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2020-07-15: New Poem: “In a Mirror, Dimming” in Eye to the Telescope Issue 37 “The Sex Issue” of Eye to the Telescope is out now, and it includes my randy speculative poem “In a …

2020-04-17: Tucson Poetry Festival Reading featuring poets Sean Avery, Sylvia Chan, Diana Marie Delgado, Pam …

2020-02-13: February 2020 Night Worms Book Package Unpackaging I cannot believe we’re almost halfway through the month already, but I’m finally into the February …

2020-02-13: Io, the most volcanic body in the solar system. IVO would seek to confirm that Io has a magma sea …

2020-02-13: More good news: NASA selected Io Volcano Observer (IVO) as one of four missions selected out of 21 …

2020-02-13: Nope, an asteroid is not going to impact the Earth this weekend. Awful how sensationalized and …

2020-02-13: One of my poems published in 2019 was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Grateful to the Writers …

2020-01-28: I am stunned by this poem and reading: “Diana Khoi Nguyen reads ‘Triptych’“

2020-01-25: 1st day of Saturday workshop at the Writers Studio Tucson. I’m expecting 13 students, so I’m here …

2020-01-22: Review: Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors Edited by Doug Murano and Michael Bailey 📚 So this is what today’s pro-level horror looks like. Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & …

2020-01-20: My short story “The Yogurt Swimmer” is forthcoming in the new horror and dark fiction …

2020-01-07: I’m reviewing books on Goodreads a lot recently, so this report by Jason Sanford about …

2020-01-06: I waited until I finished some other reading, but now I’m ready to see what’s included in Night …

2020-01-06: 📚 House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Volume 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review (with the …

2020-01-06: Won’t likely be able to keep up this weekly pace, but this is what I finished reading last …

2020-01-04: 📚 The Dark Country by Dennis Etchison ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review

2020-01-04: And today I received the January 2020 package from Night Worms! After I finish what I’m currently …

2020-01-04: Over the long and cold (for Tucson) winter break, I spent hours reading fantastic winter-set horror …

2020-01-03: 📚 Couldn’t sleep, so I spent my book allowance for the month on preorders: The City We Became …

2020-01-01: My 2019 submission stats (poems and short stories): Submissions: 69 Rejections: 57 Acceptances: 5 …

2019-12-30: Finished reading last week: Reread The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan and then several horror …

2019-12-20: The December package from Night Worms arrived today full of books and goodies! My reading for next …

2019-12-20: For All Mankind season 1 is more than worth a subscription to Apple TV+, in my opinion. Consistently …

2019-12-15: Finished reading last week: Hex Life edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering and …

2019-12-09: I’m very happy with the first four books I have read that were selected and delivered by Night …

2019-12-07: My first published speculative poem, a little 3-line 7-word piece about aliens, is now available in …

2019-12-06: Opening night of local filmmaker Avai d’Amico’s two new movies. Quite the crowd and red carpet …

2019-12-05: Currently reading Hex Life, edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering, and part of …

2019-12-05: Received volume 5 of The Long List Anthology (“more stories from the Hugo Award Nomination List” and …

2019-12-02: Finished reading last week: Grind Your Bones to Dust by Nicholas Day and The Devil’s Dreamland …

2019-12-02: NaNoWriMo wrap-up: a little over 35,000 words. The words did not come the last week. Happy with what …

2019-11-26: NaNoWriMo Day 26: Skipped writing yesterday because of writer’s block. Switched to poetry …

2019-11-24: Finished reading last week: Don’t Read Poetry by Stephanie Burt and A Sick Gray Laugh by Nicole …

2019-11-24: NaNoWriMo Day 24: The final week! Well behind, but not so far behind a couple good days …

2019-11-23: NaNoWriMo Day 23: Skipped writing yesterday. Reached 30,000 words today. This particular short story …

2019-11-21: NaNoWriMo Day 21: Wrote in the morning, but not many words. Side-tracked this evening by big plans. …

2019-11-21: This is an interesting submission call from Witness: “Dark Holidays” themed fiction. …

2019-11-20: NaNoWriMo Day 20: What I thought would be a novella naturally came to an end tonight at just over …

2019-11-20: Signed up for Night Worms because the January 2020 package will include Miscreations: Gods, …

2019-11-20: I recently subscribed to a monthly horror book club package: Night Worms November’s books arrived …

2019-11-20: This cover is fantastic! Excited to be included and eager to read all the other stories and poems. …

2019-11-19: NaNoWriMo Day 19: Yikes, I guess I’m writing grimdark now. Exceeded my minimal goal for the …

2019-11-19: Finished reading last week: Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems by Joy Harjo 📚

2019-11-19: NaNoWriMo Day 18: Made good progress. This particular story is turning out to be a novella, and …

