Publication Flood

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in anthology:poem, anthology:story, Blog, holy taco church, public speaking | 0 comments

I’ve commented before that publishing events seem to happen in odd little bursts. I’ll hear nothing for months, then have a torrent of acceptances/rejections. The same goes for publications. Up until last week, I had zero stories published in 2014. Then in about a week, I had three out, two of them pro. Plus two poems.

Need to procrastinate and read? Well, here you go:
– My story “Bread of Life” is up at Nature. This is my third story in Nature, and the tale is… appropriately me. There’s also a blog post with the story behind the story.

– Daily Science Fiction published “From the Ashes,” one of those rare, uplifting post-apocalyptic stories.

– At Fantasy Scroll Magazine you can read my longer story, “My Brother’s Keeper.” It features southern-fried magic, family love, and pie.

As for poetry:
– Devilfish Review published “The Migration of Winged Jukeboxes.” More poetry should mention Steve Perry, I think.

– Kaleidotrope has a more whimsical poem, “Squished Things.”

bacon fat choc chip cookies

I’ve also popped up elsewhere online:
– I took part in an SF Signal Mind Meld on The City and Epic Road Trips.

– I had a new recipe at the Holy Taco Church: Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

– I also asked one of my favorite authors, C.E. Murphy, about how she plotted series. She answered, and it’s interesting stuff.

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Bready or Not: Maple Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, healthier, maple, side dish | 0 comments

I’m here to convert you to the goodness of Brussels sprouts. Also known as: maple syrup makes everything better.

Maple Brussels Sprouts

If you’re like me and a lot of other folks, you have scarring childhood memories of Brussels sprouts (or as I remember them, nasty mini cabbage-like things). My mom, bless her heart, boiled them. The result was not delicious.

It was only last year I decided to make my own Brussels sprouts. For a few years, I had noticed recipes on Pinterest that made the roasted version look delicious. Then I ate some at a nice restaurant and realized, “I can do this myself for a whole lot cheaper.”

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The maple syrup doesn’t make these sugary sweet, but the sweetness is definitely there. It makes these the perfect complement to all sorts of savory, salty meats. Leftovers are also fabulous cold out of the fridge or chopped into a sweet salad.

On that note, you can also use this maple vinaigrette as a salad dressing. Just increase the amounts in proportion (say, 1/2 cup each of olive oil and maple syrup, and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar) and store the leftovers in the fridge. Use it on mixed greens, slaws, etc.

Maple. Best stuff ever.

Maple Brussels Sprouts


Bready or Not: Maple Brussels Sprouts with Maple Vinaigrette Dressing/Marinade

Maple Brussels Sprouts

Forget the childhood trauma of Brussels sprouts with this slightly-sweet roasted version.

  • About 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 2 Tb pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tb apple cider vinegar
  • salt
  • (optional: 2-3 slices of bacon, chopped)

Prepare the Brussels sprouts. Remove any damaged leaves and trim the stem to remove any browning, then slice the sprouts into quarters or halves depending on their size. Place them in a gallon-sized Ziplock-type bag. (If you want to add bacon, add it to bag.)

Add the oil, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar to the bag. Seal the bag and give everything a good jostle and shake. You can bake right away or set the bag in the fridge for several hours. If you let it marinate, turn the bag every so often.

Preheat oven to 425-degrees. Set out a rimmed cookie sheet; for easy cleaning, line it with aluminum foil. Pour the Brussels sprouts onto the sheet and make them as even as possible. Add some salt.

Bake for 15 minutes, turn and stir sprouts, then roast for another 10 or 15 minutes until they are firm yet tender.


  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes


Maple Brussels Sprouts

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Locus Poll Ends Tomorrow

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in awards, Blog | 0 comments

One last reminder: voting for the Locus Awards ends tomorrow, on April 15th. The Clockwork Dagger is one of their recommended 1st novels for 2014 so it’s already listed on the ballot. (I also highly recommend you buy and read Corinne Duyvis’s book Otherbound–it’s awesome! It’s also listed in the 1st Novels category.)

One thing that sets these awards apart from the other major genre awards is that ANYONE can vote. This is especially noteworthy in light of the recent Hugo kerfuffle. All you need to do is fill in your name, email, and vote in whatever category you want. The ballot is huge and looks intimidating, but you don’t have to fill in everything.

Clockwork Dagger

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Me! Baen! Hockey!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments

I’ve been in a lot of amazing anthologies and magazines, but I confess, this one just boggles my mind. My story “Minor Hockey Gods of Barstow Station” has been accepted to Galactic Games, an anthology to be published by Baen during the Rio Olympics next year. The table of contents includes people like George R. R. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Mercedes Lackey. You can see the full holy-moley list over here.


This was an especially challenging story to write, too. Basically, it took me three months to psych myself up to start the first draft. The world-building was daunting–alien cultures, plus a far-future Earth with substantial changes–but there was also the matter of hockey. We’re a hockey family. We’ve been season ticket holders for the Arizona Coyotes for several years. I’m decently conversant in the sport and players, but not to the deep technical level that the story required. My husband was a huge help. He helped me hone my scenes and even sketched out a rink to illustrate who does what. He is awesome.

I’ll talk about this story more into next year as the release date nears. Yippee!

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