Alyc Helms


Alyc Helms, Writer

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Joined: June 20, 2024
Last Visited: June 20, 2024

Writer Bio

Alyc Helms prefers tea over all other beverages. They sometimes refer to their work as “critical theory fanfic,” which is a fancy way to say that they are obsessed with liminality, gender identity, and foxes (and tea!). They are the author of the Adventures of Mr. Mystic novels from Angry Robot and, as M.A. Carrick, the co-author (with Marie Brennan) of the Rook & Rose trilogy from Orbit Books. M.A. Carrick is the joint pen name of Marie Brennan (author of the Memoirs of Lady Trent) and Alyc Helms (author of the Adventures of Mr. Mystic). The two met in 2000 on an archaeological dig in Wales and Ireland — including a stint in the town of Carrickmacross — and have built their friendship through two decades of anthropology, writing, and gaming. Previously they collaborated on the Rook and Rose trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Writing Style

I bring the Vargo.

Writing Goal

I'm working on a collaboration with Marie Brennan for our M.A. Carrick joint name. Currently, we've been getting together two days a week and averaging about 5k a week. I'm hoping to increase that output, to spend some time working on solo projects, and to cram in some research while Marie is on vacation in July. To do that while giving myself room to maneuver, I'm setting a goal of 5 writing/writing-related sessions a week. Over the six weeks of the Write-a-Thon, that comes to 30 sessions (aka goats), which is a nice round number.

writing goal:
30 goats gotten


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