2019-11-17: NaNoWriMo Day 17: If I could stop procrastinating, I could get to bed at a reasonable time! But …

2019-11-17: Learning to Horror After years of focusing on literary poetry and fiction, including completing my undergraduate …

2019-11-17: New and powerful fiction online by two amazing writers: “Skills in the Domestic Arts” by …

2019-11-16: NaNoWriMo Day 16: I wrote in the morning, which is rare for me. And not again the rest of the day. …

2019-11-15: NaNoWriMo Day 15: Going to bed early. Managed to write a few words. Ugh. Excerpt: “‘Stop …

2019-11-14: NaNoWriMo Day 14: A really good night. Lots of words. Not caught up yet overall, but catching up is …

2019-11-13: NaNoWriMo Day 13: Didn’t write anything on day 12, wrote for a couple hours today, but …

2019-11-13: I just signed a contract for one of my short stories, a process I really didn’t know anything …

2019-11-11: NaNoWriMo Day 11: Not reaching my daily goals. Excerpt: “It was said vines crawling up the …

2019-11-10: NaNoWriMo Day 10: Really rough day trying to write, but I finished and submitted the 1st draft of my …

2019-11-10: NaNoWriMo Day 9: Didn’t quite reach my goal for the day. I’m struggling with the contest …

2019-11-08: NaNoWriMo Day 8: This evening had to stop, think, watch TV, eat Cheetos & ice cream, plan, …

2019-11-07: NaNoWriMo Day 7: Really unsure what this story is about, but writing my way into it. A minimal goal …

2019-11-07: One more announcement: I was recently invited to join the Tucson Poetry Festival as a Board Member. …

2019-11-07: My latest poem, and, finally, the first one about Mars (I work on a Mars mission, for goodness …

2019-11-07: NaNoWriMo Day 6: Procrastinated until 11 PM, but managed to reach today’s really small word …

2019-11-06: Made the cut to enter Round 3 of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge 2019 this Friday! But I …

2019-11-06: My poem “Distraction” from earlier this year in issue 5 of Impossible Archetype is now …

2019-11-05: NaNoWriMo Day 5: Blew past my very minimal goal set for today. Not quite finished with the second …

2019-11-04: NaNoWriMo Day 4: Difficult to start, but the words flow once I do. Almost done with the second short …

2019-11-03: NaNoWriMo Day 3: Lots of words. Finished one short story, started a second. Early days are always …

2019-11-02: NaNoWriMo Day 2 update: ahead of my goal for today, ahead of the nominal two-day pace. Paying …

2019-11-01: Managed more words for NaNoWriMo today than my minimal goal I made based on everything else I had to …

2019-10-30: Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2019 “Writing Progress Sticker Calendar” by NaNoWriMo Last year, I had big plans for National …

2019-10-30: I’ve never quite reached 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo. Trying again this year with 10+ short …

2019-10-29: Phil Ivory continues his 31 Days of Classic Horror films with a leap into the 2010s and The …

2019-10-28: 📚 What I finished reading last week: The Hatred of Poetry, which I really didn’t get.

2019-10-22: Appearance Wrap-Up: "UNREAL: Readings from Writers Studio Tucson Teachers" at Antigone Books The fragmented lives of three generations of women. The increasingly bizarre meeting notes of a …

2019-10-21: 📚 What I finished reading last week: Nancy Kress’s excellent Beginnings, Middles & Ends.

2019-10-15: Upcoming Appearance: UNREAL at Antigone Books I’m joining the other Writers Studio Tucson teachers including Donna Aversa, Reneé Bibby, …

2019-10-14: 📚 What I finished reading last week

2019-10-14: Move It to the Top Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launch on August 12, 2005 I have learned a valuable lesson about writing …

2019-10-09: I’m reading four of my poems at an event on October 18th, so I’m trying something new: …

2019-10-05: A challenging first round in the 250-word [Microfiction Challenge] …

2019-10-04: My first speculative poetry acceptance is a tiny poem to appear in a future issue of Star*Line from …

2019-10-03: 3 days into “31 Days of Classic Horror” and I love it! No decisions to make, just …

2019-10-02: I’m not sure I’ve ever been this excited about a TV show (and I’m a Buffy fan): …

2019-10-01: Philip Ivory's "31 Days of Classic Horror" Tucson writer and Writers Studio instructor Philip Ivory is diving into “31 Days of Classic …

2019-10-01: Tucson writer and instructor Philip Ivory dives into “31 Days of Classic Horror” films, …

2019-09-30: Half full means there’s still room for students in my Tucson, AZ literary fiction, poetry, …

2019-09-30: 📚 What I’ve finished reading lately Reading about a novel a week now, pretty happy with the …

2019-09-23: I landed on the short list for the “Shadow Award 2019” competition in dark and weird …

2019-09-23: Shadow Award 2019 Short List The Molotov Cocktail is an online journal that mostly publishes dark, weird, pulpy, wonderful flash …

2019-09-18: 📚 Been lax in updating what I recently finished reading.

