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!

“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!




“Sunbasker” forthcoming in URB’s Broad Knowledge anthology!

Short story “Sunbasker” accepted in Upper Rubber Boot’s Broad Knowledge anthology!

D.A. Xiaolin Spires Sunbasker science fiction

On Broad Knowledge from Upper Rubber Boot‘s website: “This anthology will be themed around the idea of knowledge (learning/science/education/training/etc). Stories may be funny or serious, set anywhere on or off the world, in any time period, but must feature female protagonists whose knowledge is integral to the plot/conflict.”

author’s scribbles:

i wrote this inspired by a mural of taipei at taipei airport, clacking away on my laptop with a fury at the terminal gate, raising eyes and soliciting looks, as people tend to look when i begin my dizzying flight of fingers over this slab of keys in apparent disregard for everything happening around me. especially when the story comes to me in some kind of strange osmosis from another dimension, which sometimes happens— and i feel like i’m simply transcribing with incredible urgency a story that already preexisted somewhere. that happened then and even when they started boarding, my fingers could not leave my keyboard. even when the last moment had arrived, and i could no longer rest easily on those cushioned seats (lest i miss my flight), i felt as if i was still polishing off the story in my head as i was standing on line, waiting for my ticket stub to be scanned.

but, this was a story already percolating. i had visited maokong and met with tea growers and purveyors quite a few times and its beauty nestled into the depths of my being… i could feel this sense of wonder ballooning in me, waiting for an appropriate vessel to take off in.

if you can’t tell, i’m excited my story found a home in this wonderful anthology! celebrating women and their knowledge and skill sets and crafted into the realm of the dark and speculative. it’ll be out in early 2019, so keep your eyes peeled!

Hurrah! An interactive fiction acceptance in Gathering Storm Magazine.

My interactive fiction (IF) short story, “Hanging with the Cockroach Lord” has been accepted in Gathering Storm Magazine.



Their magazine is suffused with conflict and they pride in taking their readers and transporting them away from known worlds.

Every issue deals with several themes, that can be found in their stories. The themes are old sayings, proverbs, or maxims.

Themes for the upcoming issue are:

  • Trial by fire

  • An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

  • Let not the sun go down on your wrath

  • Better late than never

Around which theme does my story “Hanging with the Cockroach Lord” revolve?

You’ll have to see when it comes out! 🙂


For potential submitters, Gathering Storm Magazine pays $25 for each accepted story 2000 words or less. Interactive Fiction submissions are also encouraged.

It’s a rather new magazine (the first issue released in January 2017) with already three issues to boast of. Editions are available on pdf and on ibook, or as a hard copy through Amazon.

Join Editors-in-Chiefs Michael & Cindy McHenry as they unfurl the mast and set sail through the Gathering Storm, taking us along on their adventuresome ride.


New flash fiction on Amazon!

Einstein Ring D.A. Xiaolin Spires
In this flash short story, Einstein Ring, Spires takes you on an exquisitely crafted journey through the mechanics of a raw and heartfelt confrontation. Poetic and energetic, the work reads like an electric surge of current— charged and dynamic. With references to the expanse of space and relative speed and motion, Einstein Ring raises metaphysical questions that bear on our human endeavor for real contact and meaning.
Note: It should really say on the cover ‘published & forthcoming’ in those magazines, rather than just ‘published.’ But, I figure by the time people view this I should be published in them, or very soon at least! The description does say ‘published & forthcoming…’

Story acceptance in Grievous Angel!

I just heard word that my story “Bubblegum Botress” is accepted for publication in Grievous Angel.

It’s a flash fiction piece of about 500 words with an atom/cyberpunk feel.

“Bubblegum Botress” is not published yet (forthcoming), but you can check out other fun works of SFF & poetry here on their site:

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From their website, “Urban Fantasist Grievous Angel – fresh free-to-read science fiction and fantasy flash fiction and poetry, including scifaiku and haiga.”

Also: “The Urban Fantasist website is now averaging over 3000 page views daily and 95,000 page views a month.”

That’s a lot of readership!

They pay pro-rates to their authors so anyone interested should submit!

As a big fan of scifaiku, haiga and minimalist works, I can’t stress enough how happy I am that there are such venues that showcase such swift, compelling reads.

I’m very glad to be a part of their creation.