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What Makes a Hero?

| April 19, 2018

Is a hero defined by their actions or by their powers? I’m inclined to think it’s the former, because there are a lot of “super heroes” who don’t actually have superpowers. Batman, Hawkeye, and many others just have training and skill, rather than powers that come from some weird source. By that token, even the […]

Brass and Glass 2 Edits are DONE!

| April 17, 2018

I finished up the last of my edits to the manuscript for Brass and Glass 2: The Long-Cursed Map on Saturday, and sent it off to my editors. Barring anything major that they find, the writing is basically done! Of course, that doesn’t mean that the book is also done. It still needs a copy edit, […]

2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide!

| April 12, 2018

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve sold the next Marsh sisters story. And now that the contract is signed, I’m pleased to announce that it will appear in the 2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide anthology from Dreaming Robot Press! This will be my third appearance in this anthology series, and the second time […]

Drumroll Please: Brass and Glass 2 Subtitle!

| April 5, 2018

I’m happy to announce that after a long session of brainstorming, we’ve come up with the subtitle for the second book in the Brass and Glass series. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you may already know that Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering was originally just called by the subtitle. […]

The Marsh Sisters are Coming Back!

| March 29, 2018

The protagonists of The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby, Marigold and Chrysanthemum Marsh, are at it again! Their latest tale of excitement and mystery, “The Magnificent Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” has been accepted for publication! I’ll give more details once the contract is signed, but suffice it to say, I’m excited to get another tale […]

Have You Checked out Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse Yet?

| March 22, 2018

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse has been out for about a month and a half now, and I’m still curious to hear what people think of it. That’s typically the case whenever I write something, but with this book, it’s extra heightened because I put it together in such a different way from my normal […]

“Tarnish” at Mirror Dance

| March 20, 2018

My story, “Tarnish,” is now available in the Spring 2018 issue of Mirror Dance, found on their website. I’m thrilled with the image they found to go with my story, too. It’s PERFECT! “Tarnish” is one of my several King in Yellow stories, this one with a late nineteenth century pageant backdrop in St. Louis. […]

Brass & Glass 2 coming soon!

| March 15, 2018

Last week, I turned in my second round of edits on the Brass & Glass 2 manuscript to my editors at Razorgirl Press, which means that we’re well on our way to having a book! We’re shooting to have it out by the end of May, but I don’t have a release date to announce just […]

Welcome to Miskatonic University Kickstarter!

| March 8, 2018

Broken Eye Books recently launched their Kickstarter for Welcome to Miskatonic University, which is an anthology of stories set at the vaunted institution of higher education in Lovecraft’s Miskatonic Valley. The basic Kickstarter funding will fund one anthology, but there’s a second anthology waiting in the wings as the first stretch goal. And that second anthology […]

Published Poem at Liquid Imagination

| March 6, 2018

I’ve recently had a poem published in Liquid Imagination, called “There Are Still Dragons in London, Saint George.” The website has both a text version of the poem and an audio version of the poem, the latter read by me! It’s fitting that this poem is published now, because it’s almost exactly two years after I […]