Journal

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Flash Fiction: You Can Summon the Ancient One for Fifteen Dollars

June 19, 2018

My new flash fiction for Daily SF is “You Can Summon the Ancient One for Fifteen Dollars”, a weird, modern, urban fantasy story. It’s available to read here. It starts by talking about the lack of elephants in the circus, a good thing by my books. In 2011 Motherjones published the results of its year-long …

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machine language

Short Story: Machine Language

March 23, 2018

My short story Machine Language was published by Aurealis, an Australian SFF speculative fiction magazine, available to buy here. It was inspired by an incident in Junior College (equivalent to high school year 11-12 I think) in Singapore. We had a careers talk in a large lecture hall for everyone in our year, and when …

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Short Story: Big Mother

January 3, 2018

Big Mother is my first short story sold to Strange Horizons, making it my first pro short fiction sale, and my first story published in 2018. Happy new year! And wow, it’s been a long time since I last posted on this site. I’ve been trying to keep busy, not just at work. I’ve written …

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Real Life

Short Story: In Real Life I Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly

June 6, 2017

In Real Life I Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly is a short story for Perihelion SF that was inspired by my lifelong love of video games. The agency got a few toys over the last couple of years: we tried out an Oculus Rift (didn’t work with our Macs), Google Cardboard (really cool! if low res) …

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Pride Children

Short Story: Pride Children

April 10, 2017

Pride Children is my first short story with the fledgling speculative fiction magazine Empyreome. It was inspired by Ann Leckie’s incredible sci fi Ancillary series, which takes place mainly within a society where there are no gender constructs: it helped redefine how I read and thought about gender in books. I highly recommend her books–they’re some …

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Flash Fiction: The Dragon and the Lemon Tree

April 10, 2017

The Dragon and the Lemon Tree is my second flash fiction published with Daily Science Fiction. The original version was a tweet-length short story sent to Dave McKean as part of his mini tweet story competition, and although it didn’t win, it got an honourable mention. I’d always meant to turn it into something a little …

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Short Story: The Dreaming Wounds

March 22, 2017

The Dreaming Wounds is inspired by a story that my mom liked to tell us about our late grandmother. She used to say that Poh Poh (as we called her in dialect) had the “Third Eye”, an inborn ability that lets you see ghosts. Poh Poh was completely blasé about this gift (curse?), though admittedly, …

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Short Story: The Magpie Bridge

March 15, 2017

The Magpie Bridge is my first cover story–for Issue #66 of Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. ASM is an Aussie-based magazine for speculative fiction. Love the gorgeous cover artwork! The short story was inspired by one of the oldest Chinese fairytales in the world,牛郎织女, one that would be familiar to many Asian kids. Some places still celebrate Qixi/Qiqiao …

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A Long Overdue Firebird Post

January 4, 2017

I should have made a firebird post earlier, but it’s been a crazy last month, with unfortunate coincidences. My debut novel The Firebird’s Tale, is now available for purchase. Check it out, get a copy if you haven’t! If you’re a new reader, hello and welcome. If you found me from my previous short stories, or …

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2016 has been a bit of a wtf year

November 17, 2016

This had been gearing up to be a bit of a wtf year from the beginning, but I admit the last few weeks still took me by surprise. Getting my first book deal early this year was unexpected, and nice, but the rest of the year has often been strange and downright depressing. David Bowie? …

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