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Two New Poems Out!

| January 21, 2020

I have two new poems out this past week! “Play with Us,” a poem that tells the story of interspecies interaction in connection with a sport, is at Eye to the Telescope. This was one of the poems I write during August of this past year, as part of Write Like You’re Alive 2019. “Motes and […]

The Brass and Glass Series

| January 16, 2020

I’m very proud of the Brass and Glass series because it’s a series. Most of what I write outside of the Cobalt City universe is stand-alone, so it doesn’t require a lot of double-checking and cross-referencing of what I’ve written before. For this series, I kept track of places and people and things so that the […]

“Earworm” out in Space Opera Libretti!

| January 14, 2020

Coming out in the last minute of 2019 means that it took me a little while to have the space to post about it, but my story, “Earworm” is now out in Space Opera Libretti, an anthology that involves both space and opera! Back when I announced the sale of this story, I mentioned that it […]

New Year, Still the Same Patreon!

| January 9, 2020

Have you checked out my Patreon lately?  It’s a way for my fans to throw a small amount of money my way to support my writing! I’m getting close to my first goal, which involves a monthly video of me reading one of my stories or an excerpt from a longer piece! So if I get […]

Four Poems Out in the Write Like You’re Alive 2019 Anthology!

| January 7, 2020

The Write Like You’re Alive 2019 anthology is out now from Tangent Press, including four of the poems I wrote during the month of August! My contributions are “For My Sisters, A Bequest,” “Tiny Tornadoes,” “Secret Gladiolus,” and “The Final Winter.” They’re a mix of fantasy and post-apocalyptic poetry. They’re joined in the anthology with work […]

“Dry Spell” in Denizens of Distant Realms

| December 26, 2019

One of the stories in my fantasy collection, Denizens of Distant Realms, began life as a fantastical history story. “Dry Spell” was originally about an enslaved Romani woman living in colonial Virginia during an extensive drought. Based on the research I had done, this scenario was plausible–there were Romani slaves in the American colonies, and there […]

“Nochnaya Serenada” and “The Gift” Out Now!

| December 24, 2019

I’ve got a reprinted story, “Nochnaya Serenada,” out in the latest issue of Curiosities. This issue is a collection of World War II-era stories, so my Night Witches stories fit right in. You can read more about what I had to say about this story here. I’ve also got a Christmas-themed story out at The Bronzeville Bee, […]

Out Now: “A Pale Imitation”

| December 19, 2019

I’ve got a second new story out recently: “A Pale Imitation” is included in The Twofer Compendium, an anthology of stories about twins. There are 36 stories on that theme included in the anthology, which sounds like a great read! The twins in my story are Soledad and Marisol Lopez, the twin sisters who double […]

“Fixer-Upper” now out! (Plus a haiku!)

| December 17, 2019

My latest story in the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide series of anthologies is out now. This year, I’ve got another sci-fi story in the anthology, called “Fixer-Upper.” It’s a post-apocalyptic story about sisters trying to follow their dreams. In spite of the post-apocalyptic setting, it’s a fairly upbeat story with people making the best out of […]

Gifts for Kids: The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby

| December 12, 2019

The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby is one of my books that I market as middle grade, but what does that actually mean? In general, they are books that are meant for 8-12 year old readers, but they also feature different themes than a young adult, or YA, book would. A middle grade book generally […]