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Sticky Post: About my fiction, and where you can find it.

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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 fifteen short stories published in various venues. My Amazon Author Page (still a work in progress) is here.

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 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. And I try to post a snippet every Saturday (subject to change), 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, Jun. 2nd, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sat, May. 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 22:19: I guess I need to decide if this story is a dark fantasy or a slapstick comedy. Could go either way. Whoops.

Fri, May. 29th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 21:25: Argh, this outline is kicking my ass. Send (more) booze.
  • Thu, 22:26: Annnnd I have now realized that the second scene of this thing is actually much darker than the rest of the story is shaping up to be. Oops.

Wed, May. 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Tue, May. 26th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Mon, May. 25th, 2015, 07:05 pm
I bought some gorgeous art...

at Conduit this weekend. And gorgeous art demands gorgeous framing. So today we wandered over to Michael's to see if there was something I could buy off the shelf that would work for a pair of 7x14 pieces.

...not particularly, it turns out, at least not there.

BUT. I was looking at the pieces, and then I thought, "You know, I could totally frame these together with some special matting, and they would look very spiffy." So, I now have a frame, a mat board, and some black feathers to pull the thing together with, and that's going to be my evening project, I think. Not only that, but the frame came with a mat I can repurpose for one of these other wolf pictures I have. Man, frames are expensive, but I didn't spend nearly as much as I thought I might have to in order to get something special. Win. I will post a photo when I get it how I want it.

I also picked up a pair of dragon charms, and now I have some earrings to go with my new dragon shirt. They're in the same motif as my wolf/typewriter earrings, so now I can wear one wolf and one dragon when I wear the shirt with the wolf and the dragon baying at the moon.

In other news, I have garnered three rejections on my day so far, and the day is not yet over. Gyah. That being said, I have subbed three things today, one of which was one of those rejected stories, and one of which was to a market that rejected me today, so I guess that's a wash.

Mon, May. 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sat, May. 23rd, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Wed, May. 20th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 19:20: Dear Insurance Companies: If I want a rate comparison, I am a full-grown capable adult who can pick up a fucking phone and call YOU.
  • Tue, 20:56: And now I start evaluating the works in the #HugoPacket. Lots of reading ahead for me.
  • Tue, 23:16: I have read and ranked all the short stories in the Hugo Packet. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. On to novelettes!

Mon, May. 18th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Tue, May. 12th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Mon, May. 11th, 2015, 11:41 pm
I had an enormous to-do list today...

And I actually crossed everything off it. I am stunned.

I edited two stories to the point where they were ready to be submitted. And I have subbed them both.

I subbed eight stories total today.

I went to the bank and the grocery store.

I thanked folks on Facebook.

I thanked folks on LJ.

I posted an announcement on the writing group I'm in on DreamWidth.

I did two roleplay tags.

There were other things in there as well, but that was most of it. Go, me.

I should probably write some actual fiction today.

Mon, May. 11th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sun, May. 10th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Sat, May. 9th, 2015, 06:52 pm
Well. I have the most important announcement of my writing career so far.

But before I get to that, I have a funny story. If you don't care about the funny story, just skip down to the bold part.

Remember this from ComicCon? Basically, Larry Correia being awesome and introducing me to Kevin J. Anderson and saying that not only would he blurb my book if they published it, but would also book bomb it?

Back up to the previous night.

Big group of us at dinner. Afterward, the party breaks up somewhat, and I'm outside shooting the breeze with the handsome and hard-working Peter Wacks, an acquisitions editor for WordFire Press. He's talking about his urban fantasy and how his werewolves work, and another of his authors is talking about his werewolves and how they work, and I think, Well, this is right in my wheelhouse, isn't it. No, it wasn't a question. I have a split second of hesitation, and then I think I should just go for it, because what do I have to lose, and say, "So, this is the part where I ask you what your acquisitions process is."

Peter says, "Pitch me your book."

I freeze.

For about five seconds. Sooo was not ready for that. BUT. I do have an elevator pitch, and I sputter while desperately dragging it to the forefront of my mind where I can, you know, actually use it. I put on my best radio announcer voice and say "A private eye with PTSD--"

And Peter says, "Stop. Send me a chapter. Doesn't matter which one."

Turns out that he was a private eye for a year while doing research for a novel, and he works closely with a PTSD charity. I knew neither of these facts, but I managed to hit two of his sweet spots in five words. As they say in the business: SCORE.

The thing with Larry happened the next day. After the event was over, I sent Peter the chapter he requested. Chapter One, because that's where I set up all the dominoes, and if he doesn't want to read farther after that, well, I don't deserve to be published because I haven't done my job of hooking the reader.

Couple of weeks went by, and I hear from Peter again. "I like your style; send me an outline for the rest of the book."

So I do. This was... October? By then? And then there's radio silence. For months. Until I hear from a mutual friend, "Peter wants to talk to you at either FanX or LTUE." Pins and needles commence. And, of course WordFire didn't come to the FanX because Reasons. But LTUE was two weeks later, which doesn't seem like long, but by the time it rolled around, I was absolutely screaming inside.

Peter and I made an appointment for 7:15pm on February 12. "Walk with me," says he, and we head over to the Indian restaurant. He sends Alexi Vanderberg off ahead of us, and then says "We've all talked it over, and we'd like to offer you a novel contract."

I'm pretty sure I made a noise only dogs could hear, but Alexi later told me "I thought you tripped or ran into something because I heard you make a noise, and then I realized, oh, he must have told her." LOL

I now have a signed contract in my hand. We're looking toward a release in time for SLComicCon so I can hand a copy to Jim Butcher and tell him "thank you"--which is lightning-fast. I just hope my editor doesn't think it's egregiously awful.

I've been sitting on this news since February. You might have noticed I was a bit sneaky in the entry where I announced the re-sale of the dragons-in-space story, where I said I hadn't had a short fiction sale since October. Well. "Short" was the operative word there. ;)

So. On the strength of a pitch, a first chapter, an outline, and Larry Correia saying that I'm awesome...

I have a book deal.


Fri, May. 8th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Thu, May. 7th, 2015, 08:09 pm
Story Acceptance!

After a dry spell that's lasted far too long, I received my first short story acceptance since October, you guys.

It's a reprint, but I'm getting paid the same rate for it that I got paid for the original publication, and I like getting paid twice for the same story. "The Affairs of Dragons," which first appeared in Renard's Menagerie, will be seeing print in the Far Orbit: Apogee anthology. They're working on an accelerated production schedule, and looking to see print in early October.

Do the dance of joy with me!

Fri, May. 1st, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Thu, Apr. 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Apr. 28th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Mon, Apr. 27th, 2015, 04:11 pm
Oh, hey, Writers of the Future Q1 results...

And I have my second Semi-Finalist in a row.

For a story starring a werewolf, a vampire, and an angel teamed up to thwart a demon and his human minion as they try to call up something Big and Bad from Below with an esoteric artifact?

I'll take a Top 16. And I may wait on the crit to see if there's a way I can improve it before it goes out again.

This is dance-of-joy-worthy. \o/

...wait, do I not have a tag for this story? Welp.

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Thu, Apr. 23rd, 2015, 12:00 pm
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Thu, Apr. 16th, 2015, 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 01:10: I just solved a knotty POV problem by basically saying "Screw convention, I DO WHAT I WANT." Not like a mainstream publisher will BUY this.

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