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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2021 Awards Eligibility

I have been honored to see three pieces published this year! They're eligible for awards in this nomination season, so if you enjoyed any or all, I would appreciate your vote!! My Work: "Drowned Prison" (Galaxy's Edge, January 2021) - When a series of unexplained murders arises among the inmates of Kardag Prison, the search for answers brings a warden and a master painter into questions…

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How I Approach Writing

As I get ready to head into a much-needed writing retreat (yay!), I wanted to share something with you that is both "new" and not new. This video was recorded a few years ago, but I had yet to see the completed product until recently! This brief interview was done at the end of my involvement with the Cascadia Residency (now called the Brehm Residency). Through…

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Memory – A bit of an obsession…

Friends who are familiar with my writing know that some themes tend to come up again and again in my stories. Two such themes are family and memory. I decided to dig around on the topic of why I find human memory so fascinating in this blog post that appeared in Analog's blog, The Astounding Analog Companion. It was published as a companion piece to my…

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“Recollection”: A Story of Memories

It's always a good day when I get to share a piece of writing that's new and finished and ready for the world to see! I am honored to announce that my SF short story "Recollection" appears in the March/April edition of Analog! Memory tech, water shortages, and the ethical challenges of a civil servant in a post-apocalyptic desert world. https://www.analogsf.com/ How to buy: Support your…

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Fantasy Mystery – “Drowned Prison”

I'm pleased to present you with a new story for the new year! "Drowned Prison" appears in Galaxy's Edge #48 and is now available! I get to share this issue with talented and established SFF authors as well as with Kai Wolden and Mica Scotti Kole, two fellow Writers of the Future authors from WOTF 35. My story is a mystery set in a rather creepy…

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