Author Archives: Katherine Montalto

2023 01 Sketchbook

quink and metallic gel pen on paper

2022 Newsletter

Some Highlights from 2022.

I have been consistently publishing this newsletter every month for five years. One of the things I’ve learned from starting this newsletter and keeping up my website is just how much we forget. It’s been nice to look back each month and take stock of the things I’ve accomplished. It’s also created a sense of structure to my creative work and helped me manage and maintain goals. Now, with the way many social media companies are imploding, it’s more important than ever to carve out a space of one’s own on the internet. No matter what happens I have this website as a record of the work I’ve done. Of course there are still many other places to follow me online.

I finished working my way through the book 102 Haiku Journal and everything I posted in 2022 can be found here along with other poems I wrote throughout the year. I’ve been on mastodon since 2018 but the amount of activity has exploded in the last few months. One of the fun things is I’ve found a great community of writers who share haiku prompts everyday. I try to keep up and enjoy reading what others have written.

I created illustrations of the birth flower for each month this year. Aside from some illustrations for invertober 2022, flowers were all the illustrations I did in 2022. I didn’t create abstract sketchbook art every month this year but here is what I did make. Here is the holiday card I made for 2022. It can be purchased on stuff here in my redbubble store.

I produced podcasts for both MIWarren and The Detroit Socialist this year. Those five podcast episodes can be found here.

Watching the ways the publishing industry has been imploding the last few years has sort of changed how I feel about my own writing and how I want to share it with the world. For some reason, unlike my art which I share freely and only try to monetize through print-on-demand and licensing, I still try to get almost everything I write published. I send stories to lit mags and have been published in a few and had stories in anthology books. The thing is I rarely make any money from this and if I do, it’s nothing that could be considered an income. I don’t really think it gets more people reading my stories either. None of the stories I’ve had published have been edited any further so it seems what gets published has been edited enough by me to be publishable. I am involved in many writing communities online and am a part of a local writers group that I share all of the stories I want to have published with. So is this last step of trying to get published really necessary? I just want people to read my weird little stories. I feel like I’d do better to build an audience on my own and do something similar to what I do with art, create a print-on-demand option for anyone who wants to support me and have a physical copy of my work. You can read all the stories I self published in 2022 here.

As always, I published zines of all the work I created in 2022. Print them out for free and learn how to fold them here.

I participated in one art show this year, KC Zine Con 2022. I like participating in shows but it’s not a top priority of mine. I plan on mostly making art for myself and monetizing it on my website and print-on-demand sites. I am of course always open to anyone who is interested in purchasing original pieces or licensing work I have already created. I will continue to be open to commission work but it is not a priority and it is not work I will seek out.

If you’d like to support me on a continuous regular basis you can set up a monthly donation to my art supply fund. There are levels of regular donation you can contribute, everything over a dollar comes with rewards. If you’d like to make a one-time contribution go here.

All of my original artwork, writing, and music are available for purchase and for licensing. I am available for other creative services as well. See them here. If interested please contact me here.

2022 in Lists

My 2022 Tumblr Top 10.
https://katherine-montalto.tumblr.com/post/706087730097045504/2022-tumblr-top-10

Books I Read in 2022

The Elementals Michael McDowell
Play It as It Lays Joan Didion
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Anita Loos
102 Haiku Journal Lisa Ann Markuson, Daniel Zaltsman, Erick Szentmiklosy
Writing Habit Hacks Workbook: How to Create and Maintain Smart Writing Habits Kate Krake
The Seeds by Ann Nocenti illustrated by David Aja
Unsettling Micro-stories Daniel Canals Flores
I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for the 21st Century Panic Tommy Siegel
101 Horror Writing Prompts Kate Krake
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden illustrated by Brenna Thummler
Contact by Carl Sagan read by Jodie Foster
Sacrifice of Darkness by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver illustrated by Rebecca Kirby
Writing Haiku by Bruce Ross
Great Catherine by Carolly Erickson read by Davina Porter
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe illustrated by Maia Kobabe
Goblin Girl by Moa Romanova illustrated by Moa Romanova
Amelia Bedelia déchaînée! by Herman Parish Part of the Amelia Bedelia series
Freaks’ Amour by Various Authors illustrated by Gary Panter
Amelia Bedelia voyage! by Herman Parish Part of the Amelia Bedelia series
Press Enter to Continue by Ana Galvan illustrated by Ana Galvan
Creepy Archives Vol. 1 by Various Authors illustrated by Various Artists
The Light Ages by Seb Falk read by Seb Falk
Twilight by Katherine Mosby
Dracula Bram Stoker
Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Marvin Surkin, Dan Georgakas
Ghost Tree by Bobby Curnow illustrated by Simon Gane
Lorna by Caroline Sweater illustrated by Caroline Sweater
Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green illustrated by Katie Green
I Left the House Today! by Cassandra Calin illustrated by Cassandra Calin

Short Fiction 2022

Not a Basking Shark
https://firesidefiction.com/not-a-basking-shark

Small Monsters
https://www.tor.com/2021/10/20/small-monsters-e-lily-yu/

Small Magics
https://www.flashfictiononline.com/article/small-magics/

Since He Came Back
https://firesidefiction.com/since-he-came-back

Synthetic Perennial
https://www.tor.com/2022/02/22/synthetic-perennial-vivianni-glass/

The Heart Specialist
https://blog.reedsy.com/short-story/oa95g9/

THE PEDESTRIAN by RAY BRADBURY
http://englischlehrer.de/texts/pedestrian.php

You Were Perfectly Fine
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1929/02/23/you-were-perfectly-fine

Peach Child, Woman, Stone
https://www.flashfictiononline.com/article/peach-child-woman-stone/

