You can listen to me read this story on R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast. The story prompt was a dramatic photo of an erupting volcano. Listen to the podcast. I kind of knew I wanted to write a story about a dragon to go with that volcano. Volcanoes and dragons just go together, right? What… Continue reading Read my new flash story “The Prince and the Dragon” from R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
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10 speculative fiction short stories I read in March. Maybe you should read them, too!
My latest monthly roundup of speculative fiction short stories is now live at B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog!
My latest speculative short fiction roundup is now up at B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog! 10 stories I read in February, including stories from Bracken, Cicada, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Asimov's and more! Read it. I'm so happy to be able to share stories every month in this new venue! The hardest part of doing this… Continue reading My speculative short fiction roundup for February is now live on B&N’s SciFi & Fantasy Blog!
A brand new episode of the Word Count Podcast is available for your listening pleasure right now. My story for this episode is called "The Troll Bridge", and not surprisingly, it involves a troll and a bridge... The picture prompt for this month's podcast was this photo: Listen to the episode. Also on this podcast:… Continue reading Listen to my new story “The Troll Bridge” on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
Season 8 of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast has begun, and the first episode of the season is #72. This month, the photo prompt was this icy picture: Listen to episode 72. My story is called 'Mabel's Pack', and it's a dog story and also one of the stranger stories I've written. I don't know… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Mabel’s Pack’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
My flash fiction story 'Goodnight, Mr. President' is now live at The Centropic Oracle. It is beautifully narrated by Rob Gillespie, and I am just thrilled that this little story found such a great home. A possibly related gif: It's science fiction, there's a president, there's a golden robot, and... well, give it a listen!… Continue reading Listen to my new flash fiction story ‘Goodnight, Mr. President’ at THE CENTROPIC ORACLE
December was full of wonderful short fiction, and in this monthly roundup I am making space for some special mentions. I'm very sad to say that December 2017 brought us the last issue of Gamut. I've really loved the strong voice and vivid dark/noir vibe of this magazine. Gamut published some of my favourite stories… Continue reading 22 fabulously fantastic stories I read in December
Yes, it's here: my second flash fiction collection, 'Dark Flash 2', is now available! It contains all ten stories that I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year, and it's available in various ebook-formats all over the place: Amazon / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Amazon Australia Smashwords (various formats) Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Kobo (Read more about the… Continue reading My flash fiction collection DARK FLASH 2 is now available!
November seemed to disappear in a flash. I wrote a lot, and I didn't read as much as I wanted to read. But then, that pretty much describes any and every month of the year... Here are 14 stories I read and loved. An Unexpected Boon, by S. B. Divya in Apex Magazine. “Kalyani kept Mithraba… Continue reading 14 amazingly awesome stories I read in November
It's the season of award eligibility posts. Here's mine. This year, several of my short stories were published in zines I consider "dream markets", and I present them to you here without further ado. If you think any of my stories are worthy of consideration for an award...well, thank you, from the bottom of my… Continue reading My 2017 award eligibility post *toots own horn*
After a weekend of formatting, Dark Flash 2 is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Smashwords! All ten of the stories I wrote for The Word Count Podcast this year are included in this collection of flash-fiction, and it will be published on December 4th. (It's my birthday, so it's the supreme way to make… Continue reading DARK FLASH 2 is now available for pre-order!
Some small-ish self-publication news: later this year (probably in December or thereabouts), I'll be self-publishing all my 2017 stories for the Word Count Podcast in Dark Flash 2. I did the same with the eight stories I published on the podcast in 2016 (available from Amazon and Smashwords), and I thought I might as well make… Continue reading A cover-reveal for ‘Dark Flash 2’
The brand new Halloween episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast has just gone live. It's episode #71, and this month, the theme was Halloween, October, and this photo of the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric hospital: Listen to episode 71 It took me a few tries to come up with a story I liked for this… Continue reading Listen to my new story ‘Angel’s Heart’ on R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
August, and especially September, seem to have gone by in a flash. September is always a bit of a muddle, with the kids going back to school and me trying to get the hang of their schedule and trying to get back into my own schedule of writing, writing, and reading (and then more writing).… Continue reading Writerly recap of August & September, 2017 – stories published & sold + bits & bobs
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’
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
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
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
June's story prompt for R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast was the month of June, and this photo: As usual, I'm not sure how my brain ended up thinking of Mars, and robots, and a space-opera-ish setting for my flash fiction for the episode based on that photo-prompt... but that's what happened. I was also inspired… Continue reading Read ‘A Song For Hugo’ – a story written for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast
The latest episode of R.B. Wood's Word Count Podcast is live! You can listen to me read my y story 'A Song For Hugo' on episode #67. The story prompt this month was a photo of a stage (below) and "June"! My story is sort of an attempt at space opera in flash fiction form...… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast & my new story ‘A Song For Hugo’
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
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
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
My story for the Word Count Podcast episode #66 is called ‘Hungry Beasts'. The story prompt this month was a photo taken in Boston Harbor by R.B. Wood himself! The other participating authors are: Bill Kirton – “The Island” Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “The Power and the Glory” C. Thomas Smith – “Darlings”… Continue reading Listen to R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast & my new story ‘Hungry Beasts’
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’
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
Time to blab about what I've been up to lately, writing-wise. February and March have been good writing months in some ways, and a struggle in other. I'm feeling a twinge of writers-block pinching at my thoughts occasionally, and that is making me freak out: I've already wasted quite enough years of my life NOT… Continue reading February / March recap: stories & more