Things I’ve Found Around the Internet

I am pretty busy getting prepared for the Project Narrative Summer Institute to start tomorrow but I have a few links to share so I thought a post was in order! :).

x. The fantastic journal Interfictions Online is conducting an IndieGoGo Campaign to raise money for the publication – please consider supporting them if you can! It’s a great journal and the perks are pretty wonderful too!

x. Speaking of IndieGoGo Campaigns, you might also consider supporting the fund to save the amazing Talliston House.

x. There is a lovely piece in The Guardian about rain in English literature

x. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has a new, limited edition set of scents based on Only Lovers Left Alive! Gah, I want all of them.

I’m also working on a post about Maleficent so stay tuned for that ;).

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Early June Updates!

A few news items!

* I did an interview for the Stone Telling blog about my poem “Rep/ercussions (Carmina)” that was recently featured in their “Body” issue – they just posted it and you can read it here! This issue was just incredible in so many ways and I’m so honored to be a part of it.

* Speaking of things I was honored to do, the lovely Rhonda Parrish asked Sara and I to write the introduction to her amazing new anthology Fae, which is forthcoming from World Weaver Press! It’s such a good collection, guys, seriously – check it out asap!!

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(Psstyou can also still enter to WIN a copy!!)

* I’m officially going to present at two conferences so far next school year – the first will be the 2014 International Conference on Romanticism – “Romantic Reflections: Twins, Echoes, and Appropriations” in Minneapolis, MN. I’m going to present a paper called “’Her Eyes Were Wild’: Echoes of Traditional Fairylore and the Gothic in Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’” on a panel organized by the new group Romanticism@OSU. The other conference so far will be the American Folklore Society annual meeting, “Folklore at the Crossroads” – I’m going to be doing a paper based on the article I co-wrote with Jeana Jorgensen for the Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television collection on the “Briar Rose” episode of the Japanese anime Grimms’ Fairy Tale Classics.

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* The Project Narrative Summer Institute starts on Monday! I’m both excited and nervous but mostly I’m feeling pretty confident that it’s going to be a great experience :).

Otherwise I’m just reading away and trying to get some other aspects of my life on the right track. I’m a tiny bit behind, probably due to being at home for a while and then readjusting to being back in Columbus, but I’m getting back on track!

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Victorians, Witches’ Cottages, and Vampires

A few links to share!

x. My dear friend Deborah is trying to raise money to finish her Master’s degree on Charlotte Mew, a sadly not very well-known Victorian writer that deserves far more attention. Please help her out if you can!

x. The British Library has launched an amazing website called “Discovering Literature” and the first things they’ve put up are Romantic/Victorian! There is SO much to explore there, I’m kind of giddy with delight. The Guardian has a good sum up of some of the most fantastic things they’ve posted – many of them Sara and I saw in person when we were lucky enough to visit the library’s “Writing Britain” exhibition!

x. The lovely writer Mary Stewart has died at age 97… sad news, she is the author of an only fairly recently discovered all time favorite of mine, Thornyhold. A beautiful, quietly magical story, I highly highly recommend it.

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x. And lastly, well, I clearly can’t resist this ;). – Tilda Swinton, Vampire Reader: Tasty Treats for Literary Goths!

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Great recommendations.

Now back to reading…!

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A is for Apocalypse Cover Reveal!

Hi all! You’ve probably seen a few of these promotions around but here I am, late in the day but still delighted to be able to post about this great anthology that I have the honor to be a part of!

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse!

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A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves. My letter was Q… a bit of a hard one for sure but it wound up working out perfectly!

