My Narration of Sharon Shinn’s “The Double-Edged Sword”

So I’m behind in my recordings. I owe a narration to one podcast and have another due in January. Finding a time in my home when I only have to contend with curious dogs and less curious cats is tricky, which is why recording Sharon Shinn’s “The Double-Edged Sword” was such a victory.  At 40 pages it’s squarely in that special category: novelette. In other words it’s a satisfyingly long read, or to put it another way it’s an epic short story.

Aesara, the protagonist, is strong and wild and scarred by life in a way that colors–or even dictates–her … Read more

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My Narration of Sandra M. Odell’s “Telling Stories”

PodcastleMy narration of Sandra M. Odell’s “Tell Stories” is out in Podcastle 433. This story was both a joy to read and a writerly lesson for me. Writing humor is hard, much harder to my mind that writing dark fiction, or angry fiction, or just about any other kind of fiction. But Odell’s premise is surprising and her characters so damn real. It’s funny and heartful all at once. I really enjoyed working on the piece

Listeners are bound to be charmed, amused, and filled with the huge heart that clearly beats inside Sandra M. Odell. She knows funny, … 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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