Year in Review: 2015


36 stories published:
23 originals
13 reprints

33 acceptances:
1 short story collection
14 original stories
17 reprints
1 non-fiction essay

13 new stories written (45k words*)

* I don’t track my daily wordcount, so my yearly wordcount is based only on finished stories. My actual wordcount is probably somewhat higher. But definitely not high enough. Generating more words is really something that I need to work on for next year.

Year in Review

2015 has been big for me in a lot of ways. I had 23 original stories out this …

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Armadillocon Schedule!

This weekend is Armadillocon, and I'm going to be there!  I haven't been back to Austin for a few years, and I am really looking forward to seeing some old friends (and meeting new people too, of course!).  Want to find me at the con?  Here's my schedule:

Sa1000F What Sciences Haven't Been Used?
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom F
Allen, Ledbetter*, J. Moore, Simmons, Yoachim
It's not all astronomy and physics. Where are the great psychology SF novels? What else should we be seeing?

Sa1100D Learning to Write: Recommended Workshops, …

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2014 by the numbers

107 submissions (includes reprints and foreign markets)
31 acceptances (20 original stories, 11 reprints/foreign market)
33 personal rejections
39 form rejections

Submissions-wise, 2014 was an amazing year for me.  I sent out more submissions than any other year, and I had more acceptances this year than in the last 4 years combined.

46500 words written

I don't track daily wordcounts, so to get words written I added up the wordcounts for all my completed drafts.  This includes a couple of co-written stories (and yes, I claimed all the words even though my co-author wrote some), but doesn't …

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Stories in 2014

As I start my year-end frantic reading of short fiction to put together my Nebula nominations, I really like other people's posts reminding me what stories they've had out this year. (I promise myself every year that I will keep up better and not binge read at the end of the year, but do I keep up? NO. I blame other people for writing too much good stuff.) So here is my 2014 roundup post.

My very favorite of my short stories out this year (and, in fact, my favorite of all the things I've ever had published so far) …

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Three things make a post

(1) I have a flash fiction story coming out at Daily Science Fiction on Monday — if you want to be among the first to read it, head over to their website ( and get a free email subscription. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait a week for the story to be posted on their website.

(2) We’re set to start remodeling our kitchen on Monday, which I am very excited about. The current kitchen is small, walled-off, and TURQUOISE. The new kitchen will be open, bigger, and NOT turquoise. More detailed pictures and postings about the kitchen remodel, but I …

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2010 Nebula Award Nominees

SFWA has posted the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards, and I am very excited to announce that my novelette, “Stone Wall Truth,” made the ballot! Squee! It is a huge honor to be up for the award alongside so many amazing writers.

And the nominees for novelette are…

‘‘Map of Seventeen’’, Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
‘‘The Jaguar House, in Shadow’’, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 7/10)
‘‘The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara’’, Christopher Kastensmidt (Realms of Fantasy 4/10)
“Plus or Minus’’, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 12/10)
‘‘Pishaach’’, Shweta Narayan (The Beastly …

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Scriblings from 2010

The obligatory year-in-review post. Due to having taken some time away from writing after my daughter was born, I didn’t do a lot of writing in 2010 (so I’m not going to post a list of stories written), but I did have four new stories come out:

Stone Wall Truth – originally in Asimov’s, Feb 2010, but now available on my website
Blood Willows – Flash Fiction Online, March 2010
What Happens in Vegas – Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Issue #6
The Sometimes Child – Fantasy Magazine, May 1, 2010

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