Awards Eligibility – 2020

It's that time of year again! 2020 was a big year for me, writing-wise, but mostly over in Novel Land rather than in Shortfictionburgh. For the last couple of years, most of my writing energy has been consumed by working on "The Hand of the Sun King," which will be publishing in August of 2021. …

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Deal Announcement! – Debut Trilogy sold to Gollancz!

After years, and years, and years of hard work, I finally have my first book deal! My debut epic fantasy trilogy has been acquired by Brendan Durkin at Gollancz, who will be publishing the series in the UK and Commonwealth (so the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and a few other places, but not Canada or …

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An Open Letter to Representative McMorris Rogers, Mayor Nadine Woodward, the Spokane City Council, and any who would care to read.

I am an educator in Spokane, Washington who teaches a diverse student body. In the classroom, one of the things I try to impart to my students is the absolute sanctity and power of their freedom of speech. The first and most important amendment in the bill of rights, for no nation can reasonably claim …

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It is Time for the Jedi to End: Several Thousand Words about Star Wars (and a few about Postmodernism)

There's been quite a bit of hubbub about The Last Jedi out there on those internets since even before the movie released. Much has been made of Mark Hamill's misgivings about the direction the story took Luke Skywalker. Based on its Rotten Tomatoes score, critics love the film while audiences (at least audiences motivated to …

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Now, for the first time ever, my Awards Eligibility!

It's that time of year again, when writers toot our little horns to let the speculative fiction community know what (if any) stories we have out there that are eligible for awards. And now, for the first time ever, I actually have an eligible story! This was the year of my first professional publication, "The …

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Writers of the Future Volume 34: Cover Reveal!

Whew. Keeping up a blog is not easy while in a full-time Masters program. I plan to write here more regularly once I've graduated. For now, I'm just dropping in to post about the absolutely spectacular cover for Writers of the Future Volume 34! Featuring me! And also other fabulous people! I'm particularly thrilled by …

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Story Sale Announcement: The Game of Games!

I've made my second professional rate sale! My short story "The Game of Games," a fantasy ghost story loosely inspired by Pascal's Wager and the Deck of Many Things from D&D, will be appearing in the anthology "Pirates & Ghosts" from Flame Tree Press. Here is a link to the announcement over at Flame Tree's …

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Weaving Theme from the Beginning of Your Story: Fullmetal Alchemist as a Case Study

I'm going to talk about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood for a bit. Fullmetal Alchemist (specifically the manga and the Brotherhood adaption) is not only one of the greatest anime ever made (fight me) but also one of the most well constructed fantasy stories I've ever encountered. It has everything; likeable yet deeply conflicted protagonists, a really …

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Worldbuilding: Dark Settings and their Purpose

Today my first professionally published story, "The Broken Karwaneer," came out in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I thought I would write a blog post about my thoughts on an important element of that story. If you haven't read the story yet, please do so before going on. This post will make more sense context. In the story, …

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