Reviews, Short Fiction Roundups, Writing

8 extra fabulous stories I read in February 2018

February was another month rich in amazing short fiction. Here on my blog I'm picking eight extra fabulous stories I read in February, and you can also check out my February roundup for Barnes & Noble's SciFi & Fantasy Blog with ten other fabulous stories of fantasy, scifi, and horror. I also want to encourage you… Continue reading 8 extra fabulous stories I read in February 2018

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Read “The Troll Bridge”, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

"The Troll Bridge" was written for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and the story prompt was the following photo: And yes, I did think of troll almost right away! (I guess it's just the way my brain works). Listen to the episode. The Troll Bridge Michael's always told me there's a troll living under the… Continue reading Read “The Troll Bridge”, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Short Fiction Roundups, Writing

My speculative short fiction roundup for February is now live on B&N’s SciFi & Fantasy Blog!

My latest speculative short fiction roundup is now up at B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog! 10 stories I read in February, including stories from Bracken, Cicada, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov's and more! Read it. I'm so happy to be able to share stories every month in this new venue! The hardest part of doing this… Continue reading My speculative short fiction roundup for February is now live on B&N’s SciFi & Fantasy Blog!

Life, Writing

Read my new story “The Ghost In Angelica’s Room”, story notes + some talk about suicide [TW: suicide]

I have a new story out this month in Flash Fiction Online. It's called "The Ghost in Angelica's Room", and one of the things I deal with in this story is suicide. "The Ghost In Angelica's Room"- read it / buy the issue / support FFO on Patreon. The initial inspiration for this story goes way… Continue reading Read my new story “The Ghost In Angelica’s Room”, story notes + some talk about suicide [TW: suicide]

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Listen to my new story “The Troll Bridge” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

A brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast is available for your listening pleasure right now. My story for this episode is called "The Troll Bridge", and not surprisingly, it involves a troll and a bridge... The picture prompt for this month's podcast was this photo: Listen to the episode. Also on this podcast:… Continue reading Listen to my new story “The Troll Bridge” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Read “Mabel’s Pack”, written for the Word Count Podcast

The Word Count Podcast is back in action for 2018, and this month the story-prompt was a rather frozen picture from Boston harbour: What happens inside my writer brain when I see that photo? I'm not really sure, actually. I had a couple of story ideas trot through my head after I saw it (they… Continue reading Read “Mabel’s Pack”, written for the Word Count Podcast

Monthly Recap, Writing

Writerly recap – December 2017 / January 2018 – stories published & sold, reviews & more

Here it is: another bi-monthly recap of my writerly doings. First of all, some crazy-good news that I've been sitting on for a while - I have a brand new monthly column at the wonderful Barnes & Noble Scifi & Fantasy Blog! Every month, I will be sharing some of my favourite new speculative fiction… Continue reading Writerly recap – December 2017 / January 2018 – stories published & sold, reviews & more

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I have a new monthly column at B&N Scifi & Fantasy Blog!

Some Mondays are better than others, and today is a most excellent Monday! My new monthly column at Barnes & Noble's Scifi & Fantasy blog debuts today! I will be doing a monthly roundup of speculative short fiction there, and I am so grateful to be able to spread the word about all the excellent… Continue reading I have a new monthly column at B&N Scifi & Fantasy Blog!

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Listen to my new story ‘Mabel’s Pack’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Season 8 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast has begun, and the first episode of the season is #72. This month, the photo prompt was this icy picture: Listen to episode 72. My story is called 'Mabel's Pack', and it's a dog story and also one of the stranger stories I've written. I don't know… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Mabel’s Pack’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Listen to my new flash fiction story ‘Goodnight, Mr. President’ at THE CENTROPIC ORACLE

My flash fiction story 'Goodnight, Mr. President' is now live at The Centropic Oracle. It is beautifully narrated by Rob Gillespie, and I am just thrilled that this little story found such a great home. A possibly related gif: It's science fiction, there's a president, there's a golden robot, and... well, give it a listen!… Continue reading Listen to my new flash fiction story ‘Goodnight, Mr. President’ at THE CENTROPIC ORACLE

Books, Writing

New story forthcoming in ‘Abandoned Places’ – an anthology from Shohola Press (now available for pre-order!)

