December Shows!

Now that we’ve made it past Thanksgiving, I’m going to give you a quick rundown on where Michael the Author will be in December.

December 3rd at 3pm at Eat My Words Bookstore, I’ll be reading / telling a new piece as part of the Word Salad Storytelling Show.

December 6th starting at 7pm I will be on KFAI’s Write On! Radio, talking about and reading a little from LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION. You can listen locally over the air and everywhere else by streaming.

December 10 rounds out what has been a busy year. I’ll be handselling books at the Books and Beer Pop Up Event at AZ Gallery in St. Paul.

After that I think I’m done unless I manage to set something up over the Christmas Holidays while I’m traveling to Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Twin Cities Con

Hey, y’all, I will be at Twin Cities Con in Minneapolis, on November 11th and 12. I will be selling books in the dealers room along with Queen of Swords Press. Queen of Swords will have my new title, LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION, and I will have a couple of my indie and other small press books. Come out, say hello, and get some signed books from me and other Queen of Swords authors.

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Blindness Awareness Day / Blind Americans Equality Day 2022

Hi everyone.
Typically, for Blindness Awareness Day this blind author does an Ask Me Anything on his various social media platforms, but this year, I’ll be at the Twin Cities Book Festival, taking part in the Minnesota Authors Mashup, so I’ll be busy all day.

Instead of the AMA, let’s talk about today about how I, as a blind author, use blind characters in my fiction.
Surprisingly, over 3 published and 5 unpublished novels, 7 novellas, and over 100 pieces of shorter work, I’ve only written 4 blind characters. One is featured in a pair of as-yet-unpublished novels, so I think we won’t talk about them today.

In my novel Old Blood’s Fate, the character Emma loses her vision at the very end of the book. She has the ability to work a piece of powerful magic, but knows there will be a sacrifice. She walks toward her blindness, embraces it in order to save those she loves. We only get one chapter of her living with that blindness, but she is a character I plan to revisit at some point in the near future. Old Blood’s Fate is part of my mythical Twin Cities series and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Old-Bloods-Fate-Michael-Merriam/dp/1482689812/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

In the short story By Moonlight, we meet Selma, a woman who hunts the local rogue fey. Selma wields a small bit of magic to help her in her job, but she is slowly losing her vision. As Selma goes on her final mission, she finds herself pitted against a sadistic half-fey who is also her half-brother. Selma isn’t particularly superpowered. She’s no Daredevil and must finish her tough job while living within her blindness. By Moonlight isn’t available anywhere right now, but I’m hoping to put it in a future short story collection.

Finally, we come to William in a story called Out Among the Singing Void.

Out Among the Singing Void was the first time I wrote a blind character and grew from my desire to write a story featuring a blind protagonist. Because of my own battle with a degenerative eye disease, I wanted to describe the world — and my character William’s perception of it — without using any visual clues.

My hope was to challenge the reader to experience the story through their other senses. This proved more difficult than I had expected. Despite being legally blind, I still slipped into the easy technique of using visual descriptions. I found myself returning to the story to add smells, textures, tastes, and sounds while taking out visuals that would have broken the story’s point of view.

I also wanted to write a story combining elements of fantasy (William as the “Blind Billy/Pied Piper” archetype from folklore) and science fiction (his love Maria as the cybernetic enhanced starship pilot). Too often proponents of each genre argue that their favorite one is superior to the other. I wanted to write a story where those elements co-existed.

This blending of fantasy and science fiction proved fun to write. I enjoyed the world-building I needed to accomplish to make the story ring true. I really enjoyed writing William as he came to realize that he and Maria essentially do the same work.

Most of all, I wanted to write a story about two lonely, somewhat broken people who still harbor a fierce love for each other. I wanted to create a story about them finding their way back together despite the years and distance between them and their different perceptions of reality. It is still one of my personal favorites of all the pieces I’ve written.

You can read Out Among the Singing Void for free here: https://mmerriam.dreamwidth.org/240547.html#cutid1

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Appearing at Pagan Pride


This Saturday, September 10th at 10am at Minnehaha Falls near Sea Salt restaurant, I will have a booth and be selling books along with Queen of Swords Press at Twin Cities Pagan Pride. There will be dozens of interesting vendors there with everything from jewelry to pottery, to well – books. Come out and see us!

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Catching Up On Things

Had a really good Minnesota Fringe Festival and a lovely evening on Saturday at CONvergence telling stories on stage. We should have video up on the YouTube Channel in the next week or so.

