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Inspiration: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| January 9, 2018

As I’ve mentioned before, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse came out of the 2017 Write Like You’re Alive challenge from Zoetic Press. This also wound up informing the format for the story, too. See, I normally outline using Mark Teppo’s outline structure (which I’ve talked about before), which leads to an 18 chapter outline, with […]

Holiday Reading: Heroes of Necessity

| December 28, 2017

Back when I worked at a university, I had the whole week between Christmas and New Years off from work. I don’t have that perk anymore, but I know a lot of people who take time between the holidays to relax. If you’ve got a lot of time and are looking for something to read, […]

Now Available: Mad Scientist Journal Winter 2018

| December 27, 2017

Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2018 is now available, featuring stories of mad science, advise, classified ads, and a gossip column! Cooking advice, previously undiscovered species, and tortured artists. These are but some of the strange tales to be found in this book. Mad Scientist Journal: Winter 2017 collects thirteen tales from the fictional worlds of mad […]

Holiday Reading: Cross and Circle

| December 26, 2017

If the weather outside is making you want to curl up under a blanket and read, might I recommend my novelette Cross and Circle? It’s a contemporary fantasy story set around the winter holidays, making it a good, short, post-Christmas read. Here’s the summary: Evie and Carlotta are expecting the imminent arrival of their first child when […]

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 […]

Thinking about Steampunk

| December 19, 2017

At Anglicon a couple of weekends ago, I took part in a panel on steampunk with Jeffrey Cook and Andy Wolf. One of the things that we discussed during the course of it was on a scale of H. G. Wells to Jules Verne, where does your steampunk fall? (The abbreviated explanation on that scale […]

2017 publishing

| December 14, 2017

It’s the time of the year when authors are making lists of the stories and other items that they published in 2017, which are eligible for awards. Most of my short stories that were published this year were reprints, but I’ve got a few things to mention! Short Stories: “Justice is Blind,” published as part of Bards […]

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 […]

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.