Clarion Write-a-Thon

2012 Clarion West Write-a-thon

So yours truly has some exciting writing projects on the horizon. I’m currently finishing up the final scene of my novella, West of Sunset. As such, I decided to participate in the Clarion West Write-A-Thon.

Author Nicola Griffith explains the purpose of the event and how writers benefit from it.

If you’d like to donate, here’s my page. No amount is too big or too small.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to work.

By Dennis R. Upkins

Reading Will Save The World

Talented musician and very good buddy Gordon Roque had some very awesome things to say about my novel Hollowstone. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do the Dance of Joy:

A couple of months ago, I bought and downloaded a book called Hollowstone into my Kindle. In the interest of full disclosure, its author, Dennis R. Upkins, lives here in Nashville and is a friend of mine. Prior to reading this book, the only exposure I had to anything he has written was on his very engaging blog. I had only a vague idea of what the book was about prior to reading it.

I can honestly say, in spite of the fact that I know him, that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the story of a talented young violinist named Noah Scott who is more or less plucked from obscurity in the urban Atlanta jungle and given a chance to attend an exclusive and prestigious boarding school called Hollowstone Academy.

It would be easy to dismiss this book as a typicpal coming of age story, but to do so, would be to undercut its true value.

Click here to read more….

Conversations Outside The Box

While I’ve been busy writing and working on other projects, I’ve also been making some cameos on some most excellent websites:

First up, yours truly had the distinct honor of being featured on Womanist Musings by my girl Renee. My piece, 10 Conversations On Racism I’m Sick Of Happening With White People is live now on her site. This piece explains some of the crap that people of color have to contend with in their day-to-day. I highly recommend you give a gander. It may open your eyes and provide a new perspective.

Next up I have guest post up on Sisterspooky’s blog in honor of Geek Week. Entitled Looking Outside The Box, I give recs for excellent comic books and graphic novels that respectfully and awesomely feature marginalized protagonists.

Much thanks to both of these awesome ladies for allowing me the privilege and pleasure of being featured on their wonderful blogs.

Folklore And Other Stories


Exciting news. My good friend Ankhesen Mie is back with an awesome new title that you’re going to want to grab:

Middle Child Press is proud to present Folklore and Other Stories:



When young Kazuya Kurosaki orders the disposal of a rival’s favorite, beautiful Amisi Ryan shows up with a “‘thank you’…from the dead”. Her priceless gift, an approximately four-thousand-year-old solid gold mask, lures Kazuya into a world of myth and intoxicating fantasy, and with each telling of an ancient tale, he finds himself drawn further and further away from everything – and everyone – he knows.


Rory Zheng is a young traveler who arrives at Silver Wood Manor, an enchanting residence atop a mountain where he meets an array of characters. Among them are the mischievous old Irishman who designed the buildings and the chatty nine-year-old daughter of the beautiful, somber landlady of Silver Wood, whose husband is often away….

To unlock the mystery and history of the manor and its people, Rory employs some magic of his own: the art of storytelling.

“The Collection”

The divorce between Jason Rang and his filthy rich, soon-to-be ex-wife Mireille is actually going well. Or at least it does until Jason lets his new fiancée Maribel actually meet Mireille. Invited to Mireille’s newly inherited mansion (fully furnished with all manner of beautiful shirtless young men), Jason and Maribel find themselves lulled into a sensual world where they learn that sometimes – but only sometimes – an entire divorce proceeding can be just another lovers’ quarrel.

For those of you who are always stating how you wish there was more diversity in publishing and how you wish you could support more marginalized voices, here’s a perfect opportunity to do so. Middle Child Press is a wonderful publisher, Ankhesen Mie is an incredible writer, and voices like theirs need to be uplifted like yesterday.

More information on Folklore can be found here.