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Things in the Water that Will Kill You

| September 8, 2020

When asked to summarize what I write, I often tell people “I write about things in the water that will kill you.” And while not all of my stories share that distinction, I have more stories about murderous aquatic creatures than nearly any other topic. I’ve written about vodyanoi, nixes, the stromkarl, selkies, and, of […]

Poetry Forms: Fibonacci

| August 31, 2020

If you’re looking for a really interesting poetry form to try out, check out the Fibonacci. This form uses the numerical pattern of the Fibonacci sequence as the syllable count for each line (ooh boy, MATH!). So your first and second lines both have one syllable, and your third line is the sum of those […]

“He Who Is in the Place of Embalming” Now Out!

| August 25, 2020

I’ve got a new poem out in the most recent issue of The Weird and Whatnot. “He Who Is in the Place of Embalming” is a poem I wrote based on an image of a modern Anubis, colored slightly with shades of American Gods. It’s one of several mythology-based poems I’ve written, and I’m glad to […]

Check Out my Collection, What If I’m a Merfolk?

| August 20, 2020

What If I’m a Merfolk? is my latest publication, a collection of poetry and a few stories about merfolk. The blurb for the collection reads: Becoming a merfolk. Accepting yourself. Defending your home. Anguishing over environmental degradation. Exploring mythology. And falling in love. What If I’m a Merfolk? collects 23 poems and 3 stories about […]

What If I’m a Merfolk? Out Today!

| August 4, 2020

My first collection comprising mostly poetry is out today! What If I’m a Merfolk? features 23 poems and 3 stories about being a merfolk or becoming a merfolk. The majority of the poems were written during Mermay this year, and I paired those up with a handful of other pieces of merfolk poetry and fiction I’ve […]

Poetry Resources

| July 27, 2020

When you’re new to the world of poetry, there are a ton of forms of poetry that people talk about, either extolling the virtues of a specific form, or talking about how much they hate another specific form. But even if you’ve read a lot of poetry before you start writing it, a lot of […]

Cover for What If I’m a Merfolk?

| July 16, 2020

You may have already seen the cover for my next collection, What If I’m a Mermaid? on my main page, but if you haven’t, check it out! The artist is Ariel Alian Wilson, who we worked with regularly for Mad Scientist Journal. The collection will have 23 poems, most of which were written in May for […]

Poetry: Rhyming

| June 29, 2020

When I first started writing poetry as an adult, meter was one of the hardest things for me to get my head around. After some practice, though, I’ve gotten better at it. Now the big stumper for me is rhyming, but I’m learning how to better use that in poetry as well. I’ve gotten some […]

New Haiku at Frozen Wavelets!

| June 25, 2020

I’ve got a new haiku in the latest issue of Frozen Wavelets. You can find it in the Sparse Wavelets section. I don’t write a lot of haiku, but this was one of a handful I wrote one day. This makes the third one to be published!

Coming in August: What If I’m a Merfolk?

| June 23, 2020

I spent May writing poetry for Mermay, which resulted in a bunch of new merfolk-themed poems. I’m teaming those up with a few other merfolk-themed poems and short stories, and collecting them as What If I’m a Merfolk? I don’t have my cover art yet, or I’d be sharing that today. Instead, I can tell you […]