My first sword and sorcery story, “The War of the Wheat Berry Year,” appeared in Black Gate. A related novella, “The Imlen Bastard,” is slated to appear in a forthcoming issue. I recently started contributing a series of essays on teaching and fantasy literature to the Black Gate blog.
Drollerie Press published the first two novellas in my Rugosa Coven series, Closing Arguments and Atlantis Cranks Need Not Apply. Now that Drollerie Press has gone under, I’m looking for a new home for these contemporary fantasy books. The Rugosa Coven series is still growing. Some of the Rugosa characters made cameo appearances in my Halloween (not Samhain!) story, “New Jersey’s Top Ghost Tours Reviewed and Rated,” which appeared in the October 2009 issue of Baen’s Universe.
With David Sklar, I’ve been coediting the double anthology Trafficking in Magic/Magicking in Traffic. The late, lamented Drollerie Press had it scheduled for publication. We are now seeking a new publisher. The anthology is complete, with stories from James Enge, Elizabeth Bear, and Darrell Schweitzer, along with stories from rising stars and newcomers you’ll be glad to have discovered.
My first attempt at podcasting, the short story How the Grail Came to the Fisher King, is under Creative Commons license. Enjoy it, circulate it as you like, and keep my name attached to it.
My poetry has appeared in Calyx, Feminist Studies, Free Lunch, and Beloit Poetry Journal. Blast Press published my sonnet sequence Persephone in Washington.
In my other life, when I was a scholar, I gave papers at the annual conferences of the Modern Language Association and the American Academy of Religion. I gave a paper at the Parliament of the World’s Religions once, but I was scheduled opposite the Dalai Lama. Seriously, if you had to choose, would you go to hear the grad student from New Jersey, or the Dalai Lama? Yeah, me too.
My blog, Ask Dr. Pretentious, is mostly about writing, teaching, and parenting. Blogging surprised me. I started reluctantly, because other people told me I should do it as a way to promote my other writing. It’s turned out to be a lot of fun, and some of my favorite pieces over the past few years have been blog posts.