Horror, The Fall & other news

Mark E Smith of the FallOut now:

Over on the Fox Spirit Books blog I get to kick off Women of Horror month with a piece on The Haunting of Hill House, one of the finest novels ever written. Go read it (my piece and the novel).

I have a piece ‘The Three Rs’ over at 3AM Magazine. I had written for another thing that fell apart but it suited as a kind of encomium for Mark E. Smith. More to come doubtless as there are many things floating around in my head.

Chapter 4 of Madonna of the Wasps is out: chapter 5 at the end of the month. If you want to have a print copy, I have good news coming soon.

You listened to the radio show, right? Feel free to let WGXC know you liked it.

UPDATE: I am always forgetting to share my History Witch posts: most recently Sounding Out the Water Elf (another bit in my thinking about the sound of charms which I’ll be talking about at the Harvard conference in April).

NEXT WEEK: The SpeakEasy dames and I will be guest hosts at Ione’s Annual Dream Festival next week. If you’re on Facebook, join us talking and thinking about dreams and how they affect our waking lives. Some of the posts will be here as well. Starts on Monday!

Forthcoming Publications:

Twice Reviled: Medieval Fact & Fantasy.’ Out of the Cloister: Lone Medievalists Making the Middle Ages Matter: forthcoming piece on what it’s like to be the lone medievalist in a department as well as a fiction writing-lit prof (hint: even people in academia like you to stick to one category or the other).

The Unlikely Milliner & The Magician of Threadneedle-Street.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature: forthcoming essay on the use of tarot in Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell — yes, yet another piece on that book so I suspect I may well end up writing a book about it.

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Travel: after a break of [cough] years, I’ll be heading to Kalamazoo for the annual Medieval Congress. Looking forward to my first paper on Rauf Coilyear, one of my new obsessions. I feel a little sad because I think the last time I was at the ‘Zoo was when I got to hang out with Kathryn Fernquist Hinds, who died suddenly this week. Her husband Arthur has asked those honouring her memory to make donations in her name to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU. You might also want to read her books.

I hope to go to MAMO as well: this year it will be in Rome. We shall see. Finances always questionable — and of course, I need to get accepted! But a scheme afoot to catch up with Alexandra Bava naturally and Dan Curley who I think might be there as well in November.

[Fill in the elventy thousand things I have forgotten to mention or haven’t finished]

Oh, and I have more Edinburgh pictures to share: must remember to do so!

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Hudson Valley Writers Showcase @WGXC

hvwg-logoHudson Valley Writers Showcase
Friday January 26, 2018
2-3 pm NY (7-8 pm UK)
WGXC Radio
Guests: Faith Green & Nancy Klepsch

This Friday I make my radio hosting debut! I know I’ve crashed other folks’ shows but this time I am taking the board myself (eek!). Thanks to the folks at WGXC for giving me a trial run. If they like it we’ll probably aim for quarterly shows.

WGXC is community radio and well known for its Wave Farm where experimental sound projects take place. You should check them out if you haven’t before. They broadcast events around the region like the Drone Fest at the Hudson Basilica.

I’m grateful for the support of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, including President Faith Green volunteering to come on the show. And all the folks who attend 2nd Sunday @2 open mic in Troy will recognise co-host Nancy Klepsch who has a new poetry collection out. Tune in on 90.7 if you’re in the region or listen online.

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Write 4 a Day: 21 May 17

Write 4 a DayDon’t you deserve at least one day to write?

Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. While I shall be hosting the events, let me be clear that there is

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you!

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

WHAT – $20  (cash/check/PayPal – $15 for HVWG members) and food (a dish to share or your own lunch)

WHEN – Sunday 21 May, 10am-5pm

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

*Co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild

Write 4 a Day: 23 April 2017

Write 4 a DayDon’t you deserve at least one day to write?

Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. While I shall be hosting the events, let me be clear that there is

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you!

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

WHAT – $22  (cash/check/PayPal – $20 for HVWG members) and a dish to share or your own lunch

WHEN – Saturday April 23, 10am-5pm

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023

*Co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild

Write 4 a Day: 20 Feb

Write 4 a DayDon’t you deserve at least one day to write?

Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. While I shall be hosting the events, let me be clear that there is

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you!

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

WHAT – $20  (cash/check/PayPal – $15 for HVWG members) and food (a dish to share or your own lunch)

WHEN – Saturday February 20, 10am-5pm

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

*Co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild

Upcoming Appearances

CHAS 2 for PUB 500750I knew this semester was going to be busy, but it’s got even more so as time has gone along! Here are the places I’ll be appearing and the things I’ll be doing for new releases in the coming weeks. Sorry for the cut and paste — in a rush! Running from now until May.

*SAT 23 Mar 2013

Author Readings from the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime & Hudson Valley Writers Guild:

East Greenbush Library 2pm

I’ll be reading from Lush Situation! Drop by and hear a few stories

*MON 25 Mar 2013

How to Keep Writing with a Full-Time Job
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7–9 p.m.

The urge to write inspires many of us, but the practical limitations of a regular life—job home, friends, family—often seem to conspire to fill all the hours in the day. What sleight of hand does it take to find time and motivation to write? Multitasker extraordinaire Kate Laity will offer sensible approaches to time management and practical suggestions for keeping your writing projects on track and moving forward. No magical skills are required.

*WED 27 Mar 2013

Popular Culture Association National Conference: Washington, D. C. I’ll be giving a paper on the letters O & V 😉

*THU 28 Mar 2013

Tirgearr Publishing releases LUSH SITUATION: A CHASTITY FLAME ADVENTURE across all social media 🙂

*SUN 31 Mar 2013

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LAUNCH PARTY FOR SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT
Celebrate the release of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s first anthology, SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT. All drinks will be free. And virtual.

*MON 8 Apr 2013

Text As Art Reception: Arts Center of the Capital Region

April 8, 2013 — 07:00 PM

Sometimes the written word can be represented visually. This Bookmarks is dedicated to words that tell a visual story. The exhibit will be displayed on the Arts Center’s Foyer gallery from March 16th – April 21st, 2013. I’ll be talking about 5¢ per Word.

Join us for the reception on April 8th at 7PM. This event is free and open to the public.

*WED 10 Apr 2013

ALBANY PUBLIC LIBRARY
7pm
Wonder how social media is changing the writing life? So are we! Luckily, local author, medievalist, Fulbrighter, and St. Rose professor K.A. Laity has great insight and will present, “Social Media & Writers in the Digital Age: how have Facebook, Twitter, and such changed the life of the writer in the 21st century?” K.A. Laity is the author of “Owl Stretching,” “Pelzmantel and Other Tales,” “Unikirja: Dream Book,” the editor of “Weird Noir,” and she will read from her speculative fiction eBook, “Unquiet Dreams.” Please join us!!

 

*SAT 13 Apr 2013
Morven Westfield
K. A. Laity
Inanna Arthen
Trish Wooldridge
Kristi Petersen Schoonover

 

*SAT 20 Apr 2013
“Twitter for Writers”
Bethlehem Public Library ~ 11am

 

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Whew! And you know, in between teaching and writing and whatnot. Okay, maybe not much time for whatnot!

So, for no reason at all, here’s a marvelously surreal quote from the inimitable Mark E. Smith from a terrific bunch of them at NME (NSFW):