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Awards Eligibility Post for 2017 Work. I've highlighted what I'm most proud of for your consideration.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Awards-Eligibility-Post-for-2017-Work.aspx
Blog: 2017 Publishing Recap. What did I accomplish in 2017? Enough for me to still feel good about my chosen career.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/2017-Publishing-Recap.aspx
Blog: The Car Games We Play. The Husband and I take a lot of road trips. This is how we amuse ourselves.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/The-Car-Games-We-Play.aspx
Blog: Five Minute Stories Podcast Wrap-Up - Some thoughts and my favorite episodes.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Five-Minute-Stories-Podcast-Wrap-Up.aspx
Where will I be in November and December? I'm going to be out and about a lot. Come see me!
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Where-is-Jennifer-in-November-and-December.aspx

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Blog: The talented Jean Rabe challenged me to the black and white seven day photo challenge. Here's the results altogether. http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Black-and-White-Photo-Challenge.aspx

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Blog: Bubble & Squeek for today. Reviews, kickstarters, interviews, and a story worth sharing.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Bubble-Squeek-for-17-Nov-2017.aspx

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Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous Schedule. Hope to see you there! http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Great-Falls-Gaming-Rendezvous-Schedule.aspx

Five Minute Stories Podcast is live!

Without fail, every single podcast and radio interviewer has complimented me on my voice. When you hear something enough times, you begin to believe it… and to believe you have the raw talent to create your own podcast. Skill will come with experience. I decided to see if I liked podcasting—and see if the Husband liked doing the post production work. Our test is Five Minute Stories.

First came the research. How do you create a podcast? Where do you host it? How do all the bits and pieces work together. Once I started getting a good idea of how that all worked; even got the recording equipment, I talked with an experienced Podcaster, Alasdair Stuart, owner and operator of Escape Artists. He told me the biggest problem he said with new podcasters was a lack of content. Thus, my first podcast is based on something I do well: flash fiction. This program is going to run for 13 weeks, from today until 14 December. Content isn’t a problem.

Next came the recording. I understand why people record in sound booths. I recorded in my office. It is small, the walls are covered with things, it was quiet. (Hah. Experienced podcasters laugh at this last bit.) Things I discovered about recording in my office:


  • Yes, you can hear the hum of my computer. (Fixed in post.)

  • Yes, the fan and AC have to be off. (During 90 degree weather.)

  • Is that me breathing, my tummy rumbling, or burping? Yep. (Fixed in post.)

  • Wait, is that my cat, Pharaoh snoring throughout my recording? Yes. (Record.)

  • Why is there only silence? Crap, my mic wasn’t on. (Note: always check the mic light.)

  • Weekends are the worst. Someone is always mowing their lawn. (Fixed in post.)

  • Cats meow for attention at the worst times.

  • Cold liquid is bad for the recording voice.

There’s more but I don’t remember it off the top of my head. If I do this again, I’m going to do a make shift sound studio in the cat room. Or… now that I think of it, maybe the sauna with it turned off. Hmmm. That’s an idea!

Finally came the practical side. Mostly post production. How would that all work. Fortunately, that’s what the Husband is in charge of. After he did the post production work on the first couple, he knew he liked it. I think he makes me sound fabulous.

The end result is that we both liked the experience of me recording the podcast series and the Husband doing to the post production. It’s a project that we can work on together. If Five Minute Stories receives accolades, we both will receive them because this is our project. I suspect there will be another podcast in our future. This next one will be a serialized story. I’ve been inspired by Limetown Stories, Gone, The Black Tapes, and Alice Isn’t Dead. I just need to find time to write it.

Five Minute Stories
A little bit of story to last you all day...

This podcast show is a reading of selected stories from Five Minute Stories, Volumes 1 - 5, written and read by Jennifer Brozek. Some of the stories are old favorites, some are brand new, all were inspired by real life events that have been twisted into something dark and supernatural. There will be 26 episodes of this program, released twice a week starting September 19th. Each story will average about five minutes, some a bit longer, some a touch shorter, and every single one of them will be a little bit of story to last you all day.

I hope you enjoy listening to this podcast as much as we did recording it.

