It’s yes, I should write an eligibility post season again.
Short stories published in 2018
“The Ground Shifted”, published by Dreaming Robot Press in Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5. Each year the publishers collect science fiction stories appropriate to middle-grade readers regarding exploring. They emphasize diversity in characters and situations.
“You know about this?” Rosetta replied. “It’s a half a cat.”
“Well, technically it’s a holographic presentation of half a cat. The house’s AI sends her in when there’s something it can’t do and needs the inhabitants to take over.” Auntie replied. “I wonder if the ventilation system is clogged again.”
“WHY IS IT ONLY HALF A CAT?” Rosetta stabbed into the keyboard.
“You’ve only got a half a house, so she’s only half a cat,” Auntie replied.
Poetry published in 2018
“Food Shopping”, published by Lycan Valley Press in Darkling’s Beasts and Brews: Poetry with a Drink on the Side.
The parking lot’s dimples retained last night’s storm
each wheel well shimmering with rainbows
when the Cadillac rolled in, heavy.
You threw open the door and clambered out.
First sandals, then navy blue cotton pants
festooned with smiling crescent moons
then a linen shirt,
puffy sleeves stained with potions and charms
a beard that covered eyelet and drawstring close at the collar
A practiced motion tucked the point on the hat of a wizard point under the door frame
You were muttering even before you had the door closed.
If you’re more of the User Experience or Design wonk, you may be interested in my list of posts on The Interconnected, where I’ve published numerous articles on UX, Design, and being a human in the internet age.
You might remember that last year, my story “The Smell of Home,” about an old dog who turned out to be more than he seemed, was published in the 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide.
This year, my story “The Ground Shifted”, about a teen with a vestibular disorder discovering the source of her problems, was accepted for publishing in the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide Volume 5.
The Young Explorers Adventure Guide series is middle-grade/young adult science fiction aimed to represent a diverse range of characters and situations. I’ve enjoyed writing for it, and as far as I know all the kids who’ve read it have enjoyed reading from it.
The kickstarter for this year’s volume launched recently and you can preorder/pledge for a copy now.
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The Kickstarter for the 2018 Young Explorer Adventures Guide is just over halfway funded to its goal. My story, “The Smell of Home” is in it, so if you’d like to read it and a whole ton of other great YA fiction about exploration, go give it a pledge.
One of the things I like about this particular Kickstarter is the number of tiers specifically dedicated to donating copies of the anthology to libraries. The goal is to give kids works that they can see themselves in, and I think we’ve got a great anthology to do just that.
I’ve sold “The Smell of Home”, a story about what it means to be where you belong”, to Dreaming Robot Press! It will be published in the 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. The Guide is a yearly anthology of middle-grade science fiction. They believe in publishing for a diverse range of characters and situations, which makes me proud to be one of their authors.
You can still pick up a copy of the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide if you need something to hold you over until the 2018 edition is out.