Award Nomination

I found out yesterday that my short story “Pyg the Tinker” was nominated for a Write Well Award. I have no idea when I’ll find out whether I won but I am super excited. If I win, my story will be included in a print anthology that is actually available from retailers.

“Pyg the Tinker” can still be read here. This is my steampunk take on the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. (Not Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw).

Holy Schnikes! Pushcart Nomination

Holy schnikes doesn’t really sound like a verbose title that would be written by a Pushcart Prize nominee, but it is.

That’s right, I was notified tonight that my story, “She Knit”, which was published in the Wild Horses: Women on Fire 2015 edition was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

I know that thousands of stories, most of which probably far outshine mine, were nominated and I honestly think I have a 0% chance of winning, but I am incredibly excited to be nominated.

I’m still reeling that anyone found my writing publishable, so learning that an editor thought I was one of their six best pieces of the year totally makes my day.

It’ll be months yet until I learn that I for sure didn’t win, in the meantime, I’ll just be telling everyone I know.

Oh yeah, and I should probably do my NaNoWriMo words for the day.

New Publication – Pyg the Tinker

My short story “Pyg the Tinker” was published by the online literary journal Quantum Fairy Tales. This is my steampunk take on the Greek myth of Pygmalion (not the George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion).

Pyg the Tinker passed his days in his workshop, and his nights in the Spartan bedroom behind it. He chose a life of solitude with only scattered gears and gadgets as companions. He only saw other folks if they came to him when their pocket watch lost a spring or if some other fiddly mechanism needed repair, and he liked it that way.

Late one night, Pyg received a surprise visit from a gentleman sporting a leather top hat and an overcoat with tails. The man did not knock on the gnarled wood of Pyg’s door, but swept in with a loud tap of his walking stick upon the hearth. He commissioned Pyg to build an automaton in the form of a woman.

Read the rest here…

New Acceptance

I got word that my short story, Pyg the Tinker (which is a steampunk-esque take on the Pygmalion myth) will be featured in the Summer Issue of Quantum Fairy Tales!

This should go to remind me that your work can’t be published unless you actually submit it. Which means I need to get back in the swing of submitting my short stories.

It’s Here! My First Publication!

The first ever short story I wrote and, now, my first ever publication went live today! Its a sort of YA/Horror thing. 

Katie waved to her boyfriend, Jake, trying to signal him to get his car out from in view of the house. He had the headlights turned off, but there was still a chance of her parents hearing the engine or looking out to see the late model sedan. She fit the key in the lock and attempted to open the back door as quietly as possible.

Check it out the rest on the Penmen Review!