See My Projects
Inspired by 100 rejections per year, I’m aiming for at least 50 submissions in 2017. Here’s my curated submissions calendar—contests, open submissions, and other fiction opportunities. You can also read my rejections.
Mechanical Flowers, literary science fiction
Querying literary agents
Mechanical Flowers is a nostalgia story set in the future. While an ecologically damaged San Francisco has replaced real plants with machines, Dave Saude has built a career as a memory man—curating people’s recorded memories into holographic experiences. Despite his talent, the world is aggressively moving forward, and there’s no room for a man who can only look back. Dave is desperate for clients, so when a wealthy mother offers to pay anything to immortalize her murdered son, he accepts the job. However, the recorded memories he needs are in his hometown with Lindsey, the only girl he’s ever loved. While Dave grapples with why he left, Lindsey, the pre-eminent mechanical gardener, works to restore real flowers. Their young heartbreak could be the key to making the world bloom again. This 64,000-word novel combines the challenging world of Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Windup Girl” with the darker arcs and relationships of Lauren Groff’s “Fates and Furies.”
Heartifacts, literary fiction
A lost boy tries to befriend time on a perpetually moving path from his first memory to his last.
NaNoWriMo 2016 winner.
A Damn Fine Town, literary fiction
A luggage thief picks the wrong target on the early-morning airport train.
Lookmarks, literary fiction
An adopted son searches for his birth mother via the books she left for him to find.
Nevernight, magical realism
A stuck man changes his entire life because of a spot on his ceiling.
An immortal girl searches for the meaning of life until the end of the universe.
Awarded Honorable Mention by Writers of the Future.
The Blackboard Epilogues, literary fiction
Five years after being his student, a boy visits his favorite teacher to grasp one last lesson.
The Price of Chivalry, literary fiction
Read at Lit Camp’s Basement Series.
WINC-FM, literary fiction
A flashback radio weekend enables a man to grieve for his best friend.
within & without, literary fiction
A woman confronts her fear of loneliness through sensory deprivation.
Fresh Scar, literary fiction
A novice writer fixates on a first draft and the ex who was the only one to read it.
Rivet Here, literary fiction
A new kind of relationship blossoms in a small town when all the men leave for World War II.
Poetry, Film, & Essays
Awarded the Kevin Smokler Scholarship to the San Francisco Writers Conference.