Depending on how you count them, I’ve written around about a dozen short stories so far. All were fantasy or sci-fi. Some of them will never see the light of day; their sole purpose was in teaching me how to write fiction. At present, I’ve sold seven stories to pro/semi-pro markets.
The following stories have already been published:
- My fantasy story “Above the Silver Sky” was published in EQUUS, a horse-themed anthology edited by Rhonda Parrish (2017).
- My dark humor dystopian story “Thirty-seven” appeared in Cat’s Breakfast, a Kurt Vonnegut tribute from Third Flatiron Publishing (2017).
- My military sci-fi story “Dirt Moon” was published in the HYPERPOWERS anthology, edited by Bascomb James (2016). In January 2017, it finished in the top ten of a Preditors & Editors reader poll.
- My first sci-fi story “Going Viral” appeared in the anthology The Time It Happened (2015). It was included in Third Flatiron’s Best of 2015 collection.
If you prefer audio, both “Going Viral” and “Dirt Moon” are available as free podcast stories from Third Flatiron Publishing.
I’ve sold three other stories that will be published in 2017-2018.
- My short fantasy story “Rooks” has been accepted by Stupefying Stories. No word on the publication date.
- My short dystopian story “Coming of Darkness” is forthcoming in the November issue of Galaxy’s Edge magazine (edited by Mike Resnick).
- My mythology-inspired fantasy story “Song for Persephone” is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge magazine (sometime in 2018).
In September 2014, I won WRiTE CLUB 2014, a flash fiction contest in which participants submit 500-word pieces anonymously (under a pen name) and the audience votes for their favorites. There were 167 entries, narrowed by a panel of judges to 32. I ultimately wrote 3 different 500-word pieces in the course of five voting rounds. A panel of celebrity judges (agents, editors, and authors) chose the winner of the final round. They said some very nice things about my writing:
I love the dialogue… the voice really makes this piece stand out. -Tiana Smith, YA/MG author and the 2011 winner of WRiTE CLUB
A nice consistent voice; great world-building even within such a short piece of writing; great suspense, energy, and flow. -Lydia Kang, author of YA fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction.
Great command of both the macro-level story elements and the micro-level language skills needed to present them effectively… -Tex Thompson, rural fantasy author and the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB
The voice stood out, the character seemed quirky, jaunty, and clever, and I wanted to read more. -Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary
A natural understanding of flow and pacing. -Mark Hough, author and the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB
The tone and voice are light, fun, and in line with the character and the scene – it’s nice to get this consistency and synergy early on… -Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates