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Short Stories and Novelettes


The Braiding






The Braiding
(Historical Fantasy—novelette)


A young female glassblower must travel to Venice with a powerful magus to create a glass heart for the Doge's dying daughter. But she soon suspects the magus is more interested in her inborn abilities than saving the life of the child.

Published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, 2008


Suck of Clay, Whir of Wheel





Suck of Clay,
Whir of Wheel

(Historical Fantasy—novelette)


As a child Meg is indentured to a pottery in Burslem, England. By twenty-one, she has managed to save enough coin to escape to America and purchase a small potworks. All Meg wants is to be left alone with the whir of her potter's wheel—or so she thinks, until a handsome gypsy disturbs her peace. Soon, she's torn between the suspicion that he's out to take what little she has left and his contention that it's the clay she needs to fear.

Published in Challenging Destiny, 2006


Black Pumps and a Skanky Tom






Black Pumps and a Skanky Tom
(Magic Realism—short story)

Ferp didn't mind living in a camper trailer. He was fine just as long as he had his bottle of wine and his feral cats. But when a strange tomcat gifts him with a tattered bus pass, Ferp must choose between becoming involved in the case of a murdered woman or staying silent—like the chief of police suspects he did many years ago when a different woman was killed.

Published in Cat Tales, an anthology of fantastic feline fiction edited by George Scithers, Wildside Press, 2008



The Myth of Keji







The Myth of Keji
(Mythic Fiction—short story)


When the Romans force Keji's blacksmith father to create nails for his brother's crucifixion, Keji makes her way through the crowds to Calvary Hill. Once there, she's faced with a decision: to become a thief like her uncle and steal the nails her father made or let an innocent man be crucified. This is an alternate myth based on a Romani folktale about the nails of the crucifixion.

Published in Mythic Circle (Mythopoeic Society), 2007