Unauthorized Bread
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/01/unauthorized-bread-a-near-future-tale-of-refugees-and-sinister-iot-appliances/

Miruna
https://wrathwrites.com/blog/miruna

Crisis
https://reckoning.press/crisis/

Seven Sisters
https://grist.org/fix/climate-fiction/imagine-2200-seven-sisters/

What would you look for with the James Webb telescope?, short story by Guenevere Lee
https://www.booksie.com/682390-what-would-you-look-for-with-the-james-webb-telescope

Do you think #artificial intelligence will take over anytime soon
https://mas.to/@kattra/109464861876618352

Sage Tyrtle
https://rappahannockreview.com/issue-10-1/contents/happy-elephants-daycare-center-sage-tyrtle/

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board ~ by Melissa Fitzpatrick
https://milkcandyreview.home.blog/2022/10/27/light-as-a-feather-stiff-as-a-board-by-melissa-fitzpatrick/

Afterwords
https://oldster.substack.com/p/afterwords

7099 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio
https://www.drabblecast.org/2022/08/02/drabblecast-459-7099-brecksville-road-independence-ohio/

Plans for Expansion
https://www.drabblecast.org/2022/07/10/drabblecast-458-plans-for-expansion/

Lily, the Immortal
https://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/lily-the-immortal/

How Lovely Are Your Branches
https://www.drabblecast.org/2022/01/01/drabblecast-455-how-lovely-are-your-branches/

The Public Hating
https://paperbackdesign.com/the-public-hating-by-steve-allen/

The Doom That Came to Sarnath
https://www.drabblecast.org/2021/11/08/drabblecast-454-the-doom-that-came-to-sarnath/

How to Get Back to the Forest
https://www.drabblecast.org/2021/09/29/drabblecast-451-how-to-get-back-to-the-forest/

The Wichita Drive
https://www.drabblecast.org/2021/06/17/drabblecast-446-the-wichita-drive/

 

The Detroit Socialist Podcast: Ferndale Public Library Union Efforts

Originally Published on the Detroit Socialist.

2023 01 Haiku

1.
Dead girl in a film
a placeholder for sadness
now we can feel safe

2.
an entangled state
it is too complicated
cannot understand

3.
lungs are crumbling
my lungs, they are made of glass
it hurts when I breathe

4.
heard inside the walls
hum of electricity
there is no silence

5.
crack in the abyss
a sudden interruption
gap in thought and space

6.
an organ shedding
lining of blood and tissue
staining my clothing

2022 12 Newsletter

Some Highlights from December 2022.

Firstly, in regards to the mess that is happening on twitter, I’d like to mention the many other places to follow me online can be found here. I’ve always felt that it’s important to find community in many places on the internet and to have a central space that I can control where I can publish my own work and direct people to the other places I live online. The community we’ve built on twitter that we love, isn’t the platform. It can be made in other, better places.

Secondly, watching the ways the publishing industry has been imploding the last few years has sort of changed how I feel about my own writing and how I want to share it with the world. For some reason, unlike my art which I share freely and only try to monetize through print-on-demand and licensing, I still try to get almost everything I write published. I send stories to lit mags and have been published in a few and had stories in anthology books. The thing is I rarely make any money from this and if I do, it’s nothing that could be considered an income. I don’t really think it gets more people reading my stories either. None of the stories I’ve had published have been edited any further so it seems what gets published has been edited enough by me to be publishable. I am involved in many writing communities online and am a part of a local writers group that I share all of the stories I want to have published with. So is this last step of trying to get published really necessary? I just want people to read my weird little stories. I feel like I’d do better to build an audience on my own and do something similar to what I do with art, create a print-on-demand option for anyone who wants to support me and have a physical copy of my work. October started the beginning of me releasing a zine of a short story of mine. You can read the flash fiction story and print out a free zine of it here.

I finished working my way through the book 102 Haiku Journal and am putting together a zine each month with some of the poems I have written inspired by the prompts I found in the book. Print out the zine free here. Read the poems here.

I have been making a zine of flower art based on the birth flower for each month this year. Here is the flower artwork for December and the flower art zine for December.

Zine libraries are welcome to print out my zines and put them in their collections. Please contact me to let me know.

Here is a podcast I produced in November featuring former local television meteorologist Chris Edwards.  Recorded live at The Civic Center Library on November 15, 2022

It’s winter here in the northern hemisphere. Get my art on sweatshirts and hoodies in my redbubble store.

Here are my newest Redbubble  designs:

2022 12 flowers 03
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/133882485

2022 12 flowers 02
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/133881826

2022 12 flowers 01
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/133881225

You can also find my art on stuff in my TeePublic and Society6 stores.

During this weird time, new items have become available. . .

and you can now get my art on masks in my redbubble store and my teepublic store.

Redbubble now has fitted masks.

Subscription Package

Here is the subscription box for December 2022.

If you’d like to support me on a continuous regular basis you can set up a monthly donation to my art supply fund. There are levels of regular donation you can contribute, everything over a dollar comes with rewards. If you’d like to make a one-time contribution go here.

All of my original artwork, writing, and music are available for purchase and for licensing. I am available for other creative services as well. See them here. If interested please contact me here.

Straight From The Author 26: Climate Change as of 2022: Simple, Serious, Solvable

A Podcast I produced for MIWarren.org

Listen as Former local television meteorologist Chris Edwards presents a fact-based look at the scientific state of the issues and impacts involved in climate change, localized in many ways to Michigan and metro Detroit. He explores a range of ideas to address the significant challenges we face, including what each of us can do. Follow along with the visual presentation here.

Recorded live at The Civic Center Library on November 15, 2022

Edited for time and clarity