It’s been a nice quiet week for me filled with lots of trips to the park with my dogs – though perhaps quiet is more than a little relative. Early in the week I learned that Kicked Out will likely be sited in an upcoming report looking at the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homeless as a way to personalize and allow current/former homeless youth to speak for ourselves (can’t wait to share details about this as they become public). Otherwise, the week the week has primarily revolved around media planning for the release of Roving Pack (very exciting things in the works) as well as the closing of the submission period for Leather Ever After….
After approving final proofs of Roving Pack I’ve been busy beginning to get reviews and interviews set up for the October release. One of the things I’ve been focused on this week is starting to get the blog tour together — If you’re a queer/leather/gender blogger and are interested in publishing a review on your blog please get in touch! I think it’s really starting to sink in for me just how close the Roving Pack release is. I’ve been working on this book for the past several years and to be so close to it being in the world is really thrilling. The NYC release event is set for October 12th at my home bookstore Bluestockings right before Kestryl and I head out for our Europe tour (more details coming soon).
Somehow August is already here and on Wednesday the call for submissions for Leather Ever After closed. It’s been a really interesting process to be editing another anthology – one very very different than Kicked Out but has definitely reminded me about how much I enjoy creating these kinds of spaces. Already just in the submission process I’ve had great conversations and connections with writers who have been genuinely called to and excited about this theme which makes the process of editing all the more fun. Needless to say I’m a very very happy editor as I’m making my way through 50+ kinky fairytale retellings. Leather Ever After is a project that has been unlike anything I’ve ever worked on – very different from my other two books and has so far just been a lot of fun to work on and while I’m not going to give anything away – lets just say it’s bringing together some incredible Leather voices in delightfully playful ways. The stories are all really awesome, and I’m really looking forward to 2013 and being able to share it with all of you.
For the last year I slowed way down on touring to focus on finishing Roving Pack, but with the two books coming out in the next few months I’m planning on increasing my touring schedule again and have been revamping my writing workshop offerings – including taking a leap and expanding my kink based offerings beyond my beloved ‘Leather Storytelling’ to include some D/s relationship based workshops!
It’s been exciting to watch my late 2012 and 2013 schedule is starting to come together — if you’d like to see me at your book club, conference, bookstore, community organization, or university in the next year this would be a great time to get in touch so we can start talking details!!!