Hello, my name is Shayne Bell.

I have spent the last fourteen years mostly without music. A Year for Music documents my efforts to reconnect with it by listening to at least one piece of music each day for a year, and writing about the experience. For more information, please see my post, "A Year for Music."


This blog began on 4 June 2016.





I am a science fiction writer and poet (I write under M. Shayne Bell). I received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991). My poem, “One Hundred Years of Russian Revolution," was a finalist for the Rhysling Award (1989). My poetry has been published in Modern Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Tinywords, The Fibonacci Review, The Ghazal Page, Shot Glass Journal, Dialogue, Sunstone, Amazing Stories, Asimov’s, etc.


Stories of mine have been finalists for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. My works include the novel Nicoji, the anthology Washed by a Wave of Wind (for which I received an award for editorial excellence from the Association for Mormon Letters), and the story collection How We Play the Game in Salt Lake. My stories have been published in Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Tomorrow, Analog, etc. I won a first place Writers' of the Future award (1990).


I hold Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English Literature from Brigham Young University.


In 1993, I backpacked through Haleakala Volcano on Maui, from the summit to the sea, retracing an expedition Jack London went on in 1911. In 1996, I was part of an eight-day expedition to the top of Kilimanjaro. I live in Idaho, with six cats.





I created "Right Spirit within Me," the image above, on my computer in 2006. The title is from Psalms 51:10 (KJV): "Renew a right spirit within me."