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Once there was this princess. Although she wasn’t really a princess. She…

Once there was this princess. Although she wasn’t really a princess. She was heir to nothing but two Toyotas and terrible DNA. Really she was just a girl wearing a pretty dress because it propped up the fantasy that she had value. And a very well-meaning narrative constructed from the magic of repetition and worldview in order to explain her life told her, sly whisper on the moonlight, that if she was very strong, and very good, and very smart, and very kind and generous and compassionate to every person that she met, she would be loved, she would be happy, she would be safe.

Go into the forest, this whisper said. Through the brambles, the mud, the flies, the beasts with teeth who ate little girls like you for breakfast. Go to them and be kind. Be good. Be strong. Take their darkness, hold it high, carry it over the rushing rivers and up the mountains and be better. Always better. Best.

And you will be loved.

And you will be happy.

And you will be safe.

End of the Year Updates & 2016!

Happy (almost!) New Years Everyone! I have two quick announcements and a…

Happy (almost!) New Years Everyone!

I have two quick announcements and a little update about what’s to come in 2016!

choosing-you-lightMy time travel romance short Choosing You is FREE on Amazon during New Years! Close out 2015 or welcome 2016 with a story where choosing to love someone is a literal choice.

I wrote another guest post for the Giftmas blog tour hosted by Rhonda Parrish. It’s about 2016 reading challenges! Go read it here, and enter for a chance to win a huge pack of books from all the participants.

And now for 2016…

Announcing: Circuits & Slippers!

The fabulous Lyssa Chiavari and I are co-editing a sci-fi fairytale anthology…

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The fabulous Lyssa Chiavari and I are co-editing a sci-fi fairytale anthology called Circuits and Slippers! It is one of THREE of my top-secret 2016 projects, and I’m so excited to finally announce it.

We are currently open for submissions until April 8th. We want your stories about robots in love, princesses trapped in other dimensions, knights fighting space dragons!

There is loads more info at the official page for it. Come check out the rules and give us your best fairytale retelling with a science fiction twist!

“Choosing You” Now Available on Amazon

My time-travel romance short story “Choosing You” is available on Amazon! I’m…

My time-travel romance short story “Choosing You” is available on Amazon!

Cover of Choosing You

I’m excited to announce that my first self-published piece is available on Amazon. It went up earlier this week, and already is getting great feedback.

The story follows Collin through high school, college, and into adulthood. He is visited by a time traveler – a woman who claims to be his wife in a hypothetical future… only the timeline has been disrupted, and the two will never meet unless he makes four key choices in his life that will guide them together again.

“Choosing You” is a short story in a conversational, first-person voice, about what happens when deciding to love someone becomes a literal choice. It’s 7300 words long and features a transgender protagonist.

You can get it on Amazon for $0.99, or for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Read an excerpt below:

The first time I met her, she called me Collin.

I sighed, tightening the high ponytail that was uniform-standard at Corey’s Cookies. That’s when I heard her say my name.

“Collin?”

I continued eating my food court Chinese. My name badge, at that time, said Collette.

Dragons & Destruction!

The day (week?) has finally come! I am, officially, a published author.…

The day (week?) has finally come! I am, officially, a published author.

"I read somewhere that nothing beautiful is perfect until it is destroyed." - J. Lee Ellorris
A quote from my poem “Destruction.”

My short story, “The Last Guardians” was released in the solarpunk dragon anthology Wings of Renewal yesterday, and my poem “Destruction” is coming out in Volume 2 of Polychrome Ink tomorrow! 

This is ridiculously exciting, especially since I am getting print copies of both of these to sit on my shelf and look pretty. And I may or may not take them down and lovingly stroke my name in print. 😛

If you feel like checking either of them out, let me know what you think! Outside of fanfiction and private beta reading, I’ve never really had my work out there like this, standing on its own. I’d like words of glowing praise to be lavishly rained upon me, please. 😉

So what’s next?

Nanowrimo, of course! I have been working on a novella. Or rather, several novellas. I keep starting one, then quickly finding the story isn’t working, or I need to wait and think on it some more, then trying on another one. I’m trying to embrace this as part of the illustrious writing process. (Trying).