Story Sale to Mothership Zeta!

Hey, so you know this post I made a while ago? Yeah, I figured out how the story ended. And made that “placeholder” title the “real” title. Also, sold it to Mothership Zeta!

So, I’m beyond thrilled. One of my biggest worries when writing this was how will I find a home for it? It’s way too light and silly for most short story magazines. But I loved my character’s voice, so I wrote it anyway. After sending it out a few times and getting rejections that said “Good story, but not a good fit for us” I was worried I was right.

But then this brand new magazine called Mothership Zeta came along looking for fun, trope-bending stories and well, you can figure out how it went from there.

So I guess my point is write what you want. There will always been new markets and anthology calls. The universe is expanding and it has a way of making room for our stories.

A Non-Hero’s Guide to the Road of Monsters will appear in Mothership Zeta’s Issue #3 in March, 2016.

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Goings and Comings: November 2015

I’ll be at Philcon this year on Saturday, November 21st. It’s my fourth time going to the con, but this year they were kind enough to invite me to be a panelist. Sweet!

Here’s my schedule:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tolkien’s Women
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Using Language Creatively
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM How Gaming is Important to Fandom
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Using Real Life in Fantasy
8:30 PM – 9 PM Author Reading

Now, I just have to figure out which story to belabor regale listeners with Saturday evening. Hope to see you there!

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Story Link Love #4 + New Story Up At DSF.

This should probably be two separate posts, but whatever. First, if you like short fiction and are looking for some recommendations, here are a few stories I’ve read recently that I’ve enjoyed.

The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by A. C. Wise
(It’s the first one and I’m already cheating. But I’ve been a fan of the Glitter Squadron for some time now and I’ve just gotten my copy of the collection this weekend! You can read the first story here.)
The Closet Thing to Animals by Sofia Samatar
Bones at the Door by John Wiswell
Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken by Suzanne Palmer
Geometries of Belonging by Rose Lemberg
Summer in Realtime by Erica L. Satifka
Dear Monsanto CEO, This is the Sentient Strain of Corn You Developed and We Need to Talk by Tyler Young
Glaciers Made You By Gabby Reed

Second, one of my own stories is now live at Daily Science Fiction. It’s called “8 Steps to Winning Your Partner Back (From the Server)”. You can read it here. And if you’re wondering, the song I listened to while writing it was this.

Hope you enjoy these stories! Also, I’m always looking for recommendations. What are some of your favorite stories that you’ve read recently?

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Story Link Love: The Magazine Edition

This post is brought to you partly in response to this article (in which the author is completely and utterly incorrect) and partly because I’m often asked for some recommendations for free fiction on the internet.

So, here it goes…

For Your Listening and/or Reading Pleasure:
(These are some of my favorite magazines, which not only provides great stories, but also illustrations and podcasts for them as well.)

Strange Horizons – Publishes weekly stories and poems of fantasy and science fiction.
Lightspeed – More great science fiction and fantasy stories.
Clarkesworld – Even more great science fiction and fantasy stories.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Fantasy stories not set in this world.


Shimmer -Beautiful and strange stories.
Uncanny – More strangely beautiful stories.
Urban Fantasy Magazine – Fantasy stories set in this world.
Flash Fiction Online – Bite size fiction of ALL genres.
Unlikely Stories – Science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, but each issue has a theme.

(If you need something to listen to in the car or the gym, while doing chores, etc.)

Escape Pod – Science fiction story podcast.
Podcastle – Fantasy story podcast.
Pseudopod – Horror story podcast.
Cast of Wonders – Young Adult podcast that reads science fiction and fantasy stories.

Stories in Your Inbox:

Daily Science Fiction – Short science fiction and fantasy stories emailed to you every weekday.
Every Day Fiction – Bite sized stories of ALL genres emailed to you daily.

Stories in Your Mailbox:
(These are only magazines on this list that are not free or accessible on the internet, but worth mentioning because they always have copies available at Barnes & Nobles.)

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – True to its name.
Asimov’s – Science fiction stories, with an occasional splash of fantasy.

