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An audio version of a steampunk story!

| May 19, 2017

The very first story that I published was “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” back in 2010. It’s been reprinted a few times since then, and now, it’s available in audio format as well! This is a story with two young girls as protagonists (age 9 and 12), and it’s a very kid-friendly story, […]

The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby now available!

| July 12, 2016

If you’ve been following me since the beginning, you might recognize the protagonists of my new┬ánovella, just out today! The Marsh sisters, who debuted in my very first published short story, “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” are back in action in The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby! From the book: “Chrysanthemum and Marigold […]

Friday Recap

| February 24, 2012

Wow, I kinda fell off from posting here. I suppose working 9 hour days will do that to a person. I didn’t quite get as much done this week as previously hoped for. I wrote another chapter for my novella, and then went back and partially fixed a problem that had occurred to me in […]

Friday Recap

| January 27, 2012

Progress! I worked a bit on my apocalypse story, only to realize that what I was really writing was the beginning of a YA horror(-ish) novel(la). I’m still not sure on the length, but I know that it’s longer than the scope of a short story. So I’ve put that (tentative title: The Thirteenth Year) […]

Good press!

| January 3, 2012

I’ve mentioned my short story, “The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue,” more than a few times. It was the first fiction that I wrote that was published, and now it’s mentioned (glowingly!) in a review that was posted to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website! My NaNo project was another Marsh sisters story, and I think […]

NaNo Day… um, what day is it?

| November 29, 2011

So first, I realized that I didn’t want to write my vampire novel. Okay, that’s fixable. Then, I cobbled together an outline for my YA steampunk novel, and it looked awesome. But then I started writing. And I was writing about 1,000 word chapters, because that’s what felt right. But when you only have 25 […]

NaNo Day 1

| November 1, 2011

So I started out at the midnight write-in last night working on a sort of urban fantasy/horror novel involving vampires. I got about 1,300 words done, and called it a night. In the course of that, I switched from third person to first person, because the words just weren’t coming out in third person. Then […]

What I’m working on

| September 9, 2011

I’m posting this up for the world to see, in the hopes that it will help me to stay on target. Title pending (fantasy with a slight tinge of horror): About 1,400 words in. I’ve tentatively outlined out what the remaining scenes need to be, and now I just have to write them. I’m hoping […]

Short Story: The Recondite Riddle of the Rose Rogue

| April 19, 2011

I’ve been out of town for a bit, so this is the first chance I’ve had to post here about one of my stories being available online. You can find the story here. This story was originally published in the Steampunk issue of Crossed Genres. It underwent a couple of small revisions before this republication, […]


| February 21, 2011

Well, here it is. My very own website for my writing! Arguably, I didn’t NEED another website, but I wanted one. And then Jeremy and I came up with the exact same name for it at the exact same time, so I figured it was kind of meant to be. At present, I’m working on […]