Cometary Tales Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Vanessa MacLaren-Wray

Hello, and welcome to my website! I write stories and poetry. And code. I’m into photography, mathematical simulation of electric power systems, kittens and puppies, solar and wind power, space travel, efficient energy use, and chocolate. We’re coming through some tough times here, together. I know it’s not as bad for some as for others, but we’ve got to help each other through one way or another.


All That Was Asked
Parrish Blue
Paper Angel Press Sampler
Reunion (in Fault Zone: Reverse)
Heart’s Delight (in Fault Zone: Reverse)
Coke Machine

The Smugglers

Fault Zone: Reverse won the 2022 Independent Press Award for Anthologies.

“Heart’s Delight” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the World Fantasy Award.

Coming in early 2023

Shadows of Insurrection: Corren, son of Yutek, has enough on his hands, working his way up the ranks of the King’s Guard. When a strange woman turns up claiming to be from another world, it only complicates his mission to find out who’s trying to overthrow the matriarchy he serves.

Flames of Attrition: Shhh, you’ll see.

Machine Design, Hadrosaur Tales 19
Particle Physics, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry

About Cometary Tales

This site is my home on-line. Please keep that in mind as you visit.

It began as a simple blog, a place to park a few thoughts, a few experiences, some photos, science experiments for kids. Gradually, the little blog became a complicated one. Then I finished a book. Then a few stories. Now I’m working on a series, and a sequel, and another series, and so on.

So, now, this page is where all those stories land.

The blog is still here, of course. Our past is our present is our future.

All material–words, images, everything here–is subject to copyright and may not be used without prior permission.

Permissions will be readily granted for reasonable uses. Just ask.

Material from elsewhere is incorporated here if it’s public domain (with attribution, if available) or permission is given. Please notify me if you encounter anything needing proper citation and I will make corrections promptly.

Image credits for this page:

Comet: The Great Comet of 1843, attributed to D.A. Hardy. Per Alan Hale, a modern comet-hunter, writing at RocketSTEM, the painting was likely done around March 23, 1843. This particular image clip was grabbed from’s public-domain image files.

Cover Art by Niki Lenhart, with contributions from me, for The Smugglers.