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?

“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!

“Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend” Now Live at Clarkesworld!

I’m a few days late in posting this, but I have a new story out! “Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend” is now available for your reading pleasure over at Clarkesworld Magazine!

With every story I write, I always try to do something that I haven’t tried before. With this piece, that meant writing a story from the point of view of a much older protagonist than myself. It took me a few drafts to get right.

My soundtrack for this story was Empiricist by Typhoon. (Their whole album “Offerings” is great though, I highly recommend.)

If you like this story or any other story Clarkesworld has published, please consider supporting them.

Happy reading!

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!

“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!

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!