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Upcoming Stories

| January 22, 2019

I’ve already had a couple of short story sales in 2019, which is fantastic news! My flash fiction piece, “Brick-Red Love,” will be published in The Arcanist in April. This was one of my Drawlloween pieces that I’ve finished, and I’m happy to find it a home. The other story I’ve sold is “Earworm,” which will […]

2019 Goals

| January 7, 2019

2019 is already off to a roaring start, but I’m just now posting my goals for the year. Like last year, they’re largely numbers driven. 43 completed stories/poems and 34 others at least started This seems like a HUGE number of stories, but it’s definitely viable. There are three contests I take part in that […]

Fun for Friday: Flash Fiction Prompts

| January 4, 2019

I’ve been writing a lot of flash fiction in the past year, so I’m always excited to find flash fiction prompts. Here’s a list of 50 flash fiction prompts in a variety of genres. For an extra challenge, see if you can take one of these prompts and change the genre!

November 2018 recap

| December 4, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 32 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 28 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 30 New Submissions: 12 Stories out at the end of the month: 46 November was a busy month for submissions, as I finished up a bunch of my Drawlloween pieces (10 stories and […]

My 2018 Publications

| November 20, 2018

With the proliferation of awards posts popping up across the internet, I went back and looked over what I’ve had published this year and what I’ve written this year, because I started feeling like I hadn’t done much. Turns out (go figure), my brain is a filthy liar. Sales and Publications: I’ve sold 11 pieces […]

Three Stories Out Now!

| October 9, 2018

Three of my stories have come out since the beginning of October, so here’s a round up post to point you to all three! “At Least No One Else Will Suffer” is in the October 2018 issue of Factor Four Magazine. This is a flash fiction piece about an evil king getting what’s coming to him. […]

Just Write

| September 17, 2018

I’ve spent the weekend working on a flash fiction story for a contest. The contest gives an assigned genre, location, and object, and when I read the ones I had been assigned, I groaned. It was a genre that I don’t write, read, or really enjoy. And that was a problem for me trying to […]

August 2018 recap!

| September 4, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 31 Acceptances received: 2 Rejections received: 26 Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 27 New Submissions: 3 Stories out at the end of the month: 32 August has been a busy month. I’ve had two story acceptances! I haven’t signed the contract for one of them, […]

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. […]

Volatile Figments: Ghosts and Things that Go Bump in the Night

| October 12, 2017

While only one of the stories in Volatile Figments features a ghost character, several of the stories are about unusual things that go bump in the night, like the servants of elder gods and entities that may or may not be muses. “One for Every Year” is told from the perspective of an ageless ghost who […]