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I am incredibly honored to be included in issue 3 of I Don’t Do Boxes, a zine of queer stories from the South, produced by QueerLab and Elsewhere Museum. The theme of this issue was “Act Out.” The essay below is entirely true and autobiographical. The…
I am incredibly honored to be included in issue 3 of I Don't Do Boxes, a zine of queer stories from the South, produced by QueerLab and Elsewhere Museum. The t
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Last night I attended a party, one genuine highlight of which was when a literary agent gave me his card and asked me to send him some of my work. That part was awesome!

On the other end of the party spectrum, a different person walked into the kitchen and asked after vessels for drinking by saying, "Where are all the tumblers coming from?" I, of course, parsed it as, "Where are all the Tumblrs coming from," and said aloud, "Teenagers, mostly?" The guy on the tumbler quest glared at me with fury that then faded into the glassy stare of the dead because I am winning. At. Parties.

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Future story notes from an otherwise unremarkable night at the gay bar:

In my head, the 50-something man in the matching burgundy blouse and slacks, complete with creme ascot and silver cigarette case and a half-dozen colleagues in carefully chosen attire, is both an underwear mogul and the head of a mafia family. "The gay mafia" is a joke most of the time but this guy is in charge of the real deal: an actual gay mafia, benevolent to those who win his favor and ruthless to those who oppose him. There's a handsome young thing absorbing his time, staying in front of him and repeatedly making a big deal out of the brand of underwear he, the young looker, is wearing - when he isn lighting the boss' cigarettes. Over and over, one of the queens clustered around them makes them pose for a photo while the eye candy blushes and tugs the waistband of his briefs into view. The looker has a plan: get in as the boss' squeeze and vault into management, something straight molls aren't allowed. The rest of the highlights-and-tank-tops crowd are just hanging around hoping a little gold dust blows their way but the looker is ambitious.

Additional note: there's a family of dried-apple rednecks wandering in a haze. They look like People of Walmart wandered into Priscilla Queen of the Desert. One of them is differentiated only by the way he lights up the gaydar in a blinding strobe. I can't figure out if they're mortified or enjoying themselves because their faces are motionless and mouths open but slack. The queen who brought them is having a blast. I expect to find one of the relations face-first against a wall, bumping into it, utterly unaware.

(Writers are such fun at parties.)
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Well, check that out. David Menconi profiles me in the Raleigh News & Observer!
Our latest installment of the “Double Life” series ponders the scientific similarities between working in computer security and writing vampire novels.
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Which would you say you prefer: A (no text on image), B (some text on image), C (all text on image), or none of the above?

Through working on The Perishables Project and interacting with readers I routinely receive suggestions on ways to promote or improve my work. One recent one was to get new covers (something I've subsequently read may generate new interest in older works). In a case of good timing, it was followed by a separate suggestion I make my own new covers for precisely that reason. As such, and in the ongoing spirit of experimentation with which I approach things, I've fiddled around with InkScape and some images with the appropriate Creative Commons licenses and whipped up three quick candidates. The original image is from Vincent on Flickr (http://bit.ly/1tdFD3Z ), available under a CC Attribution 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ ). I've modified it in some examples.
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No text on image looks cleaner and draws my eye to the figure in the window. It does take me away from the text on the cover some, or perhaps delays my attention to the text, but I personally think that's ok. I also like some text on the image as a second option. All text on the image makes for competitive experiences and makes me want to look away sooner....
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Aaron Gudmunson’s “Pig Roast,” which is the closing bookend for Wrapped in Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult, is one of the most delightfully disturbing and creepy premises in the whole thing. I might or might not (spoilers: might!) have…
Aaron Gudmunson's "Pig Roast," which is the closing bookend for Wrapped in Black: Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult, is one of the most delightfully dis
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WRAPPED IN BLACK Interview: Solomon Archer, "Into the Light"

I’m going to preface this interview by saying Solomon Archer – who once asked me to call him Archer – is absolutely one of the most interesting authors with whom I’ve shared a table of contents and I don’t mean that as a backhanded compliment: I mean…
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Worthwhile road trips start with pimiento cheese and jalapeños on a chicken biscuit. #ConCarolinas #theDietCokeofirony
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Someone suggested I start posting excerpts from what I’m writing at the moment, so I’m throwing this out there. Does it sound to you like a good idea that I post what I just wrote – literally the last few paragraphs of the draft I’m currently drafting –…
Someone suggested I start posting excerpts from what I'm writing at the moment, so I'm throwing this out there. Does it sound to you like a good idea that I pos
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Tucking this away for future #writing .
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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I have an interesting opportunity and a quandary, and I’d like to describe them to you. One of the goals I set for myself when I published PERISHABLES was to experiment with different means of promotion via The Perishables Project. As part of the project,…
I have an interesting opportunity and a quandary, and I'd like to describe them to you. One of the goals I set for myself when I published PERISHABLES was to
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Shenoa Carroll-Bradd is a very gifted writer with an absolute boatload of ideas, interests and ambition. She writes short fiction, screenplays, graphic novels – you name it. If words can make it happen, Shenoa is interested in making those words. She also…
Shenoa Carroll-Bradd is a very gifted writer with an absolute boatload of ideas, interests and ambition. She writes short fiction, screenplays, graphic novels -
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Michael G. Williams, aka Klarion, aka KlarionPK, aka Robust N. McManlyPants.

I'm an engineer, writer, amateur photographer, reader, baker, runner, walker, cyclist, gamer, gaymer, comics reviewer, fraternity alumnus and technopagan.
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Successfully completed NaNoWriMo 9 years running. I also bake a mean pan of cornbread.
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