Tales of the Firebirds Update (AC and Amazon)

The new story collection Tales of the Firebirds is live on Amazon (paper only; e-book coming in July; no audiobook plans) and a shipment has been dispatched to Anthrocon, so you should be able to find it there at the FurPlanet table, where I will also be! And after AC the plan is to sell it through FurPlanet.com as well.

Also! The Demon and the Fox will be at AC. If you have been itching to find out what happens to Kip and his friends, you’ll be very happy. If you haven’t yet started their adventures, you’ll also be able to get the first volume, The Tower and the Fox, at the same time, and I’ll sign them both!

I believe FurPlanet will continue to carry TotF at future conventions, so if they’re going to be at a convention, chances are good that the book will be there. If they’re not, then check what booksellers will be and contact them to ask if they can order a few (they should contact me; please don’t email me to tell me to send them copies). The e-book will be on all the regular e-book sites but the paperback will likely only be on Amazon and FurPlanet.com for the foreseeable future (I will update as I have news).

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Yes, I Will Be At Anthrocon This Year

HEY. I just bought a plane ticket so I guess I’m going to be at Anthrocon this year. I’ll be on some panels and will be around the Sofawolf and FurPlanet tables signing books. Hopefully “The Demon and the Fox” and “Tales of the Firebirds” will both be out at this convention, but neither of them is to the printer yet so…cross your paws for me. ^^

My convention schedule for the rest of the year is pretty light. I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, but the only other furry con on my schedule for this year is MFF and I might drop by PawCon because it’s in the area and they have a cool GOH this year.

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Love Match Volume 2 E-book

If for some reason you haven’t picked up the Love Match Volume 2 e-book from baddogbooks.com, in a day or two you should be able to find it on your preferred major e-book retailer (except for NOOK because I’m still working on some bureaucracy with that platform, but also based on sales I’m going to say that there aren’t many of you who would describe NOOK as your “preferred” retailer).

Rocky’s adventures continue beyond Palm Gables, into adulthood as he crosses his eighteenth birthday, and into continuing success in the tennis world, with equivalent challenges in other aspects of his life.

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Award Eligibility (Coyotls)

Hey, if you’re a FWG member, Coyotl nominations close 3/15 so I thought I’d remind everyone what I have that’s eligible if you feel inclined.

Novels:

Love Match volume 1

The Tower and the Fox (by Tim Susman)

Camouflage

 

Short stories:

“Personal History,” in ROAR 8 (by Tim Susman)

“Who Fights With Monsters,” in Arcana

 

If you liked ’em, please nominate, thanks! If you didn’t, nominate something else! It’s important that we all participate. 🙂

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Waterways E-Book Updated

Hey everyone, sorry that took so long, but I’ve just sent the updated Waterways e-book (which includes the new stories and illos) to Bad Dog Books, Amazon, Google, iBooks, Kobo, and NOOK. It’s listed just as Waterways, not as a new book or anything, so by the weekend you should be able to request an updated version from wherever you bought it from, which is a process you should figure out with whomever that is. I am terrible at tech support for e-book retailers so I will not be able to tell you how to do this for your version.

Thanks for your patience and enjoy the updates!

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Texas Furry Fiesta Schedule

I’m leaving for Dallas tomorrow and I’ll be at TFF all weekend. Mostly you’ll find me skulking around the FurPlanet table to sign your brand new copies of Love Match volume 2 and chat, but occasionally I will be off giving instructional panels. Here’s my schedule:

 

Friday
8 pm: Book Reading (I usually read from an unpublished work, so maybe I’ll read from the second Calatians book, or Ty Game.)

Saturday
11 am: Commission Writing & Patreon
6 pm: Shorter vs Longer Works
7:30 pm: RAWR: The Furry Residential Writing Workshop

Sunday
10:30 am: Marketing Yourself
2 pm: Script Writing

 

Come by the table and get some books, say hi, and come to the panels with questions! Looking forward to seeing all your smiling muzzles there!

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Our Visit To Patreon

A couple months ago, a Patreon employee reached out to me, having seen the comic I did with Keovi on Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy site. She said that Patreon knows they have a lot of customers from the furry community and that they wanted to learn more about it. If I had any resources, she said, that’d be great, and if I was ever in the area, they’d love for me to stop by their offices.

I explained that I live an easy train ride from their offices, and we started planning a visit. I drew in Watts Martin, a fellow author and tech-savvy coyote; and Hashtag, a new media expert and part of a younger generation of furries than me and Watts. We finally went up last Friday afternoon, the 26th, and though I’d been led to expect a sizable crowd, we were still taken aback to be presented with couches and microphones at one end of a cafeteria that held probably fifty people. And not just fifty people caught at the end of a late lunch and embarrassed to leave; no, fifty people staring at us attentively.

Our host had asked for questions in advance, and people had submitted a lot of good ones. So after we introduced ourselves, she called up her list to ask us, and right away we knew it was a good audience, because someone said, “While she’s getting the list, can you tell us how each of you came into the fandom?”

Some of the questions they asked were things like, “What are some micro-aggressions against furries that we should avoid?” (the only thing we could come up with was people using “furry porn” as one of the worst things on the Internet), “How has being a furry impacted your professional life (if at all)?” (clearly it’s enabled mine; Watts and Hashtag said they haven’t had any problems), and “What do you see as the future of your art and community?” (we talked about Facerig and animojis, and about Carrizo’s VR and Mocap advances).

