Greetings! Happy Day-After-Labor-Day!
I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I spent mine just the way I wanted – surrounded by friends and books. (Which is kind of the same thing.)
Highlights of my long weekend included hanging out with people I love who I haven’t seen in way too long and finishing The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud. I’m way behind on my book reviews, but let me just say I *LOVE* the Lockwood & Co. series. The second book was even better than the first, so I’m psyched that book three, The Hollow Boy, comes out next week! If you’re a fan of funny, sometimes scary, mysterious, action-packed YA, you have to read these books. Oh, and I also baked snickerdoodle cookies for the first time this weekend, but I forgot to take a picture and then everyone ate them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
But I digress…
What I REALLY wanted to tell you about is a recent publication and an upcoming poetry reading.
I’m pleased to announce that my short story, “Time Flies,” was published last week in Futures, the sci-fi column in Nature. You can read the story for free online here. Then, if you’re interested, you can read the story behind the story here on the Future Conditional blog.
I’m also pleased to announce that I’ll be reading poetry this Saturday at 1:30 P.M. at the Round Rock Public Library as part of the Poetry Afternoons at the Library series. I’m proud to be reading alongside fellow Austin Poetry Society board member Judith Austin Mills, whose poems I can’t wait to hear. So, if you’re in Round Rock this weekend, come listen to some poetry!
That’s all I’ve got. Everyone have a good week. 🙂
I’m excited to announce that my short story, “The Girl in the Attic,” came out today in Growing Pains, a youth horror anthology from Sinister Saints Press.
I’m psyched about this anthology because A) kids love to be scared and B) what’s more terrifying than the teenage years? Growing Pains brings it all together.
Here’s the description of the book from Sinister Saints:
“Growing up has always been difficult. There’s peer group pressure to contend with, teenage angst, making social connections, acceptance, finding out who you are and what you want… So add psychopathic tendencies, crazy families, hidden secrets and loopy la la crushes into the mix and you’ll be lucky to hit puberty! Join editor Rich Dodgin and the authors from imprint Sinister Saints Press for this horrific ‘coming of age’ collection.”
The mention of “crazy families” and “hidden secrets” brings to mind my piece in the anthology. Here’s a little teaser:
“The Girl in the Attic”
by Carie Juettner
The door, which was nailed shut with one hundred and eight silver nails, had not been opened in sixty years. The girl, who had just turned twelve, stood in front of the door, thinking. The hammer, which dangled from the girl’s right hand, belonged to her father, who was not home.
Lydia had always wondered what was behind the attic door… But every time someone saw her with a hammer, they took it away from her and made her play outside. She could never catch a break.
To find out what’s behind the attic door, buy a copy of Growing Pains!
P.S. My story is in good company. The anthology also includes work from my World Horror Con roomie Ashley Davis and fellow Austin author Rie Sheridan Rose. I’m honored to be published alongside them.