There was a lot of fantastic SFF fiction published in 2020, and I only wish I could have read even MORE of it. This recommended reading list is based on my short fiction roundups during the year, and really, I highly recommend all the stories that have been included in those roundups, both at Curious… Continue reading My Recommended Reading List for 2020
My new short story "Tony Roomba's Last Day On Earth" is now online and available to read for free, at Diabolical Plots. Read it here. Writing this story, I set out to write something fun, but soon realized I didn't know how to write a fun story. Instead, I decided to write a noir/scifi/romance story… Continue reading Read my new story “Tony Roomba’s Last Day on Earth” at DIABOLICAL PLOTS
This is my story written for the 100th and final episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. I will miss writing for this podcast, but I am forever grateful to R.B. Wood for hosting it for so long. Since 2016, this podcast has been as close to a writing group as I've ever had, and… Continue reading Read my story “The Stars In Heaven Sing a Music” written for R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
My story "Deepster Punks" from the anthology A PUNK ROCK FUTURE, is now available at Escape Pod, wonderfully narrated by S. Kay Nash. The episode is hosted by Tina Connolly who has some very kind words about the story. Listen to, and read, "Deepster Punks" at Escape PodSupport Escape Pod on PatreonYou can also support… Continue reading Listen to my story “Deepster Punks” at ESCAPE POD!
It's that time of year again: time to make a list of my stories that were published this year. When I write this, there's still one that is to come online: "Tony Roomba's Last Day On Earth" is forthcoming at Diabolical Plots. It will be online in December. All of these are short stories (less… Continue reading My awards-eligible stories from 2020
Yes, it's the final, as in the last ever, episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and it contains my story "The Stars In Heaven Sing a Music". Listen to the episode. All my gratitude to R.B. Wood for being such an amazing podcast host, and an amazing friend. Writing for his podcast has been… Continue reading Listen to my story “The Stars In Heaven Sing a Music” on the final episode of R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
My latest story for The Word Count Podcast was inspired by a picture prompt, but it's also a story that's been brewing in my mind, and in constant edits/rewrites for a while. It never QUITE took the shape I wanted it to have, but the story prompt kicked me in the pants and I finished… Continue reading Read my flash story “From A Distance, Constellations” written for R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
I am so excited to have a brand new story in the autumn issue of Kaleidotrope. "Down To Niflhel Deep" is a story about a dog called Roan who ends up on a dangerous quest when he tries to find a lost girl. Read "Down To Niflhel Deep"Support Kaleidotrope on Patreon The title is from… Continue reading Story day! Read my story “Down To Niflhel Deep” in KALEIDOTROPE
My latest Short Fiction Treasures column is now available to read in the brand new issue of Strange Horizons! The unofficial, loose theme is "arts, crafts, work" and I include both several new stories and some old ones. Read my Short Fiction Treasures Roundup. I also recommend three novellas. It's always a joy to write… Continue reading Read my new quarterly Short Fiction Treasures column in STRANGE HORIZONS!
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