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Coming in September 2015 from WordFire Press, my first novel:

Watch this space for more news!

My first original short story, Illegal Beagles, is available right here on this LJ as a freebie. Read, enjoy, feedback is adored. There is a completely optional "donate" button at the bottom if you feel like tossing a couple of bucks my way. ;)

Summary: Russell Fisk, the captain of the tramp freighter Inquisitive Tamandua, hates transporting live cargo, but a creditor has him over a barrel. So now he has to get a pack of hunting Beagles to the client, while dodging Feds and dealing with an alien passenger who's more than slightly odd. And, oh, hey, one of the dogs is in labor.

I've had sixteen short stories published in various venues. My Amazon Author Page (still a work in progress) is here.

Guardians of Public Safety was published in the "1st and Starlight" anthology, available on Amazon, put together by a bunch of Writers of the Future Finalists.

Summary: Keniesha Washington lives in a rough neighborhood filled with gangs, pimps, and drug dealers. But the supernatural cure for what ails it may be worse than the disease...

That Which is Hidden was published in the "Chronology" anthology by Curiosity Quills. This was my prizewinning story for the Salty Dog writing contest at Salt City Steam.

Summary: Gideon Bassett needs to solve the triple mystery of his sweetheart’s murder, a train robbery, and a bank heist. Problem is, he’s been outed as a werewolf and is a fugitive himself...

Habeas Felis was serialized by Stupefying Stories Showcase in three parts:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Summary: Daniella and her friends Gris and Mac must leave a talking cat in a dragon's cave for its annual tribute without being eaten by the grumpy dragon or murdered by goblins and mountain trolls. And they have to do it before a rival team beats them to the punch.

The Road to Hell was published by Domain SF. It's a free read, but it requires registration.

Summary: Oceanic algae farms have dumped extra oxygen into our atmosphere, with catastrophic results. Insects are now prehistoric size and we use baseball bats to swat mosquitoes. But the cure might be worse than the disease, as a grief-stricken woman learns to her detriment. And the planet's.

Servile Spirits to Invent was published in "The Death God's Chosen" by Deepwood Publishing.

Summary: A village decimated by plague uses corpses to till the fields so they don't starve. However, the entities animating the bodies have their own agenda.

Bear Essentials was published by World Weaver Press in the "Far Orbit" anthology. Julie Czerneda says: "Daring adventure, protagonists who think on their feet, and out of this world excitement! Welcome to FAR ORBIT, a fine collection of stories in the best SF tradition. Strap in and enjoy!"

Summary: The intrepid crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired to transport a "grizzly bear" to a monastery. But neither the bear nor the monastery are what they seem, and their routine (ha) job is complicated by a reporter who's all too eager for a scoop to bolster her flagging career.

War of the Were-Mice was published by Unlikely Story for their April Fool's issue. Be thou warned: This was written on purpose to be terrible. The challenge was to "write the worst piece of fiction you can stand to see under your byline." So... I did. It's a flash piece, so you won't lose too many brain cells by reading it. They also interviewed me.

Summary: The house vermin battle for supremacy.

Of Were-Critters, Widow Women, and Water Rights was published in the "Ways of Magic" anthology by Deepwood Publishing.

Summary: Mike Vaughn, a werewolf who works security for a rail line in Reconstruction Texas, is embroiled in a feud between a family of brothers and his ex-sweetheart. Throw in a professor with a water-sucking contraption, a preacher with a dark past, and a hunter, and Mike is having a truly rotten day.

Different in Blood was published in Plasma Frequency.

Summary: Ben Lockwood, werewolf private investigator, finds himself embroiled in the weirdest cheating spouse case ever. What the hell is a squonk? He's about to find out.

Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit was published in Stupefying Stories.

Summary: Faerie shows are cooperative enterprises between humans and faeries. When a faerie is kidnapped, it's a race against time -- and against faerie rights activists, the larger Fae, and an unscrupulous fellow competitor -- to find her before something terrible happens.

The Cow and the Beanstalk was published in Azure Valley, an imprint of TM Publishing.

Summary: We all know the story of Jack the Giant Killer. How he traded a cow for some magic beans, killed a giant, avenged his father, and lived happily ever after. Now, everyone assumes the bean man was out to cheat Jack -- but, you know, the beans really were magic. He delivered on his promise and then disappeared, never to be seen again. So, what was so special about a cow, that a fellow would be willing to trade beans like that for her?

Sensory Overload was published in Plasma Frequency.

