Writing

The Audacity Gambit

Close up detail of an arbour on fire, from the cover of 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.

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Short Fiction

Flash Fiction February Collections

Ten pieces of flash fiction created during Storytelling Collective’s Flash Fiction February, edited and accompanied by illustrations.

Gentle sci-fi, friendly fantasy, uneasy horror, the softly strange everyday, overall just a stew of vibes.

Find these ~5k collections on Itch.io for $1+ as epub and pdf files.
Flash Fiction February 2022
Flash Fiction February 2023
Flash Fiction February 2024


The Kind and the Unkind Girls

A girl wished into existence, a girl who finds her own way, a girl saved, and two girls caught.

Four short stories that technically fall under a traditional Aarne-Thompson folktale classification, but take their own path there. Three of the stories: “Straw”, “The Pink”, and “Sleeping” have been shared online before. The titular story, “The Kind and the Unkind Girls”, is new for this collection.

From “Sleeping”:

Prince Frances, stalwart and true, stood before the wall of thorns and contemplated his approach. Looking up, he followed the thick growth as it twisted and snagged up crenellated towers. There was a castle beneath the briar and inside the castle, if rumour proved true, a princess locked in a magical sleep, awaiting a kiss.

Frances hadn’t rescued a princess before, though he was not unfamiliar with quests. The sword he jabbed experimentally at the thorns had been dipped in the blood of a giant magical boar he’d killed in some dark wood a few years back. The blade was now tough enough to cut through anything but dragon hide. Killing a dragon and bathing his sword in its blood would come later. After the princess, before any heirs. He had time for quests yet, even after he rescued and married this girl in the castle.

This 7k+ word short story collection is available on Itch.io for $1+ as mobi, epub, and pdf files.


Square cover image of End of the World ebook

(It’s Not) The End of the World

Sometimes the signs are there but you gotta keep living anyway. Also: crows are only harbingers of joy.

The sun had been veiled by a bitter haze for weeks. Fina had to wear her mask any time she ventured outside, which was getting tiring. Every summer the wildfires seemed to burn more steadily, the wind carrying smoke farther and deeper into the city on angry currents from the dry fields and doomed forests.

She didn’t like the way her mask made her all too aware of her breathing, or that her night-time facial routine now included extra steps to wipe the soot from her skin. And she especially didn’t like that her best friend Becka had to rely on grocery deliveries, hiding inside with a rescue inhaler, her air purifier purring constantly as it scrubbed air already half-cleaned by the house’s HVAC filters.

This 3k+ word short story is on Itch.io for $0+ as mobi, epub, and pdf files.


Square cover image of Reives e-book

Before Dungeons, Dragons & Dives: Reives

Who says kenku have to be crow-like? Reives, a kea-like rogue, is round, bright green and very tired. Currently, they’re caught up in a campaign that has them cooking – not just the (edible) monsters they battle, but sweet treats and giant meals. It’s weird as heck and a nice change from everything that has come before.

This 15k+ word ebook is a collection of the character vignettes previously shared on my Patreon, freshly edited and with new framing text.
Available on Itch.io for $1 as mobi, epub, and pdf files.

 


Short Fiction – Older

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?

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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.