I’m working on a new short story, a new novella, a new screenplay, a screenplay rewrite, and the starter outline of a new stage play.

I have a little bit of a break since I’ve opted to skip World Con this year, then a busy autumn, so I hope to see a bunch of you. Go check out my appearances here:http://michaelmerriam.com/about-me/appearances/

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Last Car to Annwn Station Book Release and Queen of Swords Press Party

Join us at DreamHaven Books for a belated 5th birthday party featuring Jennie Goloboy, Michael Merriam and Catherine Lundoff! We’re re-releasing Michael’s terrific f/f urban fantasy set in Minneapolis, LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION on July so this will be a combined release/birthday party! Jennie will be reading from OBVIOUSLY, ALIENS and Catherine will read from her werewolf novels. We hope to do snacks but we’ll see how things look around then.

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New Appearances on the Schedule!

I will have a book out this summer, which means I’m starting book appearances all over the Twin Cities and am looking at events in Greater Minnesota. This is the current list of locked down items, but I know we will be adding more in the future.

I will be at 4th Street Fantasy Convention in St. Louis Park, MN hanging out with other readers and writers and generally having a good time. June 17th – 19th.

I will be taking part in a Reddit AMA on July 15th along with other Queen of Swords Press authors and the publisher. You will literally be able to ask me anything!

I will be doing a book release event at DreamHaven books and Comics in Minneapolis to celebrate the release of my Urban Fantasy novel LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION in trade paperback with Queen of Swords Press on July21st. More details to follow.

I will be at Twin Cities Pagan Pride in Minneapolis, on September 10th. I will be selling books in a booth at Minnehaha Park.

I will be at Crypticon on September 16th- 18th in Plymouth. I’ll be in the dealers room helping man a table along with a rotating group of other authors.

I will be at the Twin Cities Book Festival. Dates are yet to be announced, but probably October 15th / 16th

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Michael Merriam Speculations Reading at DreamHaven

On WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2022 AT 6:30 PM – 8 PM I will be reading from my work and selling books at DreamHaven Books, 2301 E 38th St, Minneapolis as part of The Speculations Readings Series including a reception and autographing and an expedition to a South Minneapolis bistro to build a sense of community among Twin Cities readers and writers. You’re encouraged to arrive early to mingle and shop!

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Marscon This Weekend!

I will be at Marscon in Minneapolis, March 11th-13th. I will be selling books, appearing on panels, and generally hanging out in various convention spaces and the hotel bar. Here is my tentative schedule which is certainly subject to change, so please check your program book.

Friday 8:30 pm
Panel: SteamPunk, DieselPunk, DecPumk and More!
Let’s talk about reinventing the past with style and story.
with Catherine Lundolff

Saturday 11:00 am
Reading in Re(a)d Mars (Eagle’s Nest Room)

Saturday 4:00 PM
Panel: When I am Old, I will Pilot a Starship and Kick some Butt!
Aging in Speculative Fiction–are depictions of older people changing? What’s great, what’s not, what do we want to see more of?
with Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan, and Joan Marie Verba.

Saturday 5:00 pm
Meeting: SF Writing Groups: the 2022 Scene
Since 1986, the Minnesota Imaginative Writers’ Alliance has held an annual meeting–recently at MarsCon–at which solo science fiction/fantasy writers who are looking for a writing group get a chance to connect with SF writing groups that are looking for new writers.
with Eric Hiedeman and Tyler Tork

Saturday 9:00 pm From Head to Page to Print
Panel: Join a group of indie authors as they discuss and share tips on developing, writing, and publishing your story/book ideas.
with T. Aaron Cisco

Sunday 12:30 pm
Panel: Artistic Inspiration: Pandemic Edition
Authors and artists discuss what inspires them to write or create, and how their tried and true models have worked (or needed modification) during the pandemic. What sorts of things spontaneously inspire you? What things do you seek out when you need inspiration? What does this look like in the world of lockdown? How has the pandemic feed or crushed your creativity? We’ve all heard of writers’ retreats, is there a good way for people to hold their own or communal virtual writers retreats? What squelches your enthusiasm in a big picture way? What are the little daily things that get in the way? How can we beat those back to a manageable level?

Ongoing
Author Autograph Tables
I will be signing up for various slots to sell and autograph my books.

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13 Gears this Sunday, 3/6/2022!

I will be at 13 Gears selling my steampunk/weird west books. I will be tabling with Queen of Swords Press and Patrick Marsh. There will be merchants, music, and general merriment. Sunday March 6th, More information in the link.

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