2023 Awards Eligibility

Hello friends! Many of you know that it's awards nomination season in the SFF writing community and I'm so grateful for the chance to share two new stories with the world this year. Links to listen/read for free or purchase are included by clicking the story titles below. Common Speech A high-stakes drama of interspecies communication, family, grief, and overcoming, set inside a human colony located…

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Where it All Began: The Story of “Two-Tone”

Friends, I'm pleased to introduce you to "Two-Tone," a fantasy short story that hails from my lumastration universe. It is the fourth story from this world and, interestingly, the very first one I wrote about lumastration. If you've read some of my other short stories in the world, you'll recognize the characters of Estil and Nerr and a brief mention of Hallis. I dreamed up the…

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Finding My Agent: A True Story

I’ve wanted/dreamed/struggled for years to find a literary agent. I remember sitting in a quiet corner of the Northgate branch of the Seattle Public Library, hunched over a table with The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit (Elizabeth Lyon) lying open beside me as I tried to painstakingly write out a query letter. Every sentence was agony. It was like learning a new language in which I…

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Interspecies Communication – New Short Story!

Hello all! In case you missed my announcements on social media, here is a link to my newest story, "Common Speech," which was released earlier this month on the beautiful and evocative Escape Pod podcast. The narrator, Ibba Armancas, gave a phenomenal and heartfelt performance. I'm so impressed by and grateful for the emotional nuance she delivered to the storytelling! The image on this post is…

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2022 Awards Eligibility Post

With nominations for the Nebula Awards just around the corner, it's time to post my list of works published in 2022 that are eligible in the Short Story categories of the Nebulas and Hugos, etc. Links to read the stories online will be posted below when available. A huge thank you to my critique group, to my enthusiastic readers, and to the editors who've shown passion…

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My First WorldCon – Chicago style!

It began as a compulsion. I needed more regular infusions of writing nerds in my life and I was really wising up to that fact. Also, I'd discovered that one major preventative for depression symptoms (more about my mental health journey can be found here) is to keep planning good things in my future so that I can look forward to them. At the tail end…

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Untrained Luck – On Audio!

My friends, I am *so excited* to share this audiobook project with you!! Today is the release day for the audiobook of “Untrained Luck,” which has been beautifully produced by The Storyteller Series podcast. There’s something particularly special about hearing your words read out loud. They take on a life of their own in a way that transcends the limits of the written word. I remember…

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Ambition & Art: A Cautionary Tale

It's been a few years since I first struck upon the idea of emotion-infused paint and you've probably heard me yammer about lumastration in one way or another, by this point! This particular story is a dark one; about how far we're willing to push ourselves and what we're willing to sacrifice to achieve our ambitions. It's the wicked side of the looking glass; peering into…

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Love, Loss, and Painted Secrets

I'm pleased to announce that my short story "Focal Point" is now available from Haven Speculative! This is my second published story from my lumastration universe (and I have two more in the pipeline that are awaiting their own publication days)! This story began as a much larger novelette, an exploration of grief, shameful secrets, and the vulnerability of the road to emotional healing, all through…

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