This is not, by any means, a complete list. And all of these magazines can be subscribed to and usually offer eBook versions of their issues if you do.

Happy reading!

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Beyond The Trenches We Lie is now up at Escape Pod!

This creepy little science fiction story is now up for your reading and/or listening pleasure here.

Most of the time, when people ask me where I get my ideas from I can’t give them a good answer. Story seeds just sort of appear, usually when it’s most inconvenient. But in this case, “Trenches” was born from a Codex story competition in which you received a setting from another contestant and had to base your story around that scene.

Mine came from the talented James Beamon, who gave me this setting:

Your scene is a trench, the foremost of an interlaced network of trenches. Wooden beams line the sides of the rough hewn trench to keep the earthen walls from collapse. Unmarked crates are in this trench, their contents as yet unknown. On top of the crates are personal effects: a straight razor, a ragged picture, a tin cup, a mirror, batteries. Behind this trench are the other trenches in the network, also rough and crudely dug. In front of this trench, topside, is a lush field of emerald green grass. A small brook babbles its crystal water some few scant yards ahead in that grass field and in the distance a copse of trees stands unmolested and inviting. It is far from no man’s land; it is every man’s land.

Now I know nothing about trench warfare or the military and I didn’t have time to do research because, you know, hard deadlines. So I told my characters to start making things up – until I figured something out. Except, turns out that once a narrator starts lying, they don’t want to stop.

The song that I played on loop while I wrote and edited this story was Speed The Collapse by Metric.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

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And It’s Live! Voices in Solitude at Daily Science Fiction

Yay! Daily Science Fiction has emailed Voices in Solitude out to subscribers today! This is my second time appearing at DSF and being a long time reader of the magazine, I’m thrilled.

For those of you who aren’t subscribed to DSF you can find the story posted here.

If you want to know which song was my soundtrack as I wrote this story, you can find it here.

Apologizes for my lack of response on social media today. I’m currently traveling abroad and my email is being less than helpful. Also, I’m relying on WiFi. Also, I’m having too much fun wandering around the city to bother checking my devices regularly.

Regardless, hope you enjoyed the story!

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Update: Story Sale to Escape Pod!

UPDATE 3/7/15: “Voices in Solitude is schedule to come out one March 31st, 2015 at DSF and “Beyond the Trenches We Lie” is scheduled for May 2015!

I’m excited to announce that my story “Beyond the Trenches We Lie” is going to be published by Escape Pod magazine. This was my winning story from the Codex contest Setting the Stage back in 2013. The goal of this particular contest was to write a story based on the scene given to you by another contestant. So, special thanks to James Beamon for giving me such an awesome setting to work from and to all my beta readers and fellow Codexians who believed in this crazy story even when I didn’t.

I don’t have a date of publication yet for this piece or for “Voices in Solitude” which got picked up by Daily Science Fiction in December. But when I do, I’ll be sure to post an update.


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Story Link Love #3

Wow, I’m terrible at remembering to post here. Regardless, I promised to post a few links to stories I’ve read and really enjoyed recently, It’s a short, incomplete, erratic list; a handful of picks from some of my favorite magazines which I don’t read with enough consistency.

They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain by Rachael Acks

The Mercy of Theseus by Rachael K. Jones

Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion by Caroline M. Yoachim

Resurrection Points by Usman T. Malik

The One They Took Before by Kelly Sandoval

I probably should have warned you that most of these are quite sad and/or terrifying. So it goes.

In other news, I recently sold a story to DSF called “Voices in Solitude”.  No publication date scheduled yet, but this is my third  SFWA qualifying sale! Will post more details when I have them!

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A Moment of Silence

I was going to post a list of story recommendations for my family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. I still am.

But right now, I’m going to take a moment of silence.

Then I’m going to support The Ferguson Public Library Donation Fund

(There’s also The Ferguson Defense Fund |  The St. Stephen’s Food Bank)

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Podcast: “Tell Them of the Sky” is now live!

Cast of Wonders was wonderful enough to record this little story. And it’s now live here. Peter Newman does a fantastic job narrating (apparently this is his first podcast narration too.)

Hope you enjoy!

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