I'm super excited about this new anthology, coming from Shohola Press this spring - it's called 'Abandoned Places', and I share the TOC with a whole bunch of fantastic writers, including Bo Balder, Lauren C. Teffeau, Steve Kopka, Chris Cornell, Ransom Noble, Karl Dandenell, Cath Schaff-Stump, Shannon Ryan, Chris Bauer, Miranda Suri, Anna Yeatts, Chia… Continue reading New story forthcoming in ‘Abandoned Places’ – an anthology from Shohola Press (now available for pre-order!)

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22 fabulously fantastic stories I read in December

December was full of wonderful short fiction, and in this monthly roundup I am making space for some special mentions. I'm very sad to say that December 2017 brought us the last issue of Gamut. I've really loved the strong voice and vivid dark/noir vibe of this magazine. Gamut published some of my favourite stories… Continue reading 22 fabulously fantastic stories I read in December

Writing

Read my story ‘Firstborn’ online in CAPRICIOUS #7

My story 'Firstborn', published earlier this year in Capricious #7, is now available to read online, for free. It's in a wonderful issue with stories by B Morris Allen, B R Sanders & Anika Morshed! Read the story. Read the issue. Subscribe to Capricious. Capricious is a wonderful magazine, and they have some great stuff coming… Continue reading Read my story ‘Firstborn’ online in CAPRICIOUS #7

Books, Writing

My flash fiction collection DARK FLASH 2 is now available!

Yes, it's here: my second flash fiction collection, 'Dark Flash 2', is now available! It contains all ten stories that I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year, and it's available in various ebook-formats all over the place: Amazon / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon Australia Smashwords (various formats) Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Kobo (Read more about the… Continue reading My flash fiction collection DARK FLASH 2 is now available!

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14 amazingly awesome stories I read in November

November seemed to disappear in a flash. I wrote a lot, and I didn't read as much as I wanted to read. But then, that pretty much describes any and every month of the year... Here are 14 stories I read and loved. An Unexpected Boon, by S. B. Divya in Apex Magazine. “Kalyani kept Mithraba… Continue reading 14 amazingly awesome stories I read in November

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Writerly recap of October & November – stories published & sold, interviews & more

In November, I posted a list of my award eligible stories for 2017. It always feels a bit strange, tooting my own horn like that, but it's been a great year for me as a writer, and sometimes a list is a nice way to reflect on that, no matter whether it's awards season or… Continue reading Writerly recap of October & November – stories published & sold, interviews & more

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Reprint news for ‘Long As I Can See the Light’!

Very excited to share the news that my science fiction story 'Long As I Can See The Light', originally published in 'People Are Strange', has made the cut and will be included in Flame Tree Publishing's Alien Invasion anthology! These anthologies look gorgeous, and I can't wait to hold a copy of this in my… Continue reading Reprint news for ‘Long As I Can See the Light’!

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My 2017 suggested reading list in all its flawed & limited glory

'tis the season to nominate and vote for your favourite speculative fiction published in 2017. I've read so much stunning, wonderful, crazy-good fiction this year, and (sadly) there are even more stories I never got around to reading at all. The list below is a suggested reading list based on my own limited reading this… Continue reading My 2017 suggested reading list in all its flawed & limited glory

Writing

My 2017 award eligibility post *toots own horn*

It's the season of award eligibility posts. Here's mine. This year, several of my short stories were published in zines I consider "dream markets", and I present them to you here without further ado. If you think any of my stories are worthy of consideration for an award...well, thank you, from the bottom of my… Continue reading My 2017 award eligibility post *toots own horn*

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DARK FLASH 2 is now available for pre-order!

After a weekend of formatting, Dark Flash 2 is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords! All ten of the stories I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year are included in this collection of flash-fiction, and it will be published on December 4th. (It's my birthday, so it's the supreme way to make… Continue reading DARK FLASH 2 is now available for pre-order!

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19 freakishly good short stories I read in October

Another month full of wonderful stories. This month, I was absorbed by a wonderful new issue of LampLight, and at the end of the month, Syntax & Salt snuck in a wonderful issue that I will probably come back to next month as well. Here are 19 of the many excellent stories I read this… Continue reading 19 freakishly good short stories I read in October

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Read ‘Angel’s Heart’, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read 'Angel's Heart' on the Halloween episode (#71) of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “October/Halloween”, and this photo of the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric hospital: Listen to episode 71 This was a difficult prompt for me. The photo is very evocative, but it took me a… Continue reading Read ‘Angel’s Heart’, written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast