“A Careful Fire” — Beneath Ceaseless Skies (October 2015)

My short story “A Careful Fire” appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies in October 2015.

beneath-ceaseless-skiesFirst line: Every night from her room in the master’s house, Mabella listens to the calls of the wingèd women as they soar through the smoky evening air.

Inspiration: This may make people think less of my marriage, but I thought of this story on my honeymoon. I saw a woman in a windowless room, listening to bird-like creatures fly and sing outside, wishing she could join them. I’d been in a state of stress, reading too much of the news, tired of story after story about people being shitty to one another, and I wrote a dark story in response. I affectionately call this one Bonnie’s Breaking Bad story.

Read it for free: http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/stories/a-careful-fire/

Art by Jennifer Stufflebeam

Best Short Fiction of 2014

Brand new magazine Mothership Zeta aims to publish fun stories, and they released their Issue 0 today, which includes my article on my favorite short fiction from 2014. Fairy tales, magic staircases, uncomfortable airplane conversations, and geometric shapes are all represented, and most you can read online for free. Check out my recommendations here.

“The Way of Things” in Crack the Spine

Out today, “The Way of Things” is my slipstream/magical realist take on the cyborg story. Read it here: http://www.crackthespine.com/2015/04/issue-144.html

First line: “I wake to find that my hand has turned to steel.”

They tell me that the stories that receive the most feedback have a good shot at being published in the print anthology, so if you like it, please consider commenting on the Crack the Spine page. Thanks!