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Portrait of a Pinup Boy at the End of the World, Kaleidotrope, ed. Fred Coppersmith.
3,800 words. With months to spare before an apocalypse on Earth, a space age detective hunts for a mysterious, missing celebrity.
“Home’s a fairytale, boy band.” I tip my head toward the cloud-streaked sky, blue as a memory’s corpse. “Either you’re a one-percenter clinging to the apron strings of the OneWorld government back on a dying goddamn planet, or you’re surplus like me and Q, jettisoned out to the space stations like spare cargo.”
The Ruritanian Duke of Kunlun, The Colored Lens, ed. Dawn Lloyd and Daniel Scott.
9,300 words. Wuxia meets Ruritanian romance! Duke Winslow North, lesser known as Weizhe of the Family Ng, finds his carefully-curated European lifestyle turned upside-down when a Western dandy with Eastern martial aspirations drags him into a misadventure concerning a missing royal heirloom.
"Oh, it is not a matter of intolerance," said Arthur, drooping further still. "Which is a shame, really. To snub the intolerant is quite fashionable in respectable Ruritanian circles now."
Requiem for Kingkillers and Queenmakers, The Future Fire, ed. Djibril al-Ayad.
5,900 words. Postcolonial mannerpunk. The tale of a queen, a king, a consort, an opera librettist, and the peculiar anatomy of a political assassination.
“There would be a certain unfortunate symmetry to killing you,” I admitted now.
“A false equivalence,” chided the anointed mother of my homeland, with another un-queen-ly snort. “You are above that, Lailani. My father was a tyrant during the worst of his reign, and a plaything of the Mainland emperors during the best. Do you believe me to be either tyrannical or sycophantic?"
Current Portfolio (Stories You Can Read Now!)
Published in 2018
Graveyard Girls on Paper Phoenix Wings, March 2018, GlitterShip, Episode 51, narrated & ed. Keffy R.M. Kehrli. Available to read, listen, or download online here.
7,300 words. Nothing disrupts a graveyard keeper's routine quite like a flyboy crash-landing in a cemetery haunted by misbehaving women.
The ghosts of Dalaga have been prostitutes and adulterers, god-deniers and conspirators, each new addition finding more creatively myriad ways to spend lives of merrymaking sin before succumbing to death.
Courtesans Tell Tales, March 2018, Devilfish Review, Issue 20, ed. Cathy Lopez and Sarah McDonald. Available to read online here.
4,300 words. Companion story and prequel to The Moons of Zaaros. On a planet orbited by a hundred moons, a tyrant's moon-born lover plays the long game.
“Theater is at the core of sex and politics both, isn’t it?” Lyle’s mouth twisted, as he glanced down at the artist. “Theater is a courtesan’s bitch.
Technicolor in the Time of Nostalgia, February 2018, The Colored Lens, Issue 26, ed. Dawn Lloyd and Daniel Scott. Available to read online here.
3,900 words. A girl from a broken timeline meets a time traveler with a secret.
The colors on all Mei-Li’s trappings – the spaceship, the spectacles, the cheongsam – more than anything, were what tipped Sam off.
On the Red Line, After the War, January 2018, Toasted Cake, ed. Tina Connolly. Listen or download online here.
900 words. Having your city invaded by evil robots is bad enough. Having your city invaded by evil robots while trapped on the metro with your self-righteous housemate is just insult on top of injury.
“I don’t want to organize a street-level revolution against angry robot invaders,” I said mutinously. “I want to get off the metro and go to Krispy Kreme.”
Published in 2017
Hungry Demigods, November 2017, GigaNotoSaurus, ed. Rashida J. Smith. Available to read online here.
12,700 words. How do you solve a problem like a Chinese curse on an English schoolboy in Quebec? Local pâtisserie chef and part-time kitchen witch Isabel Chang intends to find out.
If commuters on the métro noticed the three-legged raven nesting in the stout little Chinese girl’s hair, they evidently counted themselves too replete with Canadian courtesy to remark on the sight.
The Man in the Crimson Coat, September 2017, Apex Magazine, Issue 100, ed. Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner; podcast produced by KT Bryski and narrated by Lori Henry. Available to read online here. Listen or download here. Full issue available online and for purchase here.
5,000 words. Cyberpunk noir. Deep in the belly of a city that rots from the inside out, an unlikely pair of strangers ask each other some dangerously loaded questions.
The man pulling music out of the old-world piano at this Fleet Street bar plays minor-key jazz melodies with killer hands.
Cassandra Writes Out of Order, August 2017, PodCastle, Episode 485, narrated by Sandra Espinoza, ed. Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali and Jen R. Albert. Listen or download online here. Full text available to read here.
3,100 words. A federal government agency hires a poet-prophet to predict the future of the world. This goes about as well as expected.
Marisol's fountain pen rhymes a rain of bombs into existence, plots the precise steps of foreign troop movements to the ba-dum ba-dum ba-dum of iambic pentameter.
To Smoke, From Words, June 2017, Secrets of the Goat People, Vol. 2: Resistance, ed. Women Write About Comics. Available to read through purchase on Gumroad.
2,600 words. In mid-twentieth-century China, a classically-educated bourgeois boy and a foreign war refugee tell tales, speak in silence, and survive revolutions.
Sometimes, Bohai thinks Solhee’s quietude bears the heaviness of things her words-in-print won’t dare.
Pro Patria Mori, June 2017, NewMyths.com, ed. Scott T. Barnes. Available to read online here.
900 words. A tale of war, love, and reincarnation blues.
“We could end it now,” I say, heavy-tongued with truth. The life of you, flicker of warmth, the clock of your heart tick-tick-tick beneath your bones, has always been extinguishable.
The Family Business, February 2017, Triptych Tales, ed. Kevin Quirt and Melanie Fogel. Available to read online here.
5,000 words. Beauty and the Beast, with a twist. In which Danny Kim, an American teenager with no particular knowledge of Korea, his uncle, or how to hunt game, is packed off to the coast of Busan one summer, latest Samsung smartphone model in hand, to familiarize himself with all three. Too bad Danny never asked what sort of game he'd be hunting.
“This is like the beginning of one of those terrifying and incredibly child-inappropriate parables where everyone dies in the woods at the end,” observed Danny, with limited enthusiasm.
The Moons of Zaaros, January 2017, The Sockdolager, Special Winter Issue: Women of War, Issue 8, ed. Rawles Marie Lumumba. Available to read online here. Full issue additionally available for purchase on Amazon and Gumroad.
4,800 words. Two very different girls from two very different worlds learn to navigate military intrigue, cross-cultural politics, and each other. Spoiler alert – they've got more in common than they think.
Willhemenia had the same skinny legs and pasty-pale coloring of all her people, Southie-blond hair like anemic corn imports, and Southie-blue eyes like cloudy river water.
The Necromancer's Apprentice, August 2012, Expanded Horizons, Issue 36. Available to read online here.
6,100 words. You can't relive the past, but as Rin discovers one moon-bright Friday night, you can't always escape it either.
It was no particular mystery to Rin what happened when necromancy went wrong – and it always did go wrong, eventually. Laws banned the practice for a reason, had been passed almost as soon as necromancy itself came into vogue.