We could easily have talked for another half hour, but they had another meeting in the room, so we had to clear out. I had brought a copy of Love Match, the book that Patreon helped me write, as I suspected they might have a shelf or a room for works their creators have made. They did, and they were all very excited to see it, so I signed it over to them (I’d brought a gold pen for just that purpose). After that, we had a smaller meeting with some technical people and user community people who wanted to talk about my experience with Patreon. They asked, among other things, about my perception of their guidelines (you may remember that there was an Internet kerfuffle when they revised their guidelines to be more clear about what was not permissible content), and that was when they said they are not only okay with adult content, they love their adult content creators. They encouraged me to tell all of you that if you’re thinking about starting a Patreon and have questions about your content and their guidelines, to please email them at guidelines@patreon.com. They are always happy to answer questions.

I’ve always had good experiences dealing with Patreon. They seemed at the very least to be interested in listening to their creators, even if that didn’t always translate into quick action. What we found in our visit was a company full of engaged, enthusiastic people who genuinely love being part of all the creative projects they enable. They have a wall–an extensive wall–full of the signatures of various people who have come by their office over the years. It’s a pretty cool thing to look at, and when they invited us to come sign our names to it, we were honored to be part of it. So now our names are on the wall, and Love Match is sitting in their library. This is a company that not only allows furry content, they actively sought out more information so they could serve our community better. Pretty cool.

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Further Confusion Schedule

Hey guys! I’m gonna be at FC again in *checks watch* eight hours or so, and here’s where you can come listen to me yap about stuff if you feel so inclined. When not yapping in a panel I will be yapping behind the Sofawolf table, next to the FurPlanet table, so you should come by and say hi! NOTED AUTHOR and fellow RAWR instructor Ryan Campbell will also be behind the table sometimes, and either of us will be happy to sign books for you. I don’t have anything new since MFF, but Camouflage and the Waterways 10th Anniversary edition hardcover will both be here at FC for the first time, as will The Tower and the Fox!

Friday, January 12

3:00pm: Patreon and Furry

Saturday, January 13

1:00pm: Furry Writing in 2028

4:30pm: Let’s Talk About RAWR!: The Furry Residential Writing Workshop

10:00pm: Adult Furry Writing [18+]

Sunday, January 14

11:00am: Developing a Writing Practice

10:00pm: Unsheathed Live! [18+]

 

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Camouflage out on other e-book stores

Hey, just a quick note to let you know that Camouflage is now (or should be very soon) out on the Kindle store, Nook store, iTunes, Google Play, and Kobo, and it remains on sale from baddogbooks.com. So, you know, if you were waiting…

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The Shape of Love (Personal)

Wolf and cat and fox

What our movie nights look like now.

You folks who have had to come out to family and friends know that it’s hard to pick the right time. Holidays are often the most convenient time because everyone’s together, and yet there’s so much else going on that it’s still tough to figure out where to drop a big piece of news. But this is the Internet and everyone’s always around, so if you could gather round, I’d like to tell you about a big positive change in my life.

It’s been going on for years, actually, and a lot of you already know about it. Kit and I have added a third person to our relationship, a Geoffroy’s Cat who goes by the name of Hashtag. You’ve likely seen him around if you’re a furry who reads social media. Hashtag’s been effectively living with us for about three years now, but officially moved in a year ago. If you follow him, you know he’s sharp-witted and very funny, but he’s also really sweet and he will probably kill me for telling you all that. But you guys know me and you know I wouldn’t fall in love with anyone who wasn’t.

The path to this place wasn’t easy, and involved a lot of communication and missteps and trial and error. But it’s been great for a good long time now, and all indications are that it’s going to continue to be, at least as well as anyone can read a relationship. Hashtag complements me and Kit in many ways, and, most importantly, communicates well with us.

Since the idea of adding a person to our couple first came up, I’ve learned a lot about poly relationships. As you might expect, adding a person to a couple creates several possible relationship configurations. These are often described in shapes: a “V” when one person has two relationships but those others aren’t in as strong a relationship; a triangle when all three are in a strong relationship (there’s a quick one-minute video about that here: https://www.multiamory.com/mm-episode/multiamory-minute-07-poly-relationship-shapes). So to be clear: we’re a triangle, not a “V.” Each of us loves the other two, we’re all on equal footing.

And the language of polyamory isn’t commonly known, besides which (just as with couples) everyone has their own preferences. So here are the words we use to refer to each other and which you guys can use if you want. Kit and I are still legally married; Kit is my husband and I’m his husband. Hashtag is my boyfriend and Kit’s boyfriend and we are his boyfriends. We are also all each other’s partner, which is maybe the most equitable term although it’s a touch clinical and none of us feel it like we do the others. Still okay though. “Significant others” is fine if you’re feeling 90s, and of course we’re furries so “your fox” and “your wolf” and “your cat” also work. We are collectively a family or maybe a triad; Hashtag is okay with the term “thruple” but it makes me feel bitey, so use at your own risk. Maybe I’ll get used to it.

And because I want to demystify things, if you guys have questions about how our three-way relationship works, ask away. I’m not going to talk about private information (“o hai Kyell how’s your sex life?”), but if you’re like “I can’t imagine how you tell your families” or “what do you do when two of you want to do something and the other doesn’t?”, ask away (many of our family members know, some do not, based on our judgment of how well they’d handle the information–much like your family members about your non-traditional relationship/furry fandom membership).

(Also, we’re furries, and sometimes we commission artists, and that means that certain aspects of our private information are available in certain places that I’m sure you know.)

Anyway, I’m glad to be open about this. My boyfriend deserves a public acknowledgment, because he’s been awesome. My husband, as you know, is also awesome and remains so. <3 <3 Thanks guys for listening, and happy 2018.

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