Lady [Insert Job Title Here] 12

This may come as a shock, but I am not a “Lady Geologist.” I do not examine women visually and use lab tests in order to understand their physical properties, provenance, and environment of deposition. I have never gone up to a female stranger, hammered a chunk off of her, and sent it to the ...

Kindle Worlds – fanfic for pay 1

If you know any writers, you’ve probably seen this spewed all over social media today. Well, it’s my turn to spew. Amazon is starting a new scheme, this one to sell fanfiction. For profit. That’s right. Fanfiction. Making money off of it. This is a thing now. Well, it had the feeling of inevitability as ...

Read it now – The Ugly Tin Orrery

“You wouldn’t dare.” The conductor, a fit man in a crisp blue uniform now unfortunately stained with sweat and powder thanks to his insistence on resisting rather more athletically than had been necessary, gave her a wide-eyed look. Recognition and horror dawned in his eyes as he took in her scarlet coat. There was only ...

The Dining of the Cats

Chapter 1 Lorn Gorstorfsson stood at the parapet, eyes piercing the uneasy night from above a gnarled red beard in which a sparrow could easily become lost. Overhead, the Harvest Moon hung, fat and full; much fatter and fuller, he thought bitterly, than the actual harvest. That was the price, he’d been told, for ignoring ...

Now available for pre-order: Murder on the Titania! 5

At long last, my steampunk murder mystery novelette is available for pre-order from Musa Publishing! The phrase “unspeakably excited” doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel about this. The novelette will be released on April 5th! Get it while it’s hot! Here’s a taste of what it’s about: When theft turns to murder, retired Colonel ...

I’m number one! (in the Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll!!!) 5

I'm number one! (in the Strange Horizons Readers' Poll!!!)
Strange Horizons published the results of their Reader’s Poll this morning and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Comes the Huntsman is first place for short story! Thank you everyone who voted for me! Thank you so much! Comes the Huntsman is a story that’s still incredibly special to me (and not incidentally the story I wrote in 2012 for Tom ...

How much are you worth? 3

The question is more literally “How much is your writing worth?” but since art is in effect a piece of you that you have offered for the consumption of others, I think it’s a fair question. In the last day, there’s been a minor blow-up about Random House’s new Hydra imprint. Simply put, the contract ...

Utar the Radish Farmer

So, this is entirely @mbennardo’s fault. LET IT BE KNOWN. On a hill overlooking the Camsted valley stands a man, six feet tall, broad-shouldered, hands with short, stubby fingers and square palms. Earth hands, his Mam had called them. Stone hands they also got called, by anyone unlucky enough to mistake soft-spoken for weak after a ...

2012 Stories

We’re now into 2013 which means it’s time to start thinking about awards for stuff from 2012! Woo! I have three short stories that are eligible: The Jade Tiger – Penumbra, March 2012Comes the Huntsman – Strange Horizons, July 2, 2012Entangled – Specutopia, July 13, 2012 Regarding Entangled, I’ll be posting it on this blog ...

2012: Writing Year in Review

Written This Year Novels: Zero, I’m sorry to say. I did a lot of editing on Fire in the Belly and Throne of Nightmares but grad school really prevented me from making much progress. I think I might have added another 10k words to King’s Hand. Shorter Stuff: Relatively more success on this front, perhaps because shorter stories are ...