Podcast of “And Yet” Now Up at Escape Pod!

A narrated version of my Nebula nominated story “And Yet” is now up and available for your listening pleasure over at Escape Pod.

It’s always fun to listen to other people’s takes on stories and the narrator Alethea Kontis does a fantastic job!

If you’re interested in the background post for this story when it was originally published in Uncanny Magazine, you can find that here.

Finally, if you like this story or any of the podcasts the Escape Artists team does, please consider supporting them.

Happy reading!

“Before the World Crumbles Away” Live at Uncanny Magazine

A new story is up and free to read online over at Uncanny Magazine! “Before the World Crumbles Away” is a bit different from most of my other stories. It’s near future focused and centered around a relationship of two people with different world views. There’s also an interview posted where I discuss the story in more detail and talk about its influences.

I listened to two different songs on repeat as I wrote this story. The first was “Gone” by My Bubba and the second was “Forgive Me” by Sky Gienger.

This is the third(!) story of mine that Uncanny Magazine has published. Uncanny and other magazines rely on readership support to continue publishing short fiction. If you like this story or any story they have published, please consider supporting them.

Lastly, a podcast of “And Yet” should be up later this week at Escape Pod. I’ll post an update here when it is!

Happy reading!

“Team Work” Now Live at Fireside Magazine!

I’m please to say that my short story “Team Work” is now up and free to read (or listen to) at Fireside Magazine!

My goal for this story was to get better at writing flash fiction – stories that are 1,000 words or less. You’d think that after spending so many years as an editor assistant for Every Day Fiction and Flash Fiction Online, I could put together a flash story, no problem. But unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Writing them still takes tons of practice.

Anyway, in this story I wanted to combine my love of weird, almost useless superhero powers with anxiety and acceptance. I listened to tunnels pt.2 by Joshua Burnside on repeat while I was writing and editing this story. For me, the song captured a sense of urgency and anxiety.

I also want to add that if you’ve enjoyed my stories or the magazines that published them, please consider getting a subscription or supporting them on Patreon. Most fiction magazines run on razor thin margins and need the support of readers to survive. Fireside Magazine makes both ebooks and print books for their subscribers. I get the print books quarterly and they’re beautiful!

That’s it for now. Next week my story “Before the World Crumbles Away” will be live at Uncanny Magazine and an audio version of “And Yet” will be podcasted in Escape Pod. I’ll post updates here when they’re available, so stay tuned!

As always, thanks for reading!

“And Yet” Finalist for a Nebula Award

So this happened. My short story “And Yet“, which was originally published in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for the 2018 Nebula Award!

For those who aren’t familiar with the Nebula Awards, they are organized and voted on by the members of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). It’s basically like the Golden Globes of science fiction and fantasy writing, with an awards ceremony and everything. Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on May 19th.

I’m so honored to have this story listed among such good writers and works. It’s been about a week since I found out and honestly, I’m still stunned.

Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4 + ICFA Schedule

So, my first bit of exciting news is that my story “Heavy Lifting” is going to be republished in Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4! This story first appeared in Uncanny’s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and it’s quite dear to me. It was also my attempt to learn how to write better science fiction stories, since I naturally gravitate towards fantasy.

Second, I’ll be attending the International Conference of Fine Arts (ICFA) again this year. I’m excited and looking forward to meeting new and old friends there. Also, I’m going to be reading with some awesome people!

Schedule: Author Reading 9 – Thursday March 14th – 4:15pm-5:45pm

Hosted by Mimi Mondal. Authors are Sarah Pinsker, Julie C. Day, A. T. Greenblatt, and Jean Lorrah.

If you’re going to be at ICFA, please feel free to come say hi!

“Give the Family My Love” Live at Clarkesworld Magazine!

I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Give the Family My Love” is now free to read over at Clarkesworld Magazine! In a few weeks, it will also be narrated by Kate Baker and on the Clarkesworld podcast. I’ll post a link when that’s available.

