Tuesday, November 01, 2016
New Story Published in Uncanny Magazine

When I began this journey of becoming a writer, I dreamed and hoped that one day I would be good at it and that folks from all over would read my work. Well, I don’t know if all my dreams have come true but today a story of mine is in the same publication as Nalo Hopkinson and Neil Gaiman, so I think it’s fair to say that I’m at least on my way!!!!

Kamanti’s Child is a story that may ring a little familiar to those who’ve read Toni Morrison’s Beloved. I read that novel many years ago and never could forget it. Julia Rios did an interview with me about this story and its influences.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Published A New Story!

Well, it’s been a while but I’ve published a new story. It’s on Terraform and it’s called “A Song For You.” They made this cool little animation for the header of the story. Neat, huh? It’s a story about an android and a little girl, loneliness, longing, forgiveness, and the power of music. It was inspired by the Donny Hathaway song of the same name, and the myth of Orpheus.

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Upcoming Stuff
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Halfway Down the Stairs

My story “Ashes” got picked up by a small magazine called Halfway Down the Stairs. The word “sweet” is not accurate to describe the zine since it is not a taste of sweet nor a taste of sour, but somewhere in-between. So wonderfully done, elegant doesn’t quite fit either, but it’s close. I say all this not just because they picked up my story, but because I read several of the poems and a few of the stories in this month’s issue. My heart rests easy knowing that my story has found the perfect home. “Ashes” is a fictionalize version of something that really happened. I was a little terrified to show it to my soon-to-be mother-in-law. When she read it, she thanked me several times and I could hear a little sniffle. I was glad, relieved, and grateful.

Also I was curious about the name: “Halfway Down the Stairs” sounded vaguely familiar. I looked it up and it is from an A. A. Milne poem from his collection When We Were Very Young. I had this book when I was a little girl. I think I may still have it in my trunk or a box somewhere.

Halfway down the stairs
is a stair
where i sit.
there isn’t any
other stair
quite like
it.
i’m not at the bottom,
i’m not at the top;
so this is the stair
where
I always
stop.

Halfway up the stairs
Isn’t up
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn’t really
Anywhere!
It’s somewhere else
Instead!

[via @oldpoetry.com

And Robin the Frog sang it on the very first episode of The Muppet Show

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Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sold another story

I sold the flash fiction piece that I wrote in Ireland. It was also my first story that I read in public. It was Jim Kelly’s idea that we write a flash fiction piece of 1,000 words or less overnight for presentation in the workshop the next day—with our names removed! We would crit the story and then try to guess who wrote it. There was only 5 of us. I got all of them wrong (what a weenie.) But I did end up writing an interesting piece. In the heat of the moment it came to me. Jim had suggested that we limit it to 3 characters and a single setting. While he was saying that the mail carrier appeared at the door delivering something. I got the image and that was it. The result was “Ashes” soon to be published in Halfway Down the Stairs (September 2010) in the forthcoming Beginnings and Ends issue. It’s not a speculative fiction piece. Which is all right with me.

Also, when I submitted to Duotrope that I made the sale, this appeared on my control panel:

Acceptance ratio for the past 12 months: 10.34 %
Congratulations! Your overall acceptance ratio is higher than the average for users who have submitted to the same markets.

Pretty cool, huh?  cool smile

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