As the nights darken and the Halloween season draws near, I have a new flash in Lit Up called “Hell of a Hound.” I hope you like it!
I have a story in the forest-themed September issue of Flash Fiction Online. “Beneath Her Sweet Roots” is a reprint which originally came out in a small litmag called The Mad River. I’m very excited to get this story in front of new readers. Thank you, Executive & Reprint Editor Samantha L. Strong, for choosing it for publication!
The story will be free to read on Flash Fiction Online‘s website on September 24th, or you can support the magazine and grab the issue now—it’s available on Amazon, Weightless Books, and directly from the publisher.
Another microfic of mine is up on Stupefying Stories, “The Summer of Phoenix Spotting.”
The story was inspired by this hot, hot summer, at least it has been here in Finland. The prompt for the 100-word flash challenge run by Pete Wood was “it’s too darn hot.”
You can also read several other tiny stories from different authors written using the same prompt on the Stupefying Stories blog.
I’ve got a new microfic up on Stupefying Stories, “First Date Magic.”
This was quite a challenge to write, literally. Based on a prompt by Pete Wood, the story had to be max 107 words long and contain the phrase, “I’m pretty sure he wasn’t our waiter.” A lot harder than I first thought, but I think I did all right.
You can read six other authors’ stories for the challenge on the site as well, each very different.
Exciting news! I have a brand new story out today in Nature Futures, “Birding With My Human.” This story combines my love of birds, birdwatching, and jumbled thoughts and feelings about both the benefit and overwhelming presence of technology in our lives.
You can read more about the inspiration behind the story on the Nature website. In a nutshell, the setting where the story takes place is real—the lake, the tower, the birds.
The story is free to read online here. It’ll also be in the digital version of Nature: Volume 595 Issue 7866, 8 July 2021.
Thank you for reading!
My interview with Jen Gheller at Luna Station Quarterly is out today.
I talk about the inspiration behind my short story “Forestborn,” my writing process, and hares.
“Forestborn” will always be special to me because it was my first pro-published story (originally appearing in Gamut). Years later, I still consider it one of my better stories. It’s a tale of love, persistence, homemaking, and letting go, taking place in a cabin in the forest.
I’m so happy to share it with you now—this is the first time it’s available to read online for free.
“The Bones and Their Girl” first appeared in Syntax & Salt, and now you can read it again in the Special Reprint Issue of Flash Fiction Online (June 2021) edited by Samantha L. Strong. This story deals with love, secrets, death, vulnerability, and hidden hope, featuring two lovers, art, and bones.
Each month, Flash Fiction Online posts a new story on their website on Fridays, and mine will be up on June 11. If you can’t wait, grab a copy of the issue on Amazon, Weightless Books, or directly from the Publisher.
What happens when a group of writers are challenged to write a 100-word story that revolves around the line “Wish you were here”?
Read the results on the Stupefying Stories blog where the ten winning stories of The Pete Wood Challenge will be published this week, two stories every weekday, starting with “Are There Cats On Mars”? by Jonathan Worlde and my science fiction microfic, “Machine Learning.”