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I've finished my latest progress report, which is now available for you to read on my blog. I'm taking a Twitter/Facebook sabbatical in September (which also includes G+, since I don't spend a ton of time here). But for now, the update!
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+Christopher Gronlund Breaks are necessary to mental health, especially given how toxic the internet has become. Eesh.
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Happy to announce today that I have signed with Red Sofa Literary.
Jennie Goloboy and I are fine-tuning my proposal for a nonfiction book filled with worldbuilding games geared for writers. I couldn’t be happier about this development, and I’m looking forward to working with Jennie on this. More news as I get it.

Happy reading!
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IMHO, it takes a very, very special love of a fan to create something as awesome as this. 
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It was steampunk weekend. :-)
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It's official! The Gorramn Shiniest Language Guide & Dictionary in the 'Verse will debut Spring 2016. Thanks to Titan Books and my editors for allowing me to dive back into the 'Verse with vigor. I had a blast writing this, and I hope fans'll love it.
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Becoming obsessed with food history as an interesting take on seeing the world through the lens of what we eat. There's a fantastic article about the roots of barbeque written by Michael W. Twitty, who's putting out a book called "The Cooking Gene." By looking at food, I feel I have a deeper appreciation for what I eat and how it's prepared, especially since every recipe has a story to tell, even if it's one that's uncomfortable to hear. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/04/barbecue-american-tradition-enslaved-africans-native-americans
The traditional holiday cookout has its roots in the cooperation between black and indigenous peoples struggling to get or keep their freedom from colonialists
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I think pretty much every cultures' historical cooking methods for large pieces of meats was what we now call bbq. There was no other way. Lol
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Posted a wrap-up of the Writing 101 advice from our panel at Geek*Kon. Figured it might help inspire some of you. :-)
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I wrote about the internet furies. Had a blast with this one!
 
Gods, Memes and Monsters, a fiction anthology in the form of a modern bestiary, edited by Heather J. Wood, now available in print and ebook formats from +Stone Skin Press. Features stories from +Chad Fifer, +chris lackey , +Dave Gross, +Dennis Detwiller , +Ed Greenwood, +Ekaterina Sedia, +Emily Care Boss, +Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, +Greg Stolze, +James Wallis, +Julia Ellingboe,  +Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, +Molly Tanzer, +Monica Valentinelli, +Nick Mamatas, +Richard Dansky,  and the proverbial many more. My story features the Seer Beetle, who is watching you even as we speak. Congratulations Heather for putting such a great book together!
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News from GenCon 2015 is that I'm developing Hunter: the Vigil 2nd Edition for Onyx Path and the Conan RPG based on the literary works of Robert E. Howard for Modiphius. I'll be taking my first dev pass on the manuscript for the Conan RPG corebook in a few weeks.

Thankfully, being a developer allows me to exercise different parts of my brain to write and edit more than I normally do, and I've got some fun announcements in the pipe. I've got one more local con this year, and will be focusing more on sticking close to home. Here's hoping this year ends on a high note--nowhere to go but up--and I look forward to collaborating with the great and talented minds I'm bringing on board to rock the house with these games.
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He wrote part of the setting, yes. We had several writers working with our Conan experts to bring different aspects to life.
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My GenCon 2015 schedule for fans is now available.
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Have a great GenCon, Monica!
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revenake v. Act of F-bombing w/ sleeping cat to get back at him for 4:00 a.m. wake-up call. "Time to revenake Lord Lardbottom. Hee."
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Totally forgot to tell you that I have a new short story out in GODS, MEMES, and MONSTERS. The anthology was released last week. My story is about internet furies that start fires, fan flames, and revel in the ashes to feed off of our negative emotions and stay alive. Wrote this last year, and it's still very timely! http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Memes-Monsters-Century-Bestiary/dp/1908983116/
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