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My Post-Apocalyptic Books!

| August 10, 2021

If you enjoy reading things set after the collapse of society as we know it, you might enjoy my post-apocalyptic books! Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse is a strange, experimental novella, in which each chapter is based on a card from the major arcana of the tarot deck. The story that ties them all together […]

What Sort of Apocalypse?

| May 27, 2021

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse promises an apocalypse right upfront in the title, but what sort of apocalypse is it? Sudden, inexplicable, and weird. Those are all words I’d use to describe the apocalypse. A huge swath of the population suddenly goes quiet, their thoughts are no longer their own, and they work in concert, […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse when You Feel Like You’re in the Apocalypse

| July 9, 2020

When you’re in the midst of an uncertain time, it can be difficult to read some types of books. Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse may best fit into the category of “post-apocalyptic,” but I like to think of it as an apocalypse with a bit of hope–a little taste of hopepunk, if you will. Sure, the […]

Urban Fantasy Reads!

| April 30, 2020

If urban fantasy is your jam, I’ve got several options for you! Cross & Circle is an urban fantasy novella, in which magic is real and becomes a part of Evie and Carlotta’s lives as they prepare for the birth of their son. Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse is a little more slipstream, but still […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse “Pinspiration”

| May 23, 2019

When I write many of my longer pieces, and even some of my short stories, I make a Pinterest board where I collect images that connect to the themes, characters, or other aspects of my writing. For Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse, which drew on the major arcana of the tarot deck for inspiration, my Pinterest […]

Fiction and the Changing Landscape

| January 21, 2019

One of the iconic aspects of Seattle transportation–the Highway 99 Viaduct–is currently being deconstructed. And that got me thinking about the way that fiction, and the landscape it’s set in, is a product of its time. Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse is set in Seattle, even though that’s never explicitly stated. And there’s one scene in the book where […]

Winter Reads: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| December 6, 2018

Probably my most unusual book to date, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse uses an abnormal structure compared to my other books. What emerges is a story told in snippets, painting a picture of how the “survivors” react in a world that has suddenly gone silent. If you enjoy post-apocalyptic tales with a diverse cast of characters and […]

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 […]

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse: Where is Destiny?

| May 3, 2018

While I was writing Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse, I very much had a setting in mind, but it’s a setting that never was named. Astute readers may have picked up on the clues that I left, but for others, it may have read as a strictly fictitious city. The book works fine whether you know […]

Have You Checked out Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse Yet?

| March 22, 2018

Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse has been out for about a month and a half now, and I’m still curious to hear what people think of it. That’s typically the case whenever I write something, but with this book, it’s extra heightened because I put it together in such a different way from my normal […]