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Blog - Tell Me

Today's "Tell Me" by Ken Spencer is all about his career after he took my advice. This is one of those "You can do it!" stories. http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Tell-Me-Ken-Spencer.aspx

Sale Announcement!

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Blog: “I don’t read female protagonists.” A thing that happens to me at conventions.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/e2809cI-done28099t-read-female-protagonistse2809d.aspx

Blog: Bubble and Squeek

New Bubble and Squeek: Articles, interviews, releases, and conventions, oh my! Hope to see you at Gen Con. http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Bubble-Squeek-for-14-Aug-2017.aspx

Blog - Tell Me

New "Tell Me" from Ivan Ewert. What horrifies the horror author?
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Tell-Me-Ivan-Ewert.aspx

Blog - Tell Me

New Tell Me from @hannaedits that's all about why you should break the rules.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Tell-Me-J-L-Gribble.aspx

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Blog: No Longer Just About the TARDIS for Me. Why it means so much to me that the Doctor is finally, finally portrayed by a woman.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/No-Longer-Just-About-the-TARDIS-for-Me.aspx

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Blog: Bubble & Squeek. Adventures, Announcements, Blogs, Books, and Podcasts. With bonus cat picture.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Bubble-Squeek-for-11-July-2017.aspx

Conversations with the Husband

*Something downstairs falls over*
Me: You hear that?
Him: No, but I'm going to check it out...naked.
Me: You are a cliche.
Him: I'm a guy. Naked man's defense.
Me: Point.

Naked man's defense: If you come across a naked man in the road, avoid him. He knows something you don't know, is crazy, or has skills to back up his nakedness.

The Good Kind of Procrastination....

Restructured my bibliography page to break things out by type instead of year. I've done a lot. What do you think? http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/bibfiction.html

Blog: On Luminaries and Events.

A local free event to learn about working in the RPG industy. Hosted by Verne & Wells. Location has decent parking, a great game shop, and a comfortable game club. This will be a casual, candid look at what it is like to write / edit for table top games, video games, and board games.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/On-Luminaries-and-Events.aspx

Blog: Live Your Art Daily

Blog: Live Your Art Daily. This blog post is brought you by the letter W, the number 3, and a twitter conversation I had. http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Live-Your-Art-Daily.aspx

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Blog: Shades of Brown and Gray. What do I do about my hair color? http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Shades-of-Brown-and-Gray.aspx

This is why I have daily lists.

Last three minutes:
Gonna work on the novel.
*Checks daily task list*
Actually, going to clean the litter box.
Phone alarm goes off.
Scratch that: take your pills first!
Pause. Think. Pause.
I'm supposed to be writing.
*Checks daily task list*
Right! Clean the litter box.
Then write.

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Blog: Train of Thought. This is how I think... http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Train-of-Thought.aspx

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Blog: Stuff and Things. Travel, Writing, Editing, Domestic Bliss. http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Stuff-and-Things.aspx

Dreamwidth

Right. For those who would like to know, I am on Dreamwidth now. I'm still figuring out how the whole thing works. Subscribe to me so I know you're there and can subscribe back. https://jennifer-brozek.dreamwidth.org/
Blog: Travel, Escape, and Social Media - It's been an eventful 5 days.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Travel-Escape-and-Social-Media.aspx

It arrived!


This makes me so happy. Just think, it's because I murdered a bunch of idealized, teen versions of my friends like punks. Remember--if I kill you in a story, it means I like you.

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Conversations with the Husband

Him: *massive belch*

Me: So say we all.

Him: In accordance with the prophecy.

Me: With an AK-47.

Him: And then the murders started?

Me: And then the murders started.

The Correct Choice for Us

My sister-in-law is in town with her husband and her two year old son. I love my SIL, BIL, and nephew. They are good people and nephew is the happiest boy. Enthusiastic, loud, demanding, tireless, happiest boy. The more I visit with my in-laws, the more me and the Husband know we have made the correct childless choice for us.

