Fundraising for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom

My DSA Socialist Feminist team, Reproletariat, has started fundraising for the Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom fund! Join me in making abortion accessible for those who need it by clicking here and pitching in your spare change.

If I personally raise $300 through my donation page, this is the bribe: I will create a repro-rights-themed body paint photo shoot and post it without watermarks or DRM, so anyone can use it for future fundraising or awareness campaigns.

If you’ve never needed an abortion, maybe you haven’t thought about what it’s like. Like all healthcare in America, it’s stressful. It’s expensive. Unlike most other healthcare, it’s also stigmatized, and people who will never need one have tried to outlaw it. This means that while facing the decision, the expense, and the stigma, you may also have to travel to another state and rely on strangers to get you through an unnecessarily complicated procedure. Abortion funds are trying to be good strangers.

If you or someone you love need an abortion but can’t afford the many associated costs, please contact the fund. They will help people until the money runs out.

And let’s make sure the money doesn’t run out.

March News

Personal news: I will be having minor surgery tomorrow, so it may be a minute before I’m back to fully functional. Please be patient. Because of my health complexities, I never really know how I’m going to bounce back from things.

Author news: After much trial and even more error, my web presence is now in its final form. Aside from this website and my various social media, everything can now be found on Ko-Fi. My Patreon will close at the end of the month. Ditto all previous iterations of web store. Ko-Fi will be the place to support, buy, and read all things Sharp. Short stories will be posted periodically in the store for a minimum donation of $0, in effect allowing the people who donate (thank youuu) to subsidize the stories for everyone. Any purchase from my store will also grant you access to all the digital supporter content forever. You can also follow me there, but public news there will be much the same as public news here.

That’s all for now. I will hopefully be back online again soon.


SFWA StoryBundle!

I can finally talk about this now: I’m in the SFWA Storybundle!

It’s pay-what-you-want, but if you choose at least $15, you get Phaethon and all these other wonderful books.


The SFWA Magic and Mayhem Bundle – Curated by the Self-Publishing Committee of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)

Every fantasy lover knows the basic rules of magic. It always comes at a cost and it never quite gives the expected results. Then it should come as no surprise that the magic in our stories has many explosive consequences! Demolish your way through fourteen novels that span the sub-genres of fantasy while showcasing magic-induced mayhem, from the hilarious to the horrible and everything in between.

SFWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, advancing, and supporting science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere. This year the SFWA Self-Publishing Committee cast a wider net when seeking submissions and received substantially more novels to evaluate than ever before. We enjoyed sorting through so many excellent books but faced a doubly difficult task as we narrowed our selections down to these fourteen special stories.

Some of our favorites in this Bundle:

• Darkmage – ML Spencer’s award-winning debut novel filled with epic battles, flawed heroes, and a brutal struggle
• Playing with Fire – R.J. Blain’s snarky romantic comedy with a body count, featuring a fire-breathing unicorn on a mission of destruction
• Phaethon – Rachel Sharp’s tech fantasy that weaves computer hackers, faeries, and corporate greed into a twisted tale
• Ragnarok Unwound – Kristin Jacques’s story of a young woman tangled up in a prophecy that sets her off to save the world with the help of a brownie, a Valkyrie, and the goddess of death herself
• Cutie and the Beast – E.J. Russell’s novel pairing a former Queen’s Champion of Faerie’s Seelie Court with a cheeky yet adorable human temp worker, as they prove, once again, that when fae consort with humans, it never ends well
• 9 Tales of Raffalon – Matthew Hughes’s intriguing mosaic novel combining nine stories of an enterprising thief as he grapples with crooked guild masters, ghosts, spies, ogres, and a talented amateur assassin

– The SFWA Self-Publishing Committee

Visit the website at, connect on Twitter at @storybundle and like StoryBundle on Facebook.

…So, how ’bout this pandemic, huh?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so this entry will serve mainly to tell you that:

  • I am alive,
  • I am still actively writing on occasion, and
  • I have hope that we’re going to get out of this someday

If that checks all your boxes, you can stop reading here.

Otherwise, I’ve been doing some mask sewing and home renovating and activist organizing to pass the long year. Since I qualify for the vaccine (on multiple fronts, thanks to my complex disability), I’ve made an appointment to get my first jab. I expect that even after I’m fully vaccinated, I will have some difficulty adjusting. A year of conditioning is hard to shake. Maybe especially because this thing will have no one day of victory, no sirens suddenly falling silent, no declarative moment when the state of emergency is over. Getting back to normal is going to be like walking rolling hills in tall grass. But at least we’re on the path now.

Hope to see you all at the top.

Gay Apparel

Last year, I edited Gay Apparel, a queer holiday flash fic anthology available only from the authors in exchange for donations.

This year, one of our writers, Corey Alexander (who wrote under the pen name Xan West), passed away.

To get a copy from me this year, please donate to @savelyonmartin to honor their memory. The clinic helped our friend, and we’re going to help the clinic.

Find their GoFundMe here.

Learn more about Gay Apparel here.

If you donate, just send me your email and I’ll send you the book in all digital file formats.

If you cannot afford to donate, that’s okay. Social media boosts of the authors & their chosen charities are accepted in lieu of donations. Then just contact me and I’ll send you a digital copy.

P.S. In author news: NaNoWriMo is over, and I successfully completed it this year. Phantasma, book three of Phaethon, is now 50k words, about 80% finished.

It’s #NaNoWriMo Again

Once a year, I hole up in my whatever-I’ve-got-at-that-moment to write a book. My first novel was written during NaNoWriMo, a month of writing 1,667 words per day. So, too, were most of the subsequent ones. I “win” (write 50,000 words) most years, but some books take longer than others. And some years are harder.

I “lost” NaNo in the last presidential election year. I may yet lose it in this one. It’s hard to focus; politics, pandemics, and chronic pain are unhelpful. That’s an understatement, but you’re living on the same planet I am (I assume), so you know damn well what it’s like right now.

Usual sources of ideas, like listening to people talk at the bar while I work, are not happening. Long drives are my best time to think, but there’s nowhere safe to go. I needed to reallocate time from somewhere, and since I still have to eat and sleep and do laundry, the hours I spend writing are taken away from sewing masks, which feels wrong, but I’ve been at it for months now and made more than 300 masks, so something was going to have to stop me sooner or later. And, since my current project is the last book in a trilogy, I’m trying to juggle three books in my head and keep track of what everyone has in their pockets at the same time, working with only the brainspace not occupied by the aforementioned politics, pandemic, and pain.

That said, I am trying. I want you all to get a new book next year. I know you waited patiently for the last one.

Here’s hoping next year is better than this one.

Pharos is here!

Pharos, book two of Phaethon, is now available.

Hackers, faeries, screaming rockabilly neighbors.