Everything becomes ashes. Every morning becomes the sunrise. Sometimes, the one must rise from the other.

In these seven tales of science fiction and fantasy, see worlds and universes through the eyes of those facing either ashes or sunrise, moving from one to the other. Those forced to live on the sidelines, but who will not be kept down. Those who will rise, like the sun.

100% of the author proceeds from this anthology will go to the ACLU, to continue helping them fight for those rising from ashes. Available on Amazon in Ebook and Print.

Sometimes horrors are quiet and personal. Some horrors, only you might understand, and even if someone else witnessed it, saw it, lived it, they mass pass as nothing. But that doesn’t mean they can’t break you.

My story in the anthology, Blank Canvas, might only be a horror story to me. It was the angriest story I’d ever written, and probably the most personal. The events and characters are fictional, but the ideas of cultural loss, family loss, and the things we sacrifice to survive, were largely on my mind. How much is ambition worth? How much bigotry can you tolerate before it wears you down? At what point do you lose yourself?

I’m happy this story found a home somewhere, and I hope you do check out the anthology out then spread the word/review it if you enjoy it. You’ll not only be supporting a good cause (none of us are getting paid) but also getting some fiction for it.

And yes, this release date was chosen purposefully.

We’re having a Facebook party to launch the anthology today. Come join in your pajamas and help us throw some virtual confetti. You’re welcome to promo any of your own books as well!


Journal, News

Writing days: 20
Brainstorming / Research / Plotting : 2

So the baby sleep count didn’t work out this month because the kiddo’s habits keep changing, and I’m so tired I’ve actually slept through some of those night wakings by accident.

On the writing front, this was my first full month at this novel, and I’m really happy with how it’s gone. I’ve slowed down since I hit the halfway mark, and I think that’s partly fatigue. I’ve been steaming through until now, so 1k a day seems like a bad day, when it’s been my target for years. Maybe I’m just getting more impatient.

The slowdown usually happens around the mid-point for me, because I know just how much work there is left to do, and how much there will be to fix in the next draft. But don’t cry for me, because I expect this by now, and I know the only way past it is to keep going.

poc-destroy-sf ALSO in happy news, Lightspeed’s special double issue: POC Destroy Science Fiction is out! My story “The Peacekeeper” is a flash piece about a malfunctioning civil android unit trying to solve the problem of war. You’ll have to buy the issue to read my story, but some of the others are available on the website, so please do check those out. So far what I’ve seen is fantastic.

So, how was your May?