It’s live! The latest Harry and Marlowe story is now up on Lightspeed! And if you’d like, buy the whole issue with a ton of great fiction!

Here it is:  Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana.

And there’ll be another Harry and Marlowe story out next year as well.




end of summer camping

September 10, 2018

I’m not ready for summer to be over. I feel like I never got enough camping/outdoor time. So I wrangled some friends together for a random weekend of non-SCA camping, just sitting around the fire and chilling out and drinking cider and all that good stuff.

Did some birding. Heard what I think was a Great Horned owl and saw a bunch of Wilson’s warblers, which are adorable. Some flycatchers which I was entirely unable to identify. Got one lifer: a Cassin’s vireo.

On one of my walks I encountered this:

I think this is the remains of an abandoned irrigation canal. My suspicion is this chunk of decayed concrete isn’t all that old. Sixty years, maybe? It really doesn’t take all that long for vegetation and the freeze/thaw cycle to do their damage. When working on Bannerless and The Wild Dead, I worried that I was being too radical, showing too much of civilization vanishing in too short a time. Then I come across something like this and think, no, civilization vanishes a lot quicker than we think it does.

This is at Pawnee National Grassland, an area I want to explore more of. I think I’d like to camp there in the spring, to catch some of the spring migration/breeding season. Camping, so I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn and can just roll out of the sleeping bag, grab the binoculars and go.


late-breaking appearance

August 31, 2018

I’ve scheduled a signing in Denver next month:  Friday, September 14, 5 – 7 pm, at Talking Books Plus in Lakewood, CO.

I’ve got a couple more events lined up before the end of the year, including Mile Hi Con. Stay tuned!

And that short story I mentioned needed revising? Revised it Wednesday, sold it today. Woohoo! If only all the projects could work that smoothly…


one thing after another

August 29, 2018

I have returned from Bubonicon and am mostly recovered. Mostly. This only means that all my next round of projects are arranged before me and what I think I’d really like to do right now is sleep.

Writing:  I’m revising one of the half-finished novels from the Year of Stalled Projects. I have also started a novella, have a short story to revise, another novella I’d like to start, the stage play I’ve been working on for a year that I want to noodle with, and a proposal for a couple more novels.

Guys, this is pretty much what it’s like in my brain all the time. It’s frankly miraculous I get anything done. I think this is partly why my “write a little bit every day, every single day” strategy works so well for me. If I tried to completely binge-write one specific thing, I’d explode.

Crafting:  Emmy’s Halloween costume is underway. So is a completely frivolous gown I’m making for no reason at all. At least three knitting projects started — I’ve lost count. Oh, and I figured out at least one thing I want to do with that Porg fabric. It’s a surprise.

I should also probably clean the house and weed the yard.

And I am reading three books simultaneously.

A nap actually sounds pretty good right now.



August 24, 2018

I am at Bubonicon this weekend.

I’m hoping to spend time with friends and have some quality hanging out time and maybe buy some books. You know, good convention stuff.

I hope you’re having a great weekend.




I have been remiss! I knew this was out and just forgot to mention that THE WILD DEAD (Like Bannerless before it) is available on audiobook, for thems who wants audio. Go forth and listen!

And here’s a new thoughtful analysis/review of both books, by Liz Bourke over at I’ve really been appreciating these in-depth takes on them both as crime fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction.


Monday update

August 20, 2018

I did practically NOTHING all weekend and that was nice. Well, not entirely nothing. Went birding at Barr Lake, wrapped up a critique, polished and submitted a set of short stories, and pulled out one of the 3/4 finished novels from The Year of Stalled Projects to see what I can do with it.  So you know, almost nothing.

Reminder:  This coming weekend is Bubonicon so I’m getting ready for that, too! Hope to see some of you there!

Oh! And I can tell my brain is coming back online after months of working on The Longest Novel Ever because I’m crafting again. Like, a lot. Made a hat for my brother for his birthday, and Emmy has decided on her Halloween costume, which means I’m watching YouTube tutorials on how to dye faux fur. And while I try really really hard not to walk out of fabric stores with stuff I didn’t intend on buying, sometimes it’s just impossible. Like when I found this:

I KNOW RIGHT?!?!?!?!