History That Never Was

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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By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 25 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 21 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 23 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 27 October has been a very productive month.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By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 27 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 20 Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 16 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 22 Things have slowed down on the rejections front, I suspect because it’s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 […]

July 2017 Recap

| July 31, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 25 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 22 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 21 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 27 Pretty normal month on the submissions/rejections front. I had two stories come back that I’m holding to self publish, and I had another story with a […]

Stories for Your Reading Enjoyment!

| June 29, 2017

Every once in a while, I check all of the websites where my stories have been published to see what’s still out there for free. This is useful stuff for when I’m selling reprints, but today’s round-up also means that I’ve got a stack of links for my readers! As a note, several of these […]

Unfixed Timelines available for pre-order

| May 23, 2017

If you like alternate histories, you’ll love Unfixed Timelines! I’ve collected five of my alternate history stories into this collection, along with brief essays that talk about the real history of the events and places that I have written about. Three of the stories, “Donning the Helm,” “Veli Tis Artemidos,” and “Salt in Our Veins” are […]

2016 in Review

| January 1, 2017

It’s time, once again, to look at what I’ve accomplished on the writing front this year! My numbers for 2016: Stories out at the end of 2016: 16 New Stories Written: 9 Old Stories Making the Rounds: 20 Total Submissions: 188 Total Rejections: 170 (+1, +3) Total Acceptances: 8 Stories out at the end of 2016: 22 So […]

2016 publishing

| December 8, 2016

It’s the time of the year when authors are making lists of the stories and other items that they published in 2016, which are eligible for awards. And while my list is not extensive, I thought I’d do one nonetheless! Short Stories “Origin Story,” Black Girls Magic Lit Mag (January 2016). “Salt in Our Veins,” […]