Time always slips by so fast during the holidays, doesn’t it? I was waiting for the notice that an anthology I contributed to had gone live. The final deadline was mid-November, and NaNo kept me busy and left me exhausted as December started. So it took me about a week to learn the anthology had already gone live.
Then it took me a few days to make sure it was listed on my Amazon author page with my own chapbooks and collection.
This flash anthology was put together by and for students of Holly Lisle. These are all very short stories, of five hundred words or less, created after her free flash fiction class. They lean toward the fantastic, but I believe we include every major genre. The great thing for you is that the ebook version is free, and available in multiple formats. (You can of course get a dead tree version if you decide to collect everyone’s autographs to say you ‘read us when…’)
Take a chance on us, the first one’s free. 😀
I’ve been working on finishing my third collection of short fiction. I’m proud of this one, as it includes some tales I’m particularly fond of. One has been kicking around in revision all year. This time I’ve included more fantasy that is a little darker, and my next collection will have more SF.
Necklace of Lapis collection
Edge of Change and Ruin
Sometimes the world turns a little darker than before, leaving a hunter chasing dread hounds through the night, through blood and death and places never seen. A young woman discovers that some tyrants are more benevolent than others that provide pretty ribbons. A dark fey flees the slaughter of her family, but she lacks the magical power of her people for her vengeance.
In these tales, lofty plans do not always lead to wealth and world power, they may only lead to ruin.
Necklace of Amber
Necklace of Garnet
Cover from Necklace of Amber collection
Progress! I released my second collection of short stories, in another mix of fantasy and science fiction. One woman wants a quiet and peaceful home after threat and trauma, a part-time smuggler needs a safe place to hide smuggled hootch, and a young man isn’t sure if it is just jealousy when he doesn’t trust the new magic apprentice. Do invasions end in disarray or in a whimper?
I’m already at work on the next collection for sometime next month. It will be challenging because we have some paving repairs and gutter replacements scheduled. I’m hoping to finish a series of flash stories into a space gothic mystery. An isolated mansion on a lonely moor really doesn’t seem like that big jump to a space station in the outer solar system to me. The setting and characters are ready, but the plot just sits there or veers away from gothic romance into SF practicality. I’m hoping to do a collection every month for the rest of the year.
NaNo is starting to loom as well. November was so far away, but now it’s only a bit over three months. I think I may try for a SF story this year, something simpler so I can publish without a paid editor.