^^ This pretty much sums up exactly how I feel in this moment! That said, my October was pretty awesome – i hope yous was too!
Highlight of the month for me was going to the pumpkin patch! That’s really my favorite part of October. I was going to dress up as my favorite Disney princess Venelope from Wreck It Ralph but the month got away from me and I wasn’t able to actually finish my costume which is a bummer – i guess it means i have a head start on next Halloween?
I did at least finish the Halloween costumes for my dogs – which probably was more important anyway! Mercury was Rainbow Dash, and Charlotte was Dash’ pet turtle Tank. Unfortunately there aren’t as many obsessive my little pony fans as I thought and EVERYONE in the park thought that Charlotte was a Ninja Turtle ::sigh:: Regardless they looked pretty adorable and were very amenable to being dressed up for their haloween weekend walks.
I’ve been doing a pretty good job keeping up with reading a book a week – by far my favorite read of October was Dinotopia. I’m not really sure how I hadn’t ever read this book given my deep love of all things dinosaurs! Keep up with what I’m reading by following me on Goodreads! i love seeing what all of you are reading too!
The bummer of the month was getting the news that my book proposal to write a nonfiction book looking at the experiences of dog guardians who are experiencing homelessness did not win a book deal at BarkTank. I suppose the good thing here is that clearly my proposal was strong – since I was one of five finalists so if I decide that I really want to write that book it might be worth trying to shop it around to agents/publishers. Before this contest I hadn’t given much thought to the idea of writing a nonfiction book right now and i’m nto sure its’ the literary path that’s calling my name, but it’s nice to know it’s an option on the table.
I also did quite a lot of short form writing this month for a few different publications:
The Rumpus INSERT PICTURE I was the featured story on The Rumpus as part of their (K)ink column which spotlights different leather writers exploring the role that kink/leather plays in our personal and literary lives. I wrote a pretty intimate piece exploring the role of ageplay in my personal life and how that contributes to the ways in which I do queer world building on the pages of my novels.
Curve Column : my monthly pet column this month explored the intersections of queer rights and animal rights focused on the Montreal Pitbull ban. It was illustrated with lots of adorable pitbull photographs crowdsourced from my buddies on social media!
Dogster: This summer my dog Charlotte and I took an intensive online training class – it was fantastic and I got to review it on Dogster.
Stay turned for more! I had a few deadlines this month and expect that those stories will go up online at various outlets soon.
Preorders for A Little Queermas Carol are open! Be sure to reserve your copy now if you want to get a signed copy before it offocialy releases! I’m really excited to get to share this fun little project with all of you! I did my first interview about the novella last week, and have a few more reviews/interviews scheduled over the next couple of weeks – it’s a really fun project!
I have also scheduled a release event at Bluestockings Bookstore here in NYC. I’ll be joined in sharing holiday readings by fabulous leather writers Laura Antionou and Ashley Young! It’s going to be such a fun night – we’re even going to have a little Christmas tree for everyone to trim! If you’re in the area I hope to see you there! Here are links to FB event page Fetlife event page
I think that November is going to be a bit of a whirlwind. There is of course the election where I am SO EXCITED to vote for my favorite Nasty Woman. I can’t wait to see her in the white house
It’s also just a few days before my partner and I go to Disney World!!! I have been counting down for this vacation literally for hundreds of days – I CAN’T WAIT! Disney is a really special sacred place to me and I’m really looking forward to being in that intensely magical and little focused space. We’re going to be in the parks for 4 days and attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! i’ll post LOTS of pictures on my various social media pages Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram – if you aren’t friends with me there please add me!