Going Interstellar II!

Last year, I heard that two of my space opera short stories were due to be included in Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission 1 Launder to the Moon. In a payload of memory card with many other authors. #writersonthemoon

THIS YEAR I got the news that my first two stories PLUS the third in the series, Imperatrix, Tertius, which was published in ‘Beyond the Stars: Across the Universe’ in 2021, are going to be added to a ‘Lunar Codex’ in the Polaris Collection – which will be sent on Astrobotic’s Mission 3 Griffin Lander. Scheduled for launch 2023/24. This will be sent to the Lunar South Pole, Polaris. So all three in my series are heading to the Moon. This is so exciting! Already on the 2022 Peregrine mission, all authors’ stories are now included in the 2023/24 Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER/SpaceX mission to the Lunar South Pole!

As I’m a tag along to an official manifest place, I’m also, technically, a stowaway… I quite like the sound of that too. 😉 Now indexed in the Lunar Codex.

Dream Eater Podcast

The podcast of ‘Dream Eater’ – my unusually upbeat Gothic Horror which first appeared in Third Flatiron’s ‘Things With Feathers’ last year – is out now. Keely does an absolutely wonderful job. She has a beautiful voice and I love her accents. It’s set in a slightly fantastical Victorian-esque London era. If you feel so inclined, you can listen to it here. There’s a little interview further own the page too. Narrator: Keely Raw.

Yearly Review 2021

There have been a fair few this year. And ‘Beyond the Stars: Across the Universe’ even reached #1 on several Amazon Bestseller lists, which was amazing! All titles listed below, more details on the Published Works page.

1. ‘Dream Eater’ podcast due Jan 2022.

2. ‘A Study of Mesozoic Schistosoma of the Late Cretaceous Period and their Abundance in Large Theropods’ re-released in Cossmass Infinities: The First Year, Dec 2021. REPRINT.

3. ‘Dream Eater’ in Third Flatiron’s Things With Feathers, Oct 2021.

4. ‘Routes Best Left Untaken’ in Love Letters to Poe: A Toast to Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 1, Sept 2021. REPRINT.

5. ‘What If?’ in Martian Magazine, Sept 2021.

6. ‘Imperatrix, Tertius’ in Beyond the Stars: Across the Universe, Aug 2021.

7. ‘Weave Us A Way’ in Speculatively Queer’s It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility, August 2021. REPRINT.

8. ‘Matchbox Daemons’ in Broken Eyes Book’s Cootie Shots Required, Aug 2021.

9. ‘Routes Best Left Untaken’ in Love Letters to Poe, July 2021. Print and audio.

10. ‘Imperatrix’ in 2019 SLF Grant Winners’ Anthology, Feb 2021. REPRINT.

Things With Feathers

Here it is! The Things With Feathers anthology. 🐦 My quirky little steampunk-esque story, Dream Eater, was accepted for this earlier this year by Third Flatiron Publishing. And the cover art? It’s from my own story! Ahhh! My story has art on the book’s cover and is leading the anthology! This has made me mega happy. See it? That crow is Leith, and he’s holding a dream worm – the story is one of my stranger creations. I am so happy it found a home here. Even the title page has a little crow silhouette on it – so cute. This is an author first and it’s just so awesome! 😁

Other recent acceptances are: Matchbox Daemons to ‘Cooties Shot Required: There Are Things You Must Know’ by Broken Eye Books – a cosmic horror market I’ve admired for years, and ‘What If?’ drabble to Martian Magazine. And I received a lovely contributor copy of Speculatively Queer’s It Gets Even Better. An awesome postcard even came with it! 🚀✨ It’s now available for purchase on Amazon.

Beyond the Stars!

I’ve been holding onto this news for a while, now I’m so happy to announce it. My space opera novelette, ‘Imperatrix, Tertius’, third in the Imperatrix series, has been accepted to Beyond the Stars: Across the Universe, the latest in the Beyond the Stars series (the ones which are going to the Moon! #writersonthemoon). And it’s out now! I really enjoyed working on this one and I’m so pleased it found a home here along with its predecessors. Big thank you to Richard and Patrice.

Blurb: When First Warrior Daire is escorting Empress Ataraxia to meet a potential consort, their imperial flotilla comes under attack. Captured by pirates and about to be auctioned on a slaver’s block, Daire struggles to find a way to save his beloved empress while keeping his own roiling emotions in check.

