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Coming in August: What If I’m a Merfolk?

| June 23, 2020

I spent May writing poetry for Mermay, which resulted in a bunch of new merfolk-themed poems. I’m teaming those up with a few other merfolk-themed poems and short stories, and collecting them as What If I’m a Merfolk? I don’t have my cover art yet, or I’d be sharing that today. Instead, I can tell you […]

The Shared World of Denizens of Distant Realms

| June 18, 2020

I wrote all of the stories for Denizens of Distant Realms independently of one another, and over a series of years, but as I wrote some of the later stories, I thought about the elements of each of them and realized that they could very well have taken place in the same world. There’s magic in […]

Camp Haunt for a Summertime Read

| June 16, 2020

It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, but it may not feel like it is if you’re limiting your contact with the outside world. If you want to relive the highs and lows of summer camp, with some extra creepy aspects, check out my epistolary novella, Camp Haunt. It’s exclusively available at Channillo, and it’s broken up […]

Coast to Coast Stars Available for Pre-Order!

| June 11, 2020

My latest collection, Coast to Coast Stars, will be out on June 30, 2020, and you can pre-order it now! This will be an ebook only publication of five superhero short stories and flash pieces, most of which take place in Cerulean City. (One story takes place in Cobalt City.) Cerulean City, California. Home to the […]

“Beer City” at Fantastic History!

| June 2, 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 first post, “Beer City,” is up now! The history of the incident I portray in “Veli tis Artemidos” is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever researched. It involved mostly looking at […]

Coming in June: Coast to Coast Stars!

| May 28, 2020

If you’ve been perusing my site recently, you might have noticed a new book cover on the front page! With the cover by Luke Spooner, Coast to Coast Stars is a collection of superhero short stories primarily set in Cerulean City, but with ties to Cobalt City. Cerulean City is my creation, the West Coast’s answer […]

Story Arc in a Triology

| May 26, 2020

The nice thing about writing a trilogy or other series is that you can have a story arc that lasts longer than a single book, allowing for a much larger story arc. Taken individually, the books in the Brass and Glass series each have their own arcs: 1) find the Cask; 2) find the map; […]

Short Superhero Stories in Sparx and Arrows

| May 21, 2020

Do you like superhero stories? Do you like stories with female superheroes who keep their city or people safe? You might enjoy the stories of Kara Sparx, Eleanor Castile, and Sarah Castile (with a brief appearance by Marcus Castile). Sparx and Arrows contains five stories featuring these heroes! Cobalt City is home to super heroes and […]

“Charcoals from an Unidentified Chicago Artist” out now!

| May 12, 2020

I’ve got a new story out in Community of Magic Pens, “Charcoals from an Unidentified Chicago Artist.” This story was born out of a trip to Chicago and a realization of just how many fires have ravaged that city. The “magic pen” in my story is a box of art tools that remain tied to the […]

“Senchado in Microgravity” Out Now!

| May 7, 2020

For one of the online writing contests I participate in, one of the photo prompts was a fancy celadon colored tea set with goldfish at the bottom of the cups. The image caught the attention of many of the participants, and we wrote a lot of “fishy tea set” stories that week. My “fishy tea […]