What I wrote in 2018

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.

Other stuff

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.

Darkling’s Beasts and Brews: Poetry with a Drink on the Side is now available!

My poem “Food Shopping” is now available in print in a cookbook.

Yes, a cookbook. Or more correctly, a collection of drink recipes paired with poems. And it’s a hardback!

In this particular case, my poem has been paired with Dragon’s Claw Punch, which should surprise exactly no one who knows me 🙂

The official press release:

Darkling’s Beasts & Brews is available for pre-order on Amazon! Check out Darkling – Lycan Valley’s Graveyard Host’s 70+ drink concoctions with corresponding poems from around the valley. (Includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes in seven categories — Coffee & Tea, Cocktails & Mixed Drinks, Milkshakes, Smoothies, Shots, Punch and a bonus Killer Clown section.) Cover design by Kealan Patrick Burke, Darkling art by M Wayne Miller, Interior clown art by Stephen Cooney

A goth or maybe vampire woman with no pupils, black and green hair and a raven stares out of the cover of Darkling's Beasts and Brews. Darkling’s Beasts and Brews: Poetry with a Drink on the Side at Amazon.com