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My January Fifteenth Author’s Note

January Fifteenth debuts tomorrow! This is my last post before it heads out into the world. (ICYMI, check out some of my earlier posts about January Fifteenth, including my official announcement, the Debut Sampler, and meeting the characters. Preorders are … Continue reading Continue reading


Meet the Characters from January Fifteenth

January Fifteenth comes out next week! I can hardly believe it. Last week, I posted a short excerpt of Janelle’s story and linked to the Debut Sampler, which includes a longer one. Today, meet all the characters! (I’ve put some graphics … Continue reading Continue reading

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January Fifteenth Reviews in Locus Magazine

I am delighted to have January Fifteenth reviewed in Locus Magazine Issue 737 not once but twice!  Here’s snippets of both: Locus Looks at Books: Caren Gusoff Sumption “If you’ve ever read any of Rachel Swirsky’s short fiction, then you’re … Continue reading Continue reading

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My New Novella, January Fifteenth, Excerpted in Tordotcom Publishing 2022 Debut Sampler

The Tordotcom Publishing 2022 Debut Sampler includes a preview of my upcoming novella, January Fifteenth! You can find the sampler at several online venues, including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Google Play. It’s free! (You can pre-order January Fifteenth at the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Announcing my novella, January Fifteenth

I am excited to announce that my debut novella, January Fifteenth, is coming out from on July 14, 2022.  Six weeks away! I can hardly believe it. January Fifteenth—the day all Americans receive their annual Universal Basic Income payment. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Excerpt Sampler of Stories from 2022 Weekend Warrior

My exclusive Patreon content for February collects excerpts from the beginnings of five new stories. As I do annually, during January and February, I participated in the Codex contest Weekend Warrior run by Vylar Kaftan. Participants write one piece of … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cat Pictures! Pete in a Sink

This is one of the images I used in Scragamuffin, the chapbook I released as October’s exclusive Patreon reward. I thought it might be fun to release the pictures with the photos that inspired them. When we lived in Bakersfield, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cat Pictures! Ru Mane

Cat drawing! This is Ru, the cat of my friend and administrative assistant, A Humphrey Lanham who kindly allowed me to use the photo. Full-grown here with a fabulous mane.

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Haiku for February 17

In early dimness,
a quiet, unmoving sky
chills, waiting for dusk.
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January Fifteenth, My Forthcoming Novella, Front Cover

I’m still really excited about my upcoming novella, January Fifteenth. It’s coming out from in just a few months. I really like the cover: I really like the cover! It reminds me of one of my favorite paintings,”Paris Street; … Continue reading Continue reading

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