As a writer
I published only two stories this year, but they’re good ones!
||“Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon”
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
March 2021 ($)
The red dirt of the plains was baked into his hands, making rivers of the creases in his palm, flowing off the low hills into the grasslands of his wrist. A summer of post-setting had left his hands as hard as brick and just as red.
“I’m gonna call you Gomda from now on,” Matt at the Lov’n’Stop had said, sarcastically, “’cause you’re gonna blow out of here like the wind.”
He wouldn’t leave, though. He’d been born in the dust of La Fave, and he’d likely die here, no more Native American than half of Oklahoma.
The old king rattled his bones. That was what the younger knights at the table called it, when they thought he couldn’t hear them, when they thought his famously keen senses could be overcome by the riot of laughter and ribald conversation. Despite the fire in the great hall, he shivered again, and Norda smoothed the blanket over his knees, beneath the table. The knees were the worst for painful pops and cracks, but the shoulders were bad as well. Around the keep, they joked about the noise. “Windy tonight. The old king’ll be rattling again; just you listen.” As if he were some grotesque wind ornament rather than a shaky old man. They said it with the warmth of love, but he was cold nonetheless.
As an editor
For those interested, Metaphorosis and I are also eligible for some other awards.
Best Semi-professional magazine
- Metaphorosis. Metaphorosis is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes original fiction every Friday online, as well as monthly issues and annual Best of and Complete anthologies.
Best Editor, short-form
- Metaphorosis magazine. As above, publishing new science fiction and fantasy every week, starting in January 2016.
- Best Vegan Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020. A collection of the year’s best vegan-friendly speculative stories. Fourteen stories of aliens, sacrifice, magic, dinosaurs, and hope.