Audio reprint, Clarkesworld Year Seven, and “Doors” illustration

I just returned from a week-long camping retreat with fellow writers Julie Day and Michael DeLuca. We viewed the Marfa lights, walked in the Big Bend hot sun, seared vegan marshmallows, and half-slept in a haunted tent. I returned sunburnt, exhausted, but inspired.

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While away, a few writing bits filled my inbox.

  • My story “An Exodus of Wings,” which originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction, has been reprinted in the audio magazine The Drabblecast. Listen to it here.
Art by Melissa McClanahan
Art by Melissa McClanahan

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  • I saw a first glimpse of the art for my forthcoming story “Doors” from Interzone. I’m thrilled to see the whole issue.
Art by Richard Wagner
Art by Richard Wagner

“Sleepers” — Interzone (March 2014)

My short story “Sleepers” appeared in the March 2014 issue of Interzone and was reprinted online in the December 2014 isssue of Fantastic Stories.

Art by Martin Hanford
Art by Martin Hanford

First line: “The newscasters say that the sleepers came without warning, that one day they weren’t here and the next, they were.”

Inspiration: In February of 2013, my partner had spinal surgery. On my birthday one day later, I broke my ankle in a car crash. This left us both rather helpless in a 700 square foot duplex, but it also gave me six free weeks of writing time and some misery for inspiration. Naturally, I wrote about a young woman struggling with panic and the drawn-out death of her father in a hospital.

Praise for “Sleepers”:

Buy a copy of Interzone, the high quality British SFF magazine where “Sleepers” first appeared (Issue 252): http://ttapress.com/interzone/backissues/

Read it for free on Fantastic Stories: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/short-story-sleepers/

Art: The Tempest by Jennifer Stufflebeam