“Everything Important in One Cardboard Box” (in Diabolical Plots Year 6) May 2020
Content Warning: Domestic Violence. Max has found a magical box that never gets full. It’s just the place to keep all the things he loves but his boyfriend, Roderick, doesn’t want lying around. Every time he packs something away, though, Roderick finds something else to hate. How long can you shove your troubles in a box in the back of the closet before it’s time to unpack, and what will you find when you finally do?
“The Hammer-Royal Ten Step Model for Making the Superhero A List” (on Cast of Wonders) March 2020
Hank’s the son of super heroes who don’t want him to be super. He’s making a list to make it to the A list, anyway. He’s going to be a super-powered star. No matter what it takes. Or who it hurts.
“If Only Kissing Made It So” (on Cast of Wonders) February 2018
We can sum this one up by its first line, so: “This afternoon, the boy I’ve had a crush on for years told me two things: he loves me, and he’s a time traveler. I’m not sure if I feel crazier believing the first or the second.”
“Technically Magic” (in Transitions and Awakenings: No Regrets) May 2017
Brody Kerr loves piloting hovercars, making magic, and bedding as many men as possible. In a world where magic and advanced technology are locked in a culture war, he prefers not to think about the impossible in-between he lives as a cyborg who can channel mana. Mana breaks every rule but its own, but can Brody use it to help Micah and Hannah, a pair of magical siblings trapped in an isolated community that wants to break them? Brody hopes so, and not just because of how hot Micah is (though that certainly doesn’t hurt).
“Fragile Insides” (in Orthogonal: Code) July 2016
Heady looks larger than life, but the slightest impact can shatter her bones. On the Rim, the asteroid ghetto peopled by victims of a genetic plague, every blow is harder than the last. It’s no surprise that Heady’s is a life of broken pieces and hidden pain. When she finds another woman whose pain is all too clear, fighting for her patient’s life may be Heady’s one chance to salvage the disparate fragments of her own.
“The Wind at His Back” (in Clockwork Phoenix 5 and online at Mythic Delirium Books) April 2016
Sheriff Benito Aguilar just wants to to be left in peace with his husband, Casey, on their little frontier farm. He’s pushed down the violent mistakes of his past wrangling twisters, locked it all away from the people he loves. But a man who spent years inside the bloody heart of storms should know better than to expect the weather can stay calm forever.
“Hide Behind” (in The Sockdolager #3) September 2015
Set in the same world as “Tall,” an American West where folklore is fact. Meet Hayashi Yuna, a frontier doctor struggling to unlock the secrets of a preternatural tree alongside her research partner, Ruthie. When a local giant is murdered, the struggle to unravel buried secrets becomes far more immediate, and the potential consequences far deadlier.
“Tall” (in Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered.) January 2015
A young woman’s quest to claim Annie Oakley’s gun in order to save a town from becoming yet more collateral damage in the feud between Paul Bunyan’s giants and Pacos Bill’s tornado wranglers. This is complicated in no small part due to personal history between Bill and the gun’s current owner. Also, there is at least one monster, because there always is, right?