Today I learned that there’s a CGIS, like NCIS but for the Coast Guard, and I’m going to put that in the current novel and it may actually be the twist I was looking for all along.

It’s going to be awesome.



two things

January 9, 2019

1.) The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has posted an interview about my story in this month’s issue, “To the Beautiful Shining Twilight.” I have finally written an old-school urban fantasy (i.e. elves and music in the real world) story.

2.) I’m planning on going to Worldcon in Dublin in August. Looking forward to it! I really enjoyed my last trip to Ireland and I have a whole list of things I want to check out this trip. i.e. a bunch of research on Neolithic sites and culture. YES.

3.) Wait! One more thing! I have a story in a new anthology, UNFETTERED III. There’s a giveaway on Goodreads to win a copy of an ARC. Check it out!

Now back to work. I’ve got momentum on this latest rewrite of the surprise novel and I wanna get that wrapped up.


status report

January 7, 2019

It’s that week of the year when the holiday decorations all get put away and it’s the first normal week with no interruptions and yet nothing feels quite normal.

Predictive text:  we were messaging about restaurants and instead of “Sushi Hana” my phone thought I wanted to type “Hanseatic.” I am oddly smug that my phone thinks I talk about the Hanseatic League in every day conversation.

Heading back to yoga after a month of travel and dealing with hacking respiratory ick. This oughta be interesting.

Writing. It’s going slow. I wish it didn’t go slow but sometimes that’s how it shakes out. Baby steps.


one last hurrah for 2018

December 31, 2018

I’ve been thinking of good things that happened in 2018, because a lot of good things did, even though in other ways I’ve been struggling. I won’t have a novel out in 2019 because I didn’t completely finish one this year. I’m working on two, but still revising them, and that’s been tough. It’s put me in a bit of a funk that’s been hard to claw out of. If I’ve been quieter than usual, that may be why. I don’t want to focus on struggling so I end up not focusing on anything at all. And that’s before even thinking about the bigger picture of politics in this country, which has frankly been a parody of itself for awhile now.

So let’s think about the good. This year, Bannerless won the Philip K. Dick Award and that was huge. Like, maybe I really do know how to write novels? I’ve written some of my best short fiction ever. I saw some great birds and went on a couple of great scuba trips.  I got to spend a couple of days in Toronto on the set of The Expanse watching filming — and I can’t say any more about it than that because of the NDA. But it was amazing and I learned a ton.

I hit another milestone this year:  I sold a story to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. “To the Beautiful Shining Twilight” is now available in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue:

This is a milestone because I’ve been sending stories to F&SF since 1990, and this is my first sale to the magazine. Twenty-eight years, I’ve been submitting to this market. It’s a bit of shock seeing my name on the cover. But here we are.

I still have other milestones on my list. We’ll see if I can get to those, too.

Happy New Year!



Christmastime is here…

December 24, 2018

I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks, and arrived home bemused to realize that Christmas is, like, here. Fortunately, I appear to be carrying some of that vacation calm with me. Hey, if it hasn’t been done by now, it’s not going to be. And that’s okay.

I read three books, gave up on a fourth halfway through, plotted two short stories, listed a dozen lifers on my bird list, my favorite of which is probably the ruby-topaz hummingbird. (Seriously, is that not one of the most beautiful birds you’ve ever seen?) Logged four dives. Bonaire is now one of my favorite diving locations. The biodiversity was incredible on all the ABC islands I visited.

And now, it’s time to pack up and head to the family and do the holiday thing.

A couple of things went live while I was gone:

The Island of Beasts, my Regency-era story about exiled werewolves, is up on Nightmare.

My reviews of First Man and The House with a Clock in Its Walls are up on Lightspeed.

Speaking of which I am SO BEHIND on movie watching right now. Hoping to get to Aquaman soon. Maybe. I hope.

Happy Holidays, all.


Here is it, my year in review — all the new fiction I published.


The Wild Dead, the sequel to my Philip K. Dick Award-Winning Bannerless, July 2018.


“A Broken Thread in a Dark Room,” Wild Cards: One-Eyed Jacks (reprint edition), Tor Books, August 2018

“Where Would You Be Now,”, Feb 2018

“Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana,” Lightspeed Magazine, Sept 2018

“The Huntsman and the Beast,” Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018

Short Stories:

“Closer to the Sky,” Mechanical Animals, ed. Selena Chambers and Jason Heller, Nov 2018

“The Island of Beasts,” Nightmare Magazine, Dec. 2018


For some reason I felt like I hadn’t done that much this year. I think because a lot came out just in the last couple months. Another thing I notice — more novelettes than short stories. So, more “longer” short fiction than usual.  I’m not sure this is even really a trend, since the fiction that came out this year was written over the last several. (“The Secret of Ahomana” and “Closer to the Sky” were written several years ago, for example, and the editors held on to them for various reasons. And then “The Island of Beasts” was maybe six or so months between writing and publication.) When some of it finally gets published is often chance and happenstance.

All that said, my fiction production still seems really consistent. I tell people I can write a novel and a half and six short stories in a year. And here ya go.



December 7, 2018

I think I finished it. At least this draft.

The longest thing I have ever written is no longer the longest thing I have ever written because I cut 25k words out of it.

I think I’m ready to send this thing out to my beta reader.

I think.

Maybe I should go tweak things one more time. . .