This is my first story to appear in Clarkesworld and it took me years to write. For a long time, I didn’t quite have the skills to tell it and frankly, the future Earth in this story is based on climate change research, and it terrifies me.

I don’t remember what I was listening to when I was working on the first draft of this story (it was that long ago), but for later drafts is was Florence + The Machine’s Big God on repeat.

Hope you enjoy the story!

Story Live at Podcastle and New Story Sale

Brr, it’s cold out there. Actually, I shouldn’t be complaining because from where I sit, it’s only freezing and not the extreme subzero temperatures that other parts of the country are dealing with today. But it’s an excuse to stay inside and write a blog post.

Well, actually my reason for writing this is that I have more writing news.

First, in my previous post, I mentioned that Podcastle – the fantasy fiction podcast – was going to be narrating my story “A Place to Grow”. That podcast is now live and you can listen to it here! They did a fantastic job with the story!

My second piece of news is that I had another story accepted by Clarkesworld Magazine! (Yes, two acceptances in a month. Yes, I’m still stunned.) It’s called “Give the Family My Love” and I believe it’s coming out very soon. I’ll do my customary companion post here when the story is published and available to read online.

Honestly, I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve had so much good news in the last few weeks.

That’s all for now. For those of you in winter climates, stay warm. For those of you who aren’t, enjoy the sun for us.

New Story Sale + 2x Reprints

Hey Readers! 2019 has started off with a bang for me. The first bit of news is that I sold a story to Clarkesworld Magazine! It’s called “Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend”. This is particularly exciting for me because I’ve been reading Clarkesworld for as long as I’ve been writing and submitting stories to them for almost that long too. I’m not sure when the story will be published yet, but I’ll update the “Publications” page when I find out.

My second bit of news is that “A Place to Grow” which was originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies is getting reprinted. Twice!

The first reprint is at Podcastle, which will narrate the story on their podcast. This the second time I’ve had a story reprinted here.

The second reprint is a translation in the Chinese magazine Science Fiction World. This is also the second time I’ll have a story translated in this magazine!

If you’re the type of person who likes some background on the artist’s processes for each piece, (I know I am), you can read about the origins of “A Place to Grow” here.

That’s all I got! Happy 2019 everyone!

The 2017 Clarion West Class Has Published a Few Things in 2018

And by a few things, I mean quite a few things. Mostly short stories, but also reviews, essays, and novels. So, in no particular order….

Stephanie Malia Morris

Iori Kusano

Adam R. Shannon

Emma Törzs

Vina Jie-Min Prasad

  • Pistol GripUncanny Magazine 21 (March/April 2018). 

Gordon B. White

Mark Galarrita

Elly Bangs

  • At the Crossroads – (Bikes in Space Volume 5, October 2018
  • Dandelion – (Clarkesworld, September 2018)
  • Apotheosis – (The Working Zealot’s Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America, August 2018)
  • The Cool Kids– (Daily Science Fiction, April 2018)

Patrick Lofgren

Izzy Wasserstein

David Bruns

Andrea Chapela

Robert Minto

And if you’d like to see a list of my stories published this year, you can find that here.

We’re planning on putting together a list of works we enjoyed this year too. So stay tuned!

Year End Eligibility 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, writers and readers in the science fiction/fantasy world start looking back on what was published over the year. In terms of writing, 2018 has been a good year for me. I was extremely fortunate to have two stories come out in Uncanny and a story in the final issue of Mythic Delirium.

And Yet– Uncanny Magazine, March 2018 (4,600 words)

Heavy Lifting – Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction! (Uncanny), September 2018 (5,000 words)

Graffiti Guardians – Mythic Delirium, April 2018 (1,800 words) 

“Right now, there’s a silent monster roaming the city, and though Adwin has never seen it and doesn’t know exactly what it is, he can’t pretend not to see the damage. The blocks full of empty houses and empty people. Like a parasite has gorged on their insides but kept the façade intact. And lately, that emptiness has been spreading.”

That’s what I got. What have you read this year that you’ve enjoyed?