10 Apr

The Were-Chihuahua & the Hospitality Squid

Rows of red suckers above and below a sign for the WFGC Hotel

This story is a part of a blog-hop anthology all taking place within the WFGC Hotel. You can find more stories in this anthology here.


Phil walked through the airlock into a lobby straight out of late twentieth-century Earth: white marble floor dotted with diamonds of gold-veined black, a ten-meter ceiling arched over crystal chandeliers, and colorful rugs that smelled like actual sheep’s wool. The impression of antiquity was so strong, it took a moment to spot the telltale distortion around the WFGC Hotel sign and the discreet interfaces in the deep-brown multispecies seating.

After a decade as a Guardian, entering a place designed by humans felt strange. A quick mental command adjusted the clings on his legs to local gravity. He still crossed the lobby too quickly, but many humans had minor mods beyond the standard neural-network implant. Nothing to alarm anyone.

Human noses couldn’t smell the truth. Human ears couldn’t hear his heart racing. His network profile didn’t show what hid in his cells. His cycle was ticking down, and he needed to get hidden and safe.

The white-haired human receptionist peered up at him with large brown eyes, and he felt the ping on his profile a moment before her public persona flicked from “permanent contract” to “widowed.” She set her knitting aside and smiled broadly just as his nanobots detected the frequency coming off the needles.

Getting hit on by a septuagenarian with military-grade tactical knitting needles was just what today needed.

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05 Apr

Coming Soon: WFGC Hotel Blog-Hop Anthology

WFGC Presents: Hotel Blog Hop

A boisterous cabal of writers. Many genres. One strange hotel.

The infamous #WriteFightGIFClub has written an online anthology! Our wonderful, absurd, hilarious compilation of free short stories is coming to blogs near you on April 10.

My contribution is “The Were-Chihuahua & the Hospitality Squid.” Check back here next Wednesday to read all about Kiki the mega squid, Fluffy the chihuahua, their human halves—who can’t decide whether to flirt or flee—and the shady merchant who could destroy them.

24 Sep

Update + Snippets

It’s been a little bit since I last updated you all on my novel. Draft 1 is complete! It’s also enormous, a whopping 190,000 words. That’s the length of two standard fantasy novels—possibly even three. I’ve been slowly cutting things down to size in draft 2. I’ve also changed some major plot elements.

Because the story has changed, I’m posting a new snippet of chapter 1 *and* a snippet of chapter 2.

Meet Lia and Damian. She’s hiding from the angels who destroyed everything she cared about. He’s a suspicious angel detective who believes she’s a threat to his city. Together they have the clues to stop a group of vicious killers—if they can learn to trust each other.

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01 May

Discontinuing SFF Seattle Events Lists

It was fun while it lasted.

I’m discontinuing my monthly science fiction and fantasy events lists. While it was neat to see just how many different SFF events happen in Seattle each month, finding the events and creating the lists took a lot of time. I’ve decided to devote that time to writing fiction.

The good news is that I’m finally making progress in my novel. I’m excited about the scenes I’ve been writing. It feels fantastic to enjoy writing instead of just enduring it (or avoiding it altogether). I even read my work out loud in front of an audience for the first time last month, which was both terrifying and awesome.

I’ll post a snippet from the novel tomorrow. If you’re curious about what I’m working on, come back and check it out!

01 Apr

SFF Seattle Events List: April 2016

It’s April, and what better way to celebrate than to ride a motorcycle through the tulip fields with science fiction & fantasy stars Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings)? Or, if that’s way too much pollen and daystar exposure for you, there’s always Emerald City Comicon and the parallel local artist event, Hometown Heroes. UFOs, edible books, BDSM, and more below.

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04 Mar

SFF Seattle Events List: March 2016

I apologize for the delay in this month’s list; I’ve been having some health issues that have knocked the stuffing out of my work schedule. Even with this late start, we have plenty of neat science fiction and fantasy events in Seattle this month, including a live soundtrack for The Dark Crystal and two very different versions of Alice in Wonderland—not to mention Norwescon, Sakura-Con, and the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.

One quick admin note before we get to the good stuff. Last month’s list was absurdly long, so I decided to exclude regular meetings for smaller groups—things like book clubs and crafting groups. If you’re curious, you can find a lot of these meetings on last month’s list.

As always, please check each event’s website to confirm the details. If you’d like to get future events lists, subscribe using the link to the right or follow me on Twitter.

Know of a SFF event that’s not on this list? Want to go to an event? Tell us about it in the comments!

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02 Feb

SFF Seattle Events List: February 2016

Seattle is full of geeks and nerds. So many of us love science fiction and fantasy, but it can be difficult to find SFF events. Listings on the Stranger and elsewhere are overwhelming, and some of the major events (like conventions) don’t show up there at all.

So, I made a SFF Seattle Events List for February. I’m an editor and a writer, I like research, and lists are my friends. This one wound up being a wee bit longer than I thought it would, and I may shorten it next month. But I plan on making these lists once a month for the next little while. If you’d like to get future events lists, subscribe using the link to the right or follow me on Twitter. I’m a terrible blogger, so unless I kiss the Blogging Blarney Stone, it’s likely that these lists are most of what you’ll see from me. Read More

06 Feb

A Long and Long-Overdue Post on Editing

The last few months have been busy. I closed down my legal business, opened my editing business, finished my copyediting program, edited a slew of stories, proudly watched a self-published book I edited rack up glowing reviews, and started revising an unfinished novel I wrote and set aside a year ago. I also found out that the pain in my hips comes from a skeletal deformity that will require surgery, went through a ton of physical therapy, traveled to San Francisco to see one side of my family, decided not to fly to New York to see more of my family, and ate a whole bunch of tasty food. Somewhere in there, sleep happened, too. I think.

I’ve written about many of those things, but I never quite managed to post them. Much of my recent writing deals with my struggle to come to terms with my disability–typing those two words still makes me feel like I’ve been punched in the gut–and the best pieces are also the darkest. Sometimes sharing my writing scares me, and part of the reason why is below. I know I need to get over that. One day, when I’m feeling brave, I’ll publish some of those dark pieces.

I’ve also written–and not posted–about editing. Back in November I promised to explain why I’m starting up an editing business, and the short answer is because I love editing stories of all sorts. The long answer stretches back ten years and involves an unpleasant incident that many writers may, unfortunately, recognize. Read More