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COVER REVEAL: Dragons of a Different Tail

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Excited to have a new story from the Ambasadora-verse in this debut anthology from Cabbit Crossing Publishing . Here's an excerpt from my foreword for "Mastering Aesthetics." "I wanted to continue the feminist theme [from Marked by Light] and expand upon it in “Mastering Aesthetics,” which takes place just after the events of Marked by Light and leads into an upcoming tie-in novel Frostfall (From the World of Ambasadora). It will be my first time writing a dragon space opera. I like to shake things up a bit. Rest assured that Xin, Olivia, and the mysterious dragon-person will be making appearances in Frostfall. This is the second published short story from the Ambasadora-verse. The first was “Rainer” in Far Worlds (The Bolthole, 2014). The two stories take place concurrently." The beautiful cover is by Shayne Leighton . As you can see, I'm in good company: "A Friend Called Home" by Francis Fernandez "A Wild Beast of The West&qu

NEWSLETTER: Small Space Big Life Vol. 9 - Photo Recap and Publications

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Our ninth volume of the Small Space Big Life newsletter is availbale now. Here's an exceprt: "A bright, sunny hello to our Small Space Big Life community, and a warm welcome to our many new members! Look out for photos and musings from our recent appearances and publications, as well as our exclusive newsletter content and reading recommendations... If you haven’t immersed yourself in the Rivers of London world, what are you waiting for? Yes, we’re obsessed—for good reason. READ THE REST HERE. AND SUBSCRIBE HERE. In case you missed other recent editions, you can find them here: APRIL 2021 - CHARITY ANTHOLOGY JANUARY 2021 - NEW HONOR OCTOBER 2020 - NEW COVER SNEAK PEEK JUNE 2020 - STAYING CREATIVE, STAYING PRODUCTIVE JANUARY 2020 - 1 MILLION VIEWS CELEBRATION

PODCAST: Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller on GenreTainment

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Jason and I had the honor of being interviewed by Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton at GenreTainment . Here's the information and link: "On this episode we’re chatting with two very special guests, authors and professors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller. It’s an edutainment packed episode as we talk about the value of an MFA, what a Popular Fiction MFA program is like compared to the more common creative writing graduate programs, Heidi’s Ambasadora books, Jason’s Hellbender book and his possible “Snot Otter” book, Appalachian culture, writing about other cultures, writing in someone else’s fictional setting, the charity anthology and online event, tips on co-writing, staying productive, and more! GenreTainment is where Marx and Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations." LINK: https://www.scifipulse.net/genreta

VIDEO: Zoom Into Books Many Genres One Craft Panel

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I moderated a panel of contributors from Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction for Zoom Into Books . MGOC (Headline Books, Inc.) is the writing guide I co-edited with Michael A. Arnzen and is based on Seton Hill University's MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program , where I teach. Aside from Mike and me, there was Jason Jack Miller , Timons Esaias , Lee Tobin McClain , Albert Wendland , and Tim Waggoner . We discuss the craft, genres, and business of writing.

EVENT: Like Sunshine After Rain 2-Day Launch on AllAccessCon

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The turnout for the Like Sunshine After Rain launch was incredible. It was two whole days of author readings and panels, raffles every half hour, and special appearances. Thanks to John Edward Lawson of AllAccessCon for months of hard work putting this event together. So far, we’ve raised $3100 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with more orders coming in. Though the special edition lettered hardcovers sold out quickly, you can still purchase a numbered edition of the trade paperback: http://rawdogscreaming.com/books/like-sunshine-after-rain/ . You can also donate directly to LLS: https://givenow.lls.org/give/342076/#!/donation/checkout

EVENT: Seton Hill University WPF June 2021 Residency

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Virtual residencies for the Seton Hill MFA in Wiritng Popular Fiction program aren’t quite the same, but this one was loaded with lots of guest speakers who otherwise might not have been able to join us like Michelle Addo, Shana Asaro, Shelley Bates, Danielle Choitti, John Edward Lawson, Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Castle), Jonathan Maberry, Lauren Panepinto, Jason Ridler, Kristen Simmons, and Susan Swinwood. Congratulations, as always, are in order for the graduates this summer. Happy writing to you all! And happy retiremen to Dr. Albert Wendland, who gave a tear-jerking speech. At least he'll still be around for some light duty in the program.

EVENT: 34th Annual Pennwriters Conference Recap

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So many wonderful presentations and panels at the 34th Annual Pennwriters Conference , which was held virtually this year. There are a sampling in the photo above: Stacey Rubin taught “Medicine in Your Manuscript." Hilary Hauck taught “All is Lost." Jason Jack Miller taught “Magical Realism: I Know It When I See It” and “Dan Harmon’s Story Circle.” I taught “Write the Book They Can’t Put Down” and “The In-Betweeners.”