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Disgruntled Peony
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Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

*BIG HUGS* I'm sorry. I know that feel, believe me.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 23, 2020 12:44 pm
BrandieJ
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Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

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Posted : July 23, 2020 12:52 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Of course. *more hugs!* If you need to talk about it, feel free to PM me.

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 23, 2020 1:14 pm
BrandieJ
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Thanks!

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Posted : July 23, 2020 1:52 pm
SwiftPotato
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Posts: 555

Oh, I'm sorry, Brandie. That's so tough. *hugs*

R, 3rd place Q4 v36!!!
Stories in Apocalyptic, Cossmass Infinities, and Podcastle

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Posted : July 23, 2020 2:07 pm
KD Julicher
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Posts: 119

Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

Oh man I am sorry. I know so well how that feels. Take your time to get over the disappointment but know this: you’re hitting the inner ring. It’s going to happen again if you keep submitting.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : July 23, 2020 2:31 pm
HermioneLee
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Posts: 163

Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

Sorry to hear that...but making finalist itself is already a wonderful achievement! You’ll make it next time:)

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Posted : July 23, 2020 4:40 pm
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
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Posts: 997

Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Been there.
It's a tough call to get.

Personally I didn't think I'd ever get another finalist. Then I did. Now I know I'll never get another one.
But I will. wotf011

And so will you.

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 6 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : July 23, 2020 11:29 pm
chuckt
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Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

I'm sorry, BrandieJ! 🙁 Making Finalist is an amazing accomplishment, though! You are so, so close!!

Yes it really is. A winner with a slightly different mix of judges. Go sell it!

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : July 24, 2020 3:11 am
KD Julicher
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Posts: 119

Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

I'm sorry, BrandieJ! 🙁 Making Finalist is an amazing accomplishment, though! You are so, so close!!

Yes it really is. A winner with a slightly different mix of judges. Go sell it!

Oh, but this is so true. I adore Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, but having had them as judges on at least 2 of my quarters goes a long way to explaining why it took me six tries as a finalist before my win.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : July 24, 2020 4:31 am
chuckt
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Thanks guys. I am truly grateful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win.

Been there.
It's a tough call to get.

Personally I didn't think I'd ever get another finalist. Then I did. Now I know I'll never get another one.
But I will. wotf011

And so will you.

wotf007

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : July 24, 2020 7:14 am
Wulf Moon
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Well... not a winner. I appreciate getting this far, but I was hoping for a different call.

We've been talking privately through the whole experience, but I should also post something here. All three of my friends that were finalists this quarter got the tails side of the coin. You were not alone, and I feel for all of you. Winning is what you dream of, and making finalist is as close as you get. You were there.

And that's important to remember. You were there. A different set of judges could have come up with totally different rankings. Dave knows how to pick winners, and he picked your story to be in the anthology. But he has to let go, and accept what choices the other judges make. It doesn't change the fact that he wanted YOUR story in the anthology. He would be pleased with any of those eight making it in. You were chosen.

The quality at finalist level is incredibly high. Remember that because of SFWA pro rate changes this past year, winners that were formerly disqualified with their pro status suddenly could enter again. This year is going to have incredible competition. That you made top eight out of thousands from around the world is a BIG DEAL. See it as such. And go write your next winner.

I wish you the very best, Brandie. You've proven you've got the Right Stuff. Now do it again.

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

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"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
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Posted : July 25, 2020 5:07 am
Thegirlintheglasses
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Posts: 171

Dang it. I feel you. Hugs. Hugs. HUUUUUUUUUUGS. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream. 😉

Brittany Rainsdon
R-SHM-HM-R-HM-R-F-F-HM-HM-SHM-HM-HM-SF-PF-2nd place!
Published Finalist Volume 37 Quarter 4
Second Place Volume 38 Quarter 1

First publication was "Perfectly Painted Lies" published in Deep Magic Spring 2021 and reprinted in the anthology, Best of Deep Magic Volume 2.
Learn more about me at rainsdonwrites.com

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Posted : July 28, 2020 9:16 am
Disgruntled Peony
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https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writ ... 0-winners/ Official results are in!

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales

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Posted : July 28, 2020 9:17 am
Henckel
(@henckel)
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Posts: 417

Thanks for the link, Liz.
Here's some stats for everyone:
3 Winners
5 Finalists
8 Semi-Finalists:
51 Silver Honorable Mentions
270 Honorable Mentions
337 TOTAL AWARDS

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : July 28, 2020 10:39 am
Wulf Moon
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Posts: 2277

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!

