Saturday, November 20, 2010

Events, Publications, Interview

Citrus County Author Fair and Write-In

On November 6 I joined about 20 people at the inaugural Citrus County Author Fair. Thanks to library director Flossie Benton Rogers, reference librarian Tom Mueller, programming and youth services coordinator Karen Slaska, and library staff! Thanks also to the GFWC Woman's Club of Inverness for scrumptious home-baked refreshments. Ten percent of sales were donated to the library.

My display included the usual gang:
1. Deviations: Covenant (paperback, Aisling Press). (Click here for more info and free downloads.)
2. Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (Scriblerus Press, IPPY Silver Medalist; contains my story "Arachne").
3. Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press, Bram Stoker Award winner; contains my story "Memento Mori").
4. Oct./Nov. 2009 Asimov's (Contains my novelette "Flotsam" -- on the recommended reading list in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 27th Annual Collection -- and poem "Derivative Work").
5. Vampyr Verse (Popcorn Press; contains my poem "Neighbors").
6. My chapbook 30 Science Sonnets for April 2010.
7. She Nailed A Stake Through His Head: Tales of Biblical Terror (Dybbuk Press, 2010).
8. Divinations: Writing by the Throw of the Dice.

The library also displayed local author works.

In addition to the paperback of Covenant, the standing e-books are from my series. I donate five copies to the library (one for each branch in the county). On the day of the fair I handed Flossie five copies of Bloodlines.

People wandered in and out throughout the afternoon:

You can see the full photoset here.

Six days later I was a panelist at "Write-In," the second of the library's three-part NaNoWriMo series:

L-R: Dylan Newton, Loretta C. Rogers, Citrus County Library director Flossie Benton Rogers, Joyce Elson Moore, and me.

Our format this year differed from past years, in that Dylan, Loretta, Joyce, and I discussed various topics, with Loretta serving as moderator. Topics included how to get over hating your characters, what to do if you have to hurt your characters and don't want to, making your characters three-dimensional, finding motivation to write, what to do if your plot falls apart, and more. After taking questions from our audience, we broke up into small groups for more personal consultations.

Publications Update

Nick Cato had this to say in his review of She Nailed A Stake Through His Head: "My absolute favorite of the anthology is Elissa Malcohn’s 'Judgment at Naioth,' a fantastic short about an Israel existing in a different time and place where the Philistines are a major drug gang and David is an aging musician in a dance club populated by prophets who are kept addicted to drugs. His eldest son Amnon is a ruthless mayor and his favorite son Absalom is among the denizens of the club. Solomon, a prophet in this strange world, has told David’s daughter Tamar that David must die to set the world right again; in another world David is a king whose forty-year reign is prosperous for his people. Ms. Malcohn has put an exciting spin on the Biblical story of King David with this one."

My story "Visitations" has been accepted to Jack-o-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy.

Deena Warner did the cover design below for A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock, expected out in early 2011 from Dark Scribe Press.

The collection will include my poem "Far From the Pleasure Garden." You can read more about the anthology and see the Table of Contents here.

I'm in the final stages of preparing TelZodo, the fifth and next-to-last Deviations volume, for release next month.

I've also joined Shadow Forest Authors, "A fellowship of authors and supporters for charity," especially with respect to literacy programs.

More Promo

An interview with me appears on the Broad Universe Blog. Thanks to interviewer Jane Hunter!

Elissa Malcohn's Deviations and Other Journeys
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Vol. 1, Deviations: Covenant (2nd Ed.)
Vol. 2, Deviations: Appetite
Vol. 3, Deviations: Destiny
Vol. 4, Deviations: Bloodlines
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Anonymous Belea T. Keeney said...

Congrats on the NaNo presentation; I'm glad it went well! I missed you all...

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