2019-09-17: 📚Written for middle grade readers but one of the most intensely scary books I have ever read: Scary …

2019-09-17: ✍️ Just sold my first science fiction short story! 🚀 Will be published later this year.

2019-09-17: Fall 2019 Writing and Teaching As summer temperatures in Tucson finally drop below 100°F and we head into autumn, I’m …

2019-09-15: ✍️🍿 NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 2 prompt: horror, halfway house, tap shoes. Fun one to …

2019-09-12: NYC Midnight has a new annual contest: 250-word Microfiction Challenge. Genre, action, and word …

2019-09-11: ✍️ NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Challenge Round 1 results: my “romance in a tennis court with a …

2019-09-08: 🍿🤡🎈I think IT Chapter Two is scarier and even more brutal than the first chapter. More satifying …

2019-09-06: Review: Kids by The Midnight Kids album cover courtesy The Midnight on Bandcamp I only became aware of the music genre known as …

2019-09-05: 📚 The entire lineup of poets & writers hosted by the UA Poetry Center this fall, including …

2019-09-05: 📚 Attended an evening of fun, thought-provoking, rebellious, risqué poetry read by Erika L. Sánchez …

2019-09-03: 📚 I’ve been struggling with a reading plan (pulled in too many directions), but I finished …

2019-09-02: 📚 Fun new flash fiction from one of my students: “who ya gonna call” by Marlene DeVere …

2019-08-29: New Poem: "November in Portland" in Impossible Archetype, Issue 6 Issue 6 of Impossible Archetype (a free PDF download) is now out and it includes my latest poem, …

2019-08-26: 📚Finished reading a couple novels last week: The Good Mother of Marseille by Christopher X. Shade …

2019-08-26: My latest poem, “November in Portland,” is out now in issue 6 of Impossible Archetype. …

2019-08-14: 📚🎥 Great casting for The Wheel of Time adaptation is raising my expectations higher and higher!

2019-08-12: 📚After not finishing any books for a couple weeks, I finished three books of poetry this past week. …

2019-07-29: My online summer “Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds” workshop at The Writers …

2019-07-29: 📚 Didn’t finish reading any issues or books last week, but started reading a few.

2019-07-23: If you’re religious and/or homophobic and/or at work, this may not be the poem for you. But …

2019-07-23: Tracy K. Smith always picks great poems for The Slowdown, but what’s so great about …

2019-07-21: If you’re into retrowave, Ollie Wride (lead singer of FM-84) is making waves with his debut …

2019-07-18: Horror Writers Association's Quick Moderation and Response to a Hateful Troll on Facebook In the Horror Writers Association group on Facebook, someone asked for horror poetry book …

2019-07-17: Quick "Summer of 84" Horror Film Review The horror film Summer of 84 thrusts a butcher knife through the still-beating heart of this whole …

2019-07-15: 📚 Here’s what I finished reading last week (ending 14 July 2019). I’m trying to catch up …

2019-07-13: A difficult prompt for Round 1 of the Flash Fiction Challenge. Genre: romance. Location: tennis …

2019-07-11: 2019 Dwarf Stars Award My first pick for the SFPA’s Dwarf Stars Award (speculative poems under ten lines) and for the …

2019-07-09: Summer 2019 Writing and Teaching This week kicks off a busy summer of writing and teaching. I’m currently preparing lesson …

2019-07-09: I’m participating in the first round of NYC Midnight’s annual Flash Fiction Challenge …

2019-07-09: There’s still room in my face-to-face Writers Studio Tucson workshop, but already enough …

2019-07-09: Only two spots left in my summer science fiction, fantasy, and horror writing workshop online for …

2019-07-08: 📚 Struggling with priorities, but here’s what I finished reading last week (ending 07 July …

2019-07-04: I’ve fallen way behind in reading Diabolical Plots. Absolutely delighted by Year Four’s …

2019-07-02: Spider-Man: Far From Home: I’m not sure I could love a movie more. Perfect. 🎬🍿

2019-07-02: Also encouraging: a rejection letter with a personal note and invitation to submit again in the …

2019-07-02: Just read “Elegies to What Was: A Conversation with Dorianne Laux” in Poetry Northwest. …

2019-07-02: Just finished Dana Diehl’s biting short story “Always Night” published on Pithead …

2019-07-01: June 30, 2019 reading update. I also added a section about the periodicals I’m reading …

2019-06-30: Pet Sematary (2019) managed to out-Stephen-King Stephen King himself with that wild ending. Wow. 🎬🍿

