Monday, February 22, 2016

Writers of the Future Volume 32 Now Available for Preorder

This year's Writers of the Future anthology, which features my 1st Place winning story, is now available for preorder on Amazon. And take a long gander at that cover art by Sergey Poyarkov. Is that not fantastic? I adore it.

And oh, hey, sharing a table of contents with Brandon Sanderson, Tim Powers, and Sean Williams, yeah, hey, no big deal. *ahem*

I still have to remain secretive about the story itself, since it has another round of blind judging coming up for the Golden Pen award, and that's driving me a little nuts. I want to shout about my story already! But it won't be long now. I've already completed the editing process with the awesome David Farland. All that's left is to make travel preparations for the big gala. April is creeping up quickly. Soon I'll be whisked off to Hollywood for a surreal week of education and splendor. Can't wait.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Read "Battle Lines" in Fantasy Scroll Mag

Battle Lines, a flash piece about trapped enemy soldiers talking to each other over a blast door loudspeaker, is reprinted this week in issue #11 of Fantasy Scroll Magazine.

Battle Lines was one of the first stories I ever wrote at the flash fiction length, way back in the fabled year of 2012, which gives me warm fuzzies. This story also holds the distinction of being the only thing I've ever read out loud to a roomful of people while clutching a piece of paper like my life depended on it. I read it at a Barnes & Noble Flash Slam while attending Odyssey Workshop in 2013.

Battle Lines was originally published in Plasma Frequency. I'm particularly happy to see this one published a second time, because it's got a different (better) ending now, thanks to some feedback from my Odyssey classmates the week before the flash slam. That same week, I got the Plasma Frequency acceptance for the original version, so it was published without the tweaked ending. Now I feel content knowing the story is out in the world in its final form.