Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell is an author, engineer, and mother of three wonderful sons. She has been nominated for the Scribe, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards and is a member of the SFWA, IAMTW, SinC, and SFPA. She also served for several years as an editor for Mindflights. Her latest published novel is SKEIN OF SHADOWS (2012), a sequel to 2011's THE SHARD AXE, published by Wizards of the Coast. Wizards also published her first novel, LEGACY OF WOLVES, in 2007.
So Tucson Comic-Con was AWESOME - a really great show put on by some of the nicest folks in the business. Definitely one to put on the yearly schedule! Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made a couple of big announcements there, too, which I'm going to share here (if you follow either of us on FB or Twitter, you already know).
First, Jeff has been named partner in and EIC for Visionary Comics! It's a well-deserved honor for someone who has taken more than one comic publisher from start-up to powerhouse, and I'm super proud of him!
Second, Jeff and I announced that we have been contracted to write a trilogy of Xena: Warrior Princess novels!
We're very excited about the project, and who wouldn't be? Xena kicks ass, and she's going to be a blast to write! And news of a reboot can only help build interest, right? Stay tuned for more news about release dates, etc.
Tucson Comic-Con weekend coincides with the annual All Souls Procession, which was just an amazing and moving spectacle. Equal parts mourning and celebrating, it is the largest such remembrance in the country. If you're in Tucson next November, definitely put it on your calendar. You won't want to miss it!
Tucson Comic-Con is this weekend, Nov. 6-8, and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I will be at Booth B4 when we're not at panels or trying to scare up food. Speaking of panels, our schedule looks like this:
Saturday, Nov. 7th
12-1 PM, Gila Room
Creative Survivor! (Jeff)
Saturday, Nov. 7th
1-2 PM, Gila Room
Collaborating in Comics (Jeff and me)
Sunday, Nov. 8th
12-1 PM, Cochise Room
Visionary 2.0 (Jeff)
We'll have a TON of stuff for sale, some cool announcements, and even a possible guest signing, so swing by and say hi! We'd love to see you there!
Also, some of you may have noticed that my website has been revamped a little. That's out of necessity, not desire - I somehow managed to break the old site beyond fixing, so had to migrate to a new web host and rebuild from scratch. Let me know if you notice anything missing!
There is only Con.
Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I are part of a new Zombies Need Brains Kickstarter for an anthology of bedtime stories for children, called, appropriately enough, Funtastical Bedtime Stories. We're offering up a tuckerization as one of the many backer rewards, so check it out and chip in a few bucks if you're so inclined. It'll be a great book for geek/nerd parents everywhere!
And a quick shout out to Patience from Bonny Books for a job well-done taking care of the authors at CMX. And of course it was lovely to see and panel with Gini Koch and Sharon Skinner, two smart and talented ladies whose books you should go buy right now.
(Sharon, Gini, and me. Photo courtesy of Joseph Gaxiola.)
I think I'll have more news in a few days, but that'll do for now.
I gave at the office.
Busy, busy, busy!
First off, "Scream Queen" is now available, in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2! Buy it at your LCS, or here.
Next, I'll be participating in this awesome FB event over Columbus Day weekend, so stop by and say hi, maybe win some prizes, and find some new authors to love!
Then the Occupied Earth anthology comes out on 10/13, featuring a collaborative story by me and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte entitled "Letting Go the Ghosts."
THEN I'll be at Comic & Media Expo in Mesa (10/16 - 10/18). Come see my and fellow Wyked Writers Sharon Skinner and Gini Koch's panel Saturday at 1 PM.
After that, Jeff and I will be at Tucson Comic Con from 11/6-11/8. More information on that appearance as I have it.
Finally, Jeff and I will be speaking at the Arizona Library Association's 2015 conference up in Flagstaff (11/18 - 11/20).
So, yeah, like I said - busy, busy, busy!
Part of my busy-ness is also attributable to some PT/contract jobs I'm also juggling, so I apologize for the lack of timely updates, here and elsewhere in Social Media Land. I'll try to be better at it going forward, promise!
So it's been almost a month since I posted here - but that's because I was saving everything for one big post, not because nothing has been happening! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it, heh.)
First off, partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I made Ellen Datlow's prestigious BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol 7 recommended reading list for "John Barleycorn Must Die," to which I can only say: SQUEEEEEE!!!! Seriously, it's a tremendous honor and has been a goal of mine for a long time. So thanks to Jeff (and Jonathan Maberry, editor extraordinaire) for helping to finally make it happen!
Second and third are two more collaborations Jeff and I have coming out in October. Our story (and my first comic book credit) "Scream Queen" is due out in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2 on October 7. Then our story "Letting Go the Ghosts" comes out in the Occupied Earth anthology on October 13. We also have novel edits on 7 SYKOS and a couple of pitches due in October (and another collaboration due in November), so it's going to be a busy month! (Jeff has a few more things going on this month than I do, so be sure and check those out, too.)
Fourth is...well, something about a Kickstarter that I can't share yet, but check back soon for some more very cool writing news!
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. You all know how dear this cause is to my heart, and if you don't, let me introduce you to the reason:
(Me and my son Max on the day he was diagnosed with Stage III neuroblastoma)
From the ALSF website:
"One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20. Despite this, less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year."
Funding is vital to research if we're ever going to beat this monster, and the way to raise funding is to raise awareness.
AWARENESS ---> FUNDING ---> RESEARCH ---> CURE
Please consider a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation or some other pediatric cancer charity in these last few days of September. It really does make a difference. Max is living proof.
