“Everyone Gets A Happy Ending” Now Available in Interzone #268

My story “Everyone Gets A Happy Ending,” which concerns itself female friendships, the nature of family, and the bunny apocalypse, is now out in the January-February 2017 issue of Interzone. I wrote this story over a number of months, which is pretty standard for me. I tend to put stories away and allow them to ferment multiple times before they actually transform into something resembling completion. I finished my final draft during a writers’ retreat hosted by Scott H. Andrews in the mountains of western Virginia. During that retreat I also completed my Black Static story “A Pinhole of … Read more

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“One Thousand Paper Cranes” Now Out in Kaleidotrope

“One Thousand Paper Cranes” took its time. Both the writing of it and its emergence in a magazine. I’m almost afraid to go back and read it. What was I thinking about a year ago? Who was I back then?  Questions which tie to the story.

“One Thousand Paper Cranes” is a very Julie story. It’s about love and loss and science(!).  Set in a near future world, stretching time has become a state-sanctioned way of fixing personality problems. Troubled, self-destructive, acting out? Try CR-Rest: chemically-regulated, restricted-environmental-stimulation therapy.

“One Thousand Paper Cranes” is also concerned with the fate of the … Read more

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“Holes in Heaven” — Isthmus (January 2016)

My story “Holes in Heaven” was published in the January 2016 issue of Isthmus.

First Lines

In addition to its other powers, the Arizona heat compels decay. My forty-year-old apartment building with its Class C construction and Title Eight clientele didn’t stand a chance. The stench had overtaken my bedroom months ago, the epicenter of my carefully assembled physics experiment. Even with a bandana tied around my face, the room stank like clam bellies festering in the desert sun.

I tossed another stack of torn and stained newspapers, Gila Bend Suns and Arizona Republics, onto the edges of … Read more

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