The USS Alpine One is in orbit around planet Earth. It is set for a one-year mission to research the plausibility of life outside of our atmosphere. Its crew is small:
Rose and Matt are on the ground, overseeing patterns and reports, interfacing with their higher-ups, and keeping the in-flight crew connected to home.
Roger is a top-of-the-field programmer and software engineer. Celine is the best pilot NASA could find, and adores the stars she finds herself sailing through.
And then there's Roger's pet project. He calls it the Jungian Artificial Central Kinesthetics Monitoring System, lovingly nicknamed Jack. Jack is a learning program, the most complicated artificial intelligence ever created, and the most convincing, which leaves them all wondering...
Where does artificial intelligence end, and consciousness begin?
Nothing seems to matter
but getting from A to B as quickly as possible,
leaving me to wonder
if anyone else feels that they have stopped in the woods
to glance at what eternity might feel like.
The place between spaces is where most of life happens, and it's very rare that we take the time to appreciate those spaces. In the pages of this little book are the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that happen when we're waiting for other things to happen. There are ideas from airports, coffee shops, book store counters, and the last little bedroom at the end of the hall, from someone who still could be anyone.
Sometimes the voices of the past are like ghosts in your future. Always waiting in the shadows to see you again. This collection of poems focuses those ghosts, and invites them to tell their story. Good, bad, neutral, or nonsensical, each will have its turn to ask, "what do you remember? Where do you go from here?"
The images I can still see
They chatter from their pages
In conversation filigrees
Of gold that glittered from your hands
When you held them out to me
The Fading of the Day
A contemplation of the future, the present, the past, and the ghosts that haunt us all in the strangest of times, this collection of poetry is for those of us that dream about the morning in the fading of the day.
Featuring reflections that look unflinchingly on the uncomfortable present, these poems are less of an escape from reality, and more of a coming to terms and making peace with it.
Fruits and Finery
This is a book of beginnings.
Some are familiar. The beginning of a gothic cautionary tale, the beginning that they never tell of a fairytale, the beginning of the end.
Some are unfamiliar. The beginning of an alliance, the beginning of a new mythology, the beginning of a doomed adventure.
They are all beginnings, and they all tell tales of "once upon a time." It may just not be the time we know.
It's time to start.
Sometimes It's Quiet
What Lies Beyond
An Apple A Day
Abri and The Village Girl
The Myth of Fountains
It Shouldn't Have Been Empty
The Symmetry of Falling Leaves
The world can often feel like a roiling sea, whose waves, once brilliant blue, have descended into uproarious darkness. When it does, there may be nothing else to do but hold on tightly and hope that you're able to make it to the other side. This collection of poems explores the rolling waves, the blazing sunlight, the bitter chill, and coming home again.
For I Am Fearless
Sometimes the only way to progress in life is to be fearless.
From a small town actress and author who has never been afraid to take chances and get messy comes an anthology of personal poetry and fantastic short stories that dive into the things we fear. This anthology covers life, love, loss, and everything in between, in our world and the worlds we create.
This exclusive anthology includes:
Poems from Between Spaces, Ghost, The Fading of the Day, and The Symmetry of Falling Leaves
Short Stories from The Clockwork Figurine and Fruits and Finery
Insight into the author's writing process for each book, from creating the works to her favorites and the inspiration for the covers
Brand new poems and short stories, never before published
Journals and Planners
How to Save the World
Anthology from 5310 Publishing
I was kindly included in this poetry anthology which is an ongoing contribution to charity. From the publisher:
"How to Save the World includes poems about how we want the world to be, how it can be a better place, things we can do to improve, how things have been bad but are getting better, and much more! All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to various food programs and nonprofits to fight hunger!"
Free Time Tales From Outer Space
Anthology from Time Honored Productions
I've been included in an anthology of fun scifi stories from Time Honored Productions that's themed around space! There are two, brand-new stories from me in this one, alongside tons of fascinating and fantastical stories from many talented (and nerdy in the best way) authors.
Descendants of Medusa
Anthology from Nymeria Publishing
I've enjoyed Nymeria Publishing's offerings for quite some time, so when I discovered my work had been accepted in this anthology, I was thrilled! From the publisher:
This collection of poetry, prose, and personal essays tells the stories of millions of women. Some may sound like yours, while others may challenge your perception. But all will empower.
105 Meadowlark Reader
Essay Anthology from Meadowlark Press
My essay, "Family Dinners," was accepted for Issue #4, Food Stories, of the 105 Meadowlark Reader from Meadowlark press! This personal story talks about my experiences with family dinners in my home in Georgia, and how those look now that I'm a mother in Kansas.
Articles and Guest Appearances
Guest Post || The Freelancer's Union Blog || March 2023
The Freelancer's Union kindly allowed me to write a guest blog about how I track my time as a freelance writer.
Blog Feed || Not Just Your Healers || From December 2022
My friend Hayley and I run a gaming blog on Tumblr covering feminist issues in gaming as well as our various preferences.
Article Feed || Medium.com || From July 2020
I write articles about literature, theater, and gaming on Medium.com.
Article Feed || Laterpress.com || 2021-2023
I worked with Laterpress to create articles about the craft and business of writing as a self-published author.
Myths About Writing for a Living || Nymeria Publishing || October 2021
I wrote a guest piece for Nymeria Publishing on some common myths about being a professional writer, and the truth behind them.
Article || The Ghetto Gamer || June 2020
I wrote an article exploring the resurgence of retro gaming on the Nintendo Switch.
Guest Blog || Between Friends Coffee Shop and Cafe || September 2019
I did a brief review of the first book in the Warm Bodies series in anticipation of my appearance in their Annual IndieBook Fest.