Year End Eligibility Post 2021

I’m not sure what happened to 2021. Where 2020 seemed to drag on and on, 2021 flew by. I suspect the pandemic has truly warped my sense of time. It’s a little frightening.

In terms of writing though, 2021 was another amazing year. I had one novelette, four short stories, and one essay published. One of my stories from last year was a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards. My work has been translated into a half dozen different languages, including Klingon. I got an agent and I taught my first writing related class.

I’m still stunned to be honest.

Anyway, if you’re catching up on reading from 2021, here’s my work that came out this year:

1. Questions Asked in the Belly of the World

  • Published in Tor.com – September 29, 2021
  • 9,000 words
Cover Art by Rebekka Dunlap

2. The Stop After the Last Station

  • Published in Uncanny Magazine – Issue 43, November/December 2021
  • 3,000 words
  • Audio version at the link
Cover Art by Grace P. Fong

3. The Family in the Adit

  • Published in Nightmare Magazine – Issue 103, April 2021
  • 3,000 words
  • Audio version at the link
Cover Art by Alexandra Petruk

4. RE: Bubble 476

  • Published in Asimov’s – March/April 2021
  • 5,100 words
Cover Art by NASA

5. The Memory of a Memory is a Spirit

  • Published in Lightspeed Magazine – Issue 129, February 2021
  • 4,000 words
Cover Art by Grandfailure

6. Essay: A Million And One Different Ways to Find Your Artistic Voice

  • Published by AAPD
  • 1,000 words

That’s what I have for 2021. What have you read and loved this year? I’m always looks for recommendations.

Happy reading!

Bridge to Elsewhere Anthology Kickstarter

As I write this, it’s almost the weekend and I’m settling in for a few days of story revisions and writing related work. I have a handful of stories coming out in 2022 if all goes well – two that are finished and accepted, one that I’m revising this weekend, and one that is only a few opening sentences in my notebook. (That last one is a problem child.)

However, one of the two finished stories is going to be in the Bridge to Elsewhere anthology, edited by Julia Rios and Alana Joli Abbott, published by Outland Entertainment. The anthology is centered around space exploration and daring crews. My story “The Music of a New Path” is about an AI ship that changes course without warning, while the crew races to figure out why before it’s too late. It was fun to write!

The project is currently running a Kickstarter and the list of authors included for this project is amazing. Please consider supporting the anthology here.

That’s it for now. I’ll be posting my year end eligibility post at some point this weekend. Probably.

In any case, thanks for reading and I hope you are staying safe and happy wherever you are.

Schedule for Luxcon and Flights of Foundry 2021

Only in an pandemic can I attend two conferences on the same weekend. There are pros and cons to this new world we live in.

The first conference is Luxcon, a SFF conference that is based in Luxembourg. The second is Flights of Foundry, a massive online conference that spans all weekend and is free to attend.

Here’s my schedule…

Luxcon Schedule: April 17th, 2021

10:00am EST – The Art of the Short Story with Fran Wilde, A. T. Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Jean Bürlesk

12:00pm EST – Disability in Genre with Fran Wilde, A. T. Greenblatt, Peadar O’Guilín, John Wiswell, Marissa Lingen

Flights of Foundry Schedule: April 17th, 2021

9:00pm EST – Imagining Accessible Worlds in SFF with Andi C. Buchanan, Ace Ratcliff, A. T. Greenblatt, and Katherine Duckett

Flights of Foundry Schedule: April 18th, 2021

11:30am EST – Author Reading

1:00pm EST – Character, Stakes, and Conflict: Engaging the Reader on an Emotional Journey with Aimee Ogden, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Stuart Hardwick, A. T. Greenblatt, Danny Lore

Hope to see you there!

“Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” is a finalist for the Hugo Award.

I have really exciting new today. My novelette “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super“, first published in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for the Hugo Award!

The Hugo Award is an annual science fiction and fantasy award celebrating writers, artists, podcasters, game writers, editors, and TV/film writers. It is one of the most prestigious awards in the field and the ceremony is hosted every year by the World Science Fiction Convention or WorldCon. This year the convention will be on Dec 15th-19th, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Here’s the link to the full 2021 Hugo Award ballot. It is truly an honor to be listed among so many amazing creators.

“Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” Finalist for the Nebula Awards!!!

I’m so thrilled to announce that my novelette “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” which was originally published in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for the 2020 Nebula Award!

The finalists were announced last night by having SAG/AFTRA professional audiobook narrators do one minute reading of all the nominated works. It was really cool! Check out the video. (“Burn” starts around the 21:26 mark.)

If you’re wondering what the Nebula Awards are, they’re like the Golden Globes for science fiction and fantasy writers. Every year members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) nominate works in several categories and vote on the final ballot. There’s a conference and an awards ceremony on the weekend of June 4th-6th. Like last year, the conference and ceremony will be online.

Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on June 5th, 2021.

