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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 […]

What If I’m a Merfolk?: Big Fish

| October 20, 2020

The new story that appears in What If I’m a Merfolk? is “Big Fish,” which is a very short flash piece. It’s told in an unusual style for me, in that it’s a first person story in which the narrator responds to unstated questions from an unseen and unheard second character. But for this story, […]

Three More Stories!

| August 13, 2020

I’ve got three stories out recently. The first is a podcast version of a story previously published at Intrinsick, “Dakota Travis, Saurallero Extraordinaire,” which the Manawaker Flash Fiction Podcast posted in late July. In case you always wanted to have a slightly humorous obituary read to you, here’s your chance. The second is a new […]

Stories Published!

| July 21, 2020

I had two stories come out last week, one a reprint, and one new! “I Believe” is reprinted in the latest issue of Breath & Shadow, which makes my second appearance in that magazine. This is a sweet little story about a girl growing up and how that affects her and her imaginary friends. My […]

“For the Weird Girls Who Want to Be Mermaids” Out Now!

| July 7, 2020

I’ve got a flash fiction piece out in a literary magazine, for their Literary-Speculative Issue. The story is “For the Weird Girls Who Want to Be Mermaids,” and you can find it at Orca: A Literary Journal. I wrote the bulk of this story on a plane, though it underwent some big revisions later to […]

“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 […]

Fun for Friday: Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

| April 3, 2020

My attention span tends to be fairly short right now, so the idea of writing flash fiction rather than longer works is definitely appealing to me. Here’s a list of 131 flash fiction prompts if you’re also looking for shorter things to write! The website offers it as a 100 day challenge or a 30 […]