First, I need to get this part over with, and then we can move on to happier things. Yesterday one of the loves of my life left this world. Rocky joined our family at the age of seven and was nearly thirteen when he died. I honestly didn't expect almost whole six years with him, and I feel blessed beyond reason to have had him that long. He spent five years before that with a loving family who adopted him from the Boxer Rescue. He went in peace, after a long life of love and adventure. He will be missed so, so very much.
Ironically, bad news is often paired with good, and yesterday that was true. Another of my short stories was published, in a magazine I am thoroughly impressed with. Underneath the Juniper Tree is a horror magazine for kids. Yep--they print creepy, spooky, bloody weirdness...and pair it with some of the most fantastic artwork I have seen anywhere. Think The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. Wicked, lovely. I'm honored to have my story "Frog Face" featured in here. The only thing that doesn't make me happy is that they are online only right now. The layout, writing, and artwork in this magazine doesn't just deserve print--it's the kind of thing I'd love to see sitting on my shelf in hard cover! Click HERE and "turn" to page 19 to find my story. Thanks to Jason James for the awesome illustration that goes with "Frog Face."