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The Audacity Gambit

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Every teen hits a stretch in life where they feel like they’ve been forcefully isolated from the world. The standard fantasy trope is that it’s all for a reason—they’re the Chosen One. They’ve got to save their village, rescue a princess, find the key.

But 18-year-old Emily’s village is a trailer park and the people she’s fighting for may have performed more terrible deeds than the enemies she’ll have to confront.

With little choice in the matter, Emily plunges head-first on a quest into a fairy world that isn’t nearly as fabulous and fantastical as books would lead you to believe, though it’s a nice enough place for a vacation.

 

 

Short Fiction

Current and updated short fiction is available on Medium.

Straw-What other option had she beyond marrying herself off so that some other man could run her life?
Straw-What other option had she beyond marrying herself off so that some other man could run her life?

Primp - “Shove over Mags, it’s a blasted mirror, not your lover, share it.” “Ah Torrie, I’d share both, you know that.”
Primp – “Shove over Mags, it’s a blasted mirror, not your lover, share it.”
“Ah Torrie, I’d share both, you know that.”

The Devil's Music - The two girls, even if they’d saved their pin money for months, couldn’t have afforded box seats.
The Devil’s Music – The two girls, even if they’d saved their pin money for months, couldn’t have afforded box seats.

Sleeping - This is how the story starts: There was a princess. Later, there was a prince.
Sleeping – This is how the story starts: There was a princess. Later, there was a prince.

the Pink - I existed.
the Pink – I existed.

Longer Form Fiction

Pastoral Post-Apocalyptic - Most post-apocalyptic fiction is set in large population centers. Contrasting a bustling, high-tech bundle of skyscrapers against dramatic decline is effective and familiar. Quite a lot of people live in big cities. There’s much that can be overlooked between these few bustling hubs. Condos sprawl into suburbs that fade into farmland or nothingness. There are places that barely justify a post office and ‘cities’ that are a four hour drive from anywhere with buildings more than a couple stories high. But people live there too.
Pastoral Post-Apocalyptic, a collection – Most post-apocalyptic fiction is set in large population centers. Contrasting a bustling, high-tech bundle of skyscrapers against dramatic decline is effective and familiar. Quite a lot of people live in big cities.
There’s much that can be overlooked between these few bustling hubs. Condos sprawl into suburbs that fade into farmland or nothingness. There are places that barely justify a post office and ‘cities’ that are a four hour drive from anywhere with buildings more than a couple stories high. But people live there too.