Christina Dickinson

Speculative Fiction Author


Back in March, I fully intended to make good on my promise to get Igniting the Darkness out by the end of the year. But in April, I lost a friend: fellow author Ronan Connors. They wrote deliciously creepy horror and were a big part of our writing group. If you would like to see their work:


While still reeling from that loss, my mother-in-law passed away. Her death was a double blow. Not only were we very close, but she passed unexpectedly with no will and my father-in-law has dementia. A few months were eaten away as we navigated a maze of funeral planning, elder care, and lawyers.


All said, I'm not going to grind myself into dust to hammer out a subpar novel just to be on time with a self-imposed deadline. What I will do, is I will put a solid date on Igniting the Darkness.


Igniting the Darkness, coming June 9th, 2023.


Also, I am submitting to a few more short story contests. 🤞🤞🤞



As promised, I am making progess on Igniting the Darkness. I said I'd give you all a book this year and I intend to make good on my word.


If anyone has noticed some changes to my Charities and Causes page, it's because I've been getting a number of solicitous emails pushing me to add things to that page. I don't want my effort to do a little good to get turned into an advertising space for anyone that ties their product to a cause. I'm not saying that all of these emails are disingeniune, but I'm not going to turn my site into free billboard space.



I've been remiss in updating my news lately. I've barely sat down at my computer since mid-November. First, I made excuses to myself that it was the holiday season and I couldn't find the time. Next, it was because we had a friend in from out of town that we hadn't seen in over a year. Then I continued to find more reasons not to start up again: worried about sick friends, not wanting to start too early in the day, too late in the day, not wanting to start back on a Monday... The truth of it is that I've been in a heavy depression flair up. Not surprising given all that last year took. I'm working on it. I'm back on my computer. Igniting the Darkness may be later coming than I'd hoped, but we will make this journey together.




Not only fully funded, but it met all of its stretch goals! Thank you to anyone here that donated! 


I realize I was a bit late with that announcement... The other exciting news is NaNoWriMo is upon us and I've been using this month to crank out as much of Igniting the Darkness as I possibly can.


Ashes of the Past, Book 3!


I'm not sure when in 2022 this is gonna launch, but it's happening! 







It opens for backing tomorrow! I'm starting a new tab on this site for Anthologies and Collaborations. You can find more info for 99 Tiny Terrors and the link to the Kickstarter there!


Also, I'm going to be adding links to pre-order Tacomancer. Amazon is a bit slower than the others to approve Indy authors, so thank you for your patience if Amazon is your go-to.



Tacomancer Art!!! In the scroll at the bottom of this page and in the Books Tab!



Okay, so despite everything, Tacomancer is proceeding on schedule. Maybe even because of everything... When I can't sleep, I tend to work. We're gonna put a date on this:


The Tacomancer and the Cursed Blood Knife is launching October 25th!


Art will be posted soon!


A bit of good news in our house: We adopted two new kitties this past week! We've named them Glyph and Dagger. They won't replace what we've lost, but it's good to have cats again. 



During and after the passing of my cats, I took two full months off of writing. Outside of my eulogies on the About the Author tab on this page, I've only used my computer for a few D&D games with my Thursday group.


I'm easing back into things now. It's slow going. I had everything worked out schedule-wise for Tacomancer to be released in October despite my delay on Dropping the Keystone. But things changed.


I didn't plan for so much time off. How could I have planned for this? So as much as I'd like to plunge right back in and hit that October mark... I can't promise that I'll make it. I will post updated dates when I've figured out where I stopped and how much I still need to do.



We lost Scythe on July 5th.



I feel like I just did this.


We lost Mad Cat on the 30th of June. It wasn't exactly sudden, his decline was over the course of a month. In the wake of losing both Amulet and Mad Cat, Scythe's been diagnosed with a necrotic tumor at the base of his tongue. It's inoperable. I will be adding to my In Memory section at the bottom of my author's page. Mad Cat now, Scythe... won't be far behind.





This one is bittersweet, to be sure. I took a week of bereavement leave. Tacomancer enters its final drafting run today.



Yesterday, one of our cats, Amulet, passed on. The morning started with an emergency rush to the vet, and in less than an hour, we were taking home an empty cat carrier. He was 17 years old, and the sweetest cat I've ever known. I'll be adding a memorial section in my About the Author section. 


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