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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 fourteen short stories published in various venues.

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).

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.

Sat, Nov. 22nd, 2014, 09:07 pm
THE END.

I have 2100 words on my day, an END at the bottom of the manuscript, and a little over 4600 words in the first draft of the robot bunny story.

My head hurts, but it was so worth it.

Tomorrow, I'll poke it and start making it suck less. For tonight, I rest on my laurels, satisfied that I will finish it by the deadline.

Sat, Nov. 22nd, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Nov. 22nd, 2014, 10:53 am
Plan for today:

Laundry.
Craft project.
Feed my family.
Bike.

and WRITE. I am by-God going to finish this first draft today and beat it into shape enough that I can send it off with the Hubby when he goes on his trip Monday without feeling terrible that I gave him a piece of crap. My deadline is coming up fast and I am determined to hit it.

I just wonder how many pop-culture references to robots I can cram into this thing and not get in trouble. The handsome and hardworking jimhines seems to have gotten away with all kinds of references for his Libriomancer series...

Fri, Nov. 21st, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Thu, 13:55: Will Warren Hammond and Carrie Vaughn Go Where No Local Sci Fi Writers Have Gone Before? http://t.co/Rh3Mbrq5gt via @westwordculture <3 both
  • Thu, 15:43: Dear Lawn Company: Maybe that bill wouldn't be past due if you put it in the mailbox of the person whose lawn you treated, rather than mine.

Thu, Nov. 20th, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Wed, 12:29: I love when a market dies and there's nothing on the website about it. It's the best thing ev-- No, wait. That other thing.
  • Wed, 13:30: So. I have my icemaker back--and no door handle. Which needs to be ordered. Because my "brand-new" fridge is apparently five years old.
  • Wed, 15:07: Lesser goldfinches on my thistle sock. I had as many as seven today. http://t.co/hE2zCzGwf1
  • Wed, 21:47: Oh, cool! Cover reveal for antho I'm sharing w/@JamesWymore & Piers Anthony, "Chronology," & release date of Jan 1. https://t.co/monsXhh1Ym
  • Wed, 22:41: Okay, seriously, cat, stop licking the sofa. It's weird.

Wed, Nov. 19th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Nov. 18th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 07:18: THREE female goldfinches on my thistle sock! Ladies, please bring your boyfriends.
  • Tue, 07:29: OH. One of them is actually a male Lesser Goldfinch. That is a new species for us and a new bird on my life list!

Sat, Nov. 15th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 11:07: RT @immolations: what if Adolf Hitler became a monster because from a very young age he was hunted by people in their time machines who wan…

Fri, Nov. 14th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 08:51: RT @longshotauthor: The sweetest words any writer ever types: THE END. So the first CINDER SPIRES is done! Will clean it up and then beg…

Wed, Nov. 12th, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Tue, 14:11: A big FUCK YOU to my uterus. Timing is impeccable as always. #girlyTMI
  • Tue, 21:22: Dear "protesters": Once you've devolved to stealing shit and hurting people, that's not a protest anymore, it's a riot.

Tue, Nov. 11th, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Mon, 14:49: Dear websites that sell stuff: I am not going to log in via FB or my email just to look at your damn site. Way to drive traffic AWAY.
  • Mon, 20:05: *headdesk* It just took me an hour to excise five f-bombs from a story.
  • Tue, 01:42: Dear phishers: If you're going to try to scam me, at least spoof your return email address. That was just SAD.
  • Tue, 10:52: My brain is full and something super important fell out of it. All the swears. All of them.

Mon, Nov. 10th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Sun, Nov. 9th, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sat, 12:32: Dear "Card Services": What makes you think I want to give financial info to a company that has no compunctions about violating federal law?
  • Sat, 12:42: I love how people who don't even know what my interests are try to lecture me about voting against them. It's the best thing ever.
  • Sat, 13:03: I've had six stories in six different genres published this year. Not a single urban fantasy in the bunch, though that's my fave. Weird.

Sat, Nov. 8th, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sat, 11:40: I finally have something to hang my hat on vis a vis Temporally Out of Order. Evil Not!Skynet Terminator Bunny is a go. #hatemybrain

Fri, Nov. 7th, 2014, 12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Thu, 19:37: Sticky post updated with latest story links. If you haven't read the others, how about having a look? http://t.co/myylxvejIs
  • Thu, 19:39: I've got fifteen stories on that thing. ONE of them will surely strike your fancy. (This is your promo tweet for the week.)
  • Fri, 11:08: I've spent the last two days poking Angry Bitter Angel and Hitman in Hell. Their outlines are woefully inadequate.
  • Fri, 11:57: Funny how it takes me getting 10,000 words into something before I figure out what it actually needs. I am not a natural novelist.

Thu, Nov. 6th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Nov. 5th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Nov. 5th, 2014, 01:27 am
Dear @HarryReid:

Because, let's face it, a single tweet is not enough to contain my absolute gobsmacked-ness at what you said tonight.

Which was, and I quote from CNN: "The message from voters is clear: they want us to work together," Reid said. "I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class."

