Monday, December 6, 2021

Newsletter #11: December 2021

Hello friends! Big things are on the horizon for 2022. I'm back to work full time, with another book and television show project on deck, and so much more! Here's what's up:

Recent Awards/Publications

"whispers of autumn," Visiting the Wind: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2021
November 2021

Honorable Mention, 2021 Haiku Society of America Gerald Brady Memorial Award for Best Unpublished Senryu, "crushed by guilt"
Autumn 2021

"The Love of Strangers," Serving Refugee Children: Listening to Stories of Detention in the USA
August 2021

"wishes," Words in Bloom: A Year of Haiku at Chicago Botanic Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois
Summer 2021

"The Amphibian Foundation's Master Herpetologist Certification Program," Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society Vol. 56, No. 6 (pg. 92)
June 2021

Upcoming Publications

My long-awaited poetry chapbook, apparitions, was finally accepted for publication last March by Rhythm & Bones Press, winning their Bonechaps poetry chapbook series contest. Unfortunately, the press became embroiled in an unrelated scandal soon after, and subsequently folded. I brushed my shoulders off, regrouped, and found the perfect press for this little chapbook "that could." The book will finally be released this winter by Highland Park Poetry Press, a local publisher that I know well and love! Watch this space for more info, coming soon.

Recent Appearances

My name in lights (kind of) at the Launch Party for
Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn.
This summer, I returned to my regularly scheduled program of in-person events, including the Launch Party for 
Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn at (where else?) the Old Baraboo Inn in Baraboo, Wisconsin. I then had the joy of moderating the Midland Authors Awards Panel at Printers Row Lit Fest, followed by a book signing at the Society of Midland Authors tent. I was a judge for the organization's 2020-2021 Children's Fiction Award. I also returned to the conference circuit this fall with the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Dark History and Horror Con in Champaign, Illinois. Last but not least, I worked my modeling (and project management) magic at the Fall Fashion Show at The Colette Collection in Chicago. In television news, The R.I.P. Files is now available on Sling TV! I've also joined Instagram, like a big girl, so please follow me there! Here are some other interviews and press pieces, including a follow-up to my beautiful, fascinating, and strange past life regression experience from earlier this summer:

Paul Goddard, Ep. "Amelia Cotter's Ghost Story for Halloween"
October 31, 2021

Past Life Regressions with Paul Goddard, Ep. "Past Life Regression Chat With Author, Poet & Storyteller Amelia Cotter"
October 25, 2021

Upcoming Appearances

It's been a great debut year for Amelia's DragonGoddess Boutique! Our items have sold in select stores in Chicago and Salem, Massachusetts, and we were able to introduce our items to the world online and at my in-person events. We are celebrating the holiday season by offering 30% off all items! Handmade incense, meditation kits, and versatile solid perfume are all 30% off through December 31 with coupon code DGB30. Signed copies of my books and postcards are also available in limited quantities through the holidays at regular price. As with all things during the pandemic, a few of my events have been cancelled or rescheduled multiple times during these past two years, but things are looking up for the next one and I can't wait to see you at one of my upcoming appearances (with so many more to be announced in 2022!):

The Haunted Savannah Paracon at Hotel Indigo in Savannah, Georgia
February 25-26, 2022

The Haunted Galena Conference at DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Illinois
April 29-30, 2022

More than ever, thank you all for sharing in this journey with me. Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year. And, of course, Happy Hauntings!

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