November Short Story Sacrifice

November Short Story: Sacrifice [Sneak A Peek Patrons Only]

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Sacrifice

The kitchen was George’s favorite room. It was here that he felt the difference between his old life and his new one the most. In essentials, the house in Illyria wasn’t that different from the one he and his wife had sold before moving here. Two bedrooms, two and a half baths, living room, dining room, rec room, basement. But the kitchen had the majority of the major appliances, all Illyrian-made, humming with puissance. The fridge that held food in suspended animation so it never went bad, no matter how long you left it in; the oven that brought food to the exact right temperature faster than a microwave; the dishwasher that used no water or soap yet produced clean dishes in under two minutes and made their pots and pans look like new again.

Despite this, George stood at the sink with a sponge soaked in soapy water, meticulously removing the detritus of his breakfast from his plate. Outside the window was his front yard, and just beyond that was a small gathering of reporters. When he first came into the kitchen he saw them and they saw him. They knew better than to try and approach the window — the guard grass was already agitated, having them so close. George tried not to show any of the anger and annoyance he felt. He wouldn’t back down or hide away, wouldn’t give them the satisfaction. So he washed the dishes by hand. And hated every second of it.

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Microfiction October 2018

Monthly Microfiction – October 2018 [Patrons Only]

Apologies for all the October stuff coming so late! The end of October was very, very busy on several fronts.

The image this microfic is based on is “Feeding the Sacred Ibis in the Halls of Karnac” by Sir Edward John Poynter

The Initiate

The halls of the temple were quiet; the dawn song sung, the morning light just beginning to peek between the columns. Maatkare passed between them as silently as possible, bare feet barely making a sound on the alabaster floor and just a gentle swish from the linen wrapped around her body. Only sacred sound was permitted here.

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Pyramids and Punk DVD Extras

Background Sketch: Ibi 3 – DVD Extras [Patrons Only]

I’ve had the vague notion of this scene in my head for a very long time and so decided that it was time to solidify it. I’d also decided a little while ago that Ibi needed a piece of jewelry that would serve as an anchor. When I go back and revise this draft I’ll add it to the sections I’ve already written. Going forward, she’ll be wearing the necklace at all times.

PS – If anyone is moved to make that piece of jewelry mentioned, let me know…

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September Microfiction

Monthly Microfiction – September 2018 [Patrons Only]

I’m back to writing Wolf & Bunny stories. Because it’s been a while, I went ahead and added the other two stories to the blog here so you can read them if you didn’t before or forget what happened in them. There’s a TOC at the bottom of this post.

The stories in this series are based on the artwork of Chiara Bautista which is amazing and gorgeous and you should look at all of it.

I’m including stories based on two images this month since the first story didn’t feel quite substantive enough. I hope you enjoy and please do let me know your thoughts in the comments!

There Are No Stars in the Sky Tonight

She came down here to be alone. Up there she’s never alone. But then he came down to join her and that ended up being all right. Because she realized that what she needed wasn’t to be alone. She just needed a change in perspective. And perhaps, just a little, to feel some proof of love.

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Pyramids and Punk DVD Extras

Background Sketch: Sitamun 1 – DVD Extras [Sneak A Peek Patrons Only]

Now that I’m moving into Section 3 of the book Sitamun, Ibi’s mom, is about to be on screen more. So I’m writing out some key interactions between her and Ziwat to give myself more context for the dramaaaaaaaaa that’s about to take place.

If you want to see the other background scenes leading up to this I now have navigation at the bottom of this and other DVD Extras posts so you can easily find them.

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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Tempest Challenge – Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente [Patrons Only]

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The second Tempest Challenge book this month is Space Opera!

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August Microfiction and the Faerie Queen

Monthly (Not So) Microficition – August 2018 [Patrons Only]

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This story came out of nowhere for me. There’s a post on the blog about what inspired it, if you’re interested. I plan to send this off to some beta readers and polish it up. If you have thoughts on it, please don’t be shy about letting me know.

The Farmer’s Wife and the Faerie Queen

Once, long ago and in a faraway place, there was a farmer who lived what he thought was the perfect life. He had a beautiful wife, a strong son, and a dutiful daughter. He had abundant crops, enough food to eat and to sell, and lived in the most bountiful valley in the county. He had everything he wanted and no complaints. Until the day the Queen of the Faeries came to town.

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