A small update: after four years off from publishing any new fiction, I have two stories out this week.
First up is “The Nobody Book,” which is out now in the most recent Night Terrors anthology from Scare Street. It is about a girl who gets lost in the library after dark, loosely based on the Petaluma Public Library, which I spent a lot of time in growing up.
The second new story is “The Epicurean,” which as of yesterday is up at The Pixelated Shroud. It is about a man suffering from Cotard’s Syndrome. Don’t Google that unless you want spoilers.
*For a more general update…*
My “years off” weren’t really years off.
I had several major, back-to-back transitions in my personal life that prevented me from feeling like I could give my full time and focus to writing fiction: moving back to the USA from my life abroad, taking care of a sick father, his death, my grandmother’s death, my aunt’s death, bartending and freelancing to make ends meet, getting married, getting a senior-level Real Job™ where I get to work on some big IPs I have loved since I was a kid.
With every transition, grief follows. Time is lost. So is a piece of you. Even so. Over the last few years, I still finished two novels, a screenplay, and around two dozen short stories. The two “new” stories mentioned in this post, for example, are both many years old at this point. It took me a while to feel like I was ready to share any of this stuff. But, I ain’t getting any younger, so…
More updates soon.