Summary: A security guard with electronic sensory enhancements accompanies a group of art students down to the home planet of a new alien species. While there, he sees things he shouldn't--but he's not sure if he's really seeing them, or if the enhancements have finally made him crack.

"Affairs of Dragons" was published in Renard's Menagerie, which is sadly defunct. It's also available through Anthology Builder, which is where the link to the story will take you. And you can read the beginning of it here. It's the sequel to "Illegal Beagles."

Summary: The crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mother dragon to move her eggs from one planet to another. She's in the middle of an ugly divorce and an uglier clan war. The eggs aren't supposed to hatch...

"Bitter Honey" was published in AfterburnSF but can no longer be read online. It's available through Anthology Builder here, and it also appears in the "Fight On! Weird Enclaves and Black Pits" anthology. The link in the title will take you to a short preview, and it's available through Amazon here.

Summary: Desperate faeries raid a beehive for the honey they need to make it through a deadly winter. But at what cost to both faeries and bees?

"Fortunes of Soldiers" was published by Cosmos magazine, with a fabulous illustration by Emrah Elmasli. You can also buy it through Anthology Builder (link takes you to a preview of it), and it's in the You're Not Alone anthology edited by Damien Broderick.

Summary: Two week's pay for one night's work, babysitting a spoiled asteroid heiress? Mercenary Jake O'Dell thinks all his jobs should be this easy. Until, of course, everything goes disastrously wrong.

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" was published by Darwin's Evolutions, with a fabulous illustration by Karl Nordman. It's available as a trade paperback for $9.99 (along with several other stories by several other awesome writers), or a high-quality .pdf download for $2.73. It's also available through Anthology Builder. You can read the beginning of it here, and purchase it here.

Summary: Mark Newman loves being a werewolf. But when his wife finds out she's pregnant, she attempts to cure him against his will, in his sleep. Naturally, it goes horribly wrong--and it goes even wronger when she gets a well-meaning priest involved, poor fellow.

My author page on Amazon is here. My author page at Anthology Builder is here. You can read more of my fiction right here on this LJ. I have a "DVD extra" from my first novel that introduces a couple of characters to each other under less-than-optimal circumstances, and you can read that here. This is one of my very favorite scenes. I post occasional snippets of my stories, and those can be accessed via my snippets tag.

Most of this LJ is me whining about writing, with some Real Life and Fannish Squee and a scosh of Politics thrown in on occasion. I have more information on my User Info page, or you can peruse my tags and see if anything in there looks interesting. You can also follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. I don't always follow back on Twitter, especially if I don't know you, but I do friend back on FB.

So. Come in, kick back, have fun. If you feel like commenting, please do.

Thu, Jul. 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Thu, 11:54: So we put up a security camera, because Reasons. And found out that we have deer in the neighborhood. In the middle of the city.

Wed, Jul. 29th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Jul. 28th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Jul. 27th, 2015, 07:55 pm
My spam folder is a font of entertainment.

Just got this:

Dear Friend

Message from Saudi Arabia Prince Alwaleed bin Talal for his charity donation and You have been selected as recipient/benefactor for $25 Million Dollars from Alwaleed Philanthropic Foundation Grant. Contact me for more information.

Mr Ahmad Sadiq Azizi

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the named individual(s). If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by email and delete the message from your system. It is unlawful to disclose, copy, distribute or take any action on the contents.

(bolding mine)

Well. I have copied it to my clipboard, distributed and disclosed it to LJ, Twitter, and Facebook, and taken action by doing so. Also, there are no "named individuals."

Come at me. Please. Dumbasses.

Fri, Jul. 24th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 08:22 pm
In my quest to get my VHS movies replaced with DVDs...

I hied myself to FYE today to pick through their extensive collection. I picked up six movies for under $22. One of them wasn't on my list, but it's a Downey movie and it was a dollar, so... yeah.

To replace the VHS tapes, I picked up:
Mystery Men
Batman Forever (this remains my favorite Batman movie. And the only one I actually own. Shut up.)

Along with a pair of Robert Downey, Jr., movies:
The Pick-Up Artist (which was a dollar)
The Singing Detective (which was new rather than used... and four dollars)


Thu, Jul. 23rd, 2015, 03:35 pm
And yet another sale to Lord of the Dead

Remember this entry, wherein I announced that this game liked my Demon-Prince story so much they accepted it and asked me for more?

I wrote them a vampire story and sent it in yesterday, and I just got an acceptance for that one as well.

