Happy New Year!

It’s been…hold on while I check…over a year since I last made an entry to this blog. I’m now 42 and a “named” roller derby skater. I’ve skated in a few bouts, and was even awarded MVP jammer for the season ender game in October when my team, The Slaughters of the Revolution took the Mid-Hudson Misfits in a sweeping 261-78.


This picture was taken by the wonderful Canon Chaos, aka Photos by Mena. (The woman to my left is the incredible Octopi Wall Street #99% who won MVP blocker. She is amazing and I am so glad she’s on my team!)

In addition to a year full of derby awesomeness, something wonderful has happened in the fiction podcast world! Cast of Wonders, the YA speculative fiction podcast that gave me the start in narrating, has joined the Escape Artists family of audio fiction podcasts that kick-started my love for listening to stories! These include Escape Pod – the Science Fiction podcastPseudopod – the Horror Fiction podcast, and PodCastle – the Fantasy Fiction podcast.  This is exciting news for me, and it makes great sense. It also means that since I have been a slush reader for Cast of Wonders since the spring of 2015, I am now part of the EA team! (A slush reader, by the way, reads all submissions sent in for consideration of publication and weeds out the good from the bad.)

There were a few downs in 2015, but there were plenty of ups as well and I prefer to focus on the ups. There were a lot of small but wonderful things that happened in the year that just ended. The corner cabinets I’ve wanted in my dining room for years were finally built. One of my favorite bands – Ween – announced a reunion after 3 years apart. I’ve discovered a new band to obsess over – Twiddle. I got to see the band Fishbone in 2015 and a dear old friend at the same time (hi Danos!) My brother-in-law had a skin cancer scare and came out healthy.

I look forward to 2016 and I hope it brings health, happiness and prosperity to you!

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