Tiny Life


I long to be content with life

as tiny as it seems

amid the vast array of galaxies

and the cacophony of dreams

of otherwise and other ways—

the hue and cry of how

this moment could be so much more

than a speck of here and now.


More? How could it be?—

the lovers’ quickened breath, the moment in their eyes

as distant starlight finds them—

And the distant star? It dies.

Life is but a tiny thing.

The universe is vast.

The moment—it is everything,

but the moment doesn’t last.


A new story, “Penelope Waits,” is online at Apex Magazine.  There is also an interview with me about the story and my work in general.


I’m delighted to announce the publication of “Once More Into the Abyss” on Tor.com, the third and final in a series of stories about Stan, who believes his parents to have been aliens.  The previous stories are “Adult Children of Alien Beings” and “Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main.”  They are edited by Ellen Datlow, with the marvelous artwork of Chris Buzelli.

Alien Beings Artwork


Check it out:


Check out the fantastic artwork for this series by Chris Buzelli. “Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main” will be on Tor.com in May. “Once More Into the Abyss” later this year.

Alien Beings Artwork

“Robot Story,” another Christmas story is now online. This one may well be my fave.  Merry Christmas, everyone, and a Happy New Year.  As the title suggests, it’s also a robot story…

I’ve been neglecting the blog lately. (Curse you Facebook!) I have lots to report. A new short story is on Tor.com, “Adult Children of Alien Beings.” A sequel, “Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main,” will appear next summer.  The fantastic artwork for ACAB is pitch perfect.


Even more exciting is the publication of my eighth novel, Bad Angels in October.  It’s available for preorder on Amazon.  I’m giddy about it frankly.  It’s a love letter to Richmond and a whole lot of fun.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fly!

Bad Angels Cover Final 1563x2500


A Christmas story at See the Elephant.  Every year I read a Christmas Story at my neighborhood association gathering.  This one found a home with the Elephant!  Enjoy Christmas all year round.  Read it here.


I have a new story, “Desperate Love,” online at new publication See the Elephant.  Some of you may recall the story from readings I’ve done at ICFA and elsewhere.  Check it out here.

Also novelette  “Adult Children of Alien Beings” will be appearing in Tor.Com June/July 2015.


For Part One go here; Part Two here; Part Three here.


Chapter 19. Looks Downhill To Me

 For the more we look at the story (the story that is a story, mind), the more we disentangle it from the finer growths that it supports, the less shall we find to admire. It runs like a backbone—or may I say a tapeworm, for its beginning and end are arbitrary.

 —E. M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel


 I swing by the shop to get some donuts to take to Whit’s, and because I’ve just got to see it—the new parking lot, even more lovely than I’d imagined, a pristine black plain with crisp white stripes and not a speck of trash. It gives me a good feeling; all the cars parked in front of the shop, an even better feeling. I even love the guy standing out front talking on his cell phone, making what-are-you-an-idiot? gestures as he speaks, so he’s even obnoxious to watch. He’ll be all right once he has a donut. It’s today’s newspaper in the machine, and I don’t even mind the headline is about my favorite President. People can read the bad news eating my donuts for a change. (more…)

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