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Out now from Galaxy Press: Writers of the Future V32, containing my story "Cry Havoc," the Q4 3rd place winner! Along with a bunch of other stories from a bunch of other really cool people.



More information, as well as links to buy it from all the usual suspects, is here.



Now available from WordFire Press, my first novel!
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After seven horrific months as a POW, Army Ranger-turned-PI Ben Lockwood just wants a safe, boring life. With his boss on vacation, he takes what looks like an easy case of pharmaceutical espionage he can work from his desk.

Now he's caught in a three-way collision course between a ruthless werewolf on the hunt for a cure for his dying vampire wife, a mad scientist whose multinational company doesn't even research supernatural medicine--and himself. Ben's nanotech-injected blood holds the key to the vampire's recovery, and the werewolf doesn't much care if he lives or dies in the harvesting.



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... *counts* Uh. Umpty-foo number of short stories published in various venues. My Amazon Author Page is here.

I also wrote a pair of villain origin stories--the Demon-Prince and the Vampire--for Lord of the Dead, a tabletop hex-and-counter horror game from Pocket Options.



Serendi-bunny was published in the Singular Irregularity anthology edited by Kimber Grey. It's a short set in the Pack Dynamics 'verse.

Summary: Alex Jarrett may be a mad scientist, but he's a mad scientist on a mission to cure cancer. When he buys a pair of robot bunnies from the internet to help him accelerate his research, he gets more than he bargained for when they turn out to be assassin-bots sent from the future. With the help of his werewolf hacker friend Ben Lockwood, he has to figure out how to circumvent their programming before the cutest killers ever created put an end to not just his career, but his life.



Meerkat Manners was published in Jouth #2 by Blaster Books.

Summary: The crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mob of meerkats to transport them to a new colony. Between their infighting and the new Fed-mandated AI, Russ and his crew will be lucky if they can stay sane, let alone out of jail.



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!" It's also available as a standalone on Amazon, published by Digital Science Fiction, or as part of the Infinity Cluster 6 anthology put out by the same outfit.

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.



Daddy's Little Girl was published in the "Putrefying Stories" anthology by Stupefying Stories. It's also available as a standalone from Digital Horror on Amazon, and in an anthology titled "Largely Deceased" through them as well.

Summary: A father will do anything to save his teenage daughter in a zombie apocalypse...



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. It is also available as a standalone from Digital Horror.

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.



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. You can read it for free here.

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. You can also listen to the audio version at Far Fetched Fables.

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 (now sadly defunct). It was reprinted in 2nd and Starlight. And you can listen to it on Far Fetched Fables.

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. You can read it online here, or you can listen to the audio version at StarShipSofa.

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 it was reprinted in the "Far Orbit: Apogee" anthology by World Weaver Press. 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 "Roll the Bones" anthology. The link in the title will take you to a short preview.

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 also available as a high-quality .pdf download. You can get it through Anthology Builder as well. 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.

Wed, Aug. 24th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2016, 11:30 am
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  • Mon, 12:49: Hubby to Nugget: You won't have gained any weight, because you're just filled with consternation, and that doesn't weigh as much as hate.
  • Tue, 08:56: Now that I've had time to process, I will say this: Surprised? No. Disappointed? Absolutely, nearly crushingly so. Angry? Well, yes.

Sun, Aug. 21st, 2016, 02:45 pm
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Wed, Aug. 17th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Aug. 16th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Aug. 15th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Aug. 15th, 2016, 02:22 am
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Fri, Aug. 12th, 2016, 03:32 am
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Wed, Aug. 10th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 22:26: Dear @NBCOlympics: it's nice that you have live streaming, but it's kind of a Gotcha that you need a paid provider in order to access that.

Tue, Aug. 9th, 2016, 06:15 pm
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Mon, Aug. 8th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 17:53: *bangs head on keyboard* All I want is to make a brochure from a flash story to hand out at cons. Why won't this template behave logically?
  • Sun, 20:33: I have conquered my brochure! Now I just need to add the bio and other stuff and see if it prints well on the actual brochure paper.
  • Sun, 21:05: ...now if I could only conquer my printer so it actually prints on both sides. I succeeded twice. And now it's not working. *tears hair out*
  • Sun, 21:23: OH. Apparently adding the bio page added a blank page to the thing. Thank you, print preview. All is right in my world again.

Sun, Aug. 7th, 2016, 03:10 pm
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  • Sat, 17:45: TMW you walk up to the clerk at the video store and say "Don't judge me" because one of your movies is "Strippers vs Werewolves." On bluray.
  • Sat, 20:18: Dear @NBCOlympics, if you put the event in a graphic at the top of the screen, that would be super useful. You should know that by now.
  • Sat, 22:04: Dear Self: You bought six werewolf movies today. You do not need to buy seven more even if FYE is running a 25% off online orders sale.
  • Sun, 11:17: Just said "I don't mind you killing me, as long as you don't hurt me" to my very violent kitten...

