I was on a boat.

Hey, all!

May was super busy for me and my family, but things are finally slowing down for the summer. I feel like I can breathe a little and get back to more fun things, like this blog and my new Patreon.

Speaking of Patreon, I just published a short story over there if you want to take a look. It’s a story I wrote recently that I decided to “trunk”, meaning I’ve decided to stop submitting it to markets to try to get it published. It just wasn’t gaining any traction, which is okay. That happens quite often. I like the story, though, and wanted it to have a home somewhere. It has connections to my favorite book, Little Women, with a bit of magic thrown in. If you’re interested, you can go read it here.

Also, next week (June 13 – June 16), I’ll be in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area for a convention entirely devoted to writers, readers, and lovers of the fantasy genre, called 4th Street Fantasy. It’s oodles of fun, filled with panels of smart and interesting people discussing all things fantasy (with some science fiction and other speculative genres thrown in for good measure). Every day ends with bar conning or hanging out with other attendees to continue the discussions begun in the panels. If you’ll be there this year and see me, don’t hesitate to say hi!

That’s it for now. I continue to submit short stories left and right, hoping to get accepted somewhere. If one of my stories sells, I’ll let you know and point you to it.

Have a lovely June, dear readers!

Thanks for reading.

A. Cook

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in Indiana hill country with her spouse, kids, and clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," is the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that she also occasionally posts to her blog.

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