I do feel for my friends that didn't make it this round, especially those that were finalists. That's the toughest pill to swallow, and you just have to remind yourself that if it you did it once, you can do it again. You hit the bullseye and were top 8 out of thousands from around the world. Never forget that. It's a GREAT honor, and says volumes about your writing.

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

JOIN THE WULF PACK! http://the super secrets.com
"Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler" wins WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL. 35 & BEST SF&F STORY OF 2019. Order WotF Volume 35 HERE!
“Muzik Man" in Deep Magic Fall 2020 wins BEST SF&F STORY of 2020
NEW! Don't miss the Super Secret "Character Agency: I Need a Hero!" in DreamForge Anvil Magazine!
JUST RELEASED! BEST OF DEEP MAGIC ANTHOLOGY TWO! Three Super Secrets Workshop members made it into this best of the best anthology! KD Julicher, Brittany Rainsdon, and some guy named Wulf Moon. Click HERE to get yours!
NEXT MASTER CLASSES AT FYRECON ONLINE, NOV. 18-21ST. Click HERE before they are sold out once again!

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Posted : July 28, 2020 11:12 am
chuckt
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Posts: 419

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

Wowsers! That's so impressive. Good job Elizabeth.

36: R, R, R, SHM
37: R, HM, R, HM
38: HM, R, ?

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Posted : July 28, 2020 11:57 am
BrandieJ
(@brandiej)
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Posts: 33

Thanks all. I've started to submit the story to other markets - so wish me luck! I struggle with short story ideas, so it's a exciting day when I feel like I have a good one. I will admit that the one I submitted that got finalist was the best one I've written. I so admit/envy folks that can write a lot of shorts quickly. Good luck with the next quarter everyone!

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Posted : July 30, 2020 3:00 am
KD Julicher
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Posts: 119

I will admit that the one I submitted that got finalist was the best one I've written.

The best one you've written so far. Go write another. It might not be better, but the next one, or the one beyond that, will be.

WOTF: HM x 16, SHMx2, SF x 1, F V31 Q3, V32 Q2, V32 Q4, V34 Q3, V36 Q1
Baen Fantasy Award Winner 2014
V32 Published Finalist
3rd place V37 Q1!

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Posted : July 30, 2020 7:42 am
Retropianoplayer
(@retropianoplayer)
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Posts: 231

Brandie J. hang tight! I'm sure you'll come up with another exciting story. The presumption of regularity.

This may or may not help: No matter how wonderful the chef is, I will not eat Mexican food due to medical reasons. I simply can't. It could be a five-star restaurant with a master world chef, and I won't eat it. A skilled culinary expert, and it doesn't matter. Therefore, assuming you have basic writing skills, and you obviously do, your cuisine was not the best food taste for a particular Judge. Some stories are not the best food taste for FIRST READER.

THIS IS A CONTEST. It's as simple as that. Amongst thousands of entries. This is not life drama, and there is no appellate process for review.

It's not a medical test or procedure which governs life or death. It's a contest.

You made finalist once. You're bound to do so again. Every Monday, our Keeper of Records (Swift Potato) sends out FLASH PROMPTS for KYD exercises as part of Wulf Moon's 37th Volume Challenge. Maybe one of those prompts could give you a story idea.

Best,

Retro wotf008

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Posted : July 30, 2020 9:10 am
Elizabeth Chatsworth
(@echatsworth)
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Posts: 4

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!

I do feel for my friends that didn't make it this round, especially those that were finalists. That's the toughest pill to swallow, and you just have to remind yourself that if it you did it once, you can do it again. You hit the bullseye and were top 8 out of thousands from around the world. Never forget that. It's a GREAT honor, and says volumes about your writing.

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

Thank you, Wulf! I appreciate your kind words. I'm thrilled to join this wonderful community of creative souls! ❤

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Posted : August 2, 2020 3:08 pm
Elizabeth Chatsworth
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Posts: 4

https://www.writersofthefuture.com/writers-of-the-future-contest-2nd-quarter-2020-winners/ Official results are in!

