It's that wonderful, harrowing time of the year when everyone makes lists and starts thinking about what stories and books to nominate for various awards. Really, this is sort of an exercise in futility: there are SO MANY great stories and books that are worthy of attention and awards. If you want to see what… Continue reading My Recommended Reading List – 2019
The Halloween episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure! This time, the story prompt was a very evocative photo of trees in fall. Listen to the new episode. My mind went off to monsters and creatures and horrors lurking beneath the surface of our everyday lives. The result… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “Essie’s Chain” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
My latest story for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is called "For Old Times' Sake" and it is based on this photo story prompt: Listen to the episode with my story. For Old Times' Sake Jessica is walking a trail by the Giant's Causeway with Emily, wondering what the hell she's doing there. She's… Continue reading Read my new flash fiction story “For Old Times’ Sake” – written for R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
My story "The Brightest Lights of Heaven" is now free to read online in Fireside Fiction. You can also listen to a wonderful audio-version, narrated by the amazing C.S.E. Cooney. Read (or listen to) "The Brightest Lights of Heaven". Buy the issue in digital format. Subscribe and receive the print issue. Story notes: This… Continue reading Free to read online – my story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” in FIRESIDE FICTION + story notes!
I finally got my act together to post about some of the many awesome books I've enjoyed recently. For more reading recommendations by me, you can check out some of my recent posts at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog: The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections & Anthologies of 2019… So Far My review of… Continue reading Great books, great stories – a reading list
My latest story for the Word Count Podcast was based on the picture story prompt below. I started writing a very different story than this one, but the news headlines about children in cages were on my mind, and eventually, another story came to me. Listen to the latest episode of the Word Count Podcast.… Continue reading Read my flash story “When the Dragons Came” from R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
It's story day! My story about friendship, how important the rules of a game can be for kids (and adults), love, loyalty, and a lot more is now available to read in Fireside Fiction. The story will be available to read online later in July, but you can get a hold of it right now… Continue reading Read my new story “The Brightest Lights of Heaven” in FIRESIDE FICTION
I have new flash story on the latest episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast, and the story prompt this time was the beautiful picture below. Listen to the episode. I was actually writing a different story for this episode, but ended up changing it because of the headlines I've been reading lately about children… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “When the Dragons Came” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
July is going to be an exciting month. I have a new story coming out in the anthology "Tales of Magic & Destiny" from Inklings Press. My story, "Stars Above, Shadows Beneath" is one of 12 stories in this fantasy anthology. Pre-orders are now available via Amazon! There is some beautiful story art for my… Continue reading Pre-order the anthology “Tales of Magic & Destiny” – with my story “Stars Above, Shadows Beneath”!
This month, I'm sharing ten great stories here on my website, in addition to the ten awesome stories I shared in my roundup at B&N: Read my May short fiction roundup at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog I launched my Patreon page in May, and there, I share a weekly short fiction roundup called "My… Continue reading 10 outstanding stories I read in May
This month, our story prompt for The Word Count Podcast was the following image: Listen to the episode. My thoughts wandered a bit when it came to story ideas for this, but in the end, I wrote a story that is somewhat connected to another story I wrote for the podcast: Nemesis, from 2016. After… Continue reading Read my story “After the Fall” from R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
My new flash story "After the Fall" is part of the latest episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. This time around, our photo story-prompt as a beautiful, springtime photo: My story this time is a sort of quiet character piece, I guess, and somewhat related to another flash story I wrote for the Word… Continue reading Listen to my new flash story “After the Fall” on R.B. Wood’s WORD COUNT PODCAST
My new roundup of excellent speculative fiction anthologies is now live at B&N's Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. It lists 17 anthologies that span genres and styles, and it's full of awesome stories. 17 Recent Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthologies to Celebrate Short Story Month The wonderful artwork that goes with this post, is from the… Continue reading Read my new anthology roundup for #ShortStoryMonth at B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
Episode 85 of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. It includes my flash story "Knock Knock", a take on the haunted house story. Our story prompt this month was this beautiful photo: Listen to the episode. Episode 85 also includes these stories: Bill Kirton – “A Matter of Love and… Continue reading Listen to my new story “Knock Knock” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
There's a brand new issue of Augur Magazine in the world, and I am thrilled to be able to share my story "Clear As Quartz, Sharp As Flint" with everyone. It's a dark fantasy story, set in the same general universe as my stories "Scent", "It's Easy to Shoot a Dog", and "The Root Cellar".… Continue reading Story day! Read my new story “Clear As Quartz, Sharp As Flint” in AUGUR MAGAZINE
Like every month, March was full of awesome speculative fiction. You can read my other short fiction roundup of 10 fabulous stories at B&N's Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog: My March short fiction roundup at B&N I also reviewed some new books - a novel and several anthologies for B&N. Read all my reviews and roundups… Continue reading 9 (extra) outstanding stories I read in March