I am super pleased with both of them, y'all, and very excited to see how they fit into the game.

It's time for an Extended Dance of Joy!

Wed, Jul. 22nd, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sun, Jul. 19th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Jul. 18th, 2015, 10:21 pm
I vaguebooked about a couple of things today...

But I have leave to talk about one of them, so I will!

I was invited to write villain intros for this game a few weeks ago. So, in between sending my edits back to the editor and getting the second round back, I scribbled a thing for the Demon-Prince, because, dude, I can write a demon prince in my sleep, right? And hey, it pays ten cents a word, which is better than pro rates in this biz.

Well. They liked it so much that they not only accepted it, but they asked me to write more.

I've also got good news on the Zombies! story front; we should be seeing movement on that fairly soon as well.

And I got notice today that I passed slush at a podcast market I want desperately to crack, and word yesterday from another podcast market that all five of my subs are alive and kicking there.

...it's been a good week.

Sat, Jul. 18th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Fri, 12:37: "This offer expires soon, so consider this your final notice." I WOULD, BUT YOU STILL KEEP CALLING ME. STOP IT, SCAMMING ASSHOLES.
  • Fri, 16:51: Best message ever: "Your book is turned in and ready for proof and production. Congrats." OMG YOU GUYS THIS IS REAL.

Fri, Jul. 17th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Thu, 22:48: ...it is a giant guinea pig surrounded by ducks and turtles. They all look so comfy! https://t.co/Sa6RWhVTpK
  • Thu, 22:51: And suddenly, at the end of this novel, I started capitalizing "board" (as in, board of directors) for no apparent reason.
  • Fri, 04:08: 476/476. Got the stuff added I wanted added. I think it all works. #ohthankgod #doneediting
  • Fri, 11:31: And the edits are off to my long-suffering editor. Hopefully he can just sign off on them and it will be DONE.
  • Fri, 11:46: OMG @ChrisEvans is going to be at @slcomiccon! My kid just squeed his pants, and I am super excited.
  • Fri, 11:58: ...I'd be super hesitant to send a sub to a publication that doesn't know that "flat rate" & "per word" are two different things in the biz.

Thu, Jul. 16th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Wed, 12:41: So, wow, that's the 16th story I've had published.

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Tue, 18:54: Oh, hey: http://t.co/eypJdgzdnX "Space dragons"! That's MY story!
  • Wed, 10:39: A bit weirded out that people still read fanfic I wrote 10 yrs ago. Must've hit a rec list or something; just got notifs 3 people faved me.
  • Wed, 11:15: The anthology "1st and Starlight," in which my story "Guardians of Public Safety" appears, is live on Amazon! http://t.co/E7Ok6Wpkm2
  • Wed, 11:32: Aaaaaaaaaaaah so much administrative CRAP to do before I even get my day started today...

Tue, Jul. 14th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

Tue, Jul. 14th, 2015, 11:57 am
Dear @LiveJournal:

I realize that losing my paltry two paid accounts will not do much to your bottom line.

But you are getting to the point where DreamWidth is looking like a better and better option. I won't be jumping; your own actions will have pushed me. You don't listen to your userbase. When your userbase complains about things, your basic reaction is "suck it up and deal."

Well, sucking it up and dealing by bailing on the site is looking like a more and more attractive option. I finally found the "thread/link" link you so helpfully got rid of/changed to the date/time stamp, but it sure would have been nice if you'd put something in a News or LJReleases post to the effect of "hey, that thing you've been used to for over ten years? Yeah, we moved it."

But this business of not being able to preview a post when I simply have LJLogin enabled (so I can see which of ten accounts I'm logged in to--two of which, as mentioned, are paid accounts with extra icons, and one of which had extra icons, though I haven't re-upped those this time, yet, because, well. You don't want me, clearly) is super sucky. I realize that you "don't support third-party software," and I'm not asking you to. But that software is incredibly useful to those very few of us still clinging bitterly to our roleplay accounts on LJ. What I'm asking you to do is not make it completely unusable to those of us who used it for years with no issues. It feels like you borked it on purpose, honestly, and the fact that you don't seem to care that it affected a wide swath of people with paid accounts makes me more and more likely to migrate to a place that actually wants me and welcomes me.

No love,
agilebrit & werewolf_hacker

Tue, Jul. 14th, 2015, 09:25 am
Forthcoming Anthology!

