The Houses

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

The Good News

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

Story is live!

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!

Two Books of Collective Heroism

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

Two Book Benders

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

Dreams & Nightmares: Issue 114

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

The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

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