2019-06-28: Always happy to support Strange Horizons’ annual fundraiser. Great speculative fiction and …

2019-06-27: This may be one of NASA’s coolest missions yet (and I work on a cool NASA mission): Dragonfly, …

2019-06-26: At long last, how to read and understand poetry: Read poetry. “Oh, I don’t like …

2019-06-24: Finished 2nd draft of writing exercise based on Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk …

2019-06-24: Wonderful to be mentioned in the weekly Micro.blog newsletter! I’m thankful for @rnv @smokey …

2019-06-23: Inspired by @rnv and others, I created a page on my website about what I’m reading and what …

2019-06-23: 2019 Rhysling Anthology edited by David C. Kopaska-Merkel The 2019 Rhysling Anthology: The best science fiction, fantasy & horror poetry of 2018 selected …

2019-06-22: After a lot of “well, that’s not really my thing” and a few “oh, yes, this …

2019-06-21: I recently rejoined Critters, an online critique group for science fiction, fantasy, and horror I …

2019-06-19: Really excited that Rosamund Pike has been cast as Moiraine Damodred in Amazon Prime’s …

2019-06-11: "A Portrait of Poetry" at the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography If you’re in Tucson, Arizona (or are traveling here before Thanksgiving), “A Portrait of …

2019-06-11: Marlene DeVere, one of my spring Writers Studio workshop students, has a new essay titled …

2019-06-11: I’m teaching an online workshop in writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction and …

2019-06-11: The 2019 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest is open for entries through August 31, 2019. Non-members …

2019-06-11: NYCMidnight’s 11th Annual Flash Fiction Challenge starts July 12, 2019. Registration ends July …

2019-06-11: 📚 Currently reading: The 2019 Rhysling Anthology “The best science fiction, fantasy & …

2019-06-09: I’ve been coveting these space-themed pride pins, and I’m happy to support a Kickstarter …

2019-06-04: "Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds" at The Writers Studio! I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching an online workshop on writing speculative …

2019-06-02: Listening to both Sarah McLachlan and Sufjan Stevens on a Sunday is causing distortions in my local …

2019-05-30: Recommendation: "Forever Baby" by Dana Diehl in Cartridge Lit Screenshot of Cartridge Lit website and Dana Diehl’s new story “Forever Baby“ …

2019-05-29: Wren Awry’s fascinating new interview with Alyshia Gálvez, anthropologist and author of Eating …

2019-05-28: The Writers Studio Tucson is holding eight-week writing workshops again this summer, and there are …

2019-05-28: Summer Writing Workshops at the Writers Studio! The Writers Studio Tucson is holding eight-week writing workshops again this summer, and there are …

2019-05-28: Supporting Professional Payment Rates in Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Fiction Markets The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America sets the minimum payment rates for professional …

2019-05-26: Booksmart is a must-see. Brightburn was pretty good, too. Really great time at the movies. 🎬🍿

2019-05-25: Waiting for a new film directed by Xavier Dolan is always excruciating, and now there are two of …

2019-05-25: Movie Review: Assimilate (2019) youtu.be/9HLOQ4YdJ… I’m working on the eleventh draft of my own take on Invasion of the …

2019-05-24: I quit Twitter (again, but for real this time???) and restarted my Micro.blog (again, but for real …

2019-05-24: Another absolute favorite magazine: Beneath Ceaseless Skies Two literary adventure fantasy stories …

2019-05-24: My absolute favorite magazine right now is Nightmare Magazine, so much so that I paid for a lifetime …

2019-05-24: Wren Awry’s wonderful new essay, about food, family, and Anthony Bourdain, online in Entropy …

2019-05-21: Currently reading: Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear 📚

2019-03-25: New Poem: "Distraction" in Impossible Archetype, Issue 5 “Distraction,” my latest poem now available in issue 5 of Impossible Archetype (a free …

2019-03-15: Review: The Low Passions by Anders Carlson-Wee The Low Passions: Poems by Anders Carlson-Wee My rating: 5 of 5 stars With stuff I didn’t want …

2019-02-28: The Limits of Success Someone asked me about “imposter syndrome” today on Twitter, so I linked over to the piece I …

2019-02-14: New Writing Instructor at the Writers Studio Tucson I’m now a writing instructor at the Writers Studio in Tucson, Arizona and I’ll be teaching an 8-week …

2019-01-22: 22 January 2019 I condemn reinstatement of this bigoted ban by the conservative majority of the …

2019-01-13: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 13 January 2019 🎥 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fantastic movie! I love the energy, art …

2019-01-13: Alice Hatcher Craft Class 📚 I participated in a fantastic craft class today with Alice Hatcher, author of The Wonder …