It's time for a website reorganization that focuses entirely on writing and teaching while burying my past activities.
Perhaps a bit late, but I thought I would write up a little background about "Bird Chooses to Make a Habitat of Heart," published in March 2021 in Impossible Archetype issue 9.
My story "Goodbye to Rock" placed 7th in the "Elemental Flash" contest! The issue was published online today and our stories will be published in a print anthology in the future! I'm grateful to be included; these flash contest issues are always a highlight.
I contributed my own poem about sadness to the issue, "I Can't Explain Love or Loss if the Only Language I Have is Geology or What I Watch on YouTube." It was sparked by my unexpected sadness over finding out that a couple I used to watch on YouTube has long since broken up.
My flash fiction story "A Bird Watcher's Guide to Malformed and Buzzing Things" earned a spot on the close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs for the annual Flash Monster contest from The Molotov Cocktail!
"I must / still look for / him. My constant / resentment. / Unrequited."
"I see how police officers and forces and governments react when they are challenged for their violent policies and racist behaviors. I see how they empower and embrace white supremacy groups and vigilantes while targeting Black people, people of color, peaceful and agitated demonstrators. I see how so many Americans have opinions about rioting and looting but stay quiet about the murders, violence, and oppression that prompted the latest historic demonstrations and remonstrations."
"Beyond the scarred surface, I saw the bones of the Moon, / the geology of a crime. He would not speak of it."
Richard designed, developed, and maintained the original h+ Tucson website as well as the expanded h+ website for multiple chapters and new transhumanist-related content, including a gallery of transhumanist art, links, and other resources.
Richard Leis created Painbow after he witnessed and experienced two incidents of discrimination. His idea was to briefly describe each situation, include the hurtful statement itself, and provide a short response.
RADIO Frontier Channel was a podcast from Frontier Channel hosted by Richard Leis in 2005 that included science and technology news and interviews with scientists at the University of Arizona.
The Frontier Channel website edited by Richard Leis provided news and commentary about the "Great Frontiers of cyberspace, outer space, the ocean, and destinations in between."
My flash fiction story "The Canal" was shortlisted for The Molotov Cocktail's latest quarterly flash contest: Flashpocalypse!
"Little girls in white dresses skipping rope / & chanting singsong in slow motion we stole / from an 80’s horror film."
"I drove Pacific Northwest November numb / through trees like tall green drifts to the ocean / seething with chaos."
"A snout breaks the surface of Greek yogurt in the thirty-two-ounce container I have freshly opened and set on the counter. It sniffs cautiously, then sneezes and sprays yogurt everywhere. I yell. It pokes its entire head out and chirps."
"Call it the Singularity or the Rapture, everywhere else in the world, people are young again, transitioning, becoming whatever mind becomes when there are no biological limits."
"Lava, perfectly happy to flow / like water smoothly around / obstructions"
"Aliens are here"
In the 2019 Shadow Award from The Molotov Cocktail, one of my entries landed me on the short list.