Microfiction: Krampus Switching to Clean Coal

In a press conference this week, Krampus, the shadowy companion to St. Nicholas, announced that beginning in the 2017 holiday season, clean coal is now standard in all gift giving to bad children, and that this will continue indefinitely.

“It’s the children who were naughty, not the planet,” the dark lord of yuletide said in his prepared remarks. “I am deeply concerned about the health of the Earth. Though I may endure for millennia in the hidden fears of

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Winter is Coming, which is a thing it does every year.

Winter is slowly, finally arriving where I live. The weather report teases me with threats of snow (no accumulation). The Halloween decorations that plague me are now (mostly) replaced/adjuncted with Christmas lights. The pumpkins rot quietly, as is their wont.

This time of year makes me reflective. I ponder what to do differently next year. One of those things is writing publicly more. I plan to reboot this site with more (and more interesting) content, on a more regular

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Fierce Storm: Stories for the Resistance

After a long hiatus, I started thinking about short ficton again. Here's a thing I wrote while I was watching the world slowly crumble some night recently. I don't even remember the specific outrage...there are so many to choose from lately. Anyway, microficion for you.

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Interview with Djibril al-Ayad of The Future Fire

The Future Fire, a magazine of speculative fiction, is celebrating ten years of publishing! Take a moment to tremble in awe, won’t you? It’s hard out there for any small publisher, but TFF carved out a niche by embracing social and political themes in the stories they publish. Read on to learn from editor Djibril al-Ayad how the magazine operates, what TFF is looking for in terms of new content, and what future fires will be sparked.


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The Fable of the Month Club

Hey, friends. I’ve been working on an idea for quite a while. I’m calling it the Fable of the Month Club, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

Once a month for a year, supporters will get to read a brand new fable-style story written by me. It’s not going to be free or publicly available. I’m using the Patreon site, which has a pay wall, so only those who’ve pledged to

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A Momento for Your Mori

A gentle reminder to the human readers. We are all hurtling towards death. It's inevitable. That fact should not frighten you, but keep it in mind. Today is a great day to do something awesome.

  • Write something
  • Make something
  • Sign up to take a class
  • Call a friend you keep thinking about
  • Stop hating yourself for two minutes

Be awesome before you become just a skull.

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