Well, I finished Clarion West and survived and find myself entirely incapable of writing anything coherent on the topic. Well, a combination of incapability and laziness, with perhaps a smidge more weight to the latter. Anyway! S, a classmate of mine, wrote a thing, so I’ll just link to that. I think others may have written things too? But see laziness above.

My first and so far only published story is for sale as a part of the Unidentified Funny Objects 5 anthology! Also featuring stories by David Gerrold and Esther Friesner and Caroline Yoachim and other awesome folks. You could purchase such a book here if you had a desire to do so.

Also, some people reviewed that anthology and some reviews even touched on my story? Which is exciting and also scary because reasons. I looked a little and saw not bad things but am afraid to look further because many words have been written in author blogs about the insanity that comes from reading reviews.

I start a new job on Monday and while I get settled into that writing may take a back seat for a few months. I do have a few stories that I am shopping around to various markets, so maybe a publication will pop up, but it is more likely that they will collect more rejections, that I will add to my digital rejection tower from which I will stand atop so that I might gaze upon the far more substantial rejection towers of better authors.

Published on 1 October 2016 at 11:20PM by Mitch, tags: ,


Probably inappropriate to call it a hiatus when I’ve barely got this thing started in the first place and have been posting so infrequently. Anyway! My posting infrequency will become more severe!

I’m starting Clarion West next week and I’ll be doing that through the end of July. From what I’ve heard, spare/free time during CW is a shadow of a dream within your story’s character’s dream. So I probably won’t be writing any posts? It’s cool. If I end up making posts I’ll just delete this post and all three readers of my blog will know I’m a liar but they already knew that and won’t be able to prove it. Bwahahaha.

In all seriousness, thank you loyal readers! Without you I would be a lonely person desperate for attention throwing out random words onto what is basically a personal shrine/billboard. I am still that with you, but in a socially acceptable way. More socially acceptable the more of you there are actually. Societal mores are hilarious.

I’m excited to start/that is what I say because I still don’t really believe it is happening but that is the emotion I would have if I did believe it. I’ll try to write a post or two about it when I finish. :)


Published on 17 June 2016 at 4:57PM by Mitch, tags: ,

First Short Story Publication!

So, I actually heard about this a few weeks ago, but decided to be paranoid and wait to post anything until they sent the contract. A flash story of mine, Fantastic Coverage, (one of my Clarion West application stories, actually) will appear in Unidentified Funny Objects 5 this autumn!

For those unfamiliar, Unidentified Funny Objects is an annual anthology series of funny science fiction and fantasy short stories.

Thanks to the North and South Seattle writing groups for their critiques and to Two Hour Transport for the writing prompt :)

This will be my first professional publication. I’m pretty excited :)

Published on 2 June 2016 at 11:50PM by Mitch, tags: ,

First Blog Post!

Hi! I’m Mitch. I like to write stuff. Sometimes it’s fiction that no one pays me for yet. Other times it’s code that companies pay me for. Now I’ll also write blog posts that probably nobody will read. (Except my Mom. Hi Mom!)

My interests (and probable blog topics) include fiction consumption and production, programming, angry rants, bad attempts at humor, occasionally fitness/nutrition, and philosophy.

I will try to write posts when I think I have something original to say, or, rather, something not original but at least somewhat obscure and worded differently enough that it seems possibly original at a casual glance. (You know, the gold standard). I’ll also write posts that include news, etc, probably along the lines of “buy/patronize this thing I’m involved in so I get money/power/self-esteem” as is usually done with personal websites.

If/when I am offensive and/or woefully incorrect, I apologize now in advance. And I’ll also do my best to apologize in detail (but probably not in advance). If/when I am boring, please yawn and flip to your preferred source of social media with prejudice.

Claiming my own little square nanometer of the internet feels very empowering. It’s definitely already going to my head.

Published on 5 May 2016 at 8:06PM by Mitch, tags: , ,

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