Summer of Super Short Stories Week Eight

The final week of SSS is happening now over at LCP. The prompts are two of my favorites from the entire round.

The phrase from The Gantean is “do not speak of our magic,” another Gantean expression, one that sums up the traditional Gantean relationship to magic–the Gantean Elders feel it must be preserved, kept secret, and kept safe, but they face a changing world where their magic will either die out or become known.

This image is this lovely, dark circle of standing stones and a shadowy figure:

the night

Image credit: The Night by Andrés Nieto Porras Flickr CC 2.0 
Image has not been altered from its original form.

If you feel inspired this week, post a story of 350 words or less in reply to the post at LCP. My co-founder, Beth Deitchman, is judging.

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Five Hundred Words of Magic

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I’ve been doing my best to stay on top of formatting the anthology Five Hundred Words of Magic as the Luminous Creatures contest has progressed, so that I am now nearly done even though we just got the final entries yesterday. The ebook and print versions are looking great—they just need a final proofread and they’ll be ready to publish. For those of you who don’t know, Five Hundred Words of Magic is a flash fiction anthology published by Luminous Creatures Press—the mini-press Beth Deitchman and I created as a vehicle for our creative energies—featuring magical stories in five hundred words or less.

We’ll be featuring stories and art by: David Borrowdale, N.E. Chenier, Catherine Connolly, Beth Deitchman, Jacki Donnellan, Holly Geely, Mark. A. King, Christian Miller, Voima Oy, Karl. A. Russell, David Shakes, Emily June Street, A.J. Walker, Brady Wedman, and Jerry Wingren.

LCP anticipates that the anthology will be ready for release early January, 2015. More updates to come.