Two New Stories out in July! The Wrong Doll and World Junior Mustache.

It’s July!  I’ve got two new stories out this week.

The Wrong Doll over at The Rainbow Rumpus.  This is a story to read to littles. It’s even got a coloring page.  The art is by Daniella Bathsheva

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And then World Junior Mustache in the new Vertigo Quarterly SFX #2  SLAM! Anthology.  It’s got hockey in it!  Check out the issue preview here.  The very fine art is by Andi Watson!

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Sound of Useless Wings now on Audio!

The fabulous peeps over at Drabblecast have made an audio edition of THE SOUND OF USELESS WINGS for you to enjoy!  You can subscribe to their podcast or donate.  They have a pretty nice collection of stories up there.  Enjoy!

The story was originally published on Tor.com and is about Heckleck who is a character in the TIN STAR / STONE IN THE SKY Series.

I am also loving this fabulous Drabblecast cover for The Sound of Useless Wings by Lori Anne Baumgartner drabblecast-useless-wings-lori-anne-baumgartner

My 2012

My 2012 lit count

Novel. The Year of the Beasts illustrated by Nate Powell.

5 short stories.

“Always the Same. Till it’s Not.” Zombie Story Apex Magazine

“Wallflower” Vertigo Comics Ghosts #1 illustrated by Amy Reeder

“The Marker” in the anthology AFTER ed. by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

“Brother. Prince. Snake.” A Prince Lindworm retelling on Tor.com

“To Grandmother’s House” A Red Riding Hood retelling YA Review Net

Proud editor of the YA/C Section at the LA Review of Books . We had a great 2012. Including first ePub ht.ly/gsiPC . The one piece I wrote over LA Review of Books blog was about making art when going through trauma.

Also I loved being the Correspondence Coordinator for Letters for Kids at The Rumpus. So delighted by all the Letters for Kids for @The_Rumpus ht.ly/gsfGg more letters coming at you in 2013. Hope you will subscribe.

Creative plan for 2013. Write More books. More comics. More everything. And restart The Literary Diaspora @litdiaspora

Happy 2013, all!

Frost and The Mailman

It’s holiday time again! And just for you to download is a tiny little holiday story I wrote (originally for Vromans bookstore in 2010) Frost and The Mailman.

A mailman, Daniel Wasserman, and one of Santa’s elves, Frost try to save Christmas after it’s discovered that Santa’s mail has been forwarded to the South Pole.

It’s probably best read aloud to your little ones.

You can download it at Amazon Nook and Kobo *

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cover by Jen Wang!

*p.s. if you email me proof that you downloaded it before 12/20 and a snail mail I will mail you a holiday card! IN THE MAIL!

Zombie. Zombie. Zombie.

Today, I caught it. I think it started as an itch. Like a song stuck in your head. But it was just moaning, moaning outside my window. Then I noticed that others were getting it around me. My mom. My dad. My brother. They were shuffling. It’s the shuffle that gives it away. You think, “That person is not sick. That person wants to eat my brains.”

It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada. And I’m thankful that I’ve still got my capacities, at least for today. I don’t want to be turned into one of them. Please, I’m small and stringy and more of a snack than a meal.

Let it stop. Let the leaves in the park be the only things that change anymore. I can’t take it.

In my old life, before yesterday, I wrote a story about a different kind of zombie apocalypse. A hopeful one. As if that could be possible. Here it is. It’s called Always the Same. Till it is Not – Apex Magazine October 2012 I hope you’ll read it. If you’re still out there and that you’ll find some hope in it.

Meanwhile. Since the invasion has begun and the horde is coming for you, why not start yours sweetly, with a song. I can’t get the Cranberries out of my head.