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New Moons Under Which to Sleep Out Today!

| July 20, 2021

Today’s the day! My first ever book of science fiction stories, New Moons Under Which to Sleep, is out! This collection is an interesting one, as I don’t typically consider myself a sci-fi author. However, every story in this collection has been previously published! So I guess maybe I’ve written a few sci-fi stories after all! […]

New Stories and Poetry Out Recently!

| July 8, 2021

I’ve had two stories and one poem published recently, all of which are available online! The first is “Wishes without a Birthday Cake,” in Land Beyond the World. This story came out of a writing sprint class that I took with K. Tempest Bradford (which I talked about here). The story underwent some revisions to […]

“Superstitions” at Manawaker Studios Flash Fiction Podcast

| June 8, 2021

My story of ships, magic, and rats has been podcast! You can find “Superstitions” at Manawaker Studios Flash Fiction Podcast. “Superstitions” started as a Drawlloween piece in 2018. It was published in Theme of Absence in early 2020, and now it’s got an audio version for folks who prefer to listen to stories read to them. […]

New Stories and Poetry Out Recently

| April 13, 2021

I’ve got three new stories and a new poem out recently. First off, “Blind Tasting” appeared at Every Day Fiction in late March. This is a flash fiction story with very minimal speculative elements, which was inspired by a duet between two of the members of Pentagon, mixed with the idea of an unusual wine. […]

New Poetry and Story Out

| March 2, 2021

I’ve got a couple of new pieces that came out in February! My poem, “The Dragon’s Hoard,” appeared at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and features a dragon with an unusual hoard. This poem was inspired by the idea of a book wyrm as opposed to a bookworm. I also have my flash fiction piece, “Orbit 41,” […]

“Hearts in Motion” in New Maps!

| January 28, 2021

My first published story in 2021 is “Hearts in Motion” in the debut issue of New Maps. “Hearts in Motion” is my post-apocalyptic meet cute story of two teenage girls from different social groups in the middle of what has become a desert long before they were born. It was a story spawned from three […]

Setting Goals for 2021!

| January 5, 2021

While 2020 didn’t go entirely as planned for many folks, even after a promising start, I’m hopeful that 2021 will be an improvement. True, things can still get worse, but I’m choosing hope in terms of creating my goals this year. One of my goals for 2020 was to become agented, but that didn’t pan […]

Two New Stories Out!

| December 29, 2020

After I posted my list of 2020 short story publications, I had two more flash fiction pieces come out! Both of these were Drawlloween stories from 2018, which might have been my most successful monthly writing challenge to date–I’ve sold 13 of the 31 pieces I started that month! “Maija Spencer, Internet Witch” is a […]

“For the Weird Girls Who Want to be Mermaids” in What If I’m a Merfolk?

| November 26, 2020

My story “For the Weird Girls Who Want to be Mermaids” was one of those stories that came from an imaginative mind and a bit of the real world. What if that dry patch of skin wasn’t actually dry skin, but was scales finally emerging from beneath your human skin? And what are the choices […]

My 2020 Story Publications

| November 24, 2020

I feel like I haven’t published a lot of stories this year, but then I put together a post like this, and I realize I’m incorrect in that assessment. 2020 has seemed so long that some of the stories that came out in January and February feel like they were released a lifetime ago. But […]