short fiction

This break in the novel is sponsored by short fiction….

So I rarely (never) have playlists (or even listen to music) when I’m writing a novel.  For short fiction, though?  Almost always.  I don’t think it through – I rummage in the bin and pull out whatever feels right, and then try to figure out what those choices are telling me about where I’m going […]

Addendum before the fact for The Devil’s West…

For them curious about the new book deal announced on Friday, there are two stories already bought-and-paid-for in this universe, although they are not connected directly with most of the characters in the novels. First, there’s “Crossroads.”  You can find that here, via Fantasy Magazine (there’s also a podcast option there).  You can also pick it up in 2012′s […]

In which I keep my promises…

As per my challenge,  more than ten of you contributed to the #willwrite2feedothers campaign – raising over $1,100 for food banks, so well done, us! – and therefore I am fulfilling my end of the bargain, with an original short story. It’s…a slightly strange story that may resonate with some folk more than others, but here […]

so yeah, that story y’all earned…

Well, some of you earned it. The rest of you are freeloading off their #2feedothers good works. But we’ll let that pass. Anyway, it’s hit 3k and may have a while to go yet but I’m thinking it’s Pre-Draft – that is, I know where it starts, where it ends, and have a whole bunch of stuff […]

The Million Writers (and me)

So, The Million Writers Award nominations have opened for the stories (of 1,000+ words) which appeared online in 2012.  The editors are limited to three nominations, but YOU  can make your reader-nominations here.   For your consideration: The Cost A young bodyguard and her charge differ on the payment required to save a kingdom.   […]

Free Short Story!

For those of you who’ve read the Nebula-nominated Vineart War trilogy, or have thought about reading the Vineart War trilogy, or have any curiosity at all about an epic fantasy adventure based on wine magic… You can now read “Dirt on their Hands,” Jerzy’s origin story – originally available only to the kickstarter patrons of […]

A story sale, and a story behind it…

So, a long while back (two years, more or less) I had a story out on submission. And an editor said “I like this, I want to buy it. But… we haven’t signed the contract for the anthology I want to buy it for yet so can I hold onto it for a while?” And […]

Calling in all the Meerkat Minions!

Okay, this is VERY IMPORTANT.  I have just learned that Daily SF March Madness starts on Friday (tomorrow). My story, “Mad Cats and Englishmen” is in the first round! This is utterly meaningless and carries nothing more than temporary bragging rights, and yet if I fail horribly in the first round, I will be crushed, crushed, I […]

Killer Lasagna

Welcome, those of you coming here via Fool for Love!  As promised, here’s the story “Killer Lasagna” in its entirety.   (for those of you who came here directly, you have to return to Fool for Love for the recipe, and to enter the contest…) WARNING.  MODERATE ADULT CONTENT BELOW.  READ ON AT YOUR OWN […]

I never thought I was much of a fool for love…

So, back a few months ago, Steph at Fangs Wands and Fairy Dust asked me if I’d be interested in participating in a “Fool for Love” bloghop. What would they need? I asked, already calculating my available time and brain cells. Oh, she said casually (too casually), just, maybe a guest post, or a personal […]