October 16, 2016: My feature romantic comedy Dear Gina, Wish You Were Here, Love Jesús, won “Best Romance” at the 7th annual Oaxaca Film Festival in Oaxaca Mexico! Wish I could have been there, but jobs and aerophobia kept me here at home writing. My filmmaking partner, Jorge Sermini, was able to attend on my behalf.

October 4, 2016: Yellow Bird Editors runs a bi-annual first page contest, where writers can submit the first page of what they are working on. This fall, one of my novels-in-progress was a finalist! This is historical fantasy set in New Orleans during the 1920s.

September 7, 2016: I’m super happy to have one of my feature scripts, Dear Gina, Wish You Were Here, Love Jesús, in competition at the 7th annual Oaxaca Film Festival in 2016. It’s competing this year in three categories: Best Overall Script, Best Original Concept, and Best Romance. My filmmaking partner, Jorge Sermini, will be traveling down to represent the script. He went last year when my script How to Eat Pho was accepted into the film festival, although it did not compete. I imagine Jorge will be bringing back some edible grasshoppers, chapulines, once again.