New short story “No Regrets on Fourth Street” Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce my short story “No Regrets on Fourth Street” is available in the latest issue of Perihelion Science Fiction.

It’s a story near and dear to my heart — aren’t they all? — mixing action and romance with a cyberpunk future. For a sense of what I was thinking about when writing this piece, check out my Pinterest board for the project.

So I hope you enjoy the story, and be sure to check out the rest of the issue!

Reprint in The Singularity #4

Happy to announce my story “Jump Cut” has been reprinted in the fourth issue of The Singularity, a UK-based magazine that “publishes short stories that are singular in voice and style.” I got my copy in the mail the other day, and isn’t that cover gorgeous?

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This story is a personal favorite, and it was originally published by Unlikely Story last year. So glad it found another home!

The issue was edited by Lee P. Hogg. Other contributors include: Jon Wallace, Phillip A. Suggars, Andrew Wilmot, Elana Gomel, Tom Learmont, Jon Etter, Himanshu Goel, Edward Ahern, and Corbett Buchly.

Get your copy from Amazon or Createspace.

Still not convinced? Check out some of the visual inspiration for “Jump Cut” on my Pinterest page.

Professional Milestones or The Little Story that Could

Earlier this month, Unlikely Story—a fantastic venue of, well, unlikely speculative fiction—announced they were now a SFWA-qualifying market. This was exciting news for me, as they published my short story “Jump Cut” earlier this year, and I already had two SFWA-qualifying sales under my belt. With three sales, I’m now considered a fully-fledged member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Yay!

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This is a huge professional milestone for me for a number of reasons. First off, I primarily consider myself a novelist, so to have my membership based on my short story sales has bolstered my confidence in my craft. Since novels take more time and effort than short stories to develop (at least for me), I’m grateful there are opportunities to engage in the speculative fiction community as a professional even if I haven’t had a novel published yet.

Second, because my novel-length work is often geared toward young adults and contains romantic elements, I felt it important to demonstrate I was capable of writing a wide-range of stories for all ages. Given the tensions in the speculative fiction community over the last few years dismissing women, YA, and stories that don’t necessarily adhere to elements of the Golden Age of SF/F, I wanted my induction into this community to be unassailable. That’s also why I didn’t join SFWA as an associate member when I made my first sale, because I didn’t want to risk being viewed as a one-hit wonder. (Obviously, other writers may feel differently as to when it’s appropriate to join SFWA, but this was my process. As with anything, YMMV.)

Finally, it simply feels good to know I’m creating at a professional level. Each story I’ve had published has been a labor of love, and I’m proud of every one, regardless of what market they ended up at. But joining SFWA has been a goal of mine since I started writing SF/F, and I’m happy I’ve finally achieved it. Doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to do, but I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.

And all this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t kept submitting “Jump Cut” to markets. I’ve talked before about the submission process, and the time it took for the story to find a home. I was thrilled when it was finally accepted for publication, and knowing it has become my third qualifying sale is just icing on the cake. For me, it is the little short story that could.

UnlikelyStoryBannerSo thank you to Unlikely Story, as well as to Crossed Genres Magazine for publishing “Forge and Fledge” and to S.M. Stirling and Roc for including “Against the Wind” in The Change anthology. You have helped me enter a new phase of my career!

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“Jump Cut” in Unlikely Story #11 Now Live

I’m happy to announce my cyberpunk story “Jump Cut” is now live in Unlikely Story #11, The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography!

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“Jump Cut” includes hover cross, gambling, and a dash of film theory. To learn more about the inspiration behind the story, check out my related Pinterest board and my author interview with Unlikely Story. The story is a personal favorite of mine and holds the record in close-but-no-cigar rejections out of all my short pieces. I’m just glad that the unlikely editors of Unlikely Story loved it as much as I do!

Be sure to check out the entire issue for stories by Levi Sable, Curtis C. Chen, Barry King, Fiona Moore, and Joseph Tomaras:

you’ll find stories exploring the limits and possibilities of technology and the various ways it defines, enhances, and intersects with humanity. An unorthodox application of a 3D printer; the creation of private worlds; hacking the human brain with extreme video sequences; parents customizing ideal children through knitted code; a self-aware AI taking up the pirating life; and a cult seeking transcendence through transformation — all of these stories explore coding, hacking, cracking, and our relationship with technology in most unlikely ways. (Editor’s Note, Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, Issue 11)


In other news, there’s only a week left to get a print copy of Fat Girl in a Strange Land, the 2012 anthology from Crossed Genres Publications, featuring my story “The Tradeoff.”

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To learn more about the anthology, check out the CGP website.

Sale to Unlikely Story!

I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Jump Cut” will be published in The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, the 11th issue of Unlikely Story, available February 2015.

This story is a personal favorite of mine, so I hope you’ll keep an eye out for when it goes live. In the meantime, check out the table of contents for the other great writers that also have stories in the issue.

And for a sneak peak at what the story’s all about, you can check out my Pinterest board chock full of visual inspiration.

Needless to say this sale is a great way to close out the year. Happy writing!