Myself

Long story short: I write fiction. I read fiction. I discuss fiction. I’m weird.

I’m an aspiring author living in sunny California with my dog and am working on my MFA in creative writing.

My fiction and poetry are as varied as my reading tastes, but they usually say things that I can’t verbally express (or..um..sometimes I write them just to entertain).

This is my blog: Inky Tavern. It’s all about fiction, my writing journey, and creativity.

Nice to see you!

My Blog

I launched a newsletter + a free ebook!

I’ve wanted to launch this newsletter since the moment I created my blog. Email lists are pivotal for authors / aspiring authors to not only gain some creative freedom and control over their careers, but to build closer connections to those who actually love their work.

Every Bit of Me

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming ebook, Musings from Rock Bottom. Details are below! Every bit of meWants to believe weAre real, that inOur silences, a chord,Silvery, binds us together.Unseen but felt, remindingUs that we areKindred souls in loveFated to be byGod or whatever forceThat put us here. Every bit of meWants to …

Leftovers

She dragged her knife against rigged metal, grating its edge to a sharp point. Well, she thought, turning to her victim subdued in the kitchen chair. His new girlfriend is welcomed to my leftovers.

My Published Work

Poetry

“I’m Fine.”

She was here.
Physically.
But not really.
Mentally.
She’s in limbo.
Like between sleeping and awake.
Like between breathing and not.
An elaborate veneer of external liveliness.

The Joy Ticker

Question, why does joy
Feel temporary?

As if an intermission
Between tribulations?

A ragged, painful breath
Post marathon?

As if being broken
Is natural?

Bliss

Silent afternoon
Smooth coffee and old pages
No care in the world

Dont Let Me Remember This

I play a sick game with my Unconscious
I hand it my woes—
The ones that prevent me from functioning—
And plead, “Don’t let me remember this.”
But the bastard always reminds me
When it senses it did its job too well.

At Dark’s Maw

I use to dwell in Light
Where the angels sing.
Then you happened.
Now I stare at
Dark’s maw, predicting
What evil emerges next.

Flash Fiction

A Lucid Dream

She doesn’t need to leave on that commute again…the one from two months ago when her car flipped and she–the real she–was taken from me.

If I stay silent, she’ll always be asleep beside me.

I Just Want a Happy Fucking Ending

It’s better than this unexplainable dread that fills me as I leaf through the streaky magazine paper. Every page detailing how the world is falling apart. Hell, how it might even die before my own little shits come of age. I let the pages slip between my thumbs, fast forwarding through all the bullshit.

We Couldn’t Start Anew

We agreed to sign the papers. No more trying to heal us. Fixed on our poker faces and met at his house. By nightfall, we were wrapped in each other’s arms.

“Because…the Neighborhood”

Our call crackled with silence.

The neighborhood

I stared out the tattered screen mesh that shielded my doorway from the neighborhood. My eyes met an abandoned home, probably housing squatters, across the way.

Twenty

He focused on the clank of his pickaxe as he drove it into stone.

The shadow shifted as if aware that he’d taken notice. “Have you thought of my preposition? I can give you whatever you desire,” it said as it had for the last twenty years.

My Upcoming Work

Check out my works in progress

Along with the short, free works shared on this blog, I also work on larger projects. They are a combination of novels, novellas, and comics. Get the details on each one below:

Current Status

Check out the status on all the following projects here.

Retaliate

She wants to disappear from the world and he wants to exploit it, but both must save it.

The Last Templar

When an ancient, holy mission gets personal.

Drowning in Your Sins

Her happily ever after turned into her personal hell.

The Dark Below

A witch, a curse, and a rescue mission.

Warrior’s Ruin

An unavoidable destiny.

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