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Frozen Adornments: Poetry and Prose of Winter and Wonder

Two of my stories have been published in an anthology by The Lit Up Press: “My Mother’s Gingerbread” and “Merry Christmas With A Little Celestial Help.”

The first story, “My Mother’s Gingerbread” features a traditional gingerbread cookie recipe which I can guarantee makes delicious cookies. It’s a quiet story of tradition, family, and longing, set in a kitchen. The second one, “Merry Christmas With A Little Celestial Help” is a sweet and melancholy tale of a heavenly being looking after a little girl and her father on Christmas eve. Her eagerness to bring them happiness and joy, overlooking a few celestial rules in the process, causes all sorts of trouble.

The anthology is called Frozen Adornments: Poetry and Prose of Winter and Wonder, and is available on Amazon (and Amazon UK) as a paperback & for Kindle. It features a collection of wonderful Christmas and winter themed stories and poetry, most of which have previously appeared on Lit Up.

Many thanks to the editors (Diamaya Dawn, A.Maguire, Pat Link, Chris Drew, Annie Caldwell) for putting together this anthology!


“The Bones and Their Girl” Out Now In Syntax&Salt

My flash fiction story, “The Bones and Their Girl,” is in the Spring issue of Syntax & Salt that came out today.

Stories featured in this issue:

Outfield by Hal Y. Zhang
Those Fantastic Lives by Bradley Sides
Fallow by Erin K. Wagner
Maid-of-Many-Skins by G.V. Anderson
Objective: Understanding by Alyssa N. Vaughn
The Bones and Their Girl by Sylvia Heike
Goldengrove Unleaving by Dafydd McKimm
He Thinks He Knows Me by Rich Ives
Timelines by L’Erin Ogle

My little story is in great company!

One of the reasons I’m so happy to get published by this magazine is not only the fabulous authors and stories they publish, but also the staff behind the scenes. Always friendly and professional plus supportive on social media. I know my story’s in good hands.


New stories in Lit Up and The Mad River

First a small update:

My website’s redesign is done now, and the site is back up. I also changed hosting companies from Webfaction to Dreamhost. I decided to make this a fresh start which means old posts did not get imported. But not to worry, they were mostly brief news on short story publications, and you can find links to my stories on the Published Short Fiction page.

Speaking of publications, I’ve had a few new stories come out:

“Merry Christmas With A Little Celestial Help” was published in Lit Up in mid-December and “Beneath Her Sweet Roots” came out in The Mad River this month.

You can read both stories on Medium.

What I like about Medium is how much feedback the writer gets from readers. Readers can highlight, comment, and clap on stories. I also see some behind-the-scenes stats: how many times a story has been viewed or read, and how many people have clapped on it.

The numbers themselves don’t matter that much, but it’s nice to know that even older stories still get viewed/read. For example, “Mother?”, which was published as a reprint a year ago, in January 2018, is still getting almost daily views plus regular reads.


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