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.

“Give the Family My Love” Finalist for Nebula Award

I’m beyond excited to announce that my short story “Give the Family My Love“, which was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, is a finalist for the 2019 Nebula Award!

If you’re wondering what the Nebula Awards are, they’re like the Oscars for science fiction and fantasy writers. Members of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) nominate works in several categories and vote on the final ballot. There’s an awards ceremony and everything. Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on May 30th, 2020.

I’m so honored to have this story listed among such good writers and their amazing work.

ConFusion 2020 Schedule

2020…that’s a strange thing to type. The future is here, I guess.

Anyway, on January 16th-19th 2020, I’ll be at ConFusion in Detroit, MI. This will be my second time at this convention and I’m so excited! It’s a smaller convention with a great SFF writing track and lots of excellent people in attendance. The schedule was announced a few days ago and here’s mine:

Saturday, January 18th, 1:00 pm – Reading: A. T. Greenblatt, Stephanie Malia Morris, Patrick Lofgren

Saturday, January 18th, 3:00 pm – Mass Autographing Session

Sunday, January 19th, 11:00 am – Panel: The Epistolary Resurgence

Epistolary fiction is experiencing a renaissance: Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar’s This Is How You Lose The Time War, K Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter, and other titles are showing modern audiences just how much depth and range letters can have as a storytelling device. What do we love most about the epistolary format, and where would we like to see it take us next?

Panels: Emma Törzs (m), A. T. Greenblatt, Alexandra Manglis, Scott H. Andrews, Sarah E Gibbons

If you’re planning on being there, please feel free to come say hello!

Year End Eligibility Post 2019

It’s that time of year again where writers and readers start looking back at what’s been published in the last 12 months. I think I say this every year, but I really mean it this time: 2019 was an INCREDIBLE year for me in terms of publishing. I had 6 short stories come out in professional markets and my first nonfiction essay, as well as a handful of reprints.

Here’s the list. Some stories have an audio version too. They can be found at the link.

THE FICTION STUFF

Give the Family My Love – Clarkesworld Magazine (with an audio version) – 5,300 words

I’m beginning to regret my life choices, Saul. Also, hello from the edge of the galaxy.

Before the World Crumbles Away – Uncanny Magazine – 6,000 words

The lakeside painter is lying, but no one seems to care.

It’s a beautiful lie, even Elodie will admit that. There are two lovers on the pier with the painter, sitting for their portrait, and she’s honest about the way the light of the setting sun catches their hair, the way the breeze ripples their clothes, how they lean into each other. She gets so many details right that even Elodie doesn’t notice what’s missing at first.

On the Other Side of the Line – Fireside Magazine (with an audio version)- 1,700 words

My dog is longing for something just out of reach.

Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend – Clarkesworld Magazine (with an audio version) – 2,400 words

I lost my favorite fingers as I was walking to the library. Spotting it first from the corner of my eye, I glanced down. A gasp seized up in my throat. Instead of the long, beautiful, expertly manicured prosthetics that Sonya made me, there were ten empty nubs. And the grief I’d been carrying these last few months grew heavier

Team Work – Fireside Magazine (with an audio version available) – 1,000 words.

I was never an amazing Super. I only joined the team because I wanted to be with people like me. I never thought I’d, you know, try to save anyone.

The Gods of Empty Places -Pantheon Magazine – 1,500 words

Jamie was the first of us to give a piece of herself to the gods of empty places. She started by trimming the tip of her left ring finger.

THE NONFICTION STUFF

How to Send Your Disabled Protagonist on an Adventure in 7 Easy Steps – Uncanny Magazine 1,200 words

And that’s the list! I’m always looking for recommendations. What have you read this year that you enjoyed?

Baltimore Book Festival 2019 Schedule

It’s not really a convention per se, but I love the Baltimore Book Festival. It brings in a great draw of writers from up and down the East Coast. I adore seeing my friends there and always meet new people every year. If you’re a speculative fiction writer and in the area, I recommend checking out the Science Fiction Writer of America events at the festival. They have a constant stream of panels Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here’s the full schedule.

This year, the festival will be from Nov 1st-3rd. I’ll be on two panels on Saturday, Nov 2nd. They are:

2 PM — Blind Swordfighters & Wheelchairs on Starships: Making Space for Disability in SFF
An #OwnVoices panel of writers discussing disability in SFF worldbuilding.
Panelists: Day al-Mohamed, AT Greenblatt, Victoria Lee, Sunny
Moraine, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

5 PM — All Fiction in A Day: The Beauty & Brilliance of Commute-Length Reads
Panelists make the case for why short fiction, whether in magazines, podcasts, anthologies, or collections, encapsulates the best of the SFF genres. Find out who you should be reading!
Panelists: Nino Cipri, AT Greenblatt, Barbara Krasnoff,
LH Moore, Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Nibedita Sen, AC
Wise

If you’re going to be there, please feel free to say hello!

“On the Other Side of the Line” Now Live at Fireside Magazine!

I’m very excited to announce that my story “On the Other Side of the Line” is now live and free to read over at Fireside Magazine! It’s narrated by the fantastic C. S. E. Cooney and it has an amazing illustration by Amanda Makepeace.

This isn’t a happy story, but it’s one I felt I needed to write. It was fueled by loss and the looming grimness of our future. It was heavily influenced by some traveling I did where there was an international fence line and witnessing people on the other side standing of it, staring through the wires.

It’s not a happy story, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

The dog in the story is based on a real one. He name was Tiger and he was the best. We lost him over a year ago and I still miss him dearly.

Picture of Tiger

Oh! I almost forgot. The song I listened to on repeat while writing and editing this story was Now and Not Yet by Hammock.

Give your loved ones a hug tonight.

Reading at Charm City Spec!

I know, two posts on this blog in one week after ages of silence.

Yet here we are and I thought I should tell you that I’m going to be part of a reading on October 23rd with Baltimore’s Charm City Spec. I’m thrilled to be sharing this reading with two talented authors, Cadwell Turnbull and Vivian Shaw! The reading is happening at 7pm in Bird in Hand Cafe in Charles Village.

I’d love to see you there if you’re in the area!