A few weeks ago, my serialized stories, Something Just Like This, began being published via U. S. Represented. The series details the lives and adventures of James, Emery, and Ren, three community college students. Community college is bewildering enough without falling in love — with two people. In Something Just Like This, Emery, James, and Ren, must navigate their budding relationship and the challenges of their lives: from midterms to PTSD to an ailing relative, to clashes with family, values, and traditions.
You should check it it out between helpings of leftovers (if you’re American) or just because: Something Just Like This.
Today my short story, “The Blind Tattooist”, came out in issue three of |tap|. This story is important to me for a few reasons. It is that it is the first publication I’ve had in the two years since I began submitting short stories professionally, since I decided I would only submit to paying markets. And it is that this is the first time I’ve been paid for my writing.
Incidentally, this story came out of Chuck Wendig’s Flashfiction Challenge about a year ago. Wendig gives a list of titles, provided by commentors to his blog. The idea is to choose one of the titles and then write a story of about 1,000 words to go with it. I wasn’t expecting the story to go where it went, but here we are.
The story follows a young trans woman, Lucky, and her journey of recovery after surviving a horrific attack.
You can read “The Blind Tattooist” here.