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.

Cometary Tales

This site is my home on-line.

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.


All That Was Asked
Parrish Blue
Paper Angel Press Sampler

Coming in late 2021
Heart’s Delight

Coming in early 2022
… well now, wouldn’t you like to know …

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

A fairytale city stands on a hill, with a tall tower rising up to the sky, while beyond hills and mountains rise peak above peak. In the foreground, golden pillars are entwined with green vines. Text above: Vanessa MacLaren-Wray. Text below: Parrish Blue

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 for Parrish Blue by Niki Lenhart.