Upright Infinity

Many of my story ideas come from random conversations with the muse. (By this time, perhaps you know I call him that ironically, or perhaps you don’t. Now you do.) In one such conversation, he said “whatever happened to the Ripleys?” And while further conversation revealed he meant the kick-ass…

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The Princess

“We’re going to play war. You stay here, and wait to be rescued.” “We’re going to play monsters — you stay here and wait to be rescued.” “Stay here until we come with the army to save you.” “You can’t have a gun, you’re a girl.” “You don’t get a…

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The Year Behind Us

It’s one of those years where the less said the better? It’s one of those years you’d never believe unless you lived through it? It’s one of those years. What did I publish this year? Some good things, if you ask this writer. But what does this writer know —…

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In the Otherwise Dark

After an especially long and frustrating day, where I felt unheard and unseen, I wrote “In the Otherwise Dark.” It is one of those rare stories that comes out in a single session, where you forget to eat lunch because the words are coming with such speed and surety. When…

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Every Winter

What is creativity? What is the thing that sets off that spark? I often think of it as the Big Bang — we don’t exactly know, but there is something that set events in motion. A collision, one idea striking another. Sometimes, in order to preserve the resulting spark, a…

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Strange California

Is the photo of the door in the rock at Big Sur real or Photoshopped? This is the question that will plague you about California: did I just see what I think I saw…? That couldn’t have possibly been real… Josie said she saw one under the rotting length of…

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Octoblerfest 2016

There is a ridiculous tradition on Twitter where, upon the arrival of Halloween month, nearly everyone changes their name to something spooky. Last year I realized my name had some built in awesome when it came to the month of October. How easy to make that Octobler, and thus another…

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I Loved Star Trek Beyond

I did not watch original Trek during its original run, being that I wasn’t yet upon this earth. Growing up geek, I always caught a few episodes when they ran on whatever channel in whatever syndication, but I never invested. Until The Next Generation showed up. TNG nabbed my interest…

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Rage Against the Machine

I’ve been home from Launchpad Astronomy Workshop for more than a month now (!) and I keep meaning to write about the experience, but I keep not doing it. The world has been a little overwhelming since I got back and there’s been a book release and short stories aplenty–…

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