On its first day it reached #1 on Amazon for Hot New Releases and #5 in the Bestseller Top 100 Paid.

BEYOND THE STARS: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE includes fantastic, original space opera tales from  David Bruns, Jack Lyster, Cindy Hung, Jenny Thomas, Nemma Wollenfang, Nadya Duke and Tom Farmer. Commissioned art by the awesome Julie Dillon (it’s so beautiful!) and cover design by Kendall Roderick. Edited by Patrice Fitzgerald and Richard Leslie.

Story Announcements

Two pieces of news. 1.) My little Victorian-esque horror story ‘Routes Best Left Untaken’ has gone live today! It’s appearing in issue 10 of Love Letters to Poe. You can now read it for free over at their website along with my little interview, or if you feel so inclined, you can go to the ‘listen’ section to hear my (first ever) published audio reading. 😳

2.) My reprint, Weave Us A Way, is due to appear in Speculatively Queer’s inaugural anthology, Stories of Queer Possibility: It Gets Even Better. Although this story has been printed before I’m thrilled to be sharing it again, as it focuses heavily on the importance of identity. The editors have been so invested in this project too, helping to polish the manuscript to a high shine.

Going Interstellar!

Amazing news! This year, I’m on track for achieving something I never thought possible. I’m GOING TO THE MOON! ✨👩‍🚀🌕💫 (Kind of, sort of… figuratively speaking) Basically, due to Dr. Susan Kaye Quinn’s very cool ‘Writers on the Moon Initiative’, 150+ authors will be sending up their digital books as part of Astrobotic’s Mission 1 payload this June. The payload itself is comprised of “resource development, scientific investigation, technology demonstration, exploration, marketing, arts, and entertainment” from 8 different countries. And thanks to the wonderful Patrice Fitzgerald that will include the entire BEYOND THE STARS – Space Opera Anthology Series – and every contributor therein. Volumes 6 & 7 contain my space opera short stories ‘Imperatrix’ and ‘Imperatrix, Redux’ – which are not only ‘on theme’ for this venture but are personal favourite works. So I’m absolutely, nerdily, thrilled! They will be delivered by the Peregrine Lunar Lander to Lacus Mortis (the Lake of Death) on the Northern near-face (yes, I looked it up). It’s set for launch in June, and scheduled to land in July (although the timing of this is subject to change). There’s more information in the links below. Some of you have already heard about this project, I know some of you are on board too *waves*. I can’t wait to join you guys in space! Does this make us the first authors to be extra-terrestrially published? #writersonthemoon

Articles of interest: Astrobotics, About the Peregrine Lander, and an article at Sky & Telescope.

Writing Summary 2020

This year has been my best so far for short story sales, and I’ve hit a few significant ‘level ups’, including adding several new markets to my repertoire. So here is my progress report.

List of acceptances/publications:

7 stories published, 8 accepted, 10 new written (2 of which sold), 7 novel chapters drafted, 48,612 new words(ish) written, plus editing. I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope – hooope – it’s a better one for us all. Take care all. 💙💜💙

Beyond the Stars 2020!

This is one I’m absolutely thrilled about. My space opera short story, ‘Imperatrix, Redux’, is making its debut in Beyond the Stars: Infinite Expanse! The anthology has been released TODAY! And already it’s hit #1 on New Releases for SF Anthologies on Amazon! Eee! I’m beyond thrilled about this story being accepted. It’s a sequel to my story ‘Imperatrix’ which appeared in last year’s volume, Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space – and I know writers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but… 😉


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Winner! My entry won Second Place in the Ink & Insights Novel Award 2019!

Earlier in the year, I found out that my sci-fi novel-in-progress, I Phoenix, was a finalist in the Ink & Insights Novel Award 2019. Well, as it turns out… I won Second Place! It was also selected as a Judges’ Favourite. In previous years, I’ve made the Top Ten Finalists with other developing novels, but this is the first time I’ve landed a spot in the top 3, and I’m thrilled. More details of my entry and other winners can be found here.

Ink & Insights is a rather unique award in that wherever you rank in the contest, win or lose, you still gain critiques from 4 different judges on your submission. In this way, it makes the entry fee really worth it. As the commentary can really help to hone your writing skills.

If the contest is of interest to any writer friends, there’s still time to get an entry in – but only just. This years deadline is 30th June. It’s open to unpublished and self-published work. First 10K words, plus synopsis. Details here.