The Twitter Fiction Festival: The Date, A Preview, And A Giveaway

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Hey everyone!

So I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Twitter Fiction Festival this year. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweeting about it like crazy since, oh I don’t know, the second they invited me? Seriously. So psyched.

What’s the Twitter Fiction Festival?

Well, it’s a celebration of short fiction that runs on Twitter from March 12th through the 16th, and features a number of fantastic authors I love and admire. I get to join writers like Gail Carriger, Emma Straub, Jim Gaffigan, Julia Fierro, Elizabeth Fremantle… the list goes on. Even Quirk authors Ian Doescher and Ben H. Winters are involved.

You can check out all the featured authors on the the festival website.

As for my story, I’m going to be sharing a story with the festival on Thursday, March 13th, from noon until 1pm. The Twitter Fiction Festival account (@twfictionfest) and Twitter Books account (@twitterbooks) will be cross promoting the story during that time, and afterwards, I’ll share the entire thing with you.

It’s an 8-bit children’s story, with illustrations by the incredibly talented Juan Carlos Solon. I’m not going to dish out what the story’s about until I tell it, but here’s a sneak peek:

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8-bit Mom and son, sharing a hug. You’ll have to join me on Thursday, March 13th, at noon, to see the rest!

Now, I also recently hit 5,000 followers on Twitter (what!), and figured I’d celebrate that and promote the festival with a little giveaway. You can enter the Rafflecopter below. Three winners will score a copy of The Geek’s Guide to Dating, an audiobook, and a poster! I’ve only got a few dozen of those posters left at the Quirk office, so after this, they are gone.

Thanks, and see you all on the Internet on March 13th. Read more

First Person Arts: Storytelling @ Underground Arts

Last month, I spent Valentine’s Day evening at First Person Arts‘ annual Ex-Files event.

I’ve always wanted to tell a story at one of First Person Arts’ incredible storyslams, but honestly, I never had the guts to do it. My friends that regularly perform at First Person Arts are hilarious and charming, and have managed to make me cry in public.

I’m looking at you, Lansie, Andrew, and Eric.

However, the team at First Person Arts asked me to be a special guest storyteller, and I simply couldn’t refuse. It was time to man up, and actually hit the stage.

For my story, I told a version of the story that will be appear as an essay in The Head & the Hand’s upcoming anthology. It’s the story of how I met my fiancee, and how we almost met on Craigslist back in 2007, but didn’t.

Give a listen! HUGE thank you to local writer Liz Ozoa (@lizozoa), for shooting this video during my story. I was so happy someone managed to capture it. And to all my friends and coworkers who came on out.

And of course, to Nena, for giving me a story to tell. <3 Read more

February, You Rule: NYC Signing, Nerd Nite, First Person Arts, Wired, The Onion, & More

Farewell, February of 2014. Thank you for being so good to me.

February started off with a bang. My first New York City signing at Midtown Comics went incredibly well. A number of my hometown friends from New Jersey came out (thank you everyone!), as well as a bunch of my NYC pals.

I really couldn’t have been happier with how things turned out, and seeing that room full of people made me so very happy. Read more

The Asteroid Belt Almanac: Pre-orders Available on Pubslush

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Hey everyone!

This April, my first published essay (Craigslist Time Machine) in a collected anthology (The Asteroid Belt Almanac) will be hitting bookstores thanks to The Head & the Hand, a publisher here in Philadelphia.

I’m incredibly excited about it, and the publisher has launched a Pubslash campaign to crowdsource the book. They’re using the platform to gain enough pre-orders to cover their printing costs. After-all, The Head & the Hand is a smaller indie press, and this is a great way for an independent publisher to pilot their pre-orders.

The standard pre-order is $15 for a copy of the book, but based on how much you pledge, you can get all kinds of neat stuff. Music, special art from the almanac, tickets to events, and even a fancy dinner! Check it out!

Huge thank you to The Head & the Hand for having me!

Midwinter ALA 2014: Recap, And Books I’m Psyched About

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Last month, I attended my first Midwinter ALA here in Philadelphia. I spent a lot of time talking with librarians, publishing professionals, writers, and of course, plenty of friends over the course of the conference, who happened to be librarians, publishing professionals, etc.

It was really thrilling to see so many of my friends doing so well. Some were signing books, others were starting new jobs… just a great time, really.

The whole event was made extra special by the fact that I did my first convention signing, dishing out plenty of signed copies of The Geek’s Guide to Dating to librarians at the Mutter Museum. I was joined by Charles Gilman (Lovecraft Middle School) and E.B. Hudspeth (The Resurrectionist).

Lots of photos below, but first, the books that got me psyched at ALAMW! Read more