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

And, of course, I must include Sara‘s amazing bio for our fantastic editor:
Rhonda Parrish is a shapeshifter with talents to match her every incarnation- magpie tenacity for picking the shiniest submissions, nightingale notes for crafting tales, and bright, feline eyes for seeking out her photographic subjects. She balances on the knife-edge of darkness and light, a sorceress of both realms.” – Sara Cleto

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Blurbs:

“In A is for Apocalypse, the world ends in both fire and ice–and by asteroid, flood, virus, symphony, immortality, the hands of our vampire overlords, and crowdfunding. A stellar group of authors explores over two dozen of the bangs and whispers that might someday take us all out. Often bleak, sometimes hopeful, always thoughtful, if A is for Apocalypse is as prescient as it is entertaining, we’re in for quite a ride.” – Amanda C. Davis, author of The Lair of the Twelve Princesses

“Editor Rhonda Parrish gives us apocalyptic fiction at its finest. There’s not a whimper to be heard amongst these twenty-six End of the World stories. A wonderful collection.” -Deborah Walker, Nature Futures author

Contributor Interviews:

Question:

As a contributor to this anthology you are privileged to have been able to read a proof copy of it already. Aside from your own story, which one is your favorite? No spoilers, please :)

Answers:

Michael Kellar – “U is for REDACTED” got to me early on, and ended up being a perfect little glimpse of what would be important when facing the end of the world.

Marge Simon – That’s really, really a hard question to answer. But I’m picking Damian Angelica Walters’ moving “U is for REDACTED”. It reminded me much of one of my top favorite dark sf stories, “Testament”.

Sara Cleto – I’ll admit that I haven’t read through the entire anthology yet (it will be my reward when I finish this semester’s grading!), but I adore Brittany Warman’s story- as always, her images are haunting, powerful, and full of wonderful folkloric resonances (Note from me: !! Thank you! :)!)

Beth Cato – I loved R. It’s one of the longer stories in the anthology, I think, and it’s a unique take on events leading up to the apocalypse. The whole vibe is creepy and gritty.

C.S. MacCath – I confess I have only skimmed the anthology as yet, but Beth Cato’s and Damien Angelica Walters’ stories fairly sang with emotion, and Gary B. Phillips has written a nicely-executed piece of humour.

And Last but Certainly Not Least… A Giveaway?!

Rhonda is giving away three ARC copies (tour-wide)!! These are physical copies but she’s willing to ship them to anywhere in the world. The Rafflecopter draw will run from May 12th to May 19th. On May 20th she will choose three winners and email them in order to get their shipping address. Anyone who doesn’t respond by May 27th will forfeit their prize and Rhonda will choose a new winner to receive it. Enter below, you know you want to!!

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Yay!!

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Reading, Reading, Reading

Well, summer has started and I am already neck deep in candidacy exam reading. This image illustrates how that feels (I am the sorceress, the dragon represents my exams/reading list :P.)

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I put this image on the cover of my readings binder… it is inspiring! Though I am tiny, I have powers too. See how the dragon is being subdued by the sorceress’ magic? Yes. I also made a spreadsheet. I’ve got a plan, I’ve got this. I hope.

I also have much other work that needs to get done asap (including revising a potential article, submitting for a conference, and two reviews), an institute on narrative theory to attend in June, and a ‘Folklore and Literature’ Think Tank to attend in July. Eep!

A few other things:

x. Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film, is insanely good. The soundtrack is too, I’m actually a bit obsessed with it.

x. Speaking of vampires, here’s some scientific evidence that folklore always knows what’s up – Vampire Therapy Could Reverse Aging 

x. For more Gothic fantastic, the Guardian posted this hilarity – How to Tell You’re Reading a Gothic Novel (in Pictures!)

x. And this is just lovely – Gorgeous Illustrations of ‘Untranslatable’ Words from Different Languages by Anjana Iyer. I’m always fascinated by these kinds of words and this project is very cool.

Also, Sara has tagged me to do a post on my writing process and I promise that that is coming shortly! I hope you’re all enjoying the spring flowers as much as I am :).

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Sara’s New Website!

Just in case you missed this awesome bit of news, my incredibly talented, inspirational, beautiful roommate, Sara Cleto, has a brand new website!

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You may recognize her name from such publications as Cabinet des Fees, Ideomancer, Niteblade, and many others! We have also co-written two poems (with plans to do more in the future!)

She was very resistant to the whole idea of webpages at first so I bought her her domain name for this past Christmas and have been encouraging the heck out of her ever since. It paid off because she has turned out an absolutely fantastic site. So go check it out!

In other Sara news, she wrote me the BEST BIO ever, which is now up on my “Bio” page here:

“Brittany Warman is a magical witch-faerie who mutters at the moon and scratches verse into the bark of trees that have grown for at least a century. She cannot cook, but she hordes jewels and gowns, and she will tell you about your best qualities if you ask her politely.”

