Thursday, February 2, 2017

And I ran, I ran so far away

In January I ran Austin's 3M Half Marathon. This month I'm running the Austin Half Marathon. Not only because I enjoy torturing my tendons, but because I'm fundraising for Out Youth. So if any of you have a little to contribute to programs and services for Central Texas queer kids, or just want to encourage me to run ridiculous distances, you can donate here:

https://www.crowdrise.com/amandadownum

Anything is appreciated, even a link or good wishes for my poor limbs. This one has hills.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Poison Court, read

Last week I read at Austin's Malvern Books with Marshall Ryan Maresca and Yasser Bahjatt, and the staff were kind enough (cruel enough?) to film us.

So if you're interested in The Poison Court, here is a highly abridged version of Chapter 1.



I need to project more. Marshall and Yasser's readings are also available on Malvern's Facebook page, if you'd like to hear them as well.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Kitchen necromancy

Necromancing the Stove?

Tonight I'll be joining Chris-Rachael Oseland (AKA Kitchen Overlord--you know, the sandworm bread) on Facebook Live at 8:00 PM Central to help demo the dark art of bone marrow creme brûlée.  Tune in to be thrilled and amazed, and possibly repulsed by the squishy parts.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My WorldCon schedule

I had a fantastic time at ArmadilloCon, so I can only hope WorldCon will be even more fun. Anything you drive 12 hours to reach has to be fun, right?

Thursday, Aug 18

6:00 PM Creating a World: Fantasy vs. Science Fiction vs. Horror
Kansas City Convention Center - 2209

Friday, Aug 19

11:00 AM Autographing: Amanda Downum, Stephen Leigh, Carrie Patel, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick
KCCC - Autographing space

5:00 PM Queering Heroic Fantasy
KCCC - 2204

Saturday, Aug 20

11:00 AM The Art of Worldbuilding
KCCC - 2502A

2:00 PM Reading
KCCC - 2202

Sunday, Aug 21

2:00 PM Women of Wonder at 21
KCCC - 3501B



Monday, August 1, 2016

Fossil Heart

I had a lovely time at ArmadilloCon, and today the latest issue of Nightmare Magazine is available, featuring my story "Fossil Heart." This may or may not be a heartwarming story about a girl and her dog.

Friday, July 22, 2016

My ArmadilloCon schedule

Friday

The Writers' Workshop

Be a Zombie!
Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom E
Brown, Downum, Fotinos*, Humphrey, McKinney, Richerson
Our panelists will talk about what it takes to be a great zombie! How do you walk, talk, dance, and dress? What are our favorite examples?

Saturday

Reading
Sat 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Southpark B

Autographing
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Dealers' Room
Afsharirad, Downum, Ledbetter, Marmell, Richerson

How to Deal with Writer's Block
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Ballroom F
Bracken, Cardin, Clevenger, Downum, Lynn*, Marmell, Reisman

Feminism and Horror Movies
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Southpark A
J. Brown, Clarke, de Orive, Downum, M.A. Finn, Humphrey*
Can horror movies be feminist? Can feminists love horror? Is horror ever romantic?

Horror Movie "Scene It" Game (ADULT)
Sat 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Ballroom F
Downum, Fotinos*, Maresca, Perez, Thompson
**ADULTS ONLY** Fangoria Horror star Professor Griffin will host a game show in which participants watch a scene from a horror movie and then answer a series of questions follow. The scenes contain nudity and gore and may offend some, so this is an adults-only event.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bone Garden

Erisín is a haunted city, and her specters are hungry. When demons prowl the streets of Oldtown, preying on the poor and the weak, a young actor must face the ghosts of his past and of his family to protect his new home.

"Bone Garden" is a novelette set in Erisín following the events of The Bone Palace. It was originally published in Subterranean's A Fantasy Medley 2 (ed. Yanni Kuznia) in 2012. It's now available on Kindle and Smashwords.

If anyone has any other platforms or file types they prefer, I can make it more widely available. This is my attempt at self-pubbing anything, so feedback is appreciated.