors from living their dreams and producing fine work. At the beginning of May, I received an alumni spotlight as a Hood College featured alumna, which was a bucket list career highlight for me! In television news, The R.I.P. Files has been available on Xumo, and is or will soon be available on Crackle, Dark Corners TV, Dark Matter TV, Future Today, Philo, PlayStation, Plex, Roku, and Vizio. At this point, the show is available on many free streaming services and most VOD platforms. I also shared in my last Newsletter that I was consulting for an upcoming show called My Paranormal Evidence on Travel Channel, which ended up being Fright Club on Discovery+, hosted by Jack Osbourne and Ghost Brothers stars Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey. The episode I worked on featured the Old Baraboo Inn and was aptly titled "Ghosts Gone Wild." I also joined Instagram, so please follow me there! Here are some other highlights from my year so far below:
|Interview in Haunted Magazine Issue 30.|
I am very much looking forward to attending in-person events again and sharing my new book as well as items from the DragonGoddess Boutique. Jonathan and I received our first wholesale order from the Hermetic Arts Learning Center in Salem, Massachusetts, where both of our incense blends are being sold, and will be launching another item or two in the coming months! In the meantime, please visit my online Store! I'm also working on other exciting television projects and will share more as I am able. My working list of upcoming appearances includes:
|I also received my Higgypop award in the mail in January! |
This House was the 2020 Paranormal Entertainment Awards
Gold Winner for Best Paranormal Book.
September 10-11, 2021