If that's your takeaway from the absolute shellacking you just received at the hands of the American people, you are engaging in wishful thinking on the magnitude of that of a child who wishes for a pony every time she blows out her birthday candles.

The takeaway from is is not that we want Republicans to "work with you." Everyone knows that "work with you" is Democrat code-speak for "cave in to everything we want and get called nasty names anyway." The American people want to stop this lawless Administration in its gorram tracks, stop getting shit we don't want shoved down our throats, and stop the hemorrhaging at our borders.

If you want to "get things done for the middle class," then sit the hell down, shut the hell up, and leave us the hell alone. If you want to "get things done for the middle class," then how about starting with a complete and total overhaul of our utterly friggin' stupid tax code that it takes a team of friggin' accountants to understand? If you want to "get things done for the middle class," then how about curbing the rampant over-regulation we're faced with every time we turn around and find ourselves confronted with a new edict from Washington when we want to do stuff on our own damn property?

The message from voters is perfectly clear, because President Obama said it himself: Make no mistake, his agenda was on the ballot tonight. And it lost. Overwhelmingly, and under no uncertain terms.

So how about, for once, you actually listen to the American people and do what we want rather than what you think is best.

I don't elect nannies. I elect representatives. And you suck at representation.

Sincerely,
Me

PS: You had a chance to work with the GOP for the past two years, and all you did was block them at every turn. So I'm not super confident you actually mean what you're giving lip service to right now.

Dear Nevada:

Next time this inept excuse for a Senator comes up for re-election, would you please toss him out on his ear? Surely you can do better than this.

Sincerely,
Your neighbors to the east.

Tue, Nov. 4th, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Tue, Nov. 4th, 2014, 11:50 am
Part One of my story is live (and free) at Stupefying Stories Showcase!

In order to create buzz before World Fantasy Con, Bruce Bethke at Stupefying has chosen my story Habeas Felis to serialize in three parts over three days. Hopefully some of that buzz will splash on me.

It's a free read, so, what are you waiting for?

Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2014, 02:44 pm
I don't normally pay attention to School Board elections...

Because I homeschool and it doesn't really affect me. But I just got a call from someone running for the state school board. Since it was an 801 area code (local to me), I went ahead and picked up, only to be greeted by dead air.

Strike One: If you're going to call me, at least have the damn courtesy to be there when I, by some wild chance, pick up when I see an unfamiliar number on my caller ID, especially during silly season.

So, I googled the number (as one does), and found a Facebook page.

Strikes Two through Six:
Retired teacher
Public School Advocate
Former UEA President
Board Member - Inclusion Center of Utah
Board Member - NAACP Salt Lake Branch


I can guess, just from that, what someone like her thinks of someone like me. I'm fairly certain that a retired teacher who is a former Utah Education Association president and current "public school advocate" wouldn't think that a homeschooler should get any kind of tax break, and probably thinks it should be even harder than it already is to homeschool.

Not only that, but any place with a name like "Inclusion Center" is probably deliberately designed to exclude people like me, a white conservative pro-life pro-gun woman whom they probably consider a Traitor to the Sisterhood. I won't even get into the NAACP, which has been awfully silent on the fourth district race here in Utah pitting a conservative black woman against a "fourth generation Utahn" white dude. GEE I WONDER WHY. The Utah NAACP also opposes private school vouchers.

So. Thank you, Ms. Rusk, for making it dead easy for me to decide, at least, who I'm not voting for tomorrow.

Mon, Nov. 3rd, 2014, 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 12:44: RT @DLoesch: Because I can't afford to pay other men to carry my gun while pretending to be antigun like #MomsDemand, radio or biz usually …

Sat, Nov. 1st, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Fri, Oct. 31st, 2014, 01:31 pm
OMG! A healthy lifestyle means you'll live a healthier life!

I'm perusing Drudge today (as one does) and see this headline:

Secret of healthy aging discovered in 35-year study...

Eat well, work out and never smoke...


Well. NO SHIT.

So I click through to the article in the Guardian and find that they asked 2500 men to volunteer for this thing back in 1979...

and 25 of them actually stuck with it.

So. On the basis of a 1% participation rate, we have a headline screaming at us that a healthy lifestyle *gasp* makes you healthier! And they proceed to draw all kinds of conclusions from these 25 dudes who ate healthy, exercised, didn't smoke, and drank in moderation. Nevermind that a self-selecting "study" like this (which picked guys from a single moderately-sized village) is hardly scientific or comprehensive, or the fact that the rest of us realize that this is, you know, common friggin' sense. NO. We need a 40-year university study to tell us what we already know!

[quote] Dementia expert Professor John Gallacher of Cardiff University said: "The Caerphilly Study has made a tremendous contribution to UK Science."

...no. No, it really hasn't. Good grief. It's made a tremendous contribution to your pocketbook, no doubt (who paid for this study? The article, mysteriously, fails to mention this), but this isn't "science" in any meaningful sense of the term.

I weep for my planet when "news" and "science" like this passes muster.

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