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Short Story Recommendation: Deacon Carter’s Last Dime

| April 3, 2019

One of the really wonderful things about being an author is making friend with other authors, and getting to read their stuff. My friend Nathan Crowder writes amazing stuff, and he’s just republished one of my all time favorite stories of his, “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime.” It originally appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine years ago, and […]

Ready to be Scared of Summer Camp?

| March 21, 2019

Summer camp can be a scary experience for those who have never gone before, and even some veterans of the camp experience. In my serial novella, Camp Haunt, things are scarier than normal for the campers at Camp Fairmarsh, where all sorts of weird things are happening in the summer of 2003. Told as a […]

Volatile Figments: A Different Shade of Darkness

| March 19, 2019

One of the stories in Volatile Figments that I had a lot of fun writing was “Miasma.” It drew upon my time at universities, my theatre involvement, and The King in Yellow. For those unfamiliar with the last of those things, Robert W. Chambers wrote a collection of short stories called The King in Yellow, four of […]

New Story Out: Coffin Coffee Table

| March 14, 2019

I’ve got a new story live as of yesterday! “Coffin Coffee Table” is now available at The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. It’s a tiny piece of flash that started out based on actual plans once upon a time to build a coffin-shaped coffee table. But as I wrote it, it turned into a piece about […]

Finished First Draft!

| March 12, 2019

On Sunday, I typed the final words in my first draft of the novel I’m tentatively calling Promise Me Nothing. It’s a young adult novel with paranormal elements, but I hesitate calling it urban fantasy (even though that’s probably what it falls under). It’s still going to need a lot of work before it’s publishable, […]

Shades of Academia in Cross and Circle

| February 28, 2019

A chunk of the story in Cross and Circle takes place in the halls of academia, at least tangentially. Of all the aspects of this book, that was the portion I felt most comfortable writing. Evie’s campus and office are definitely based off my own experiences of many years spent on college campuses. Additionally, the house […]

Quiet Moments of Heroism

| February 19, 2019

Heroes of Necessity is a collection with a lot of quiet moments. These stories aren’t knock down, drag out fights between people in capes and spandex. Instead, the stories focus on discoveries of powers and new applications of powers, and using those powers to fix things without necessarily fighting them. In “Fortissimo Possibile,” Leila argues […]

The Marsh Sisters and Family

| February 14, 2019

The very first short story I had published was “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” featuring the Marsh sisters, back in 2010. This came up recently because I have a second Marsh sisters short story, “The Marvelous Matter of the Mischievous Monkey,” in the latest volume of the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. Recently, the editors […]

I Didn’t Break the Lamp Story Thoughts

| February 12, 2019

As the Kickstarter for I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances continues, I’ve started thinking about the kinds of stories that we may see in the slush pile. Because our authors always end up surprising us with their imaginative takes on our anthology themes, it’s a little difficult to pin down our expectations, […]

Alternate History in Unfixed Timelines

| January 29, 2019

I’ve been racking up another bunch of finished historical fantasy stories, which means that sooner or later, I’ll be putting together another Unfixed Timelines collection (probably titled Unfixed Timelines 2). The exact contents will depend on sales of stories and reversions of rights, so I don’t know yet what sort of essays I’ll be writing for those […]