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Storytime Blog Hop: Inhuman

Storytime Blog Hop: Inhuman

It drifts down the street, unnoticed, invisible. Its target is just around the corner: a young woman, killed in a car crash. Tragic, is what the humans would call it. Ironic, to some; she was a medium, on the way to talk to the dead. It doesn’t care either way–a job’s a job and human emotions are not its purview. When it turns the corner, it finds the crash, just where it should be–but no woman. Well, her body is…

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Storytime Blog Hop: A Hiding Place

Storytime Blog Hop: A Hiding Place

Terin crouched in a doorway, hands over his mouth to muffle his panting. He’d finally shaken the Enforcers; they were still prowling but they couldn’t see him where he sat, still and quiet in the night-black. Him, of all people, a rebel! But it wasn’t as if he could argue his innocence; if they came for you, they’d already decided. Regardless, he couldn’t stay here all night. Carefully, slowly, he reached up to the door handle above his head. It…

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Essential

Essential

So. How about that pandemic, huh? I hope you all are staying healthy. I’m certainly trying. Both my roommates are working from home, which is good, even if they’re starting to go a little stir-crazy… As for me, I’ve been deemed an essential worker. Which means my day-to-day has changed very little, because I’m still going out in public every day. This is… not the worst thing that could happen, obviously, but I have my reservations. Pros: I still have…

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Writing is Fun, Actually

Writing is Fun, Actually

I follow a lot of writers on Twitter. If you do too, you’ve probably seen these kinds of tweets: My Writing Process! 1. Get tea 2. Sit at my desk 3. Check my email 4. Get more tea because the first cup is cold 5. Check Twitter 6. Oops, writing time is over! I’ll try again tomorrow. 22.3k Retweets, 66k Likes And yes, obviously that’s not a “writing process,” that’s the joke. There are a lot of these tweets, though,…

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Storytime Blog Hop: Secrets

Storytime Blog Hop: Secrets

She steps out of the restaurant and finds a sidewalk full of paparazzi, as usual. Just as they start all their shouting and camera flashing, though, they freeze–abrupt, in utter unison, like someone hit a pause button. She stops, too, but she’s seen videos of things like this; it’s an old meme, or something, or so she thinks until someone steps forward from the crowd, silhouetted by a camera frozen mid-flash. “Been looking for you,” he says, and his voice…

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On to the Next Decade!

On to the Next Decade!

I have been listening to a LOT of podcasts lately. For the past decade, I’ve been focusing on my craft; I’ve been steadily getting better and better at writing fiction, through classes, through podcasts, through practice. For most of that time, though, I’d been thinking of myself as “too young” — to publish, but also to get out here and start making a name for myself. Considering I was in high school a decade ago, that mindset makes sense, even…

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Storytime Blog Hop: The Man of Your Dreams

Storytime Blog Hop: The Man of Your Dreams

This story will also be read aloud on the Alone In A Room With Invisible People podcast on Halloween! Rachel dreamed of a man she’d never met. She never understood what it meant—he just silently led her down the stairs by the cliff and into the old smuggler’s cave that everyone said was haunted. And the last girl to say she’d been having strange dreams had gone missing months ago—run away in the night, they said, but her parents didn’t…

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Pen Names

Pen Names

I was listening to the Alone in a Room with Invisible People Podcast today, and episode 63 in particular, which discusses publishing under pseudonyms. Specifically that, thanks to the way Amazon’s algorithms show potential readers what other books your readers have read, it’s probably best to publish different genres under different names, so that your readers for that genre can find you. With this in mind, I set out to figure out what genre(s) I write in, anyway. The most…

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New Release: Black Magic, Baby!

New Release: Black Magic, Baby!

Hey! Long time, no post! So what am I up to? Oh, you know. Just graduating from grad school. Getting my Master’s degree, NBD. Today, in fact! (Why am I posting right now? Why not? I don’t have homework anymore.) Also! I just hit the “publish” button on Amazon for a new flash fiction collection! If you came here from my mailing list, the first story is right there in your email! If you didn’t… what are you doing? Go…

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Storytime Blog Hop: Bad For Business

Storytime Blog Hop: Bad For Business

The slap of my boots against worn concrete echoes hollowly in the too-silent hotel stairwell. The quiet means the fans are out, and if the fans are out the gases they keep to the lower floors will rise and kill everything they blanket—and dead guests are bad for business. There are few enough as is. Worse, on the seventh floor I find sparking wires where the alarms should be. If some asshole’s gonna tamper with one of the few habitable…

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