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“Justice is Blind” available in The Society of Misfit Stories Presents … Vol. 2

| September 18, 2018

The second volume of The Society of Misfit Stories Presents … is now out, and it includes my story, “Justice is Blind.” Bards and Sages Publishing originally published it as a stand-alone ebook, but now has compiled it with 34 other stories for an ebook and print book. The Society of Misfit Stories is specifically […]

“The Cobbler’s Daughter” at MYTHIC Magazine!

| September 13, 2018

My story, “The Cobbler’s Daughter,” is out in MYTHIC Magazine #7! This is a sweet fantasy story about a young woman who takes up her family trade of making beautiful mojari (like the pictured shoes), learns a secret about her parentage, and works to create shoes fit for a princess. It’s got a bit of […]

Round Ups of Short Stories

| September 12, 2018

There are a ton of new short stories published every month, and it’s hard to know where to start reading. Luckily, Maria Haskins does a monthly round-up of science fiction and fantasy short stories for Barnes & Noble, so you can find some that she’s enjoyed here! You can also check out Quick Sip Reviews […]

Work in Progress: Wasteland

| September 11, 2018

A few years back, I had a short story that I was working on that was a post-apocalyptic story of a place where things wouldn’t grow, suddenly encountering a thing that had grown. I poked at it for a while, but it wanted to be something more. So I outlined it for a novel. I […]

Platform Cities

| September 6, 2018

When I first started writing Brass and Glass, it was a short story called “The Cask of Cranglimmering.” In the original version, pretty much all of the action took place on The Silent Monsoon, and all I really knew about that world was that they had airships and legendary whiskey. As the story grew, though, I did […]

Unfixed Timelines Stories and Essays

| August 30, 2018

There’s a part of me that still misses academia. When you spend a large chunk of your adult life in an environment, it’s bound to leave some lasting marks on you. I didn’t love teaching, and I wouldn’t have loved the rat race that is tenure, but I liked research and writing and being adjacent […]

Flash Fiction

| August 28, 2018

I was on a panel about flash fiction at SpoCon with several other authors and editors of flash fiction. We differentiated between flash fiction and vignettes, talked about the difficulties of distilling ideas down to something suitable for flash fiction, and the various markets and awards (or lack thereof, in many cases) for flash-length work. […]

“Happily Never After” in The Colored Lens!

| August 23, 2018

The latest issue of The Colored Lens is out, and with it comes my story, “Happily Never After.” “Happily Never After” is a Cobalt City-adjacent story. It’s actually set in Cerulean City, on the West Coast, but some of the characters in it are from Cobalt City. This is a sort of prequel story for […]

Magical Menagerie

| August 21, 2018

One of the panels I was on at SpoCon was called “The Magical Menagerie,” which I described as the panel on monsters. I introduced myself as an author who loves vampires and also “things that live underwater that want to kill you.” I shared the panel with Dorian Graves and Sanan Kolva. Our conversation was […]

“Parcel Post” in Frostfire Worlds

| August 14, 2018

The August 2018 issue of Frostfire Worlds includes my story, “Parcel Post.” Frostfire Worlds is a magazine of stories for kids, and in my case, my story is also about kids. The idea for “Parcel Post” started with the fun fact that in the early twentieth century (roughly around 1913), you could mail small children. Sort of. […]