The Chapter from Hell

Nine months. That's how long I've been working on one chapter. Granted, that one chapter has turned into four chapters now, but still... NINE MONTHS! I now have half a chapter left and that section will be done. HALF A FREAKING CHAPTER!!! Why is it so hard! And it has been hard. I've gotten myself … Continue reading The Chapter from Hell

Review of 2018 and Goals for 2019

Review of 2018 Newly written: 3 short stories, 2 flash fiction, and 1 novel (1st draft) 29 submissions (0 acceptances; 32 rejections (4 carried over from 2017); 1 pending) Goals from 2018: 3 new short stories 30 submissions 1 pro sale (WOTF doesn’t count) Complete a novel no matter how badly it turns out. (10 … Continue reading Review of 2018 and Goals for 2019

Teaser: “All Light and Darkness” the novel

I step toward the door, but something hangs onto the hem of my jerkin. I look back. It’s Sara, she pinches the leather between her fingers. “Come back,” she says. “After. Please.” Lamplight glistens in her eyes. She bites her bottom lip to keep it from trembling. She looks tired, deathly tired. Shadows hang from … Continue reading Teaser: “All Light and Darkness” the novel

Teaser: “Under the Bloodwood Tree”

"I stretch my boughs, reaching toward the turquoise sky. I thrill at the newborn sunlight dodging through the surrounding not-me trees. It warms my bone leaves and bloodwood bark. The smells of sea brine and sweet decay soften the bitter, hot-iron scent of my natural wood oils. "Birds break into song in the not-me trees--the … Continue reading Teaser: “Under the Bloodwood Tree”

Teaser: “Little Eyes”

A Phantom Cohort story--a sister-story to "All Light and Darkness." "I would cry if I could. Instead, I curl around the book, hugging it to my chest. The world is burning, but I have their words--I have their stories. They’re here, against my chest, beside my breaking porcelain heart. Then, the darkness that took my … Continue reading Teaser: “Little Eyes”

The Cover Revealed!

Writers of the Future released the cover art for Writers of the Future, Volume 34 (see above)! Pretty snazzy cover, and I'm extremely excited to have "All Light and Darkness" appear in the same book as stories by Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card. Ciruelo is an incredible artist. I love his portraits and really … Continue reading The Cover Revealed!

Teaser: “The Calligrapher’s Daughter”

Even though Lottie is well-versed in the magic Art of Calligraphy, her mixed heritage killed her chances of joining the Calligrapher's Guild of Charleston. Now she's stuck working for a jerk in a calligraphic clockwork factory. But when a young boy steals a strange device from her, she finds herself not only chasing him, but … Continue reading Teaser: “The Calligrapher’s Daughter”