13 Jan

Writing Event: Person, Place, Thing

A compilation of nine pictures. From top left: an Asian girl playing with bubbles in a park; a canal in Venice at sunset; a red acoustic guitar lying on a gray wooden floor; colorful paper lanterns hanging from a ceiling; a Black woman standing under an umbrella in the rain; an orange sunset behind an empty bench and a leafless tree; brick arches in a cellar; violets growing out of an old pair of boots; a white man with a thick gray mustache, curled at the ends.

UPDATE: I’m making a last-minute trip to Ohio to see a sick family member. My friend Stephanie will be hosting this event instead. She’s fabulous, and I know you all are going to have a great time with her. Write lots of awesome stories and please tell me all about it when I get back!

Winter’s a great time to begin writing something new, but it can be tough to shake off the gloom and get inspired. Why not get together with other awesome writers and tackle some writing prompts?

On Sunday, February 2, 4:00–8:00 p.m., we’ll gather at Friday Afternoon Tea to start some fresh stories.

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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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