Author Archives: Katherine Montalto

Short stories I read in 2020

Sell Out: Part One
By Simon Rich

The Liberation of Ghost City
by Elly Bangs

The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles
Kij Johnson

A Layer of Catherines
By: Elisabeth R. Moore

Unauthorized Bread: Real rebellions involve jailbreaking IoT toasters
Cory Doctorow

A Ghost in Brazil
Kikuko Tsumura
Translated by Polly Barton

No Sacrifice to the Elder Gods Is Ever Wasted
By Jack Remiel Cottrell

Snow day
by Kathryn Kulpa

Nesbit: Ghost Stories

Underground, Part 1

The Way We Live Now
By Susan Sontag

Janelle C. Shane

Disturbing Animal Facts
by Aimee Parkison and Meg Pokrass

The Great Silence
by Ted Chiang

The Premature Burial
by Edgar Allan Poe

Strangers No More
Ryan Bradford

Old Hope
By Clare Sestanovich

The Weird Visa
Annalee Newitz

by Katherine Brook

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2020 End of Year Newsletter

Some Highlights from 2020.

I have been consistently publishing this newsletter every month for three years. One of the things I’ve learned 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.

My creative goals at the beginning of 2020 were to submit more work for publication and do more freelance work. I submitted more work than I have in previous years and got a few things published, A short story, an illustration, and a song. I had a few commissions and freelance illustration projects that you can see here, here, and here. My writing goals for 2021 are to continue to submit the stories I have already written and write at least five more short stories. I hope to get more illustration work as well.

I started messing around and composing music in 2019 and continued to do that in 2020. My goal for 2021 is to create short songs on a more regular basis.

Because of the pandemic, in-person art shows and zine fests were cancelled but the silver lining was I got to attend virtual shows all over the world that I would not have been able to participate in otherwise. I virtually tabled at Quaranzine Fest 2020, 2020 KC Virtual Zine Fest, and GhostCon 2020. I also participated in The Rubin Museum Lotus Effect project.

My 2020 Tumblr Top 10.

Books I Read in 2020
non fiction 5
Fiction 19
graphic novel 21
poetry 1

Moby Dick Herman Melville

Fiction-Writing Modes Mike Klaassen

Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book One Alan Moore illustrated by Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, Dan Day

The Book Of Hope Tommi Musturi

The Lagoon Lilli Carre

I Am Not Okay With This Charles Forsman

Monkeys with Typewriters Scarlett Thomas

My Year of Rest and Relaxation Ottessa Moshfegh

Life Finds A Way Various Authors

Winter Hours Mary Oliver

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project
Charlie Jane Anders, Brooke Bolander, Amal El-Mohtar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kameron Hurley, Seanan McGuire, Nisi Shawl, Catherynne M. Valente, Carrie Vaughn, Jo Walton, and Alyssa Wong

Tales of Men and Ghosts Edith Wharton

The Plague Albert Camus

Gast Carol Swain

Why Art? Eleanor Davis

The Possession of Natalie Glasgow Hailey Piper

Laid Waste Julia Gfrorer

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
read by Becket Royce

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Petals on the Wind V.C. Andrews

Rogue Protocol Martha Wells

The Reader Bernhard Schlink

Florida Lauren Groff

How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
read by Rebecca Gibel

House of Women by Sophie Goldstein
illustrated by Sophie Goldstein

Cult of the Ibis
by Daria Tessler
illustrated by Daria Tessler

The Complete Wimmen’s Comix by Various Authors
illustrated by Various Illustrators

Black Is The Color by Julia Gfrorer
illustrated by Julia Gfrorer

The Sea by Rikke Villadsen
illustrated by Rikke Villadsen

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
illustrated by Thi Bui

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
illustrated by Eleanor Davis

A Journey Round My Room Xavier de Maistre

A Gift for a Ghost by Borja Gonzalez
illustrated by Borja Gonzalez

Super Tokyoland by Benjamin Reiss
illustrated by Benjamin Reiss

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
read by Mia Farrow

BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels
illustrated by Ben Passmore

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
illustrated by Liz Suburbia

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
read by Frazer Douglas

Unauthorized BreadCory Doctorow

Little Weirds Jenny Slate

The House on Mango Street sandra cisneros

The Terror by Dan Simmons
read by Dan Simmons

Catherine House Elisabeth Thomas

Le Petit Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Circe Madeline Miller Narrated by Perdita Weeks

December 2020 Newsletter

Some Highlights from December 2020.

Here is my sketchbook work for the month. Follow me on Vimeo to see process videos of them as well. Print out a zine of this artwork. Get my sketchbook art on Redbubble gear.

I created a zine of all the digital paintings I did in 2020.

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

I started using beepbox and online sequencer to make music. I created a soundcloud and posted my first song to it.

I’ve been trying to write more fiction and this list of prompts has been very helpful.

The short story I wrote based on this prompt was accepted by Thorn Lit Magazine and is featured in this issue. I created an illustration for it using color pencil.

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

Here are my newest Redbubble  designs:

Garbage Truck 

Je ne sais pas 

Dark Green Leaves 

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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 2020.
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.

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