Life, podcast, Writing

Listen to R.B. Wood’s (Poe-ish) Word Count Podcast #70 & my new story ‘Buried’

Podcast master R.B. Wood has just published a brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast. This is episode #70 and the theme this month was very, very Poe-ish. The story prompts were the month of September, and this photo of Poe and his raven. Listen to episode 70 My story 'Buried' is inspired by… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s (Poe-ish) Word Count Podcast #70 & my new story ‘Buried’

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Read ‘Hidden’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #69 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. Listen to the episode. The prompts for this episode were “August”, and this photo: The tent in my story might be a bit different than the tent in the photo, but, you know, poetic licence and all that... I… Continue reading Read ‘Hidden’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Books, Writing

Read my story ‘Seven Kinds of Baked Goods’ in Luna Station Quarterly

Issue #31 of Luna Station Quarterly is now live, and it includes a reprint of my short story 'Seven Kinds of Baked Goods', originally published in the anthology 'Just Desserts'. This is a bit of adventure fantasy, featuring a fancy tea shop, poisons, assassins, LOTS of baked goods, and very sharp blades... Read my story… Continue reading Read my story ‘Seven Kinds of Baked Goods’ in Luna Station Quarterly

Reviews, Short Fiction Roundups, Writing

20 splendiferous short stories I read in August

Honestly, August passed in a bit of a blur. I was writing a story that had to be finished by August 31, and the kids were still out of school, so there was a lot of stuff going on. But, yes, there were still so, so many good stories to read. Right before I put… Continue reading 20 splendiferous short stories I read in August

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Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast #69 & my new story ‘Hidden’

The new episode of The Word Count Podcast just went live, and that means you can now listen to my new flash fiction story 'Hidden' Listen to the episode. The story prompt this month was this photo and the month of August.   I confess I might have cheated somewhat when writing this story, because… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast #69 & my new story ‘Hidden’

Writing

Read my story ‘Hare’s Breath’ in the brand new issue of SHIMMER

Issue #39 of Shimmer just went live, and I can still barely believe it, but my name is on that cover. And what a cover! Gorgeous and haunting artwork by Sandro Castelli. The table of contents include some fabulous authors (as well as yours truly), and of course, I highly recommend you pick up this… Continue reading Read my story ‘Hare’s Breath’ in the brand new issue of SHIMMER

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Read ‘Deathlight’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

July's story prompt for the ever-wonderful Word Count Podcast was a wonderful picture taken by our podcast-master R.B. Wood himself. This is a photo I took while hiking in Zion National Park in Utah. This is the beginning of the Narrows hike, previous hikers sometimes leave their walking sticks for future hikers. Listen to the… Continue reading Read ‘Deathlight’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

Writing

Read my story ‘When Mama Calls’ in the new issue of Bracken

The new issue of Bracken has just been released with a TOC that includes my flash fiction story 'When Mama Calls'. I wrote this story as an entry in Bracken's flash fiction contest earlier this year, and while it was a challenge to write a maximum of 350 words, it was a fun challenge. Huge… Continue reading Read my story ‘When Mama Calls’ in the new issue of Bracken

Reviews, Short Fiction Roundups

19 wondrous short stories I read in July

I traveled a lot throughout July (but then I always travel a lot in July). The month included long flights to Sweden, and a lot of travel within Sweden as well, visiting family and friends. As a result, my reading was rather haphazard and scattered throughout the month, and so was my time at the… Continue reading 19 wondrous short stories I read in July

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17 brilliantly awesome short stories I read in June

June turned out to be another great month for short fiction, and it was another month where I felt like I should be reading at least twice as much as I actually did. Even reading as much as I do, I feel I'm only scratching the surface of what's out there! A special than you… Continue reading 17 brilliantly awesome short stories I read in June

Books

Great reads for summer (or any other time)

It's summer-time (at least here in the northern hemisphere), and if you're like me, you've already got a pile of books you're planning to read. My pile is mostly on my Kindle, but still: it's a big pile. Here are some of the books I've read and enjoyed recently. They are all perfect for reading… Continue reading Great reads for summer (or any other time)

Life, Writing

Story notes for three stories

Three of my stories were published in May, and I thought I'd share some background for each of them. I've been thinking about these stories a lot this past month (no surprise!), partly because the writing process for each of them was so different. And oh, if you want to support excellent speculative fiction, consider… Continue reading Story notes for three stories

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Read ‘Hungry Beasts’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #66 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “May”, and this gorgeous photo by R.B. Wood himself: Though this photo was taken in Boston Harbor, I set my story on the Pacific coast, just outside Vancouver. Hungry Beasts “Where are we… Continue reading Read ‘Hungry Beasts’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews

What the heck, May? I had three stories appear in three different publications this past month. Not that I'm complaining or anything... quite the opposite! The lovely threesome: The Machine of the Devil in Flash Fiction Online. (Read for free, subscribe, buy the issue.) Metal, Sex, Monsters in Gamut. (Subscribe, or buy the issue.) Firstborn… Continue reading April / May recap: stories, sales & reviews

Short Fiction Roundups, Writing

16 fabulously fantastic short stories I read in May

Some months, I feel like I just cannot keep up with all the wonderful, beautiful, addictively terrifying stories coming out. Actually, that pretty much describes every month... Here are 16 of the many fabulous stories I read in May: Lares Familiares, 1981, by Rebecca Campbell in Liminal Stories. "Over the girl's shoulder lay the forest's… Continue reading 16 fabulously fantastic short stories I read in May

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Read ‘Magpies & Moonshine’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

You can hear me read this story on episode #65 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast. The prompts for this episode were “April”, and this wonderful photo by Bill Kirton, one of the regulars at the Word Count Podcast: I've contributed stories to the Word Count Podcast since January 2016, and without exaggerating, I can say that it's been a… Continue reading Read ‘Magpies & Moonshine’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast

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Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast & my new story ‘Magpies & Moonshine’

My story for the new Word Count Podcast episode is called 'Magpies & Moonshine', and the story prompt this month was this photo, taken by fellow author Bill Kirton, and the month: April. The other participating authors are: Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “The Man Who Was Thursday” Eden Baylee - "The Cottage Life"… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast & my new story ‘Magpies & Moonshine’

Writing

Read my new story ‘The Machine of the Devil’ in FLASH FICTION ONLINE

May is starting off with a bang for me: my new flash fiction piece 'The Machine of the Devil' is out right now at Flash Fiction Online. You can read it here. I am so grateful to the ever-awesome team at FFO for giving this story a good home, and it's part of a terrific… Continue reading Read my new story ‘The Machine of the Devil’ in FLASH FICTION ONLINE

Books, Writing

Reading the Hugo Awards finalists

So many great writers and editors, so many fantastic stories and publications, so much awesomeness. The list of Hugo Awards finalists is pretty darn amazing this year. Some of my personal favourites are on this list, and some (a lot...) I have yet to read. Here is a TBR list with links to most of… Continue reading Reading the Hugo Awards finalists