For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer heat has us grabbing towels, sunscreen, and books (ebooks, audiobooks, or physical books) and heading to the beach. For those south of the equator, the cold of winter forces us inside with blankets, hot cocoa, and… books! In order to help everyone through the summer heat and winter cold, Smashwords is holding a sale from July 1 – July 31, and I’ve enrolled all four of my titles! Continue reading “Smashwords’ Summer/Winter Sale”
In looking for a way to provide content on the local creative writing group’s Facebook page, I toyed with the idea of posting our monthly flash pieces. It would serve a few purposes: highlight great stories, highlight lovely people, and blow away the cobwebs forming in the corners of the page. But 500 words, while not a lot, is a pretty big wall of text for a Facebook post. Continue reading “Microflash – Marking Time”
For April’s flash prompt, we were given the phrase “a compelling voice.” Now, those who know me, probably know how hard it was not to go full-on phangirl and do a Phantom of the Opera fic. But Fieryl, my jag’haar security chief from the upcoming Draxton’s Destiny, roared quite a bit louder. This is a snippet detailing how Ta’Naii Levegaer came to be on Fieryl’s tech team to remove Draxton’s slave bands. Enjoy! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: Dangerous Temptation”
Have you ever looked at something and wondered why? Check out any major media release—whether it’s music CDs, DVDs, or yes, books—and you’ll find a strange coincidence. They’re all (usually) released on a Tuesday. Smaller titles across the spectrum of media might pop up on the other days of the week, but the major titles, the Star Wars and the Stephen Kings? Tuesdays. Always Tuesdays. But why? Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Why Tuesdays?”
March’s prompt was based around an old saying, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” The proverb, first recorded in the early 18th century, was used to predict spring weather. If March was stormy and windy, it was a “lion,” and the month would end in a much calmer fashion. The reverse was also believed to be true, a calm first of March meant storms by the end of the month. Since this is a common phrase in the southeast, it was chosen as our prompt for March’s flash piece. Continue reading “Flash Fiction: One of Those Days”
The prompt for the February flash fiction was, unsurprisingly, related to Valentine’s Day. Instead of choosing the day itself, we decided on Valentine’s Cards. This piece, longer than the requirement of 500 words, was an idea I simply couldn’t compress enough and be happy with it. It’s a world that’s been stewing in my brain, an alternate history ruled from the shadows by a vampire caste called the Night Barons. Not steampunk, just…Regency with a bite. So I give to you, the Valentinus Ball, a combination of Valentine’s and Sadie Hawkins Day, where a young woman shows her interest in a suitor via a simple card in hopes of catching a monster of her own. Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Valentinus Ball”
Back in November, our local writing group gave us the prompt of “Winter in the South” for our December flash story. I have very firm opinions of my fellow southerners attempting to drive in snow, most of which I probably shouldn’t put down for general consumption, so the prompt proved rather difficult for me. I wrote one story, Winter in Dixie, which I posted in December and decided against bringing to the meeting. It needed more than 500 words to make it work the way I wanted it to, and it only marginally touched on the prompt. Then the December meeting was cancelled due to holiday obligations. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday: Snow”
Back in late October, a member of my writing group brought an unusual writing contest to our attention. Travel Lit – small pieces designed to draw readers to a particular area or attraction for the tourism industry. The November, 2018, contest sponsored by the SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) centered on Montgomery, the capital of Alabama and only a 15 minute drive from my house. Limits were 2000 words, had to center on a tourist attraction or the city in general, and had to draw the reader to the location. I like to stretch my comfort zones, so I decided to give it a shot. Continue reading “SELTI Entry: A Question of Art”
The November prompt for the creative writing group I’ve joined focused on a tourism competition. As soon as the site releases the official results, I’ll post the piece and the links here. I didn’t win, unfortunately, but I placed second which I’m extremely pleased with. Anyway, not having a piece to post, I skipped to December’s prompt since I wrote two for it anyway. This is the one I decided not to use since it got really morbid and only marginally supports the theme – Winter in Dixie. I filled it out a bit more so it’s larger than most of the accepted flash pieces, but it came in under 1000 words so I’ll take it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday – Winter in Dixie”
Rec a Series highlights one of my favorite series, past or present. I aimed for monthly when I started it then realized I don’t have that many different series I’m willing to recommend. I have some I enjoy, but few that I want to sing about from the rooftops. I’d been in a bit of a slump recently, re-listening to some favorites on audio while trying to find something new to capture my attention. After some starts and stops, I found the October Daye by Seanan McGuire.
*note: at the time of posting (11Dec18), the first in the series was on sale for only $1.99. See link below.
Continue reading “Rec a Series: October Daye”