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Growing as a Short Story Writer

| May 20, 2019

I started writing regularly in 2009 and lucked out by selling my first short story early in 2010. After that, things were a bit more hit and miss for a while. Between 2010 and 2014, I made a total of 11 story sales, some of them for no payment, and mostly for very small payments. […]

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: A Creative Writing Prompt

| December 21, 2018

If you’re stuck in a rut and need a creative writing prompt that will get your brain thinking in new ways, check out this fun creative writing prompt from The Write Practice! Your end results may be more poetic than prose, but even that can lead you in the direction of a story or something […]

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 […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| July 24, 2018

This time last year, I was writing what became Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse as part of the Zoetic Press Write Like You’re Alive challenge. I’m taking this year off from the challenge, as I’m doing different challenges instead. However, if you’re a fan of Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse and wish you could have more, did […]

Link Round Up!

| May 17, 2018

Looking for some of my stories to read? Here’s a quick round up of what has come out this year! “Salt in Our Veins” was reprinted in Goddesses of the Sea (Fantasia Divinity Magazine) in February 2018. The story involves nerieds and pirates. The anthology collects 18 stories about mermaids, sea goddesses, sirens, and other mysterious creatures of […]

Published Poem at Liquid Imagination

| March 6, 2018

I’ve recently had a poem published in Liquid Imagination, called “There Are Still Dragons in London, Saint George.” The website has both a text version of the poem and an audio version of the poem, the latter read by me! It’s fitting that this poem is published now, because it’s almost exactly two years after I […]

February 2018 Recap

| March 1, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 23 Acceptances received: 2 Rejections received: 18 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 21 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 25 Another month, and some progress! Two acceptances in February! The first is that my poem, “There Are Still Dragons in […]

Inspiration: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| January 9, 2018

As I’ve mentioned before, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse came out of the 2017 Write Like You’re Alive challenge from Zoetic Press. This also wound up informing the format for the story, too. See, I normally outline using Mark Teppo’s outline structure (which I’ve talked about before), which leads to an 18 chapter outline, with […]

“Interlude C: Obstacles and Opportunities” in Write Like You’re Alive 2017!

| October 17, 2017

During the month of August, I worked on what will eventually become a book called Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse. It’s a bit of an experimental story, told through vignettes and pieces of poetry. I wrote it as a part of the Write Like You’re Alive challenge, hosted by Zoetic Press, which challenges participants to write […]