Back from the fun, exhausting, informative 2015 Writers' Police Academy, held at the Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center, where I and partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte got to take the following classes:
- Crime Lab (Fingerprinting 101)
- From Crime Scene to Autopsy
- An Insider's View to the World of Women in Law Enforcement
- Interview and Interrogation
- The Mindset of Cops
- Forensic Art and Witness Recall
- Overview of Forensic Psychology
- Crime Scene Photography
- Milo (Military integrated laser operations) Simulator
I also got to meet author and 27-year police veteran Robin Burcell and Dr. Katherine Ramsland (pictured below):
And I learned SO MUCH. It was like being back in college again - pages and pages of notes, hundreds of pictures, so many great details that you can bet will be showing up in my work. It was, as noted, exhausting, but so worth it. And it wasn't all work:
(me with the DB in the Crime Scene Photography session)
(me in "The Chair" during the jail tour part of the Booking/Processing section)
Even 4 days isn't enough to do everything at WPA, so you can bet we'll be back!
Also, right before I left, I sold my poem, "Dutiful Daughter" to Devolution Z Magazine, so you should probably go check that out.
We got to take in a Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art while in Appleton, so I'll leave you with this image - A Rockwell in front of a Rockwell:
Not a ton to report here - got the Lady Justice revisions in, a revised sample off to my agent, submitted (and sold!) some new poetry/short fiction, and got to see the line art for "Scream Queen" (it's gorgeous)! Now I'm gearing up for the Writers' Police Academy this weekend in WI. SO much to see/do/learn! From the website:
The Writers' Police Academy offers the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics.
This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts!
- Ride alongs with police officers and deputy sheriffs.
- Jail tours.
- Interview and interrogation.
- Bloodstain pattern investigations.
- Building searches/Door breaching.
- Indoor firing ranges.
- Arson investigation
- Police gunfighting
- Special guest speakers.
and much more!
I can't wait!Everything Else
Taking Max to Survivor Clinic after I get back from WI. Hoping to get the all clear (well, except on his hearing, obviously). Even though he won't have any scans done, there's still a certain amount of scanxiety associated with these clinics because the tests can give an indication of whether or not the tumor is acting up again or if some late effects from chemo are starting to manifest. So you're always holding your breath, hoping that another centipede shoe isn't about to drop. Nerve-wracking doesn't begin to cover it. So any good thoughts/prayers you want to direct Max's way would, as always, be much appreciated. Thank you! <3
Well, we did it! Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I have delivered 7 SYKOS to our editor at HarperCollins. Clocking in at almost 110,000 words, it's not only my first original novel, but also the longest one I've ever turned in, and a scant two months after turning in the final book in my trilogy based on Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice comic books. So to say I've written a lot of words in the past several months would be quite an understatement! But I'm finally out from under all contracted deadlines, so now I get to do something I haven't done in a long time - read for pleasure. Can't wait to dive into my TBR pile, heh.
This weekend saw another first for me, too. My first appearance (for my first comic book credit) in Diamond PREVIEWS, for another collaboration with Jeff, "Scream Queen," a story that will appear in Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis #2. Check it out:
Lots of exciting stuff happening on the writing front, so check back regularly for updates!
If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know my youngest son, Max, was diagnosed with cancer (neuroblastoma, Stage III) at 4 months of age. He underwent 4 rounds of chemo and is doing well now, though he'll never be in remission, because the tumor is still active and can't be safely resected because of its location. However, all chemo comes with side effects and what are called late effects - things that might not show up until years after treatment is over. One of these late effects is hearing loss.
Well, Max has been having trouble hearing of late, so they tested him at school and he failed completely on a couple of levels, so it's off to the Audiology Dept at PCH to get more accurate/detailed testing done and, probably, to plan to fit him for hearing aids.
The battle against cancer is never over. It's like dealing with a stubborn centipede that refuses to tie its shoes - any of those shoes can drop at any time, usually when you are least prepared for it. This is part of the reason I'm so adamant about pediatric cancer awareness. Because it's not over for Max and it never will be, until we find a cure, or treatment options that don't poison our children. There are several links on my website for organizations that raise money for research. Take a look if you're so inclined. Because:
AWARENESS = FUNDING = RESEARCH = CURE
Super-quick post. Partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte did an interview for Bleeding Cool where he talks about our Evil Dead 2 comic, some of our collaborations, and our collaborative process. Check it out!
Happy Father's Day to all dads (bio, step, adoptive), moms who're doing double duty, father figures, and anyone else to whom the word can be applied.
And big hugs to all the dads who can't be with their kids today and the kids who can't be with their dads, especially when the reason is that one or the other is celebrating in Heaven.
And Happy Solstice and first day of summer!
The news is starting to leak out in various places, so partner Jeffrey J. Mariotte and I decided it's probably safe to tell you now about our collaborative novel and who will be publishing it.
The novel is called 7 Sykos and it's being published by HarperCollins as part of their Voyager Impulse line. We're really excited to be part of this new line and can't wait to be able to tell you more about the book. Stay tuned!
Also, the Occupied Earth website is live. Check it out! My and Jeff's contribution is called "Letting Go the Ghosts" and we're both really proud of it. Get your pre-orders in now!
I've taken a part-time editing job in addition to being a mentor for ASU's Your Novel Year program. That, coupled with my writing, will probably mean continued sporadic blog posts, but don't worry - if something important happens, I'll be sure to let you know. (And you can always follow me on FB or Twitter, where I'm a little more active than I am here.)