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2018 Planning

| January 2, 2018

Yesterday, I talked about what I accomplished in 2017. I managed to get a lot of writing, reviewing, and editing done. 2018 will be similarly ambitious! This year, I’m writing a bit more detail about what I plan to work on, so that I can track it better at the end of the year! In […]

2017 publishing

| December 14, 2017

It’s the time of the year when authors are making lists of the stories and other items that they published in 2017, which are eligible for awards. Most of my short stories that were published this year were reprints, but I’ve got a few things to mention! Short Stories: “Justice is Blind,” published as part of Bards […]

Strange Paths to Super Heroes

| December 5, 2017

I did not come into writing about super heroes in the usual way. The first comic books I ever read were Archie and Richie Rich. These were comics that had belonged to the children of a friend of the family, and I was reading them in the 80s. The comics themselves were probably from the […]

Heroes of Necessity is available for pre-order!

| November 23, 2017

Just in time for the holidays, Heroes of Necessity is available for pre-order! It will release on Tuesday, December 5th, and you can have it on your Kindle that day if you pre-order! Here’s the blurb for this book: Not all heroes wear spandex and capes. Sometimes, they come from the most unlikely of places. […]

Writing Scenes to Cut Them

| November 20, 2017

Recently, I started working on a new story, and wrote what I originally thought would be the first scene of that story. As I worked on it, though, I realized that while something momentous was happening, it wasn’t the momentous thing that the story was going to need. But I kept writing it anyway, because […]

Superheroes in Other Times

| November 14, 2017

The first Cobalt City story I ever wrote (which was also the second story I wrote) was a late nineteenth-century look at one of Cobalt City’s legacy superheroes, The Huntsman. Since then, I’ve written another story of The Huntsman that takes place after World War II. Because The Huntsman is a legacy hero, it’s super […]

October 2017 recap

| October 31, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 25 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 21 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 23 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 27 October has been a very productive month. On top of doing a lot of work on Brass and Glass Book 2, I’ve […]

Dealing with Rejection

| October 9, 2017

I sent out my first short story to a market in 2011. In the six years that have followed, I’ve sent out stories about 650 times (and counting). And at the moment, I’ve gotten just over 30 acceptances. That makes my acceptance rate right about half of a percent. Which means that 99.5 percent of […]

August 2017 recap

| August 31, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 27 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 20 Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 16 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 22 Things have slowed down on the rejections front, I suspect because it’s summertime in the northern hemisphere, and many people are off to conventions and […]

“Miasma” among the 2017 Write Well Award winners!

| August 10, 2017

I got news at the beginning of the month that I’ve been chomping at the bit to share! They posted it on their website yesterday, so it’s official now. My short story, “Miasma,” which originally appeared in NonBinary Review’s “The King in Yellow” issue, and then was reprinted at Liquid Imagination, is among the stories selected […]