Interview with Monica Meneghetti, author of What the Mouth Wants: A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging

Catherine Lundoff

Last Week I posted one of my public to-do lists on Twitter. LET’S SEE HOW I’M DOING!

NOT too badly, except I thought it would just take a week to do the first three. I had to put #1 aside to handle taxes when I sort of realized that April 17th wasn’t months and months away…

  1.  format my wonderful interview w/
  2.  reply to interview for MY upcoming book (done)
  3.  reply to another interview about about The Goat (done)
  4.  finish my furry horror story for (heh… I’m like 26k over the word limit and Howl is not going to let me submit this novella novelette chap book for his anthology Slashers, but I still want to finish this) or a smaller short before the May 1st deadline.
  5.  finish my novelette/novel with Jinx and Cecil for me (that’s unrealistic for a short term goal, but I meant the current arc from Jinx’s POV — Cecil and Jinx, btw, will be appearing in Roar 9, the resistance issue, as I converted a chapter into Qibla).
  6. learn stuff about VR games (did I mention my new job at Ctrl V in Howell, NJ? I’m a manager!).

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Works In Progress: What? Me Worry Edition…


The above image is from an upcoming interview for Underground Book Reviews with Morissa Schwartz of GenZ Publishing. Alfred E. Neuman just sums up this past month as I watch the news. There’s a serial sexual predator in the White House, a suspected pedophile and racist with a good chance to bring to life the worst of every Southern stereotype with an even better than 50/50 chance of getting voted in as senator, and a man who was, at worst, an admitted masher leaving the senate, and at best the most logical man in DC… and he’s bowing out.

Damn god thing that I’m unemployed. I don’t know how I could drag myself to work and listen to my co-worker and their tribal and/or uneducated viewpoints.  Continue reading

Frycki at Pride Center

Work In Progress: The week of 11/10

This week I’ve been working on interviews, a book, and a short story,

The short story and the book are really one and the same thing. I wrote a furry story a few months back for this Kink anthology called Hide, featuring Cecil, an Alligator who takes in strays, and Jinx, a chatty Cat who was kicked out of his tribe for doing something naughty with his religious items. The Kink was textures and Jinx had a thing for furs and hides and that’s a problem when its the skin of your dead relatives. Well, you know me, in the early drafts, I kept killing everyone. But I retooled it and worked really hard to give these two a happy ending. When I was done, I thought these were the cutest couple.

And when I wanted to create a story for Roar #9 whose theme was RESISTANCE, I thought I’d return to Cecil and Jinx to create a story about the Alligator, who was established as a gay activist in the first story. I went way over the suggested character account, so I realized that I needed to cut a whole lot of stuff.

As I struggled with what to cut, I was told the Kink anthology had fallen apart, so HIDE was free. I decided to submit that to Fang 9 instead (which is ok, it pays better, but there is always the egoboost of being invited to submit to something), after renaming it QUIPUS, which means talking knots and is a great furry pun. So, between this story and the raw version of QIBLA (means Direction) I have over 30K words… so I might as well right a novel, right?

So, to continue with the Q trend, I am now writing QUEERS, although I hope inspiration will bring me a new title before it is done. Cecil and Jinx first dated when Jinx was a teenager and Cecil was twice his age. Jinx was of legal age, but Cecil would not have gotten involved with him if he had known. But after the events of Quipus, they got back together. And now, Cecil’s is being threatened to be exposed by a bigoted, pulling together some of the loose ends from the 2nd story.

In honor of NoNa, my goal is 50K between the three stories.

I’m also working on two interviews for Underground Book Review, Peter Frycki and Morissa Swartz. They needed some editing and I sort of put that off for awhile. Time to head to the formatting mines and dig into it!


The Goat wins 2016 Cóyotl Award for Best Novella

The sixth annual Cóyotl Awards Ceremony was held this Saturday evening at Furlandia in Portland, Oregon. The awards seek to uplift works of furry literature and give the best of the year a chance to shine and perhaps get more public recognition.

Unlike its Furry cousin, the Ursa Major Awards, Cóyotl Awards are not open to public voting. The Cóyotl Award winners are the recommended, nominated, and ultimately selected by the members of the Furry Writers Guild. Continue reading

Work in Progress: Upcoming Interview with Siri Paulson of Turtleduck Press and an update to my challenge with Alexis Paulson…4/01/2017

One of the most interesting things I discovered recently was that a writer’s co-op press was a thing. As a child of the 70’s who grew up idolizing the Hippie esthetic, the idea of running off and joining an artist’s commune on a farm in upstate New York was more attractive than listening to my relatives and becoming a preacher. Or a rocket scientist.

Or even President. Although, in retrospect, maybe the world needs a bisexual horse who is ever so slightly genderfluid as President right now. Horse beats a jackass every time.

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