Friday, March 18, 2011

In which I talk of catharsis. How pretentious, huh?

Writing is a truly cathartic experience. It allows us to revisit the past, to alter scenarios and outcomes, and ultimately (thankfully) to let things go. As you get older you become more self-possessed. You know more what you want in life, and especially what you don't. It's this self-awareness that defines our character.

In the same sense writing allows us to examine human behavior on a micro scale. To examine emotions we don't particularly understand and human foibles we're blessed enough to lack. I am a singularly determined person; and some people are not, they're capricious. Maybe that's not a fault, to be able to move on to the next thing as soon as it presents itself. But in writing I can understand the motivation behind it.

That's also the curse of being a writer: you spend so much time creating personalities and sussing out the genesis of human behavior, that people often--not always--fail to surprise you. It almost gives you a cynical interpretation of the world.

It's made me a much more self-aware person. The people I love in this world, I love. Because of, not in spite of, their faults. It's also taught me what I don't want in my life. This is the hardest thing to accomplish: letting something go completely. Because of my long association with designing human fallacy, I have no place for it in my life.

Anyways, I'm going to go back to writing my story about a martian freeloader!


P.S. Updating bibliography soon, hopefully.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

At Long Last

Quick update. A number of stories have recently been published, in Necrotic Tissue, Ghostlight, and Encounters. Check 'em out. I've also got another story short listed for an anthology, so I hope that goes through. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pill Hill Press

Pill Hill Press has accepted my story "Through the Trees" for publication in their Daily Bites of Flesh anthology. Look forward to seeing it in print.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Sadly not an acceptance from this shiny new awesomeness, but I did get a personal rejection from uber-editor John Joseph Adams. How cool!
He liked my story!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


New story up at Short-Story.Me: The Brokenhearted Leper. Check it out.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Sold my story The Curator's Dilemma to Encounters Magazine. Great news, considering the rejections had been piling up of late.

The Lorelei Signal

Check my new story out over at The Lorelei Signal!