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July Recap: Bewinged and With a Good Tailwind!

July 31st, 2014 (01:38 pm)
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Originally published at Author Shveta Thakrar. You can comment here or there.

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re having a good summer (or winter, depending on where you are). I am, though it’s flying by. I’ll tell you why below, but first, some news!

I recently had my first ever poem sale—“The Nagini’s Night Song,” to issue 1.3 of Mythic Delirium! I could not be more excited about this and am super grateful to C.S.E. Cooney, Julia Rios, and Mike Allen for their editorial guidance. I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Okay, on to the recap of July!

On the weekend of the fourth my friend and super-talented jeweler Meenoo Mishra and her husband came to visit, and I bought one of her gorgeous mythic necklaces. I’m modeling it in the picture! We baked cupcakes and ate and laughed a lot. Good times.

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Then it was off to Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts, to catch up with dear friends, make new ones, and give readings! I read from “Krishna Blue” during the Midnight Speakeasy reading, and even though I was the last one to go, I’d say it got quite a great reception. The other readers were wonderful, too, and one of them won the Shirley Jackson Award!

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Me, Patty Templeton, and Matt Kressel (Matt’s camera)

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Our haunted Midnight Speakeasy reading! (Marco’s camera)

I also spoke with a panel of smart people on horror for diverse audiences, and then my fellow car-mates A.C. Wise and A.T. Greenblatt and I headed off for home.

Then just a few days after returning from Boston, I boarded a train bound for New York City to attend the monthly KGB Bar Fantastic Fiction reading. (The readers were Sofia Samatar and Victor LaValle.) I got to see lots of wonderful people and meet one of my Viable Paradise roommates-to-be! And tour the offices of TOR, thanks to the always lovely Marco Palmieri.

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Tempest Bradford and me (Tempest’s camera)

Then I gave a talk to a group of kids at my local library. They all perked up when we talked about horror, I read them a bit of “Krishna Blue,” and they wrote the beginnings to their own (horror-inspired) stories. That was all a little nerve-wracking at first, but I did it, so yay! (And who knows; maybe I inspired some of them to give writing a try.) I also raffled off a copy of an Amar Chitra Katha comic.

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Asking what books this reader likes and why (Miss B’s camera)

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Reading from “Krishna Blue” (Miss B’s camera)

And then I went to my brother-in-law’s fifties-themed wedding. I wore a borrowed fascinator and a polka-dot dress and round-toe heels. We ate lots, and I danced with my nieces and nephews. Fun! (Meeting my newest niece and having her select me as her dancing partner was the best part.)

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Rocking the netting and polka dots (my camera)

And now I can collapse (or else return to work on Star Daughter). Whew! Well, until Friday, anyway, when I go see Mike Allen, Anita Devi Allen, and Nicole Kornher-Stace for Mike’s reading from his upcoming story collection Unseaming . . .

How’s your summer so far?

Comments

Posted by: Sherwood Smith (sartorias)
Posted at: July 31st, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)

What lovely pix!

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: July 31st, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)

Thank you, Sherwood!

Posted by: writerjenn (writerjenn)
Posted at: August 1st, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)

Sounds like you're having a lot of good adventures!

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: August 1st, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)

It's been a whirlwind of a month, that's for sure, but most of it good. :) How are you doing? (I showed a quote you posted recently to a writer friend who needed to hear it.)

Posted by: writerjenn (writerjenn)
Posted at: August 1st, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)

I'm doing OK, thanks. Glad that whatever I quoted was helpful! :-)

Posted by: costumenut (costumenut)
Posted at: August 1st, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)

I love these pics! Thanks for the update!

Posted by: Shveta, bursting with stars ॐ (shveta_thakrar)
Posted at: August 1st, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)

Aw, thanks for reading! <3

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