Since it's now publicly announced, I do have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth Chatsworth, THIRD PLACE WINNER this quarter! David Farland knows I'm a freelance editor, and referred her to me for editing on her first novel. I read her first chapter and it was obvious she was a skilled writer. I asked her if she was submitting to Writers of the Future. She told me she never had. I told her that her writing was excellent, and that I believed she could win if she entered. I told her to send a story in, that a win could only help her novel career.

You know what? Glory be!, she took my advice and won on her FIRST try! I also invited her to join the Forum. She is our new member, Yorkie!

Well done, Elizabeth! You're a winner! SEE YOU IN HOLLYWOOD! wotf009

All the beast!

Wulf Moon

Wowsers! That's so impressive. Good job Elizabeth.

Thank you so much, Chuck! ❤

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Posted : August 2, 2020 3:11 pm
HermioneLee
(@hermionelee)
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Posts: 163

Thank you so much! ❤

Hi Elizabeth, congrats on your win Smile

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Posted : August 2, 2020 4:49 pm
Elizabeth Chatsworth
(@echatsworth)
New Member Contributor
Posts: 4

Thank you so much! ❤

Hi Elizabeth, congrats on your win Smile

Thank you so much, Hermione! I'm still in shock about the whole thing! ❤

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Posted : August 3, 2020 6:43 am
HermioneLee
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Posts: 163

Thank you so much! ❤

Hi Elizabeth, congrats on your win Smile

Thank you so much, Hermione! I'm still in shock about the whole thing! ❤

Haha, I’d be shocked for weeks of even months if I won Smile
It's so, so, so difficult to win. Wotf is one of the most coveted awards for new writers, but you did it! Smile

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Posted : August 4, 2020 2:48 am
Henckel
(@henckel)
Silver Member
Posts: 417

Has anyone received certificates yet for Q2?

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 14, 2020 11:16 am
Dustin Adams
(@axeminister)
Gold Member
Posts: 997

I got mine, yes. Sadly it’s black and white. But I intend to color it in the future and post. Smile

2x Finalist
2x Semi
6x Silver
9x HM
1 of 6 SilverHM. 1 of 3 DSF: Short Stories. My Finalist #1 Finalist #2 coming soon in 4th & Starlight

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2020 12:11 pm
CCrawford
(@ccrawford)
Bronze Star Member
Posts: 225

Has anyone received certificates yet for Q2?

I got mine.

v35: Q4 - HM
V36: R, R, R, R
V37: SHM, HM, HM, SHM
V38: SHM, HM, ??
Indie author of The Lex Chronicles (Legends of Arameth), and the in-progress Leyward Stones series--including my serial, Macchiatos, Faerie Princes, and Other Things That Happen at Midnight, currently available on the new Kindle Vella platform. The Vella story is also available through my Patreon, along with side stories, behind the scenes content, and in-progress drafts of other books from my Leyward Stones world.
Website: http://ccrawfordwriting.com. I also have a newsletter and a blog!
Upcoming short story publication in DreamForge Anvil, October 2021 issue!

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Posted : September 14, 2020 12:56 pm
Henckel
(@henckel)
Silver Member
Posts: 417

Thanks Dustin and Crystal. How long ago did you get it?

... post in NZ is really unreliable... and slow.

(2014) V31 Q1 – R
(2018) V35 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q3 – HM
(2019) V36 Q4 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q1 – R
(2020) V37 Q2 – HM
(2020) V37 Q3 – SHM
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2021) V38 Q1 – Semi-finalist
(2021) V38 Q2 – SHM
(2021) V38 Q3 – tba

Coolest Achievements
(2019) Published in Escape Anthology
(2020) Published in Sci-Fi Lampoon
(2020) V37 Q4 – Finalist
(2020) Dream Foundry - Shortlisted
(2021) Mike Resnick Memorial Award - 3rd Place winner!!! (to be published)

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Posted : September 14, 2020 2:45 pm
crlisle
(@crlisle)
Bronze Star Member
Posts: 243

I got mine on Aug 27.

2020 Quarters: 1st -- R, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- HM, 4th -- SHM
2021 Quarters: 1st -- HM, 2nd -- HM, 3rd -- Pending, 4th -- Pending
"Invasion" to be published in Daily Science Fiction
"The Last Dance" to be published Feb. 2022 in the LTUE Anthology, Parliament of Wizards
"My Ten Cents" published in Sci Fi Lampoon, vol. 2, Dec. 2020
"Never give up. Never surrender." - Galaxy Quest

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