Sale! “We All Look Like Harrie” to XIII

I can finally announce the news I teased last week — I’ve sold my story, “We All Look Like Harrie,” to Mark Teppo’s upcoming anthology from Resurrection House/Underland Press, XIII*. I wrote “We All Look Like Harrie”on the first day of this year’s Rainforest Writer’s Retreat. It came together like few other stories I’ve written (there are almost always weeks and sometimes months of revisions in my usual process). Maybe it helped that “Harrie” is very short, very experimental. We had a group reading at the retreat one night, and Teppo more or less bought it on the spot. That’s the quickest a story has ever gone from being in my head to being sold, and I’m still feeling a little wide-eyed about it. Did that actually happen?  Also, this story is my twelfth fiction sale since I began the writing career in earnest. A dozen stories. That’s almost a … Continue reading

A Sale, A Book, and an Anniversary

I end up sharing good news so often via Twitter & Facebook, that my poor blog often gets neglected. It seems almost a shame to lump lots of good news into one blog entry, but I’ve got several things to share today. First of all, I’m pleased to announce I’ve sold a story to James Sutter at Paizo for their Pathfinder Tales series. It’s called “The Fate of Falling Stars” and it starts running in February. I’m very excited about this one, and it was a blast playing in Golarion. It feels like coming home in a way, because along with books like The Hobbit and A Wizard of Earthsea, it was RPGs that really whetted my appetite for fantasy and worldbuilding. Being able to contribute a tiny bit back to the kind of game world that inspired me is a real pleasure. Many thanks for the opportunity, James! I also wanted … Continue reading

“Vinegar Pie” — A Sale to Coins of Chaos

I’m very pleased to announce that Jennifer Brozek has accepted my story “Vinegar Pie” for her Coins of Chaos anthology. Thanks Jennifer, I’m very excited to be a part of the collection! Details to follow soon. I must say that I got very hungry writing this story. Very hungry. Some days, being a writer means intensive research. You have to sample all your sources. Critically. Carefully. Preferably a la mode.

Sale! (or, how I learned to stop worrying and write science fiction)

This will be very old news to those of you who follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, but I’ve made my first pro sale! Lightspeed Magazine has picked up “The Parting Glass” for its December 2011 issue. I’m very proud of this story. I wrote it during Week Six at Clarion West in 2010, and as someone who’s a long-time self-avowed fantasy writer it was kind of a big deal for me to write it. Science fiction is often perceived by readers and would-be writers to always involve loads of hard science, complicated astronomical or biological theory (with attending formulae worked out in the text), and brainy scientists who save the day because of their intimate understanding of quantum mechanics. Okay, science fiction is sometimes these things. But it doesn’t have to be. Speaking as a writer who is more right-brained than left, I’ve always been intimidated by the … Continue reading

News and Announcements!

I’m pleased to announce that my story “Nor the Moonlight” will be appearing in the upcoming 20Spec Anthology published by Absolute X Press/Edge. All of the stories in the collection are speculative tales set against the backdrop of the 1920s: The Jazz Age, Prohibition, Decadence and Decay in Europe, etc. The final title and publication date are pending, but the TOC is up here. Major thanks are due to Erika Holt and Jaym Gates for choosing my story. I’m also honored to share the TOC with so many fine writers (including several Clarion West classmates: go John, Jack and Frank!). And even more good news: the February issue of Lightspeed is up. Not only is it chock full of awesome fiction by Cat Rambo, Julie E. Czerneda, Ken Liu, and James Patrick Kelly, but it also includes an article about creating digital lifeforms with the visual effects supervisors for Avatar … Continue reading