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“Fixer-Upper” now out! (Plus a haiku!)

| December 17, 2019

My latest story in the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide series of anthologies is out now. This year, I’ve got another sci-fi story in the anthology, called “Fixer-Upper.” It’s a post-apocalyptic story about sisters trying to follow their dreams. In spite of the post-apocalyptic setting, it’s a fairly upbeat story with people making the best out of […]

A Story and a Poem

| December 5, 2019

I have both a story reprint and a new poem out recently! The story is “Far from Home,” which appears in the November 2019 issue of Frostfire Worlds. This one is available only in print. The poem is “Radiance and Obscurity (A Paradelle),” which appears in the November 2019 issue of Liquid Imagination. This one is one […]

2019 Awards Eligibility

| November 26, 2019

It’s the time of year when folks start posting lists of their stories and books from the past year that are eligible for award nominations. And here are mine! Flash Fiction: “Coffin Coffee Table,” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts (March 2019). “Brick-Red Love,” The Arcanist (April 2019). Also available in The Arcanist: Year Two. “Safe Haven,” Five Minutes at Hotel […]

Poetry Forms: Cascade

| November 25, 2019

Today, I’m talking about cascade poems. This is a relatively easy form by the “rules.” You write one stanza. Then the remaining stanzas have the same number of lines as your first stanza, and each one ends with a sequential line from the first stanza. There’s no rhyme scheme to worry about (unless you choose […]

Two New Poems Out!

| October 31, 2019

I’ve got two new poems out to finish up October! “Definitely Not Haunted” is included in the inaugural issue of The Macabre Museum, out today! It’s my take on real estate listings that use euphemisms like “Fixer Upper!” and other such things to disguise the fact that there are problems with a property. You can buy […]

Poetry Forms: The Golden Shovel

| October 28, 2019

One of the early forms of poetry I played around with was the golden shovel. The form takes its name from a Terrance Hayes poem, which took its name from a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, “We Real Cool,” that includes the line “The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel.” Using Gwendolyn Brooks poems as the […]

New Poems and Stories Out!

| October 17, 2019

Since I’ve been writing and submitting a lot more poetry lately, I’ve sold some of my poems! And I’ve also got a new story out this week! “The Fairest” appears in the Trickster issue of Eye to the Telescope. It’s told from Eris’s point of view, and it touches on the start of the Trojan […]

August Poetry Challenge Recap

| September 19, 2019

The Write Like You’re Alive challenge is a month-long effort to create something every day of the month. I’ve done the challenge three times now, but this year was the first time I did it strictly with poetry. I didn’t end up writing a poem every day–there were a couple of weekends where I just […]

Poetry Forms: The Crown Cinquain

| September 2, 2019

Since I’ve been writing so much poetry lately, I’ve decided to start talking about some of the different forms of poetry I’ve attempted, and how I’ve approached them. One thing I know is that I don’t always approach poetry in the same way that someone who considers themselves a poet might. I consider myself an […]

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. […]