June 18, 2018

Fyrecon 2018

I will be at Fyrecon this weekend in Layton, Utah! If you haven't been, this is a fantastic con focused on the craft and business of writing, art, and game design. Here's my schedule:


11:00am: Breaking or Retelling: How Far Can You Take a Classic Story (panel)
2:00pm: Roundtable: Mythology and its Modernization
4:00pm: Formula or Innovation: Which is the Better Path (panel)


12:00pm Accidental Heroes: Characters that Aren't Perfect (panel)
6:00pm Making Money Writing Short Fiction (class presentation)
7:00pm Managing Research and the Internet (panel)


1:00pm 3-to-1 Editing Session (You can sign up to have me edit 1,000 words of your work)
5:00pm Techniques for Worldbuilding Without Infodumping

May 29, 2018

DRIFT in a Movie!

My brother and sister-in-law were watching Everything Everything, and sent me this quick screen shot. There's DRIFT on the nightstand! Hurrah for beautiful, large typography! 

I've seen my book at libraries and bookstores before, but I wasn't ever expecting to see it pop up in a movie.

Oh, and a sidenote: I will absolutely be at Fyrecon this June -- I'll post my schedule when I have it. Hope to see some of you there!


April 30, 2018

Ana's Asteroid

My short story "Ana's Asteroid" is out live today from Cast of Wonders! You can listen to it or read it for free on their website.

I think this is the first bit of hard science fiction I've published. I wrote it with younger readers in mind -- the main character is thirteen -- and it's the kind of thing I would have wanted to read as a kid.

I loved (and still love) board games and PBS NOVA as a kid, and both of those things came into play for this story. Many games of High Frontier got me thinking hard about different asteroid mining possibilities. And Emergency Mine Rescue from NOVA gave me some engineering insights into digging deep. NOVA also has a great resources for learning about space.

February 12, 2018

LTUE Schedule

I always look forward to The Life, The Universe, and Everything. It's one of the finest SFF conferences for writers. If you're looking to find me there, I'll be at...

1:00pm: Magic Systems: Soft Vs. Hard (panel)
6:00pm: Kinship Systems from Around the World (panel)

9:00am: Write What you Know: Getting Ideas from Everyday Skills (panel)
6:00pm: Cuneiform, Hieroglyphs, Alphabets: Cultural Writing Systems (panel)
7:00pm: Massive Author Book signing!

9:00am: Avoiding the Dreaded Info Dump. (class)
12:00pm: Bite-Sized Fiction (panel)
6:00pm: Communications Throughout History (panel)

Publishing Updates!

The anthology Mind Candy is now out! My story "The Sixth Axiom of the Magician-Sages" is in it -- a story about math proofs, childbirth, and magic.

"Exhaling Memories" came out last year, but I got my physical copy of Aliterate recently. You can read this one online for free, but the book itself is beautiful.