Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category

I’ve been stumbling around a bit with the choice of my next project. I didn’t have this problem earlier in the year, when I sat down to calculate which projects I wanted to work on, with deadlines and tasks defined. However, I got word of an upcoming class on writing a series offered by Holly Lisle (if you love to write, you should check out her offerings here. Lifechangers. Seriously.), I decided to shuffle my schedule in order to accommodate the stories which I had not entirely fleshed out the concepts and characters. Using her method, I could define all of that around the basic idea floating in my head. I shuffled the projects around to get that particular universe into place, but the class hasn’t been moving fast enough for my schedule, so I decided to take on another project and work simultaneously. I’m hoping it doesn’t mess up the quality. Because of that, my next published project is going to be:

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A novelette revisiting Ennid from the short story “Food For Thought” in the Morsels flash fiction anthology.

He’s going to be around for a little while, as I have an arc of novellas planned for him.

(And, for anyone curious about the project I’m working on alongside Holly’s class, it’s SHARC, space opera military fiction.)

I made the top of Amazon’s Daily Deals in Science Fiction & Fantasy!

At first I thought it some kind of double notification that my work has been made available, since the title of the email itself is The Falconer and The Wolf, but was ecstatic to see what the content actually was. Although, come to think of it, it’s kinda funny that Amazon is trying to sell my own book back to me…

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And the actual link to purchase the story online!

I live not far from a parcel of land that hosts a Renaissance Faire, and on several occasions have visited with family members. Years ago, while attending, I encountered a young man in period dress toting about an owl on his wrist. He talked about his raptor, named Ulysses, and informed us about an exhibition that afternoon. I was already fascinated and since I brought my mother, who has loved the owl decades before they became trendy, we decided to attend.

Crowds gathered as the young falconer displayed the rudiments of the falconry discipline and the hunting prowess of his birds. Everyone watched in rapt (pun intended) wonder as these feathered predators spread what seemed to be massive wings and swooped from seemingly impossible heights to dive down accurately on a minuscule target. At one point, a lucky volunteer (unfortunately, not me) was presented with the opportunity to snap a photograph from beneath the bird’s takeoff just as it’s wings stretched the furthest.

I hadn’t gone back to the Ren Faire since then, but that exhibition and the idea of falconry sparked a few ideas that didn’t quite get the flames rolling. In my mind’s eye I could see a young falconer, living in the woods alone with his bird. Questions arose – why was he living out there all alone? Falconry is the sport of nobles, and it’s unlikely some woodsman in the middle of nowhere would just have the bird and know-how. And a falconer in the woods… interesting concept, but concepts do not a story make. Some other ideas floating around in my head eventually coalesced (a wolf who was more than an ordinary wolf but not the tired idea of a werewolf), and I found the right conflicts and plugged them in. I’d liked to say it was a “voila” but that’s rarely how it works. The story didn’t simply write itself, and as I struggle with “Perfect Never Finishes,” kicking the story out of the nest at all is a small accomplishment.

The Falconer and The Wolf is available on Amazon.

Melange and Morsels have both made their way to virtual print on Amazon!

Melange is here

…and…

Morsels is here!

Enjoy!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Very soon (NOW!) the two anthologies you’ve been anxiously awaiting will be available via Amazon.

Melange: A Microfiction Anthology

Morsels: A Flash Fiction Anthology

In addition, February should see “The Falconer and The Wolf” on the virtual bookshelves, and an update on Umbra: A Post-Apocalyptic Mystery will be forthcoming. Check back for more details!

I write what I am, and I write what I love.

Since childhood (yes, I was and still am weird), I have loved the sub-genre of science fiction, post-apocalyptia. I also love mysteries. Why not blend the two, I say to myself?

Since childhood, I have also loved science fiction. I grew up on a steady diet devouring Asimov, Ellison, Pohl, Harrison, Heinlein while most of my friends were still snacking on Tiger Beat or Seventeen. I admit there was a heavy dose of Star Wars space opera thrown in there too, but that was airy whipped cream on an incredibly dense and spicy slice of pumpkin pie.

Since childhood (feel the theme here?) I have loved fantasy, and not just the elves-dwarves-wizards stuff but the really dark and deep fantasy that can get me into trouble with my parents if they found out I was reading it. Throw in some of the Conan fantasy and you’ve got what I’m going for.

Truth is, I love it most every genre.

I write what I love.