Creatures Featured

Creatures Featured Starting in 2016, I’ve been releasing a short story collection every other year. I haven’t exactly been planing it, it’s just turned out that way. 2020 starts with a collection of my stories, and the theme this time is creatures. There’s a few stories from my other collections, some more from the anthologies I’ve contributed to, and a bunch of never-before-seen stories. I’m very proud of these stories and they run the gamut …

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With Light Years Between Us

Excuse me for a moment while I go all sci-fi on you. Only for a moment, I promise. If you hop on a space ship and travel fast, I mean really fast, as in approaching light speed, you will experience time very differently than someone on Earth. Specifically less time will pas for you than for the person on Earth. This gets into Eisenstein’s theory of special relativity if you want to go all google …

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A Grave Kind of Love, Part 2

I am very lucky to be part of WMG’s Holiday Spectacular 2019. This is a story-a-day subscription for the holiday season. Romantic stories, suspenseful stories, and stories that celebrate all kinds of winter holidays. My story, “A Grave Kind of Love,” is a sweet Christmas romance… that takes place (in part) in a graveyard… with ghosts! Yes, this is the Tucson graveyard of Shuffled Off and all the “A Ghost’s Memoir” books. JJ, Jesus, and …

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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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