Children of Elder Time E-book Available


I’m so excited to announce that my collection of short stories and poems, Children of Elder Time  is available for Kindle download from Amazon.com!  I used my original artwork, Sun and Moon,  for the cover.

The book features 10 short stories, two of which were previously published, and two poems. The entire book clocks in at 128 pages, which I hope is enough (and entertaining enough) to warrant its $2.99 price tag.

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The stories and poems can best be summed up as Speculative Fiction. That’s the best genre I could lump them under considering they feature everything from dragons and vampires to (I’m not kidding) vampire-dragons. You’ll also find tales with folklore, fairy tales and classic mythology re-spun and re-imagined. The stories range from humorous to dark and represent, I hope, the best of my writing to date.

Here’s the link again!

Children of Elder Time

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman


“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas—abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken—and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.” ~Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things

I just finished Smoke and Mirrors a collection of short stories and poems by Neil Gaiman. The cover art is a perfect illustration of what the reader will find inside, a fun house ride that is surreal, frightening, funny, ridiculous, touching and sad. Gaiman’s “Snow, Glass, Apples” is a chilling  retelling of Snow White, while “Chivalry” is a quirky, amusing tale of an old woman who stumbles across the Holy Grail in a second-hand store.

As a writer, I particularly liked the story summaries (which hold no spoilers) in the introduction, where Gaiman tries to explain where his story ideas come from. Many of them were written for specific anthologies, he explains, while others were written to amuse himself “or, more precisely, to get an idea or an image out of my head and pinned safely down on paper; which is as good a reason for writing as I know…”

I have to agree.

Smoke and Mirrors

Liminality: Stories From the Borders of Speculative Fiction–Acceptance!


It has been a long time, but I can once again (soon) say I am a published writer. Yesterday I received an email from the editor of the anthology Liminality:Stories From the Borders of Speculative Fiction. My short story “Mors Cupid” has been accepted for inclusion.

The antholgy will be published by The Library of Science Fiction and Fantasy Press, which is the SF/F counterpart of The Library of the Living Dead Press. See their website and forum here: Library of the Living Dead They publish both in print and e-book formats. A quick search at Amazon.com pulls up dozens of Library of the Living Dead titles in print and Kindle formats. Here’s a link to their Smashwords profile as well: Library of the Living Dead

Writers interested in submitting to their other antholgies can find links and information in the Library of The Living Dead forums.

I don’t have all the specifics on Liminality yet. The anthology is in its beginning stages (notifying authors) right now. Needless to say, I’m thrilled that one of my stories will be included.

2010 Nebula Award Nominees & Daily Science Fiction Plug


The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the Nebula Award nominees for 2010, SFWA Nebula Award Nominees .  The page features links to the stories which are available online. One of these days…

On another note, I want to plug Daily Science Fiction. It is a new, professional market for Speculative Fiction, Daily Science Fiction . They are asking that anyone who enjoys the stories they publish to please promote the site and the email list.

One look at the market listings at Ralan.com will show just how the Speculative Fiction market is shrinking, with webzines and traditional print magazines cutting back their publication schedules or folding altogether. Daily Science Fiction is a new, quality magazine that deserves a chance at success. They simply want to give the maximum number of people vibrant and original short fiction.

Please promote the site on your blog, sign up for their free newsletter (a new story will arrive in your inbox every day!), become a fan on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and tell your friends to tell their friends about it.

Story Excerpt


I have a Speculative Fiction story in progress that is going well, except I don’t have a plot yet. I have a concept, a milieu, some funny anecdotes, but no real problem for my protagonist. I’m still working on it. I thought it might be fun to post a couple of excerpts from what I have so far… See More

Before Paphos


I love Speculative Fiction. From Science Fiction to Magic Realism, if it’s strange I’ll probably read it. I love writing it too.

My first piece of published Speculative Fiction was Before Paphos bought by Strange Horizons. This story began as an experiment in learning to write in present-tense. It was definately a challenge, but I was pleased with the results. Apparently, so were the editors. 🙂

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