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Pirates of the Mediterranean Essay at Fantastic History!

| September 24, 2020

Catherine Schaff-Stump is hosting some of my articles about the real history behind my stories from Unfixed Timelines at her Fantastic History blog. The third post, “Pirates of the Mediterranean,” is up now! I wrote my story “Salt in Our Veins” based on a call for submissions that necessitated a Mediterranean setting and fae of […]

Out Now: Spiders of the Shifting Swamp

| September 22, 2020

And now for something completely different, I’ve written and illustrated my first ever children’s book! Spiders of the Shifting Swamp started as a short story loosely based on a world that Jeremy had created, or at least tucked into the corner of a world he had created. The story was VERY short, and one market […]

Coming Soon: Sure Shot in Las Capas!

| September 17, 2020

The very first time I was asked to write in the Cobalt City Universe, I looked for a corner that I could carve out as my own. I started out writing the first female incarnation of the Huntsman, one of Cobalt City’s legacy super heroes. After dabbling with some other characters, I returned to the […]

Out Today: Unfixed Timelines 2!

| September 15, 2020

Unfixed Timelines 2 is out today, with six short stories, one poem, and seven essays about the real history that inspired each of the stories! This volume of stories includes: “Nochnaya Serenada” (reprint) and an essay about the history of the Night Witches “Have You Seen Him?” and an essay about the historical connections between […]

Supporting my Patreon!

| September 10, 2020

Did you know that I have a Patreon? I do! It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing and learn about what I’m working on! I haven’t reached my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or […]

Things in the Water that Will Kill You

| September 8, 2020

When asked to summarize what I write, I often tell people “I write about things in the water that will kill you.” And while not all of my stories share that distinction, I have more stories about murderous aquatic creatures than nearly any other topic. I’ve written about vodyanoi, nixes, the stromkarl, selkies, and, of […]

Unfixed Timelines 2 Cover Art!

| September 1, 2020

Much like when I published the first Unfixed Timelines, the cover art for Unfixed Timelines 2 is also a mashup of historical images related to the stories within this collection. Astute observers might recognize a couple of the Romanov Princesses, though most of the other images are fairly obscure (and obscured). While Unfixed Timelines 2 will be, like […]

Coming Soon: Spiders of the Shifting Swamp

| August 27, 2020

One of my big projects this summer has been working on my first children’s book. It started out as a very short flash fiction story, but someone suggested it might work better as a children’s book, so I thought I’d try going in that direction. The tricky part about a children’s book, however, is that […]

“He Who Is in the Place of Embalming” Now Out!

| August 25, 2020

I’ve got a new poem out in the most recent issue of The Weird and Whatnot. “He Who Is in the Place of Embalming” is a poem I wrote based on an image of a modern Anubis, colored slightly with shades of American Gods. It’s one of several mythology-based poems I’ve written, and I’m glad to […]

Check Out my Collection, What If I’m a Merfolk?

| August 20, 2020

What If I’m a Merfolk? is my latest publication, a collection of poetry and a few stories about merfolk. The blurb for the collection reads: Becoming a merfolk. Accepting yourself. Defending your home. Anguishing over environmental degradation. Exploring mythology. And falling in love. What If I’m a Merfolk? collects 23 poems and 3 stories about […]