Week In Review: October 28th, 2022

In Case You Missed it, here’s the round-up of all of my latest content, plus updates from old guests!

Read on if you want to know more. If not? See you next week with more writing tips and writerly musings.

Coming up this week:

On Youtube:

  • Morgan’s Preptober Sunday Afternoon Productivity Stream – 4:30pm EDT. Come, hang out, eat snacks, and maybe even get some productivity done yourself.
  • The Queery Helpline w/Patrick Hopkins, Hosted by Morgan Hazelwood – Back Monday 10/14 at 9:30pm EST. Where we take queries (or synopsis or first pages) and rework them live. Currently doing these alternating Mondays as a fundraiser for Reproductive Rights. DM/email one of us a receipt of a donation to a qualifying non-profit and get on our waitlist today.

On Twitch:

  • Or join the livestreams here on twitch!

Content Around The Web:

On Youtube/Twitch:

  • Decolonizing SFFWhile most of us know the bloody tales of how the European powers colonized much of the globe, fewer are cognizant of the ways colonization affects the stories we tell today. Talking about the tropes and publishing realities that need to be looked at critically and enthusing about our favorite writers and works that are combating the status quo within speculative fiction, as well as those that are striking off in new directions.

On the Podcast “Writing Tips and Writerly Musings”:

  • Romantic SubplotsSome books are straight-up romances and some have no romantic dealings at all, but for everything in between, they’ve probably got a romantic subplot (or two) simmering in the background. At WorldCon 77, PRK, Kate Johnson, Darlene Marshall, and Elliot Kay shared their tips for creating a successful romantic subplot.

On The Blog (In Case You Missed It):

  • Decolonizing SFFWhile most of us know the bloody tales of how the European powers colonized much of the globe, fewer are cognizant of the ways colonization affects the stories we tell today. Talking about the tropes and publishing realities that need to be looked at critically and enthusing about our favorite writers and works that are combating the status quo within speculative fiction, as well as those that are striking off in new directions.
  • Author Spotlight Guest: VM Nelson She’s a determined writer, avid gamer, and lover of all things fantasy, here to share writing tips and writerly musings. (And talk a little about her dhampyr sisters book.)

Upcoming Events:

Nothing yet.

What I’ve Been Reading:

New by Zoe Chant, some nice shifter romances. Hellhound Marshal (U.S. Marshal Shifters #5), and Christmas Pegasus (A Mate for Christmas #3). A trilogy of Colorado contemporary romances, plus one by Jennifer Snow: Love in the Forecast (A Wild Coast), Maybe This Time (Colorado Ice #1), Maybe This Love (Colorado Ice #2), Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice #3). AND the latest Up-and-Up fantasy by A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire), Into The Windwracked Wilds, a children’s series referenced in her Middlegame Alchemical Journey’s novel.

New Works By Previous Guests:

For our picture book fans, 2 of my authors have new works out.

From Kelly Brakenhoff, book 4 of her Duke the Deaf Dog ASL series.

Sometimes I Like The Quiet (Duke #4)

Duke the Deaf Dog doesn’t want to miss any fun.

But working hard all day to watch and listen to people makes him feel tired. Sometimes he needs a break. Learn along with Duke how to recognize his feelings and ask for help. You’ll love the Duke the Deaf Dog ASL Series for children ages 3-9.

From Patrick Tibbs:

On Top of a Yeti (Ughabooz #2)

Broenstein is playing on top of a yeti when he monster sneezes and his eye flies out!

The chase is on as the little monster tries to catch his eye as it races by a house full of
Ughbooz monsters and out onto the street.

Will he ever get his eye back?

And from Abigail Manning, book 1 of her new series: The Ruby Realm!

Crimson Claws (Ruby Realm #1)

A girl and her grandma… separated by an entire pack of beasts.

Roisen Karro and her grandmother run the most beloved bakery in the province of Omaira. Ever since her father disappeared seven years ago, Ro has decided there is no place for a man in her heart, especially an obnoxiously flirty woodcutter. Unfortunately, her granny has no issue encouraging the young man’s advances toward her.
At the far end of Omaira, a strange foreigner washes up on the shores and finds himself amongst the ranks of a nefarious group of beasts. With no knowledge of the Ruby Realm or even a grasp on their language, the foreigner agrees to do their dirty work until he gets back on his feet. All they asked him to do was kidnap some girl from a bakery, anyway…

As Ro discovers there is more behind her father’s disappearance than she knew, she finds herself entangled in the schemes of a sly new foe. With only the clothes on her back and a pack of wolves on her heels, Ro must find her way back to her granny before it’s too late for them both. Will Ro be able to survive the hunt? Or will the beasts swallow her family whole…?


Picture(s) of the Week:

I was back at Spilled Ink on Friday night, sharing “Twas the Week Before NaNo“, and a new poem, “NaNo Is Coming” that shares some of my anxiety and frustration with NaNoWriMo and publishing. AND! I got to meet an online writer-friend in person, (Hi, Brooke!)

Morgan at the mic, rocking some red&gold yarn falls, with the Spilled Ink banner behind her. "Open mic for your written words."
Morgan and Brooke at Jirani's in Manassas Virginia for Spilled Ink -- Open mic night for writers of all sorts.

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