Kris Millering

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Kris Millering


My Progress

I had a decent Week One, but….life has happened. It’s all good stuff, but I’m going to have to alter my goal. See below!


About Me

Writing Sample

It was today. She’d thought she could avoid knowing the date; patrol was good for losing track of dates and times, and her memory was shoddy at the best of times. She scanned the ground below and ahead of them, seeing nothing but dense conifer forest, a few broad-leaved trees at the base of the mountain flaming with autumn. If she didn’t think about it—


Memory was the foul smell of a battlefield, making her gag. Anat, reacting to her distress, winged higher. Her muscles worked, the membrane of her wings made a snapping sound against the wind.


It was today.


The Battle of Three Rivers. Three centuries ago today.


There were moments when being effectively immortal seemed like an unimaginable cruelty. This was one of them.

From my latest project, tentatively titled Spindle, Shroud, Thorn

What I Write

I write both science fiction and fantasy, and I try to peer into the hearts of both characters and worlds. I have a fascination with languages, biology, and botany that shows up time and time again in my work.


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“The Isthmus Variation” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2010 (also listed on the 2010 Locus Recommended Reading list)

“Those Who Do Not Reap” in The Colored Lens Winter 2013 issue

“Path of Needles, Path of Pins” in Devilfish Review, 2014

“A Word Shaped Like Bones” in the Women Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed:

“Coins for Their Eyes” in Apex:

“This Wanderer, in the Dark of the Year” in Clarkesworld:

Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

This year: novel!  I’m drafting a book tentatively titled Spindle, Shroud, Thorn. I want to write 1000 words a week during the Write-a-thon. Update: I got a new day job (yay!) but that leaves me with far less time for writing, so I’m changing my goal to be far less ambitious.

Sponsors will get weekly updates, excerpts, and thoughts on worldbuilding–this book involves intense worldbuilding that I’m doing as I write.

And for a little extra incentive this year: the first 10 people to sponsor me for at least $25 will receive in the mail an 11×14 print of one of my photographs, pre-mounted and ready to frame. These prints are on metallic paper and are all gorgeous.

Fundraising Goals

I’d love to get at least 10 sponsors this year!

Conflict of Interest statement:
Although I am a paid employee of Clarion West, my Write-a-thon fund-raising activity is entirely voluntary and independent of my salary. I receive no monetary or material incentive from Clarion West for my participation in the Write-a-thon.