Launching a Patreon!

I love and enjoy the process of writing and I would be enthralled to keep doing that with your support. I’ll keep clacking away on these keys, drawing out outlines, finessing together plots– and breathing some authorial life into new characters, worlds and universes. I want to keep writing sci-fi, fantasy and the cosmically weird.

So– drumroll– I launched a Patreon. This enables you, as my wondrous and all-too-generous visitor/reader/possible-patron, to keep up to date with my writing progress, to get an inside look at this recently-greased, shiny machinery that exists in my head. I’ll announce new works that I have finished/thrown into the markets for sale, post videos and behind-the-scenes content and I’ll mail physical goodies at certain tiers.

My Goals by the end of 2017:

  • Accomplish my novel goal: finish writing Silkspun: Book 1
  • Start crafting Silkspun: Book 2
  • Finish outlining and start writing The Multiverse Games: Book 1
  • Submit five sci-fi/fantasy short stories to professional publications
  • Submit three speculative poems to poetry publications
  • Expand the boundaries of my writing with experimental works
  • Dabble in the minimal: nanofiction, microfiction and scifaikus
  • Experiment with more fascinating content

Please take part in the creative process here on Patreon!


waiting, prepping, soaking

i think, sometimes, while reading a short story, like a good joke, you gotta wait for it. you gotta wade through the vagaries and the parts where you might put an ellipsis (…) if you were summarizing the story.  you have to let the details soak into your skin, into your pores.

i could make a million metaphors, about the climb uphill and all the mosquitoes and the gnarly roots that poke up through the dirt and trip you and everything before reaching that glorious apex where all is stunning, and there is nothing but breathtaking skies and land that stretches for miles and miles, glittering in the sun.

in another vein, i could say something about leave-in conditioner, stain removers or hair dyes where time is a differential to effectiveness.

about rituals and small gestures that lead up to the pronunciation of the transformation.

about appetizers and small talk and whatever else there is. or even before that. the shaving and grooming and flossing part.

i’ve read countless stories where i wondered, there is something being hinted at— will it get there?

if waiting didn’t trigger such forceful desires, such muscular pulls in some substrate within us, wanting to compel us further and onward, would we even bother with mysteries? with noir who-dunnits? with romances?

anyway, i just want to give a little ode to the set up, to the take-you-by-the-hand-and-walk-you around, to looking at the little things, to glancing about in your environment, to getting a foothold of where you are.

sometimes it’s that weird sign or the piece of garbage tucked in the road that looks like a snake that’s the most memorable in a hike (even if the peak is pretty stellar). or maybe that bit wasn’t the most memorable thing, but it’s the thing that comes up later when you laugh about it with your hiking buddies, on the way to the next climb.

i think we have too many words that congratulate the top (pinnacle, summit, peak, apex, crest)… maybe we should hop down a few meters and talk about the gearing up part. (to be fair, there are words like beginning, commencement, start— but those too, feel like points and not the discovery, not the process–the revving up bit.)

i know i have too many analogies going on in here, but please excuse my eclecticism. i just wanted to say:

sometimes it’s worth waiting for.
(and sometimes it’s not)

but it’s a gamble that i think is, more often than not, worth taking.

and for sticking through this rambling post, here’s the kicker:



Norman Mcdonald: The Moth

“Prasetyo Plastics” accepted in Clarkesworld!

Opening today’s inbox was like unwrapping the unadorned bamboo-leaf zong zi and finding a delicious, gustatorially evocative treat of meat-filled sticky rice within.

Or, for a Javanese cuisine reference, unwrapping the unadorned banana-leaf botok, and finding the rich, spiced lemon basil coconut flesh within.

(Okay, those were strange analogies… and also a mouthful…)

Which is to say…

My story, “Prasetyo Plastics” (SF), is accepted in Clarkesworld, for the November issue.

It’s my second story published by their magazine this year, and in general, so I’m quite excited!

Given the title of my work, maybe I should have made a plastics analogy to start off with–Like opening a plastic Easter egg and finding chocolates within? But that’s not quite the right season– oh wait, how about: Reaching into a plastic pumpkin and grabbing a handful of Snickers? Still doesn’t have the same feel. Hm…

(Background photo cred: JJ Ying)


My microfiction is up at Story Seed Vault!

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Thanks Alex Massey, ed. for the informative context!


Look into this little guy’s mouth.

TardigradePhoto by Dino Hristopoulos / Creative Commons

Don’t you just see that lurking tunnel, twinkling, goading you into a dimension far away?

“Vishwajeet: Conquerer of the Universe” -Ride the Star Wind pre-order on Amazon

Ride the Star Wind, with my story “Vishwajeet: Conquerer of the Universe,” is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Ride the Star Wind, Vishwajeet: Conquerer of the Universe, D.A. Xiaolin Spires

It’s an anthology of Cthulhu-inspired stories:

“Where space opera meets the weird. An anthology of 29 illustrated short stories that blend the weird cosmic horror of the Cthulhu Mythos with the star-spanning vistas of space opera.

Space madness! Fly away with us to the deeps of space for action and adventure, alien intrigue and bloody surprises. Join us out here where all things alien and weird flow freely. Dive headlong into spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror. Whether sprawling across civilizations or tightly focused and personal, these tales paint a psychedelic vision of strange proportions and wondrous possibility.

This anthology contains 29 short stories of cosmic weird space opera by a diverse array of all-star authors…”

Published by Broken Eye Books and edited by Scott Gable:


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Take a look!