New Story! (It’s Been Awhile, But…)

So, it really has been awhile since this site has been updated with anything, but I’ve good news to share and it might bring some people by so I thought I’d best put *something* up!

So: I have a new story to share with you! It’s being published by The Sockdolager, it has a ridiculously long name, and while it’s a fairly short short-story it’s now the longest thing I’ve had published. I hope you’ll find it an amusing little tale and enjoy reading it as much as I did creating it. I also hope you’ll read the entire issue and consider supporting The Sockdolager, perhaps through their Patreon?

So that’s the important news. The other thing I’ve got to let you know is that despite not having used this place for far too long I haven’t forgotten about it. Indeed, I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. Frankly speaking, I am not in a financial position to simply flush money down the toilet and while this site isn’t expensive it does cost something. Which means I need to either use it or lose it.

I don’t want to lose it.

I’m not going to go into it now, but I haven’t been doing anything with this site because I haven’t been doing anything much about anything other than just getting by in life for, well, far too long now. That’s mean almost no writing or blogging.

That is going to change, though I’m not going to make promises about when just yet. I do have ideas though and I would like to get back to “Looking for Rabbit Holes” of story and music and culture that I enjoy and want to share with all of you.

The best thing to do for now though, if you want to keep up with me and my thoughts and writing and the things I’m sharing is to follow me on Twitter. Even at my lowest energy there’s always room for a tweet so I’ve been *a lot* more active there than here.

Hope to see you there, hope to have things to show you here soon, and I hope you enjoy the story. Please spread it far and wide if you do and remember to support markets like The Sockdolager. They’re important.

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120 Authors – 230 Tales – 1.1 Million Words! All Free!

Check out that title! That is what you’ll find if you go download yourself a copy of Up and Coming: Stories from the 2016 Campbell-Eligble Writers.

This mega-anthology was put together by writers SL Huang and Kurt Hunt, themselves Campbell Eligible this year, to showcase the vast range of new talent out there in the speculative fiction field. Continue reading

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Time For a Change

Anyone not coming by for the first time might notice a significant change on the website. I’m no longer putting up a link to my serial “Empire & Animal”. This is because I’ve decided to take the four completed E&A stories down from JukePop Serials. For those who might care I’d like to make a couple of things clear about this:

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New Flash Available!

Fireside Fiction Issue 24 went live today and it includes my flash piece “All of Our Days“. I’m quite proud of the story and I’m thrilled it’s appearing in Fireside, a market I love to support myself, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Also in this issue are stories from Malon Edwards (which has an excellent piece of Galen Dara art to go with it) and Alex Hughes. Finally, Lilith Saintcrow has the 9th installment of her serial “She Wolf and Cub”. If you haven’t been following along you’ll need to go back to Issue 16 to start that from the beginning.

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Flash Fiction: The Invisible Encyclopedia

Hey folks! It’s been awhile since I did one of these but over at Terribleminds awesome author Chuck Wendig has launched his first flash fiction challenge of the new year. In this case we were offered two lists of 20 items each. Roll a die or use a random number generator to pick a word off each list and voila – you have your flash fiction title. Oh, and you can add “The” as needed.

So I rolled and ended up with “The Invisible Encyclopedia”. Read, enjoy.

The Invisible Encyclopedia

You might call it, and some have of course, Monopsychism, Unus Mundus, the Collective Unconscious, or the World Soul, but we call it The Invisible Encyclopedia and it’s in danger. Someone out there has gone into business for themselves. We don’t know who they are; we call them The Editor. My name is Ha Sung Hwa and along with my friends Lila Molesky and Basel Rizk we’re hunting The Editor.

We’re trying to anyway, but it has NOT been going well.

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Some Micro-Fiction For Monday Mixer

So as my first “new content” now that I’m back I offer up an answer to this week’s Monday Mixer Challenge from The Latinum Vault. In a Monday mixer you must choose a noun, verb and adjective from the lists provided and use them in a bit of micro-fiction exactly 150 words long. This week I chose the noun slew, the verb ensorcell and the adjective vainglorious. According to Scrivener it’s 150 words.

The Fall of Agashan

The reign of Agashan, Lord of Stars, was a terrible time. A tyrant, Agashan wielded the mightiest of magics in his rise to dominance. He needed no army. Ensorcelled by the sorcerer family member fought family member, neighbor cursed neighbor. Hardened soldiers fell at the wave of his hand. Indeed, when some few of us so-called heroes came to face him on the fields of Talshin he but flicked his wrist and the slew of the land beneath our feet fell us. Toppled and strewn about, we looked up in awe at the sorcerer. Agashan’s power was awesome, indeed, but he had became vainglorious. Too certain of his position, he never saw, while we lay on the ground at his feet, the tiny Gorip, the frogling prince, leap from tall grass to drive an almost invisibly slim blade into the back of his neck, ending his terrible reign forever.

 

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Some Weird Flash Fiction

I’ve got a new flash fiction story here for you. This is another response to a Chuck Wendig Friday Flash Fiction Challenge. He provided a list of 10 words and we had to choose 5. They weren’t just to appear as words in the story but to become five elements of the story. I chose the words library, undertaker, cube, envelope and storm.

The result makes me want to run out and watch a David Lynch movie. If that’s the sort of vibe you like then perhaps you’ll enjoy a story of

The Day The Undertaker Came

The Undertaker came to The Library at the beginning of the end. He came to prepare us, though we didn’t know it at the time. He wore sable robes that swallowed light and dimmed the corridors as he walked through them. If he had a face we never saw it; he kept his hood pulled high and forward like an opaque veil.

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