“Edith Empowered” Published in PAGE & SPINE (835 words)

Page & Spine Fiction Showcase published my story “Edith Empowered” over the weekend. This was a surprise, because of how quick the magazine accepted my submission. More importantly, however, the publication of this story marks the first piece of fiction I’ve ever been paid for. You can reading it by clicking here. My goal for …

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“Sea Oak,” a Story (and a Cancelled Amazon Show) from Feeling Very Strange

I’ve just about wrapped up the short story collection Feeling Very Strange, which I wrote about a little earlier. Before a big talk about the book, here’s a standout worth mentioning: “Sea Oak” by George Saunders. If you recognize that name, he’s the guy who wrote Lincoln in the Bardo (2017 Man Booker Prize winner), a …

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“Robot Plague” published in “Schlock Magazine” (1,422 words)

Schlock Magazine just published my short story “Robot Plague.” If you want to check it out it’ll only take five minutes, and you can read it by clicking here. And, of course, I’m really proud of this story. I’m proud of all the stories I write, though I’m extra proud of this one. This is …

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Moving my Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine Collection

I recently picked up my collection of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines. I was visiting my parents in Oregon, and for once I was both checking a bag and had some extra room inside it. Side note: my parents gave me an EXCELLENT Christmas gift—a “disposable” piece of luggage they got at a yard sale …

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Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance = Frankenstein

In the Distance is an interesting novel. And I say that, recognizing that I tell students never to call anything “interesting” (you can usually find a better descriptor). It’s by Hernan Diaz, and is the story a young boy named Hakan. He leaves his native Sweden for New York, is accidentally separated from his brother, …

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