I know I’ve said this in the past, but it’s still true. I’m so honored to have this story as a finalist among such good writers and their amazing work.

Year End Eligibility Post 2020

Oh man, what a year. It feels like it’s been both a month long and stretching out for centuries. Still, I can’t complain too much, I’ve been lucky. And I know I’ve said this every year for the last few years, but this has truly been an amazing year for my writing career. I got stories accepted by magazines that I’ve been trying to break into for a decade. I finished some very difficult pieces and did some tie-in writing for Magic the Gathering. Also, I won a Nebula!

So, yeah, no complaints.

I had two stories come out this year – a novelette and short story. I’d be thrilled if you checked them out. They both have audio versions too.

Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super

  • Uncanny Magazine Issue 33, May/June 2020 -9,000 words.
  • Audio link

One Time, A Reluctant Traveler

  • Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue #166, July 2020 – 5,800 words
  • Audio link

That’s what I got this year! But I’m always looking for recommendations. What have you read this year that you’ve enjoyed?

Magic: The Gathering Short Stories

Hello all! I mentioned on my last post that I was working on a certain project this summer and I’m happy to announce that my first tie-in fiction is now up and free to read on the Magic: The Gathering website!

For those of you who may not be familiar with Magic: The Gathering, it’s a card game that’s set on various fantasy worlds. With each new deck release, there’s a story that goes along with the cards and the characters featured in the deck. The stories I’ve been working on are for the Zendikar Rising deck release. It even has a cool trailer.

I wrote a total of five stories for this project and they will be released every Wednesday in the month of September.

It’s been a fun project and a nice break from hitting my head against all the unfinished stories on my hard drive. This is my first time writing stories in a preexisting fictional universe. Like, seriously – I’ve never even written fan fiction before, though now I understand why my friends enjoy writing it so much.

Don’t worry, SFF fans and editors, my plan is to return to my own short stories in the next few weeks.

But in the meantime, I hope you are having a safe and lovely Labor Day (or just a safe and lovely Monday)!

Podcasts and Kickstarters

Hello all! It’s been a while since my last update. I’ve been busy working on a new project this summer, and if all goes well, that should be available online soon.

In the meantime, I should mention I was on an episode of Coode Street Podcast. Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan were kind enough to host me for the “Ten Minutes With…” series. Gary and I chatted about what I’ve been reading during the pandemic. Which, if you know me, I love rambling about books.

The second thing I should mention is that The Long List Anthology Volume 6 Kickstarter is now live and available to purchase books and/or ebooks through. This is an annual anthology that publishes the stories and novelettes didn’t quite make the Hugo Award final ballot. “Give the Family My Love” just missed the finalists cutoff this year, but the Short Story ballot was full of amazing stories, so I can’t complain.

If you’d like to support one more Kickstarter, Uncanny Magazine is in its final week of its annual Kickstarter. I love this magazine and it has been the home for several of my stories and essays, most recently the novelette “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super.”

That’s all for now! I hope you are staying safe and healthy during the pandemic. And for those of you in the US, please remember to check if you’re registered to vote in November!

Story Hour Reading 6/24 and Clarion West Write-A-Thon

Hello everyone! Once again, this should probably be two separate blog posts, but I only have the energy to write one today. Which is to say, I have two pieces of news to share with you today.

First, I’ll be doing an online reading for Story Hour this Wednesday at June 24th, at 10pm EST/7pm PST. I’ll be reading with Dawn Vogel! It’s free to anyone who’d like to tune in!

Second bit of news, I’m participating in the Clarion West Write-A-thon again this year. This is an annual fundraiser for the workshop where donors are encouraged to sponsor their favorite writers. If that’s something that interests you, here’s my profile,

That’s all I got for now. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope you had a lovely summer solstice. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, I hope you’re staying warm.

Reading at the Philly Free Library + New Story Day!

This should probably be two separate blog posts, but it’s been a busy few days, so both announcements are going into one lump sum. Basically, I have some exciting news!

1) I’ll be doing an online reading for the Philadelphia Free Library this Friday, June 5th at 7pm with Molly Lazer. It’s part of an ongoing reading series by local authors and you can stream it for free here.

2) I have a new novelette available at Uncanny Magazine today! It’s called “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super.” You can read it OR listen to the podcast. At the end of the podcast there’s also a short interview with me.

This story is very dear to me and it took me a long time to get right. Seven years, to be exact. There were many, MANY drafts of this piece and many points when I thought this story was the best it could be – when it wasn’t.

It was only when I reread the story last August, after a few years of it collecting dust on my hard drive, that I understood what it was missing. The story wasn’t weird enough. So, characters’ abilities were made stranger and wormholes were added.

The songs I listened to on repeat while writing this was “Lion’s Roar” by First Aid Kit and “Welcome Home” by Radical Face. This story also takes place in the same universe as “Team Work” published in Fireside last year

The world is a scary, scary place right now, but I hope stories continue to bring you relief and joy.

Stay safe.