Episode #99 of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is live, and it contains a new flash story by me titled "From A Distance, Constellations". The prompt was this image. I immediately thought of a short story I've had in mind for a while, that fit this prompt perfectly. It's a work in progress that never… Continue reading Listen to my new flash fiction story “From A Distance, Constellations” on R.B. WOOD’S WORD COUNT PODCAST
It's publication day for the Flame Tree Press anthology Footsteps In the Dark, and it contains my story "It's Easy to Shoot a Dog" from Beneath Ceaseless Skies. There's an author Q&A up today on the Flame Tree blog, and I talk a bit about the inspiration for this story. Edited to add the second… Continue reading Book day! The anthology FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK from Flame Tree is now available in the US and Canada
You can listen to me read this story on episode 97 of The Word Count Podcast. Listen to the episode. The Rules of Meerkats Ricka is a good meerkat. She follows the Rules of Meerkats as well as any young pup in the burrow, reciting the five rules with the other pups twice a day,… Continue reading Read my flash story “The Rules of Meerkats” written for R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
I have a new flash fiction story at The Word Count Podcast, and it's called "The Rules of Meerkats". The story prompt for this episode was the phrase "strength in numbers", and a photo of a group of meerkats: Listen to the episode. The other stories in this episode are: Bill Kirton & Eden Baylee – “A… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “The Rules of Meerkats” on THE WORD COUNT PODCAST
My latest speculative short fiction roundup is now available at Curious Fictions! It includes 14 stories I read in July, and includes fiction from Apparition Lit, Fiyah, Nightmare, and more. Read my SFF roundup for JulyAn audio version of the roundup is also available on YouTube. The artwork is a detail of Erika Hollice's gorgeous… Continue reading Read my new SciFi, Fantasy & Horror short fiction roundup at CURIOUS FICTIONS!
This week is WorldCon week, and I have three scheduled events on the program. Times are a bit of a challenge to figure out since it's all originally in the New Zealand time-zone, but I am giving you the times and days for Pacific time as well, since that's where I'm located. I have a… Continue reading My schedule at WorldCon!
The final schedule for WorldCon arrived in my inbox today, and I will be there. Originally, before the pandemic, this Con was to take place in New Zealand and I was wrangling my life-schedule, trying to make it possible for me to attend. As it is, it's all happening online. More details on the CoNZealand… Continue reading I’ll be at WorldCon / CoNZealand!
My short fiction roundup for June is now available at Curious Fictions! Read it.Audio available on YouTube. The artwork for this roundup includes a detail of Rew X's cover art for Three-Lobed Burning Eye #31.
This newsletter is a month late. I've been sending them out every two months, but this year has really kicked us all around a bit more than normal, so... there was a delay. May came and went and I just did not have the time to put together this newsletter. But here's June, and here's… Continue reading Writerly Roundup for April, May & most of June
It's story day! My flash fiction piece "Six Dreams About the Train" is now available to read online in the July issue of Flash Fiction Online. Read my storyBuy this issue from Weightless Books Buy this issue from Amazon Subscribe to Flash Fiction Online via Weightless Books Subscribe and support Flash Fiction Online via Patreon Huge thanks to… Continue reading Read my story “Six Dreams About the Train” in FLASH FICTION ONLINE
My story "Hare's Breath", originally published in Shimmer in 2017, is now part of the quite amazing book The Best of Shimmer. You can read all about it at Shimmer's website, and the full table of contents is also available there. It feels rather unreal to be part of a book that features fiction by… Continue reading My story “Hare’s Breath” is now available in the anthology THE BEST OF SHIMMER
My story "It's Easy to Shoot a Dog" is now available as a podcast at Tales To Terrify. This story was originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Josie Babin's narration at Tales To Terrify is wonderful and I am so happy this story has found a great second home! Listen to "It's Easy to Shoot… Continue reading Listen to my story “It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog” at TALES TO TERRIFY
If you (like me) love Ray Bradbury and the stranger, somewhat surreal side of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, then this short story collection by E. Catherine Tobler is most definitely for you. For years, Tobler has been writing an amazing assortment of short stories (and a novella!) set in her weird, wonderful, unsettling, and… Continue reading Book review — “THE GRAND TOUR: A Jackson’s Unreal Circus and Mobile Marmalade Collection” by E. Catherine Tobler
My second quarterly Short Fiction Treasures column for Strange Horizons is now live! The unofficial theme for this quarterly roundup is "family", and I feature several excellent zines and stories, plus two short story anthologies. Read my Short Fiction Treasures column at Strange Horizons. Huge thanks to the wonderful team at SH for giving me… Continue reading Read my second Short Fiction Treasures column for STRANGE HORIZONS!
I woke up to some amazing news this morning: my story "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" has been longlisted for a Sunburst Award, and it is in some spectacular company. The full announcement from The Sunburst Award SocietyRead my story at Fireside (or listen to it, narrated by C.S.E Cooney) HUGE thanks to Fireside for… Continue reading My story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” from FIRESIDE is on the SUNBURST AWARD longlist!
As I write this, I've just read about another day of protests and resistance in the US and elsewhere in the world and I wish all of those protesting strength and endurance and safety. I have no grand words to say right now but I think the words "there is no peace without justice" convey… Continue reading Read my new flash story “Owl, Girl, Rooks” written for THE WORD COUNT PODCAST
Lisette of the Raven, Ash of the Rook by Suzanne J. Willis (available from Falstaff Books) This is a rich and gorgeously written fantasy novella set in a fascinating world and it had me hooked from the very first chapters. I mean, how can you not love a story where the executioner is dressed in… Continue reading Book review — Lisette of the Raven, Ash of the Rook by Suzanne J. Willis
After not contributing a story for The Word Count Podcast for a couple of months, due to *waves hands at the universe in general*, I wrote a story for the May episode. Listen to my story. The story prompt this time was a haunting photo of an owl: My story is rather moody and dark,… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Owl, Girl, Rooks” on THE WORD COUNT PODCAST
Huge and thrilling news today: I have received an Aurora Award nomination for my story CLEAR AS QUARTZ, SHARP AS FLINT, published in Augur Magazine 2.1 last year! I am so grateful and can barely believe that I'm on a ballot with so many wonderful creative people. The full ballot is up on the Aurora Awards… Continue reading I’m on the AURORA AWARDS ballot!
It was a bit late this month, but I finally got my SFF short fiction roundup for April finished and it's now available to read at Curious Fictions! Read my April SFF Roundup! This roundup features 17 stories, and I especially want to highlight the new issues of Anathema, Fiyah, and Mithila Review. The artwork for this roundup… Continue reading Read my latest Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Roundup at CURIOUS FICTIONS!