Sat, Aug. 6th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 10:06: Today's agenda: 1. Write words. 2. Edit other words. 3. Go over 3rd set of words. 4. Beta words for someone else. 5. Eat chocolate.
  • Sat, 10:35: I love Alex's half-addled run-on stream-of-consciousness in this thing. It's terrible sentence structure, but so fun to write.
  • Sat, 10:39: My God, I actually set the scene in this thing. Go, me, whoda thunk it?
  • Sat, 11:51: Technology, why you change so fast? Walking a tightrope between "description" and "dating my story" is not very fun. :p

Thu, Aug. 4th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Aug. 3rd, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 04:21: And that is Scene, and two thousand words of novel first draft. Now I can go to bed with a clear conscience. #amwriting

Wed, Aug. 3rd, 2016, 03:59 am
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  • Tue, 16:45: Dear @DRUDGE, I disabled my adblocker for you, and the site promptly locked up my browser with unresponsive scripts. Sorry, it's back on.
  • Wed, 02:33: Looked up "extreme sports" on Wiki and "cheese rolling" came up. Went "WHA?" and watched a video. Dude, Alex Jarrett would totally do that.
  • Wed, 03:06: The abrupt scene break is my friend, and I will hug it and squeeze it and call it "George."

Sat, Jul. 30th, 2016, 05:44 pm
I was made SAD today.

We went out to Grantsville to go birdwatching, as one does. Kind of got skunked on birds, though I snapped some pix of a hawk I haven't been able to ID yet, and saw some turkey vultures indulging in roadkill, so that was kind of cool if you're into that. But that wasn't what made me sad.

Hubby is in search of a very specific car ('68 or '69 Ford Fairlane or Torino Fastback) to turn into a road-worthy race car. In the interests of that, we stopped at a junkyard in Grantsville (McBride's) to see if they had one that would suit.

They may. Hubby will have to do some research, because they have the Mercury version of the thing, which is slightly different. We shall see.

BUT.

You guys, they had so many old cars there. Literally dozens of Studebakers. Old T-birds. AMCs that you don't see anymore. DeSotos, Plymouths, and Oldsmobiles from the 40s. Just... decades of automotive history, rusting away in this place.

But that's not the sad part. I mean, as long as they're there, then they might someday be rescued and given a good home.

No. The sad part is that the place is about to get turned into residential homes. And therefore, all those cars? Are going to the crusher in a few weeks.

So. If you know anyone who's into old stuff, or who might get into old stuff, or likes restoring old stuff, have them PM me, and I'll give them the guy's phone number.

Because, seriously, the notion of all those things being destroyed forever is depressing.

Sat, Jul. 30th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Fri, Jul. 29th, 2016, 11:21 pm
THE END.

Well, would you look at that.

I just stuck an END at the bottom of the short I want to submit to Lawless Lands. It's a weird western with werewolves, aliens, prehensile-tailed monkey clowns, and a circus. I am well pleased with it, though it's going to take a heavy polish before it's ready to go out the door. It's sitting at just under 4800 words. This will probably expand once I start digging into the meat of the thing. I write spare first drafts, yo.

Apparently I can still do this. Good to know. \o/

Fri, Jul. 29th, 2016, 02:18 pm
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Thu, Jul. 28th, 2016, 12:15 am
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Wed, Jul. 27th, 2016, 03:28 pm
Clearly, I am a tool of the patriarchy & am microaggressing myself...

So I just did an exercise where I checked the list of stories I consider "complete" and looked at what point of view they're in. Because I like having fun with numbers and stats and things, and finding out what our own biases are is always interesting. I knew I tended to default to male first person POV, because that's just how I roll. But the raw numbers are fun.

So, out of 56 stories:
  • 8 are in female POV
  • 39 are in male POV (one of these is an angel, who is technically agendered but presents as male)
  • 8 swap between them
  • 1 is in a sort of omniscient POV
  • of the 8 in female POV, 7 are in first person
  • of the 39 in male POV, 33 are in first person


Is this a problem? Do I need to "fix" it?

In a nutshell, no, and no. As long as I'm (1) aware of what I'm doing, (2) why, (3) am willing to mix it up, and (4) am doing what the story tells me to do, I think I'm all right.

My brainstorming session for the current Thing I'm working on went sort of like this:
Okay, weird west. Obviously there's a werewolf, because that's how I roll.
Hm. Circuses are neat. Research them. Oh, interesting, I'll do that!
...of course my protag is female.

And it went on from there. The story picked the protag it needed to be cool and interesting and fun, and that's usually what happens. Do I have an unconscious bias toward male protags? Ha, no, I have a totally conscious bias toward male protags, and I'm okay with that because they're more fun to break. I mean, seriously, my guys get beat to absolute shit in a lot of my stories because I am not a good person, and I am frankly uncomfortable doing that to a woman character. Make of that what you will.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go back to torturing uh, Imean, wait, no, that's pretty much exactly what I mean, this lady wolf. But it's okay. She's strong. She can take it.

Tue, Jul. 26th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 17:56: Sweet child of mine, I can hear you yelling at your Xbox from my upstairs bedroom. Maybe you should go outside and touch some grass.

Sun, Jul. 24th, 2016, 03:10 pm
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