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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.

Tue, Aug. 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Mon, 15:34: TMW you look at a hashtag on Twitter and see that someone you've never interacted with has preemptively blocked you. Classy.
  • Mon, 16:39: Oh, wait. That's just a photo at the top of the hashtag, and not directed at me. Nevermind, carry on. I am still nobody.
  • Mon, 16:41: In other news, pets no longer outnumber people in my house. Hug your animals, people.
  • Mon, 19:42: Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware. Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. #RainbowBridge

Sun, Aug. 23rd, 2015, 12:01 pm
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  • Sat, 14:04: I'm dress shopping. Shoot me now. How do I girl?
  • Sun, 09:57: Well. *wakes up to #HugoAwards results* That was a hell of a fucking temper tantrum.
  • Sun, 09:57: We ARE all science fiction. And that includes the Puppies.
  • Sun, 10:02: Congrats to the #HugoAwards winners. I just wish there had been more of them.
  • Sun, 10:37: This makes me seriously question whether I want to go to KC next year. I mean, clearly, People Like Me are not welcome.

Fri, Aug. 21st, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 11:58: How many projects does everyone work on at a time, generally? I have THREE on my plate right now. *headdesk* #SFFlunch

Thu, Aug. 20th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Aug. 19th, 2015, 09:02 pm
Reprint sale!

In a manner of speaking, anyway. It's to a podcast, and it's a non-paying market, but it's StarShipSofa, and lookit that list o' authors!

I am deeply honored to be sharing space with such luminaries, and thrilled beyond the telling of it that I'm going to get to hear my story read by a professional narrator. This will be my first podcast story, which also fills a Career Bingo square for me!

I originally wrote this story for the Astrobiology and the Sacred competition. While it didn't find a home there, it found one at Plasma Frequency, and now at StarShipSofa.

Flist! Do the Dance of Joy with me!

Tue, Aug. 18th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 21:27: 30 years ago today, I married my wonderful husband. <3

Mon, Aug. 17th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 15:21: Oh my GOD, something I actually WANT in my gmail box? What madness is this!

Thu, Aug. 13th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 13:16: Call from fake Windows Support didn't even TRY to convince me that my comp is throwing errors before hanging up. How lamesauce.

Tue, Aug. 11th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Aug. 10th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sun, Aug. 9th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Aug. 8th, 2015, 05:19 pm
I should just stop going to the used video store...

Because I always leave with more than I planned to.

I picked up four movies that were actually on my list:
Blood and Chocolate
Never Cry Werewolf
The Fugitive

And then two that weren't:
Blade Runner (which, let's face it, should have been on the list, and this one includes all three, no, wait, four versions: the original theatrical version, the international version, the Director's Cut, and the Definitive Version)
True Romance

I did not even know that True Romance was a thing until I saw it in the $7 bin. But, dude, that cast: Christian Slater (shut up), Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Walken. Directed by Tony Scott with a screenplay by Tarantino (who is admittedly not usually my thing, but, uh. DAT CAST). So. Anyway.

And, yes, before you ask, Blood and Chocolate and Never Cry Werewolf go on my Werewolf Shelf. Of course I have a Werewolf Shelf. You had to ask? To be fair, there are a couple of vampire and zombie sorta things there too, but it's mostly lycanthropes. You'd be surprised how many werewolf movies there are out there once you start looking for them...

Fortunately, they're having a special where if you buy a used DVD, you get a second one for half price. So all six of those movies cost me $32. Two of them were actually new and not used, and one was a bluray. So I'm not super distressed about the purchase, but it was rather more than I planned on.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to rearrange my DVD tower so that the new SF will actually fit on the shelves.

ETA: Argh argh argh. Casablanca was supposed to be a two-disc set, and only disc 2 is in the case. This was a new DVD in the half-price clearance bin, so, uh. I don't know if they had any others. I guess I'll take it back tomorrow and find out.

Sat, Aug. 8th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 08:21: Had a full-blown nightmare about editing. Edits were on paper in a giant, weird font. pages vanished, & my deadline was that afternoon.

Fri, Aug. 7th, 2015, 12:01 pm
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  • Thu, 13:11: New bird showed up on my feeder: a female black-headed grosbeak.
  • Thu, 13:12: ...which I am trying to post a picture of, but Twitter is being a butt.
  • Thu, 13:19: There we go! How cool is that? I've never even seen one of these in town. http://t.co/mhdQxfO4Hf
  • Thu, 19:07: Getting very tired of seeing calls for subs with no payment info. If that info is missing, I assume it's non-paying, & don't waste my time.

Wed, Aug. 5th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Aug. 4th, 2015, 11:06 am
Pacing the new novel...

So, I'm contemplating my Hitman in Hell novel (as one does), and realizing that I actually have a lot going on in here. And maybe I don't need (yet another) subplot, but I just need to weave the emotional journeys of my characters in with the concurrent plots of (a) getting out, and (b) fomenting rebellion.

I may have mentioned once or twice that I'm emotionally stunted. Emotional journeys are hard, yo, and I'd way rather blow things up than deal with complex and squicky feeeelings. I've got four actual protagonists in this thing (yes, I know, shut up), and they've got various levels of personal and interpersonal crap to wade through, and, just. Augh. My current outline is wholly inadequate for this, and I really have no idea what I'm doing. Not to mention the fact that I've got one character who is a complete cipher to me and might as well be a McGuffin. I really need to figure out just who she is and what she wants besides the obvious.

Perhaps what I should do is make a seven-point outline for each character with the emotional beats the thing needs, and figure out where those go in the actual plot.

I have also realized that I need a map in the worst way.

...this shit right here is why I would rather write short fiction.

This post brought to you by this week's episode of Writing Excuses and the impression I have that I've just dived off a cliff in Acapulco after consuming a fifth of scotch.

Thu, Jul. 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • 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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