Swords & Steam Short Stories out now!

Yet again Flame Tree Press has put out a gorgeous new book full of swashbuckling, steam-punky adventures and alt-historical tales. My story, Fire To Set The Blood, is about a female doctor (who also happens to be a witch) called out to solve a mystery in a dying, CA gold rush town.

I’ll note, not without some squeeeeing, that my name yet again appears right next to Arthur Conan Doyle! Yep, twice now. Two times…


Crime & Mystery Anthology

I’m incredibly pleased to announce that my short story, Skitter & Click, will be appearing soon in this gorgeous anthology, Crime & Mystery!

Flame Tree press makes amazingly beautiful books and I couldn’t be more chuffed that my story will be appearing next to stories by luminaries like Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, and Mark Twain as well as some amazing new writers like Tony Pi, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Dan Stout, and Ruth Nestvold.

Spooky Action Is Real: Or how quantum physics just seems made up

A new study from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has proven that “two previously entangled particles, even if separated by the width of the universe, could instantly communicate.”

How, how can this happen?! I mean I have a very basic grasp of quantum physics, but locality seems so fundamental to my concept of the universe I just can’t wrap my head around this. So many possibilities…

Writing News

In writing news, I just sold a short story titled “Mind the Gap” to Interzone! They’ve published some of my writing heroes so that’s very exciting.

Another story also just won an Honorable Mention from the Writers of the Future Contest.

All around a very exciting week for me!

Great Nat Geo article on Looting Maya artifacts

Excavation of the Los Arboles structure at Xultún uncovered numerous painted sculptures.

This is a great article on the National Geographic Daily News: Losing Maya Heritage to Looters.

One of the issues near and dear to my heart is cultural heritage. The theft of Maya antiquities is a massive problem in Central America and Mexico because there are literally thousands of temples and even major cities out in the remote jungle. As an archaeologist, I weep at the idea that these incredibly important artifacts are being torn from their context. It kills me to imagine looters blasting open burials with pick axes and hammers.

I’ve actually been to Xultún (the city featured in this article) since it’s not far over the Guatemala border from where I worked in Belize. When I went, I saw a few looters’ trenches but it sounds like it has been hit hard since then. Ugh.

But, I also appreciate how complex this issue is. Local economies are depressed and there is a source of money just buried out there in the ground. Is the information available from those antiquities really more important than the lives and stable income for modern people? I don’t think so.

Photograph by David Coventry, National Geographic/Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Gobierno de Guatemala