We’re both exhausted by the time our family heads out for the night—they’re staying at a nearby hotel until they continue their journey northward. Basically, all we can do is savor the silence, the lack of an active toddler, and enjoy the cats coming out from their hiding places. If nothing else, visiting with my happy nephew has reaffirmed my life choice.

Still, I gotta admit that it was impossibly cute when nephew mimicked me almost perfectly, calling to the kitties, “C’mere. Come on.” in a soft, high-pitched voice instead of his full-volume, excited shout. For a second there, Isis seemed to consider it because she wanted to play with the feathered toy so bad. She twitched towards him, but then nephew shouted and Isis decided she’d had enough of the small human, feathered toy or no.

I honestly think if we had a week or two, the cats would’ve come around. They all stared at my nephew from the landing, craning their necks to see what was making the strange sounds.

My hat is off to all parents. You have the hardest job in the world. All I can say is better you than me. Me and the Husband are happy to be the cool Aunt and Uncle of the family.

It's official...

The Last Days of Salton Academy is a finalist for the Bram Stoker award. I'm thrilled. (Along with some more complex emotions...).

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Cool FYI.

The Last Days of Salton Academy is listed on the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel - http://horror.org/2016-bram-stoker-awards-preliminary-ballot-announced/

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2017

For those of you interested in what I have planned for 2017...

And a cat picture.

Bubble & Squeek...

I'm working on revisions for the Sekrit Project Alex extras and the final tie-in story for 2016. They both have fiddly bits to get correct. So, here's a Bubble & Squeek for you.

All I want for my Birthday (and Christmas for that matter). Please consider buying one of my books for yourself or as a gift for someone else. It helps keep my cats in kibble and me working on the fiction you know and love.

Article: On the Qwillery – The Perfect Line in the Sand on why zombies are the perfect kind of monster and why we used them so much.

ebook Release: The kindle version of THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY is live! Here is the Barnes and Noble link.

Interview: On Wag the Fox focused around THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY and YA fiction.

Interview: On Ginger Nuts of Horror. This was one long, meaty interview filled with intriguing questions I’ve never had to answer before.

Release: TEMPEST, All-New Tales of Valdemar. I've got my second story of Hadara and Kitha in here. This is the fourth Valdemar anthology I've written for. I'm still pinching myself at how lucky I am I get to play in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar world.

Review: Ginger Nuts of Horror reviewed
THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMYIt doesn’t look like the reviewer liked it very much. But they are correct in saying the book was written for a different age group. (I much prefer these kinds of reviews. :) )


And a picture of Mena being oh-so-dignified. I love this picture of her.

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

On Friday, December 9th, I turn 46. I didn’t have a problem with 29, 30, 35, 40, or 45. But, for some reason, 46 is messing with me a bit this year. I don’t if it’s because 2016 has been a rough year all the way around or what.

All I want for my birthday (and for Christmas for that matter) is for you to buy one of my books (for yourself or as a gift to someone else) and leave me a review. It’s been my standing birthday wish for a few years now. Please consider getting yourself a gift of one of my books for my birthday. You have a great selection. I would love to see pictures of you and my books, too.

This year, I’d like to highlight a couple of books that came out in 2016.

Never Let Me – This is the omnibus of my Bram Stoker nominated YA sci-fi thriller series. It contains Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, and Never Let Me Die as well as an original short story in the universe, “Never Let Me Feel.” This omnibus is only available in print form.

The Karen Wilson Chronicles – This is the omnibus of my urban fantasy quartet. It contains Caller Unknown, Children of Anu, Keystones, and Chimera Incarnate as well as every Kendrick short story ever written and a John Corso story that is only published in the omnibus. This is available in trade and ebook as well as a signed, numbered, limited edition hardback.

The Last Days of Salton Academy – This is my most recently published book. It’s YA horror. Think Night of the Living Dead meets Lord of the Flies. It’s been called a “gothic zombie book” and I’m just fine with that. It is available in trade and ebook formats.

Of course, if you have those already or aren’t interested in them, you can pop by my website and see the whole list. As always, if you want a signed book by me—even my obscure stuff—the University Bookstore is your best bet. Also, I signed a bunch of books for the Cedar Hills Powell’s Bookstore, too.

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My life...

