Flash Fiction Friday – It Was Here When I Moved In…

Well, I made it another month at the writers’ group. The second meeting, where this flash piece debuted, seemed to get a better reception than the first one. Maybe it’s because I didn’t rush through it and had a chance to re-read it and do a bit of editing? Anyway, when we first got the prompt at the end of September, I wasn’t sure if I could come up with something that fit the word count. I knew I could get a longer piece out of it, there’s so many ways to go with It was here when I moved in. Ghosts, cursed items, blood-thirsty plants… so many ways people could die or get maimed in brutal ways. Instead, I decided to go way off track for me and choose… humor. I hope you enjoy this, as it gave me a giggle while writing it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday – It Was Here When I Moved In…”

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Flash Fiction Friday – What Took You So Long?

I have found and tentatively joined a creative writing group in the local area. It’s small, only a handful or so of people attended the one meeting I did, and I’m not sure my style fits in. This is a group nestled firmly in the deep south and some of my subject matter may fall far, far outside their comfort zones. We shall see. To get the meetings going, they post a flash prompt limited to 500 words. Write it up, make copies, read it aloud for everyone to critique. It’s a little daunting but fun. I didn’t feel like anyone was trying to be mean-spirited or cruel, even when someone’s writing style wasn’t a favorite. I can appreciate that.  Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday – What Took You So Long?”

Flash Fiction: The Reaper’s Rope

I was hoping to get this finished on Friday, but I ended up going in a totally different direction so here we are: a Flash Fiction Friday post on Sunday. Whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ For this short, I grabbed one of Chuck Wendig‘s list of random titles. I’d thought to use The Bridge and the Rose, but after mulling it over I gravitated to The Reaper’s Rope and this story evolved. Fair warning, it’s kinda dark (What is it about Chuck’s FFF prompts that make me kill people?) but I hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Reaper’s Rope”

Teaser Tuesday: Draxton’s Destiny

Hot on the release of Journey to a Dream and Subject 5691: Petri, I’ve started the rewrite of the second in the Edgeworld Chronicles – Draxton’s Destiny. Most of this story is already written, but it’ll need some revisions, some reorganizing, and some expansion if it’s to fit seamlessly into the overarching plot. It’ll also explain some things left hanging in Petri’s story. I’ve included a tentative blurb (not finalized) and an excerpt from the new first chapter. Enjoy! Continue reading “Teaser Tuesday: Draxton’s Destiny”

Tuesday Teaser: Petri

Petri is snug in the hands of the editor and I’m working on a few shorts to promote my favorite sci/fi space boys. I won’t have an estimated publish date on Petri until I get an eye on the edits, but I still have an eye toward spring. Below are two snippets. The first is from Petri, a scene right after Petri and Grokhaar’s first meeting. The second is from the first of the shorts with a much, much younger Grokhaar. Enjoy! Continue reading “Tuesday Teaser: Petri”

Monday Mumbles: Small Presses

By the time this publishes, All Romance eBooks/Omni Lit will have closed their website for good. Many authors will be short-changed on royalties and unlucky readers will lose books they’ve purchased because of little advanced notice during a holiday season and/or server crashes making it impossible to download their library. Some readers will be out monies for preorders they’ll never receive. Most know the details already. Even my spouse, who’s not a big reader and definitely not a reader of romance has heard of this mess.  Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Small Presses”

Banned Books Week: 2016

I usually keep a better watch on the date so it sneaked up on little cat paws this year. It’s Banned Books Weeks, that week we mock other people’s attempts to dictate morality celebrate the freedom to read whatever the fuck we want. There’s a list of the most challenged books of the prior year (or decade, or all time), generally via a school board or library. Below are links and lists and opinion and all that rot. Stop here if you want to avoid all that foolishness. Continue reading “Banned Books Week: 2016”