January 21, 2019

The King's Mirror

I have a new story out today! "The King's Mirror" is live over at Strange Horizons. You can also listen to it as a podcast.

I'm very often inspired by history and archaeology when I'm writing, but I don't usually write straight-up historical stories with real people in them. It's more than a little intimidating. I know I'll probably still end up getting something wrong despite obsessively researching.

I'm thrilled I got to highlight this time period. I've loved Piedras Negras Stela 3 for more than a decade now. You can see drawing of it here.

That's Ix K'atuun Ajaw, sitting with her three-year-old daughter, Ix Huntan Ahk. There's something incredibly human about that small girl's face, turned toward her mother. And it was all carved in stone over thirteen hundred years ago.

If you want to know more about the reign of K'inich Yo'nal Ahk, this Mesoweb article is great. If you want to delve into more history, Chronicles of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube is a highly accessible volume filled with fantastic photography and drawings.

January 14, 2019

New Castle Panic Board

My son loves the game Castle Panic. And what's not to love? It's a co-op where all the players work together to defend their castle from waves of invading monsters. Good times are had by all.

Slightly less good times are had when you play so much, the board rips in two along its fold-line.

We could have fixed this with some tape, or some simpler solution, but given how much the kiddo loves this game, I wanted to make him something epic and battle-scarred. Also, I'd been dying to make something out of those pallets sitting around in the garage.

This woodburned game board is the result. I actually took pictures during the process, so if you want to see how it's made, check out my Instructable.

December 3, 2018

2018 in a Nutshell

It has been a pretty amazing year for me. I've had six new stories published -- a record for me -- and I'm happy to say that I already have two more stories forthcoming in 2019. I also sold a big old novel, and have been working through some excellent edits there to bring you the best version of The Redwood Palace.

For folks reading for awards, all my 2018 publications fall in the short story category. And if I have to single out a story as my best one this year, er, maybe Glass in Frozen Time? I'm horrible at judging my own fiction, but I am rather proud of that story, and it seems to have gotten the most love on Twitter.

My full list of 2018 publications looks like this:

"Glass in Frozen Time", Diabolical Plots 

"Ghost of the Pepper," Flash Fiction Online

"Shod in Memories", Daily Science Fiction

"Seeds of the Soul Flower," Daily Science Fiction

"Ana's Asteroid", Cast of Wonders

"The Sixth Axiom of the Magician-Sages", Myriad Paradigm's Mind Candy

October 26, 2018

Shod In Memories

New short story out! You can read "Shod in Memories" for free over at Daily Science Fiction. This one is a fairy tale retelling, and I hope it makes people smile.

This is my sixth short story to come out in 2018 -- which feels a little surreal! I'm very happy I've been able to share so much fiction with folks this year.

September 5, 2018

Ghost of the Pepper + FanX Schedule

Photo by Ryan Bushby, CC BY 2.5
I have another story out this week! "Ghost of the Pepper" is up over at Flash Fiction Online! Coincidentally, I spent the past weekend pickling nearly a bushel of peppers...

Also, I'll be at FanX this Saturday. You can find me at:

4:00pm, Room 255B: YA, I Like YA -- What About It?

6:00pm, Room 255A: Noblebright vs. Grimdark, Nobledark vs. Grimbright

Hope to see you there!

September 3, 2018

New Novel + Glass in Frozen Time

My short story "Glass in Frozen Time" is out today from Diabolical Plots! You can read it for free here.

I also have other exciting news I can share today...I signed a book contract! My novel THE REDWOOD PALACE will be coming out next year from Immortal Works. They asked me to make an author Facebook page, so you can follow me there, now, too.

And here's a little bit about the book:

Seventeen-year-old Plum is a young chef with high prospects -- until she gives up her career to cover for her runaway sister. Lying for family leaves her tangled up in intrigue, and accused of poisoning the king's sister. To clear her name, Plum has to figure out who's really behind the attack. Her best hope is to make an alliance with the Hungry Ghost who haunts the palace kitchens. He'll spy for her, if she whips him up an exorcism.

But researching exorcism recipes and delving into the identity of the true poisoner unearths darker plots. If Plum wants to save herself, her family, and her nation, she's going to have to cook the dish of a lifetime.

I'm so excited to share this project with you!