I am totally using this from now on :P.

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Writing Published in 2013

This is a bit late I suppose, but I think it’s important that writers reflect on the previous year and note the new writing that they’ve had published. Plus, it’s Imbolc, the festival for Brigid who is the patron goddess/saint of poetry, and that means we should be celebrating poems :). In 2013, I was fortunate enough to have eight poems appear in various places –

“Skin”, co-written with Sara Cleto, appeared in Volume 12, Issue 4 of Ideomancer in December 2013.

“WereMoonMother” appeared in Issue 0.2 of Mythic Delirium in October-December 2013

“Speech of the Witch of the End” appeared in Volume 12, Issue 3 of Ideomancer in September 2013

“Alice Underground” appeared in Issue 25 of Niteblade in September 2013

“The Lady of St. Mark’s Place” appeared in Volume 1, Issue 1: As You Wish: The Loathly Lady Issue of Cabinet des Fees: Scheherezade’s Bequest in July 2013

“Her Bones in My Hands” and “Loveless (I Am the Snow Queen)” both appeared in Issue 4 of Rose Red Review in Spring 2013

“The Blue Hour” appeared in Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, edited by Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood and published by Underwords Press in February 2013

I am so honored to have had these poems published and I hope that they brought a bit of joy, beauty, and/or thought into the world. This year I hope to publish more poetry and also a bit of fiction if possible. I seem to have gravitated more and more toward poetry over the years but I still have a great desire to write fiction as well and I hope to nourish that desire a bit more in 2014. I’ve had two flash fiction pieces (and a poem!) accepted for publication already this year, so that seems like a promising start!

Thank you to all of you who have read my work – it means more to me than I can ever say :).

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News on a Snowy Day

Ah, Ohio. Polar vortexes were not part of the deal when I signed up to come here! The ground is currently covered in snow and the temperatures are the coldest I’ve ever been exposed to – this means, however, that it’s a wonderful day to write and read and share some thoughts and news here :).

x. First, I am so proud to announce that my poem “Rep/ercussions (Carmina)” appears in the latest issue of Stone Telling entitled “Body.”

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This double issue features some incredible work and I’m so honored to be a part of it. This poem in particular is one of the most personal, difficult poems I’ve ever written and speaks to an aspect of my life that I don’t often talk about. I suppose in some ways this is a sort of ‘coming out’ for me as a person with a serious mental illness but it felt important to me to try to illustrate obsessive compulsive disorder in a way that speaks to my own experience of it. The term “obsessive compulsive” is used very casually far too often and I hope this poem shows a different, more complex side of it than what is normally considered. Please check out and support this beautiful and important magazine and stay tuned for their new blog with more notes on this piece from me!

x. On a more spooky note, my flash fiction piece “The Second Mrs. Chapman,” has been published in Firbolg Publishing’s new anthology The Rogues Gallery: The Illustrated Police News. You can pick up the Kindle version of the anthology on Amazon.com for only $1.99 so check it out and be prepared for a collection of seriously weird, delightful stories! Mine is very steeped in fairy lore (of course!)

x. The amazing Ada Hoffmann, a writer whose work I always, always adore, was kind enough to list my poem “Loveless (I Am the Snow Queen)” as one of her favorite poems from last year. This made me incredibly giddy with joy :).

x. I recently stumbled upon this really cool online project called Subverting Laughter. It is an online “re-imagining” of George MacDonald’s Victorian Fairy Tale The Light Princess “through an international collaboration in visual art and reflective blogging among MacDonald researchers from Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and the U.S.A.” They aim to use “a mixture of media to inspire new discussions of the tale in an online space, allowing a wide range of audiences to engage with MacDonald’s Victorian text. Each digital storytelling post responds to a chapter of The Light Princess through an illustration, a link to and a recording of the original text, and then a reflection on the chapter.” To me, this is exactly the kind of work that people should be doing with all kinds of texts – I love the combination of the digital and the fairy tale and this is such a cool way to do it. I hope this inspires more people to try projects like this (myself included!) and I look forward to following their work!

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a beautiful day!

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