Tag Archives: shimmer

Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

Shimmer21As part of my secret, not-so-secret, not-really-a-plan-plan to appear in as many issues of Shimmer as possible, I have once again snuck my work into its fine oages. Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife was published a few days ago in Issue #21. It’s not quite erotica, but well…it is inspired by a famous piece of erotic art from the 1800s, Hokusai’s woodblock print, The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. (Image below the cut, in case you’re not into tentacle sexy times.)

If you’re curious how the story came to be, you can read my Shimmery author interview . I also wax poetic about poutine, and discuss my obsession with featuring bodies of water in my fiction. Or, if you prefer to skip straight to the good stuff, there’s a Shimmer Drinking Game in honor of Shimmer reaching drinking age. Once you’ve had a few Shimmery drinks, jump past the cut for the visual inspiration behind the story. Cheers!


Continue reading

Comments Off on Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife

Filed under Writing

How Bunny Came to Be

Today is publication day for Shimmer #17, containing seventeen stories, and appropriately enough, available on the seventeenth of the month. One of those seventeen stories is penned by yours truly, How Bunny Came to Be.

As it so happens, Bunny came to be in a somewhat convoluted way. A year or two ago, a call for submissions came to my attention for a campy anthology inspired by B-movies and pulp magazines. Great! I thought. This will be a fun project to work on sometime down the road. Then I checked the submission deadline. It was less than 48 hours away. Ah well, I thought. You can’t win ’em all. I was ready to put the idea out of my mind, then Bunny stepped up and tapped me on the shoulder. She can be quite persuasive when she wants to be.

Frantic typing ensued, and while the story didn’t end up in the anthology, it did find a wonderful home. Fast forward to June of this year. Bunny and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron made their debut in Ideomancer with the appropriately titled Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron.

Of course, Bunny was not done with me after just one tale. She was quite insistent that her origin story be told, and who am I to disagree? As I said, she can be quite persuasive.

Shimmer 17

Shimmer #17 is now officially available, and within its pages, you too can find out just how Bunny came to be…

This is Bunny. This is Bunny before she was Bunny, back when he was Phillip Howard Craft, working as a lifeguard at Sun Haven Beach Resort by day and slinging drinks in the resort bar by night. Back before the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron saved the world from Mars, or fought the lizards from the center of the earth, or kept Air Force One from exploding with nothing more than a jeweled hairpin and a wad of peach-flavored chewing gum.

This is Bunny back when he was a bronzed god rather than a curvy goddess. His legs still go on for miles but he doesn’t shave them yet, though he does wax his chest until it gleams in the sun. Even before the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron, Phillip knew the importance of a good beauty regimen.

Still need convincing? I suggest watching this lovely trailer featuring art from Issue #17, and gorgeous music from fellow-contributor, Ada Hoffman.

Of course, now that Bunny’s story has been told, the rest of the Glitter Squadron’s members are making throat-clearing noises and giving me the side-eye. They are all most insistent, too. I’ve asked them to patiently form a line. We’ll see how well that works out for me.

Comments Off on How Bunny Came to Be

Filed under Writing

Across the Universe

I feel like I’ve been neglecting this poor little blog over here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been blogging. I’ve been scattering bits of wisdom (or not) in various places across the web. For instance, I recently wrote a guest post about bugs and speculative fiction for SF Signal, based on a presentation my Journal of Unlikely Entomology co-editor, Bernie Mojzes, and I recently gave at Balticon.

Also at SF Signal, I picked up where I left off on this blog with a new Women to Read post, recommending women whose work I think you should read and where I think you should start. I’m hoping to make this a semi-regular guest post series.

Over at Apex, I have a guest post about pre-Romero zombies and the Haitian/West African zombie tradition. This follows my post last month about the H.P. Lovecraft Society’s brilliant, low-budget, silent Call of Cthulhu movie.

And there’s more to come! Later this summer, I’ll be guest blogging for Shimmer about warriors and gender and other things in relation to my story How Bunny Came to Be in Shimmmer #17. I’ll even be posting things on this blog right here (believe it or not) as E. Catherine Tobler has graciously agreed to let me interview her in relation to her forthcoming novel Gold & Glass. Spoiler alert: I’ll probably ask her about cupcakes. Stay tuned!


Comments Off on Across the Universe

Filed under Guest Post, journal of unlikely entomology

Drag Queens in Spaaaace!

Sometimes the perfect confluence of things comes along. Like someone comes up with the Pulp-O-Mizer cover generator right as you sell a pulp-inspired story about kick-ass drag queens saving the world from an evil genius holed up in an impossible fortress on Mars. How could I resist making my own pulp-o-mizer cover under circumstances like that? And now that Doctor Blood and the Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron has made its official debut in the June issue of Ideomancer, I can share that cover with the world. So, without further delay, I present to you in all its pulpy glory…


But wait! There’s more! When a character like Bunny comes along, they can’t be contained by just one tale. So stay tuned for Shimmer #17 due out later this summer, wherein you will discover just How Bunny Came to Be…

Comments Off on Drag Queens in Spaaaace!

Filed under Short Story News, Writing

Tasting of the Sea

Shimmer January is the month of gorgeous cover art. First Lightspeed, and now Shimmer. An author could get used to this.

Tasting of the Sea is one of those stories that did not begin as it meant to go on. It went through several evolutions before finding out what sort of thing it wanted to be when it grew up. As it turns out, it wanted to be something like a fairytale, with clockwork and broken hearts, where people don’t necessarily get what they want, but they get what they need.

Ana leans on the balcony rail, watching the clockmaker across the broad expanse of emerald lawn. Beneath the spreading oak, sunlight dapples him. He is bent to his work, quick fingers catching gears, twists of wire, and bits of jeweled thread, stitching together a brand new heart.

You can read the rest of the story by picking up a copy of Shimmer #16. You can also read wonderful stories by K.M. Szpara, Charlie Bookout, Greg Leunig, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Christine Yant, Cate Gardner, William Jablonsky, Rebecca Emanuelsen, Laura Hinkle, Nicole M. Taylor, M. Bennardo, and Helena Bell. Why on earth would you pass up the chance at to get an issue with all that? If you’re still not convinced, you can read a sample of each story on the Shimmer’s website. Now get to it!

Comments Off on Tasting of the Sea

Filed under Writing

Writing Wrap-Up: 2011 Edition

All in all, it was a pretty damned good year. I appear to have broken the cycle of only even-numbered years being good in terms of seeing my work in print (for definitions of print that include pixelated goodness). There was also an overall positive trend in the ongoing war of rejection vs. acceptance. I submitted less this year, which makes me feel like a huge slacker, but I did “complete” two novels, so that’s something. Self-pimping follows; if you’d prefer to skip ahead to the end, I won’t judge you.

Continue reading


Filed under journal of unlikely entomology, Writing


It has come to my attention that Shimmer #14 is now available for purchase, in both digital and dead-tree editions. It contains my short story, Trashman, which in my not-so-humble opinion is a very nice way to close out the year.

The trashman knows all your secrets. He knows all the secrets up and down all the streets, everywhere. He knows you, maybe even better than you know yourself.

You can obtain your very own copy here.

Comments Off on Trashman

Filed under Writing


I just learned that my short story, Trashman will appear in an upcoming issue of Shimmer, which just goes to prove that even something as mundane as taking out the trash can provide viable inspiration. I’m not sure when it’ll be out, but post more details when I know them.


Filed under Short Story News, Writing