My gargoyle story will be appearing in "First and Starlight" in a couple of days:

"Future Finalists presents 1st & Starlight, their very first compilation of science fiction and fantasy. Future Finalists is a group of authors that have previously placed in the top 8 for at least one quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest, some of whom have already gone on to become winners.

Fourteen of these authors now contribute their strongest voices, offering glimpses of every corner of speculative fiction--from contemporary to high fantasy, from hard science fiction to the wildly experimental, the whole breadth of possibilities of the genre are showcased here.

Experience modern twists on fairy tale classics, extraordinary aliens and magical creatures. Heroes and heroines no matter how big or small (or inanimate!). Adventures across time and space and deep within the human mind. From great triumph to the little victories that make us up, the one thing these stories have in common is their greatness, and their enormous heart."

Here's the fantastic cover, by Koru Xypress:

Don't have a link yet, but watch this space. :)

Mon, Jul. 13th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sun, 16:23: 150 pages done in this edit today. I'm going to celebrate by making beef stew and having a DRINK. 100 pages to go on this pass... #amediting
  • Sun, 21:46: 175 pages done on my day on this #amediting pass, & less than 75 pages left. Then I can re-read the whole thing, see how it hangs together.

Sun, Jul. 12th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Jul. 11th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 21:59: SMARTQUOTES WHY. They are of the devil. #amediting
  • Fri, 23:49: 100 pages in the can on this new round of edits. Already went through & accepted the easy changes. Now it's nitpicky tweaking. #amediting

Thu, Jul. 9th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Wed, 18:30: That moment when a character looks you right in the eyes, lifts a giant middle finger in your direction, and says "NO." #amwriting
  • Wed, 20:56: I have completed and subbed a story. I should reward myself with a viewing of Dog Soldiers, and live-tweet it. Yes?
  • Wed, 22:34: So I just spent over an hour wrestling with my damn computer's bluray player, to no avail. Watching it on TV instead. :/
  • Wed, 22:48: "As we're firing blanks, it doesn't mean we have to be thinking nice thoughts." #gratuitousviolence #DogSoldiers
  • Wed, 22:51: You're just missing soccer, man. If you want to watch a bunch of people try fruitlessly to score for 90 minutes, take your mates to the pub.
  • Wed, 22:59: "There's no way I'm going to break radio silence 'cause you lot got spooked by a dead flying fucking cow." #DogSoldiers
  • Wed, 23:06: Well, this is what happens when you shoot a puppy in the head just to make a point. Jerk. #DogSoldiers
  • Wed, 23:12: Huh. I am pretty sure that hearing a wolf howl in Scotland is bad news. #DogSoldiers
  • Wed, 23:14: ...welp. That's what you get for running around in the woods in a panic without looking where you're going. #DogSoldiers
  • Wed, 23:22: Awww, puppy. Maybe this one won't die. #DogSoldiers
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Mon, Jul. 6th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sun, 12:00: I'm at that unfortunate point in the #amediting process where I'm sick to death of my own prose. Deadline's today and it won't wait.
  • Sun, 20:25: Novel is off to editor. Should celebrate, but all I can muster is a kind of numb, terrified stoicism.
  • Sun, 21:12: Annnnd this is what I get for trying to sub stuff when I'm tired and stressed out. Totally sent a story to a place that already rejected it.
  • Mon, 00:52: WILD ending to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona tonight. So glad @austindillon3 walked away from that nasty nasty wreck. #NASCAR

Sun, Jul. 5th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sat, 14:46: Oh my GOD, my characters say some version of "oh my God" way too much in this thing. #amediting
  • Sat, 21:19: I've gone through and killed my crutch words. I think it needs one more read-through, and then I will be done with this #amediting session.
  • Sat, 21:20: So now I think it's time to go set $60 on fire. #happy4th
  • Sat, 23:22: Ah, Utah, where it is actually difficult to tell the difference between the neighbors' fireworks and the city's. I love it here.

Sat, Jul. 4th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Fri, 21:02: ...oh, God, I should just... cut. All of this. And summarize. Shouldn't I. #amediting *headdesk x3* #killyourdarlings #deletedscenes
  • Fri, 21:06: You know what, I am going to sleep on this. I'm 20 pages from the end and I'm not sure I can let this go tonight.
  • Sat, 10:55: This is what I get for graduating from the Joss Whedon School of Witty Banter. *ruthlessly cuts TWELVE PAGES in a ROW of this stuff*
  • Sat, 11:48: Oh my GOD I am done with this pass. Now to go through, chapter it, and look for repeated words I noticed. #amediting

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