A Grave Kind of Love

Want to read my holiday-themed love story about two ghosts? “A Grave Kind of Love” is part of this amazing Kickstarter called The WMG Holiday Spectacular. 35 holiday themed stories, one each for 35 days in your in box. Plus holiday anthologies and all kinds of fun bonuses. I don’t think this has ever been done before. So many types of stories by a host of amazing authors. What a way to celebrate the season. …

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Dog People

My story “Dog People” is out in Snot-Nosed Aliens: Stories from Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. This is a new story, one I wrote in January when my wife and I were up in the Grand Canyon for her birthday. We had gotten there right before eight inches of snow fell on the canyon and were there after the storm and saw the canyon at its most beautiful. We were also between dogs, it having been about …

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Daisy’s Heart

I am very happy to report that my short story, “Daisy’s Heart” is now available in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine #7! This is another one of the stories I wrote in 2017 during my Short Story Marathon. And if I do say so myself, I think it’s one of my best short stories. It’s about a girl who wants to become an android to deal with the emotions of her tumultuous life and ends up growing up …

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The Disappearing Neighborhood

I’ve got it on my list to do a blog post about milestones–there have been a bunch so far this year–but this is a big one and I can’t wait. My story, “The Disappearing Neighborhood,” is out in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #6! This is a big deal for a couple of reasons. First, it is my first professional sale. While I’ve been in a bunch of anthologies and gotten paid for a fair number …

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Self-Rescuing Damsels

I’m really excited to have my story, “Ashna’s Heart” as part of Swords, Sorcery, & Self-Rescuing Damsels. This is the story of a fire mage named Kyla who is willing do anything and everything to save her home and her people. But to do so, she must leave her home behind and set out in search of her mentor who stole Ashna’s Heart, which is the only thing that can quiet the volcano at the …

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Stories I Love: December 2018

Well, we are at the end of a year of Stories I Love. It was a worthwhile experiment for me. I read 367 stories, most of them very good, many of them astoundingly good, and I learned a lot about what impresses me as a reader and what kind of writer I want to be. All of these stories that I read, an editor paid for. That means they loved them. And what is clear …

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Stories I Love: November 2018

I’m discovering something interesting about the stories I love. There are a few common qualities: Immersive. Beautiful language is nice, but what I want is a story that pulls me in and takes me somewhere else. Strong ending. I need some plot. I need things to happen. And I need that to resolve in some way at the end. I’ve read lots of stories that are gorgeously written but spend all their words on description …

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Stories I Love: October 2018

I was lucky enough this year to attend the Austin Film Festival, which is about film, but is focused on writers. I went to four days of an amazing conference listening to and meeting some successful screen writers and podcasters. It’s a different world, but it’s still storytelling and I learned a lot I bring it up because I really wanted to hit the story-a-day goal this month and knew I wouldn’t have time while …

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Stories I Love: September 2018

Well, September was not like last month, I actually got some short stories read, but not up to the old pace. Earlier in the challenge I worked well ahead of that one story per day pace, but with August off and September at half speed, I’ve really got to step it up. Streaks have power (like when I never missed a day) and losing the streak has made it hard to get things going again. …

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Stories I Love: August 2018

Last month I said I was going to take a break from reading short stories, and boy did I. I did’t read any. Not one. And this is a good thing. My wife and I desperately needed to get out of town, so we did just that, rambling through beautiful locations in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. For some of this time, I didn’t read any fiction, didn’t watch any TV, or really consume stories beyond …

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