History That Never Was

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Cover Reveal: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| December 21, 2017

The latest book I’ve been working on is a weird, experimental piece using the major arcana of the tarot deck as its outline, so to speak. I wrote the pieces of it during the Write Like You’re Alive challenge in August this year, and then decided that it was worth prodding into the shape of […]

Bonus kittens!

| December 20, 2017

I haven’t been getting much reading done recently, because last Tuesday, we picked up the newest members of our household. Meet Stormageddon “Stormy” Quatro Vogel-Zimmerman (the black cat in the front) and Fognarok “Foggy” (His Highness, Prince Floof) Dos Vogel-Zimmerman (the gray tabby in the back). Their first names are their formal names, while the […]

2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide now available!

| December 12, 2017

The 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now available, including my story, “Far From Home.” This is my second year with a story in this fantastic anthology of short stories for younger readers, and I’m so excited to be sharing the table of contents with a number of other writers who are also returning for […]

Anglicon this weekend!

| December 7, 2017

This weekend, I’ll be at Anglicon selling my crocheted items, but I’ll also be appearing on a couple of panels! Friday, December 8: Steampunk 101, 3-4 p.m., Cascade 2 What is Steampunk? Where did it come from? We will answer those questions, explore the literary roots of the genre, and discuss its current popularity. Saturday, December […]

Strange Paths to Super Heroes

| December 5, 2017

I did not come into writing about super heroes in the usual way. The first comic books I ever read were Archie and Richie Rich. These were comics that had belonged to the children of a friend of the family, and I was reading them in the 80s. The comics themselves were probably from the […]

“Terpsichore” at Manawaker Studio!

| November 28, 2017

My flash fiction story, “Terpsichore,” is available at the Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast! If you’re looking for a creepy little story of muses, magic, water, and ballet, this is the place to go! You can also check out their Patreon here.

Heroes of Necessity is available for pre-order!

| November 23, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, Heroes of Necessity is available for pre-order! It will release on Tuesday, December 5th, and you can have it on your Kindle that day if you pre-order! Here’s the blurb for this book: Not all heroes wear spandex and capes. Sometimes, they come from the most unlikely of places. […]

“Tarnish” to appear at Mirror Dance

| November 9, 2017

Now that the contract is signed, I can talk about my latest acceptance, which I mentioned in my October 2017 recap. My story, “Tarnish,” will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Mirror Dance. This story first appeared in Unfixed Timelines as one of my historical fiction stories accompanied by an essay about the real history. The […]

Introducing Heroes of Necessity!

| November 7, 2017

My next collection of short stories is in progress! This one is called Heroes of Necessity, and it’s about super heroes who don’t fit into the traditional molds. While the heroes in these stories have powers, most of them don’t have substantial powers, none of the kind that would impact the entire world. But they’re still […]

The Relief of Sending a Book to Editors

| November 2, 2017

I finished off the first draft of Brass and Glass Book 2 at the beginning of September, and turned around a second draft by mid-October. Then it went off to a handful of beta readers, so that I could frantically incorporate some of their changes and send it off to my editors at Razorgirl Press. […]