(Micro)Flash Fiction Friday – The Wood

Doing a bit of flash fiction today on the micro level – only 237 words. The featured image was posted in a Facebook group with the prompt of “Who do you suppose lives here?” I’d been wanting to write something, specifically something short that would fit in a Facebook post but hadn’t actually sat down to do so. Now that I have, I present to you: The Wood.

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Trope Tuesdays

I’m back for another look at the various tropes found in romance and/or urban fantasy. These tropes are the underlying theme of a novel, such as “enemies to lovers” or “fated mates.” Some are beloved standards in the industry. Others are a hard line drawn in the sand. All draw different reactions from different readers (and sometimes from the same reader at different times in their lives). I’ll provide links to my favorites.

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Flash Fiction Friday: Monsters

Part of this is an older piece I’ve had on my computer for a couple of years now, lurking to see if it will become something more. It hasn’t, but with a bit of work, it’s the perfect length for a flash. It’s also a bit morbid, which makes it good for a Friday the 13th post. It’s not a happy piece, so if you need to maintain your happy, perhaps give it a pass. Those who choose to continue, I hope you enjoy.

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Cover Reveal and a Giveaway!

Today I’m so excited to finally share with you the cover of The Wolves of Sorrow: Shoba. Rosanna Leo, author of the amazing Handyman and Vegas Sins Series, has graciously allowed me to take over her blog today for a full cover reveal, the official blurb, an excerpt, and most importantly, a chance to give away three (3) e-copies of the ARC!

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Trope Tuesdays

The word “trope” has several definitions, but the one I’m focusing on in this series is “commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.” So, things like “friends/enemies to lovers” or “secret billionaire” or “forced proximity.” I’ll be covering my likes, my dislikes, the ones that just make me shrug, and the reasons why they elicit that response. For clarity, I will say I got this idea from a YouTuber/author named Alexa Donne, but I’ll be focusing primarity on the romance and urban fantasy genres.

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A Sale and a Snippet

Hello and welcome back. Yes, the spiders have taken over again, but I actually have a decent reason this time. I’m still working on both Wolves of Sorrow: Shoba and Draxton’s Destiny! Shoba has morphed from a flash piece to 50,000 words and growing, while Draxton needs only the final battle and wrap up chapters. It’s going slowly but steadily. In the meantime, I’ve placed all my titles on Smashwords into their mid-year sale. The three novels are half off, the novella/short story anthology is Free. If you’d like to check one of them out, mosey on over and see if one is right for you.

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An apology, an announcement, and a new project

So, wow, I just checked the last date on this site and it was 2019, just prior to *gestures* all the things. It’s been a strange year. I had all the time to create and absolutely no brain function to do so. I played a lot of Animal Crossing. A lot. More than is healthy, really. I’m sure I’m not alone. With the vaccines rolling out, and an end to refusing to step outside my house for anything but the necessities in sight, I started to get that itch to create. I pop in to see the site is all dusty, full of cobwebs and regret, and I think I spotted a spider or two. Time to clean it up, evict the dust bunnies, and get things back on track. Which leads me to the other two parts of this post.

First, the announcement. I am two-thirds of the way through with the revision of Draxton’s Destiny, the second in the Edgeworld Chronicles. These are sci-fi lite, M/M romance, set in a distant future. The first, Subject 5691: Petri, was a joy to write. Draxton is a little tougher. Both began their lives as flash serials, but I found parts of the original to be problematic and needing a deep rewrite. At this point, I’m keeping the old text as reference but am otherwise rewriting the book from scratch. It will still need several editing passes as well as beta read-throughs, but there is forward progress being made which is more than I can say about anything in a rather long time. I’m hoping for an end of year release at the lastest, but… we all know how I am with deadlines. I love the sounds they make as they whoosh overhead.

The new project came out of nowhere, completely unplanned, but helped with Draxton as it made writing fun again. It’s loosely tied to the same scifi universe, only with a M/F pairing. Once upon a time, I wrote a flash piece called The Wolves of Sorrow based on a prompt from Chuck Wendig (back when he did flash prompts). Set on Earth Prime, the abandoned homeworld of the humans who make up the Alliance in the Edgeworld books, it owes a lot of its premise to the Isle of Dr. Moreau. Back when the Genetics Modification department which created Petri was shiny and new, it blended human and animal DNA in an attempt at creating humans with a wolf’s endurance or a cheetah’s speed. Few of those early experiments left Earth Prime, but those that did are rumored to be the origins of many of the more bestial races, such as Fieryl, the jag’haar who’s Kasseus Minshaar’s best friend.

Anyhoot (as Blathers would say), back to the new project. Several crafty folks I know decided to do some flash pieces, and we all know how much I love my flash prompts, so I joined in. The first prompt was first meetings, real-life or fictional. I floundered for a while, bouncing from idea to idea, but nothing stuck. A few days (a week?) before the deadline, I got the idea to return to Earth Prime and Sorrow. At the end of the short, Mercer had sent out a distress call. What if someone answered? Who would it be and where did they come from? Enter the Rifaniir ship, the Kaleidoscope, and Captain Vaistu Elloufen of Korlyn’s Glen on the planet Barif. I decided to bring in a new character from the village of Sorrow, someone not as beloved as Mercer but just as strong. Thus, Shoba was born in all her growly, snarly glory.

The story, just under novel length at arount 35,000 words, takes place on the Kaleidoscope as they journey from Earth Prime to Barif and was an absolute delight to write. I wrote the entire first draft in about three weeks! The words flowed so smoothly, it was like the characters jumped out of my head onto the computer screen. It took over my life, y’all! It’s sitting with beta readers now (and if anyone is interested, I could use one or two more) as I ponder which title to give it – it’ll either be Wolves of Sorrow: Shoba like in the header or Caught. There are reasons for both. I haven’t decided if I’m releasing it once it’s ready or after I’ve got a draft of book two, but as of now, it’s seen a second pass, a new prologue, and progress toward a cover.

Other than writing news, there’s not much going on. I live in a very red county in a very red state, so I’m astonished (not really) by the idiocy around me on the daily. I haven’t experienced the anti-mask screaming Karens yet, and I don’t feel left out. Prison orange is not my color. My quarantine bubble remains healthy with everyone either fully vaccinated or have had their first dose. We are a mix of J&J, Pfizer, and Moderna so if there are side effects to be had, we might see one or two lol I hope everyone is staying safe, washing hands, wearing masks, and on the list for the vaccine and maybe we’ll all be here if I forget to post for another year.

Microflash – Waiting

Continuing the microflash prompts on our local creative writing group’s Facebook page, I found this photo from our time in Washington. It’s not the best picture, taken with my cell phone in the underground beneath the city, but the light and colors sparked my imagination and I knew I had to use it. Continue reading “Microflash – Waiting”

Flash Fiction: Going Home

Well, I totally forgot to post this last month. We skipped May due to our scheduled meeting date falling on Mother’s Day and the library not having an opening on other dates, so we met in June. This should have been posted in July at the latest but… well, we all know how well I remember things. Anyway, the prompt was centered around Midsummer (or the summer solstice). I wanted the day to be important in a magical sense but wasn’t sure how I was going to use it. What I ended up with owes some credit to Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. Not fanfic, per se, but definitely influenced by that series. If you haven’t read it, I recommend that you do.  If you want to read my flash, carry on! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: Going Home”