Look! My name is on the cover! My story, Temple of the Endlings, was written pre-pandemic, but it addresses a lot of the feelings we're grappling with as the death toll mounts and we feel lost and alone, and our prayers feel unanswered. Thanks for reading!
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas was sold to me as gothic-horror, and that may be part of why I was disappointed. For me, it never got creepy enough or weird enough or really came to any sharp point that drew blood or emotion the way you'd expect in a haunted house story. Ines is running … Continue reading The Houses
Psychopomp Magazine has published their Fall Issue, and my story, The Lonely, is one of the pieces included beside all the other talent! This is one of my older stories, written about six years ago and then rewritten several times more. I kept changing the ending. I was excited to find such a perfect home … Continue reading The Lonely
I have three fairly cool things to share during this time of absolutely hellish dark headlines, stress dreams, and math that never looks good. Let me say here: it's not just you. Things are very stressful and awful. However you are coping or not coping, you are not alone. More than ever, we need to … Continue reading The Good News
Hey, my flash story is up on Daily Science Fiction! Public Service It's my first pro-sale, and you should go read it. Leave me a few rockets while you're there and sign up for their daily stories right to your inbox! They are a sweet market for little stories that pack a wallop. Thank you!
The last two books I read had something in common. A group of flawed people each making personal, hard choices to change their society - whether that's a whole galaxy or just where they live. Alone, none of them were successful. It required a community effort. In Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone, Viv is … Continue reading Two Books of Collective Heroism
There have been several attempts at the What-If notion about characters coming out of books or readers popping in. And while I have only read a few of them, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is now my gold standard. The trick is that Parry manages to excel on three levels simultaneously. Character, Plot, and … Continue reading Two Book Benders
My prose poem, Sewing by the Stars, can be found in the latest print issue of Dreams & Nightmares! It's tucked between a funny, conversational piece about language and zombies and a melancholy long-form about Jewish brides told from a unique viewpoint. The whole issue is eclectic and entertaining, and the art is wonderful. A … Continue reading Dreams & Nightmares: Issue 114
A lot of books win awards, and not all of them are ones I necessarily enjoy. So, I might make a note to myself to pick such-and-such a book up if I come across it, but I don't go out of my way to get a copy. There, There by Tommy Orange is the opposite … Continue reading There, There by Tommy Orange
This translated collection proves to me that poetry is the universal language. I fully expected these poems to feel distant, to be dry and esoteric, or perhaps quirky with their Buddhist lens and historical distance, but instead I found myself in tears. The truths in this work struck me hard. Weingast managed to preserve the … Continue reading The First Free Women by Matty Weingast