Novel revisions, Ingress, PokemonGO, Novel revisions, short story writing, Ingress, Cats, Novel revisions, PokemonGO, Cats, short story writing, Novel revisions...

Head's down until my birthday.

A Decade in the Making...

Ten years ago, I quit my tech job to "just write." I set professional goals for myself. This is what I have achieved.
http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Ten-Years-as-a-Fulltime-Freelancer.aspx

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The ebook is here!



Get THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY in ebook format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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#WelcomeToTrumpland (Paraphrased)

Me: Straight white female on my FB.
Him: Straight white male.

Me: I am terrified and upset. So many of my friends are now in real danger.

Him: I'm so proud. It's over we can stop the fear mongering/hate/work together now!

Me: Just stop. I don't want to talk to you about this. I'm having my friends attacked for who they are. Do not try to convince me of the merits of this man.

Him: No one's being threatened but me. Now that Trump is in charge maybe we can make the world a better place instead of further deriding and attacking?

Me: What part of STOP don't you understand? I ask you to stop and I was ignored. THIS is why I'm terrified and upset.

#WelcomeToTrumpland

Yeah. Tell me again that "no one's being threatened."
I don't think I've been more ashamed of my country in my life. Half the people have voted for an openly misogynistic, racist, hatemongering, sexual predator for president. One who gleefully threatens the rights of women, LBGT people, and minorities.

I guess I now know what Britian felt like with the Brexit.

Well, I just hope we survive "Mr. Brexit."

Honestly, I don't have a lot of hope with Trump/Pence in the Oval Office and the Republicans controlling Congress. I think there are going to be a lot of hard, terrible times for the United States.

More Writing...

Draft zero of Sekrit Project Alex is done. I'll start red-lining and processing those edits on Monday.

Then I have a couple of short stories to write.

Life is good.

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Writing life

I'm in drafting mode.

The signed contract with my new agent came back today. I feel like I should do something awesome to celebrate, but I haven't made word count yet.

Yeah. Such is the writing life.

Word count then celebrate.

Oh, yes! I have a new YA novel coming out next week. THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY is also available for pre-order. :)

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Six Years Later...

Seanan: Did I ever tell you about the huntsman spider*?

Me: No.

Seanan: It was when I was in Australia. We'd turned out the lights and I heard it walking on the ceiling. I turned lights on and it was on the ceiling above my bed as big as my hand. (Palms her face with her hand.) So big I could hear it walking. Then, it fell off the ceiling onto the bed then the floor. It scuttled under the bed and I couldn't find it.

Me: When was this?

Seanan: 2010.

Me: Wait, we were sharing a room together at WorldCon in 2010.

Seanan: I knew there was a reason I hadn't told you this story.


*Do not google this if you are afraid of spiders.
Right. I'm home from Iceland and Finland. (Images at the links. Warning: FB.)

I've spent a week ill with a gastrointestinal bug that has been very unpleasant.

I've started on Sekrit Project Alex.

I am happy to be home.

So much travel soon...

I'm about to enter into my scheduled, non-productive few weeks of this year due to a couple of conventions, a wedding, and a whole lot of travel. I have a wonderful, complicated writing gig (Sekrit Project Alex) waiting for me when I get home. I know what I'm doing from mid-September until the end of the year... after all the travel. I'm looking forward to it.

Yay SFWA!

Something else I've been working on in the background with other committee members: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America to Admit Game Writers. Details within. Note: Game writing includes board game writing, video game writing, CGL writing, and table top game writing. http://www.sfwa.org/2016/07/sfwa-admit-game-writers-starting-august-1st-2016/

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Editing, editing, editing...

Turned in the Shadowrun novel, MAKEDA RED. Turned in proofs to the Shadowrun short story. Sent a requested manuscript to an agent. Edited a novel for AIP. Currently editing a novel for EGM. Waiting to hear back on Sekrit Project Andy. I'm all editing all the time. My brain has rebelled and I've worked out a lot of background information for the Middle Grade horror series I want to write. So, it's all good.

Thus... quiet.

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Sometimes, the world just wants to tell you something. I'm glad I got to hear it.

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