Fiction | Rising in His Moonlit Guard

Fiction | Rising in His Moonlit Guard

© iZer0 The pointed tips of Narrentuarn’s ears twitched at the urgent sounds in his mind. His hands vibrated from the desperate energy in his two ceremonial swords. The spell worked. They were coming. Across the platform of the moon rising ceremony, Hrroulenan gently drew smooth arcs of thickly smoking, herbal balls. His hypnotic body … Continue reading Fiction | Rising in His Moonlit Guard

Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict

Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict

This post is a response to M/M Romance author Kevin Klehr's "Stories Should Have Conflict". In which century were powerful tales not needed? Storytelling has endured through thousands of years because it is a type of power for humans. At this time, we have more humans than ever in known history. We have storytellers. We can … Continue reading Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict

Eligibility Post for 2019 SFF Awards

Eligibility Post for 2019 SFF Awards

This post is an expansion of "Time Jumps: 2018 Review". Messy details are presented here for later reference. Works Published in 2018 Most of my science fiction and fantasy (SFF) last year was flash fiction. Below is a list. Short stories and one poem published on Medium.com. Of note... "Love Letters" (Feb) "Disconnect" (Feb) "Wrangling … Continue reading Eligibility Post for 2019 SFF Awards

Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview

Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview

Let's do the time jumps agaaaain! We're going to travel with our imaginations. I'll lead. Ready? I imagine... a world regrowing from the ashes of recent fires... reuniting after evil is replaced by public servants in governments... and new readers searching on my favorite themes and tropes. Yeah. Of course, I have little control over … Continue reading Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview

Poetry Published in Strange Horizons

Poetry Published in Strange Horizons

My romantic sci-fi poetic prose titled "Space in Our Relationship" is in this week's issue of Strange Horizons. Editor Ciro Faienza also read this piece in the 26 November podcast! This was my first time hearing my words spoken by another person like this. Listening to that podcast is surreal. Charles Payseur reviewed "Space" at … Continue reading Poetry Published in Strange Horizons

Fiction | Loading… Light at the End of the World

Fiction | Loading… Light at the End of the World

A dreamlike simulation brings change to the real world. © kellepics Gerald, once sublime as AppleP!3, felt seeds in his core— Tiny promises planted by a man asking for more. Their meeting place: the Edge of the World. Evoking starts and ends, light streams whirled, Recoding twilight grays into golden coast. Will he show? Or … Continue reading Fiction | Loading… Light at the End of the World

NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

Howdy, readers. It's that time of the year when thousands of writers go crazier than usual. Does everyone know that #NaNoWriMo kicked off today? Ya? Guess what? I'm participating. You can follow my attempts through November to write what will either develop into a sci-fantasy M/M romance or a romantic fantasy about queer oracles & … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills

The Writer in the Corner: On Characterization

The Writer in the Corner: On Characterization

A writer in one of my groups asked how to avoid cookie-cutter characters. That got me thinking about the main characters in my flash fiction. It's what most of you know me for, I'm pretty certain. So, who are my characters on Medium.com? What do they do...? A creepy narrator commits murder of passion. [This … Continue reading The Writer in the Corner: On Characterization