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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 […]

Shared Universes

| July 27, 2017

I’ve set a number of my short stories in a place called Cobalt City, which is part of a shared universe. Right now, there are about half a dozen writers working in the shared universe; a bunch of us are also in a Cobalt City game, run by the creator of the universe (who also […]

Holiday Reading: Sparx & Arrows

| July 4, 2017

Looking for a little light reading for the Fourth of July? Sparx & Arrows, which is only 99 cents in ebook format, includes five fun stories of super heroics in Cobalt City. As an added bonus, two of the stories involve clockwork American presidents, which even makes it thematically appropriate for the Fourth of July! Great […]

“Nochevieja” and reprints available now!

| December 6, 2016

I’m a little behind in announcing some story releases! “Nochevieja,” which is the latest of my Huntsman stories in the Cobalt City Universe, appears in Cobalt City Christmas: Christmas Harder. This is another Huntsman story featuring the World War II incarnations of the Huntsman–Matthew Castile in the U.S. and Sarah Castile in Europe–but it’s set in […]

August 2016 recap

| August 31, 2016

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 23 Acceptances received: 2 Rejections received: 17 Stories withdrawn: 0 (2) Resubmissions: 17 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 21 August’s submissions look about right to me. I had a photograph that I submitted as part of the 31/31 writing challenge accepted, so […]

July 2016 recap

| August 2, 2016

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 20 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 19 Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 21 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 23 This month has mainly been about keeping stories moving–a rejection comes in, back out that story goes. I did have one […]

Sparx and Arrows is now available!

| December 29, 2015

 I’ve just published my first collection of short stories, Sparx and Arrows. It contains five super hero stories featuring Kara Sparx and three different incarnations of the Huntsman. It’s set in the Cobalt City universe, which my friend Nathan Crowder originally developed. But he lets other people play in his sandbox, so Jeremy writes his Kensei series in that universe […]