Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Kickstarter is LIVE


The Kickstarter that two Wyrdsmiths (Adam Stemple and Tate Hallaway) will be in has gone live: If you are so inclined, please consider contributing what you can. 

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Kickstarter News Coming...

 In the next week, expect some news about a Kickstarter for a shared-world anthology that I will be part of edited by Steven Brust and Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace.  Among the contributors are not only myself, but also Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, and Emma Bull.

Just to whet your whet your appetite, here's a hint as to what it will all be about..


You probably remember where you were when you heard the dragons had returned. No doubt, unless you were one of the first to see one, you thought it was a hoax, and I'm sure it took you a while to be convinced. And you have certainly seen how it has changed things--destroying some businesses, creating others, but in one way or another, having an effect on almost everyone.

For us, here at the shelter, it's seasonal. Every Christmas, parents see a cute little hatchling and think what a wonderful present it would be. And, in many cases, they're right. But too many don't even bother looking up even the most basic information about whatever breed they've settled on, and there are too many unscrupulous breeders who don't bother telling them to. Many of these well-intentioned dragon owners somehow miss the two most important facts about a dragonling – It will grow, sometimes very large, and it may not choose you.

That's why, every spring, things start to really pick up here at the City of Lakes Dragon Shelter.


I really had a great time writing the story for this anthology. I got inspired, in part, by my work at the Ramsey County public library... and, of course, drag queen story hour.

It's a Wyrdsmiths two-fer. So, if you get a chance to support this when there is more information, please do!

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Congrats to Eleanor!

 Eleanor's novelette, "Grandmother Troll," made the Asimov's Readers' Awards list!  Congrats, Eleanor!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Guest Appearance on Adam's Podcast

 Two Wyrdsmiths for the price of one! Check out Lyda's guest appearance on Adam's podcast:

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Best of List - Kelly Barnhill

 Congrats to Wyrdsmith, Kelly Barnhill, and her book When Women Were Dragons for making Book Riot's list of 42 OF THE BEST FANTASY NOVELS FROM THE LAST 10 YEARS.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Wyrdsmiths WorldCON (Chicon 8)

 If you are looking for Wyrdsmiths at Chicon 8 (80th World Science Fiction Convention) in Chicago, Septemeber 1 - 5, 2022, here's where we will be:

THURSDAY (September 1)

2:30pm - Autographing, Naomi Kritzer

5:30 pm - Virtual Table Talk, Lyda Morehouse/Tate Hallaway

5:30 pm - Virtual and in-Person, Neurodivergence, Mental Health, and the Myth of Genius, Adam Stemple & others

5:30 pm - Dirty Drafts, Beta Readers, Critique Partners and Groups, Naomi Kritzer & others

7:30 pm - Virtual Reading, Lyda Morehouse

FRIDAY (September 2)

4:00 pm - The Low-Down on Low Fantasy, Adam Stemple & others

5:30 pm - Canon, Continuity, and Other Fictional Realities, Naomi Kritzer & others

SATURDAY (September 3)

10:00 am - Virtual, The Legacy and Influence of Satoshi Kon, Lyda Morehouse & others

11:30 am - Masks Required: Navigating Fictional and Real Places, Naomi Kritzer & others.

1:00 pm - Reading, Adam Stemple & others

2:30 pm - Teen Meet and Greet, Naomi Kritzer

4:00 pm - What Happened After My Story Got Optioned, Adam Stemple & others.

4:00 pm - Reading, Naomi Kritzer & others

7:00 pm - Virtual, Noir and Science Fiction, Lyda Morehouse & others

SUNDAY (September 4)

2:30 pm - How Do You Make an Impact, A Geek Guide to Activism, Naomi Kritzer & others

4:00 pm - Deconstructing Songs, Adam Stemple & others

5:30 pm  - Adam does music with others

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Short Story: Naomi Kritzer

 This is an oldie, but a goodie. It's a story of Naomi's from 2015, where she fairly accurately predicted what life would be like under a pandemic: