"Liars' Tournament" will appear in Sword & Sorceress 30 in November 2015. If you liked "The Damsel in the Garden" (Sword & Sorceress 28), come see what knightly Ursula and enchantress Isabeau are up to next.
"How Time Learned to Be Bedtime" will appear in Just So Stories (18th Wall Productions) in late 2015. Kipling's original Just So Stories delighted me when I first read them in fourth grade. It was great fun to rediscover them and try to imitate his style for this anthology.
The Eye of Night (Bantam Spectra 2002), an epic fantasy in which a disillusioned ex-priest, a prophet, and a fool travel into the heart of trouble with a talisman of chaos and new life. Finalist for Compton Crook Award and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award.
"All Else," Sword and Sorceress XXIX, ed. Elisabeth Waters (Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2014). In some stories, wizards are born magical; in others, they learn magic. In this story, the road to magic is both simpler than wizards' school and much, much more difficult.
"Slowpoke," a tale of road rage, appears in Trafficking in Magic/Magicking in Traffic, edited by Sarah Avery and David Sklar (2014).
"The Damsel in the Garden," Sword and Sorceress XXVIII, ed. Elisabeth Waters (Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2013). You've fought the dragon...you've crossed the Bridge of Blades and Flame...now what? This story has been selected for narration in Far Fetched Fables, a planned podcast at www.districtofwonders.com.
"The Rising," Sword and Sorceress XXVII, ed. Elisabeth Waters (Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2012). A story of famine and yeast magic.
"Concerning the Awkward Affair of the Cape and the Nightgown," a wolf's-eye-view version of Little Red Riding Hood, appeared in the Fractured Fairy Tales issue of Penumbra e-zine in May 2012. Click here for my blog post about the process of writing this story: In Praise of Imperfection.
"Wisdom of Winds," Sword and Sorceress XXVI, ed. Elisabeth Waters (Norilana Press, 2011). When the old magic doesn't work any more, sometimes you have to go back to the source. For an interview on this story, click here.
"No Tale for Troubadours," Realms of Fantasy (February 2011); reprinted in Fantasy Scroll Magazine #7 (June 2015). In her days of knight-errantry, Lady Ursula was better known as the Maiden of Revie, but with four kids, she's no longer qualified for that title -- and she's tired of fighting. When the parson of a beleaguered village begs her to come to the rescue, the Maiden grudgingly girds on her sword once again, dragging along her equally unwilling sorceress sidekick.
"The Sorceress's Apprentice." A different view of the classic tale of magic gone haywire. (Note: contrary to popular belief, Disney did not invent the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice. If he borrowed from Goethe, so can I.) Sword and Sorceress XXV, ed. Elisabeth Waters (Norilana Press, 2010).
“Honey, I’m Home.” What did Penelope really say when Odysseus got home from Troy?
Resourceful Odysseus, sacker of cities, loser of the way home. . . read the scene missing from Homer's epic in The Trouble with Heroes, ed. Denise Little (DAW 2009). Click here for a review.
"After the Revolution," my space opera novellette. If we'd lost the war, we could have been immortal on placards--but we won, so now what? Abyss & Apex #29, First Quarter 2009.
“Daughters of Brightshield.” When raiders attack a fishing village, the men are out at sea--but the women have a plan. Sword and Sorceress XXIII, ed. Elisabeth Waters (Norilana Press, 2008). Click here for an interview about this story.
“Homecoming Crone.” At a magnet high school for witches, two misfits band together against a truly wicked clique. Witch High, ed. Denise Little (DAW, 2008). Click here for a review.
“The Perfect Man.” Is there such a thing as a date who's too perfect? Mystery Date, ed. Denise Little (DAW, 2008).
“Home for the Holidays.” Santa Claus's latchkey kid mouths off about Dad and Christmas. Rotten Relations, ed. Denise Little (DAW, 2004). Click here for a review.
“Raven Wings on the Snow.” This romantic fantasy story won a second-place Sapphire Award. Sword & Sorceress XVIII, ed. Marion Zimmer Bradley (DAW, 2001).
“Heartless.” Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine 22 (Winter 1994) 60-62.
“Muirgan, the ‘Sea-Born.’” [poem] A Round Table of Contemporary Arthurian Poetry, ed. Barbara Tepa Lupack and Alan Lupack (Round Table Publications, 1993) 29.
“Take light rail bound for boom town.” [co-authored with DeWain Feller] Rochester Democrat and Chronicle June 7, 1999, 5A.
“Ofermod and Hygeleast: an Anglo-Saxon Psychology of Sin in Genesis B.” Proceedings of the Medieval Association of the Midwest 4 (1997) 80-94.
“Saints and False Teeth: Robertson Davies’ The Cunning Man.” [review] Cross Currents, Summer 1995, 273-4.
My unpublished dissertation in Old English was "From Curiosity to Canon: Nineteenth-Century Translations of Beowulf."