Monday, December 16, 2013

BRoP Year in Review: Kristi Petersen Schoonover

As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the joys and triumphs of the year. To that end, we bring you the 2013 Blog Ring of Power Year in Review Giveaway Hop! We’ve teamed up with this past years’ BRoP interviewees to bring you 22 days of “year in review” guest posts and 20 fabulous giveaway prizes! Each day we'll share a new guest post on the year in review from a previous BRoP interviewee and you’ll have another opportunity to enter the giveaway—so get hopping! And be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

Kristi Petersen Schoonover

2013 -- my year of taking a break – turned out to be anything but, and in a good way. A specfic piece I wrote called “To Chance Tomorrow” was picked up by the NEHW Press’ Wicked Seasons anthology in February, and my modern-day mummy story set in Myrtle Beach, “Jarring Lucas,” was accepted for Great Old Ones Publishing’s Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification anthology in the summer (both anthos are available at Amazon if anyone’s interested).  I wrote a short story called “Whispers in the Wood” in March, which was shortlisted for a Tiki Terror anthology, but I haven’t heard from them in a while, so I printed it up as a limited run of 200 chapbooks which is being postal-mailed to friends and family for the Holidays (if anyone wants a copy, reach out to me via my contact page at I produce book trailers on a limited basis, and this year I was honored to produce them for Stacey Longo’s Secret Things collection, the Wicked Seasons and Canopic Jars anthologies, and poet Heather Sullivan’s debut collection, These Onyx Hours. Since I write all the copy and shoot all the video/photos myself (no stock) and in some cases create sound, these take a while. In October, Dark Alley Press bought my long short story “This Poisoned Ground.” That will be published as an ebook in January 2014.

The biggest surprise this year came when WordPress contacted me to participate in a roundtable interview with other writers who use WP and had their previous National Novel Writing Month projects published. They published three separate posts on the subject, and it inspired me to participate in NaNoWriMo again for the first time since 2008. I had a blast—I wrote a book I’ve always wanted to write, and to up the ante, I did a daily TV series chronicling my ups and downs (if you’re curious, you can watch those and see my book trailers on my YouTube Channel at What made it even more fun? My husband Nathan—who’s a born storyteller and has had many fantastic ideas for novels over the years—jumped into NaNo too. It was awesome having two Wrimos in the house! There was plenty of healthy competition and lots of beer and wine.

I’ve a great deal to look forward to in 2014. Aside from “This Poisoned Ground”’s debut, I’ve been hired to produce three more book trailers, so I’ll be working on those as soon as the New Year turns. I was invited to submit to a couple of anthologies, so early in the year I’ll be working on writing those short stories. 2013’s NaNoWriMo Project will get its overhaul in March. I’ll co-edit an exciting invite-only anthology project called My Peculiar Family, and continue to revise the pieces in a short story collection, which I hope to have ready to submit to publishers late next year.  My biggest dream is to produce a commentary with photos on the story behind my novel, Bad Apple, but that may take a back seat to some writing courses and workshops, which I try to do each year—continuously improving the craft is priority. And then there’s all the usual—serving as co-editor for Read Short Fiction, as secretary for Broad Universe, as a member of the Pearlman Writing Critique Group, and hopefully again as a competition judge for New York City Midnight, which I really enjoy. While sometimes I get tired just looking at the list of everything I want to do, I feel incredibly fortunate that I have so many opportunities. Bring it on!

ebook copies of Render (A story of Aligare) by Heidi Vlach (3 copies)
ebook copy of Home World by Bonnie Milani and ebook copy of Trades by Bonnie Milani
ebook copy of Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley
$25 Amazon Gift Card from T. J. Loveless
paperback copy of Going Thru Hell by T. J. Loveless
ebook copy of Medusa’s Desire by E. B. Black
signed hardcover first edition of In Retrospect by Ellen Larson
paperback copy of Bad Apple by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (2)
paperback copy of Skeletons in the Swimming Hole by Kristi Petersen Schoonover (2)
ebook copy of Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg
copy of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany (print for U.S. or ebook for Int. winner)
$10 Amazon gift card from Terri Bruce
ebook copy of Twinned Universes by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
ebook copy of Entwined Courage by Tracy Lane
ebook copy of Kindar’s Cure by Michelle Hauck
signed paperback of Ice Forged by Gail Martin
ebook copies of “Taste” “Reaping Me Softly” & “Unreap My Heart” by Kate Evangelista
ebook copy of “Romancing the Bookworm” by Kate Evangelista
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