The Infernal Clock

My flash fiction buddies have been up to their old shenanigans, and after a random episode of tweeting brilliance, David Shakes came up with another cool flash fiction book concept, The Infernal Clock, a horror story for each hour of the day.

My hour, assigned late in the game, was 2 a.m. I have played around with horror as an exercise over the years, but I admit, I find it one of the hardest genres as a writer. My story, Karen’s Babies, was one of many stories I have written in my life to which I didn’t want to attach my name. But, I took a deep breath and did it anyway, as an exercise in detaching from my creations. Just because I wrote something dark and twisted, it doesn’t mean I am dark and twisted.

Right?

I had the privilege of working with David Shakes and Steph Ellis, the curators of this volume, to produce the final product in e-book and print form. The incomparable Tamara Rogers made the cover.

get e-book here

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INfernal Clock Kindle Cover

 

 

Upcoming Flash Fiction Contest at LCP

Alert to all FlashDogs, FlashMonkeys, FlashDragons, and other flashy types!

In honor of the release of our latest books, Tamara Shoemaker and I are co-hosting a ONE-TIME FLASH FICTION contest on the Luminous Creatures Press Blog.

The contest submission dates will run from June 28-June 30, 2016, so mark your calendars! The prompts will be posted on June 28th, and then you’ll have two full days to create a story of 100 words or fewer to enter. The theme will be fantasy, since the new release books we are celebrating are both fantasy stories. More information and a photo prompt will be posted on June 28th.

To see our rules, please visit the Luminous Creatures Blog here.

Please note: you do not have to be a writer to enter this contest; Tamara and I are hoping for entries from anyone who is interested in winning a free copy of our new releases, whether you’ve written anthologies, novels, flash fiction, or only your name. Come one, come all! It’ll be fun!

Preeminent Flashdog Mark A. King has agreed to serve as our judge. The winner will receive paperback or ebook editions of our two new books: Embrace the Fire, by Tamara Shoemaker, a YA novel set in a classic fantasy world with dragons, elves, and other creatures, and Sterling, by Emily June Street, a fantasy romance with an intricate magic system.

 

Flashdogs

Happy Monday! The next FlashDogs flash fiction anthology, TIME, is up and available for pre-order. I have two stories in here, one co-written with Tamara Shoemaker. I also donate my time for formatting for The FlashDogs.

The proceeds of these anthologies go to an international literacy charity. Learn more about The FlashDogs here. You can also get fantastic merch from their website.

The fabulous FlashDogs art is by Tamara Rogers:

TIME Ebook Cover

“Time may wait for no man, but The FlashDogs shepherd it with aplomb in their third anthology of flash fiction. Let this intrepid pack of cutting-edge writers fill your mind—and your hours—with their super-short stories of past, present, and future. Featuring an impressive roster of flash-fictioneers old and new, this collection has a bit of everything–romance, dystopia, comedy, tragedy–all spread across a changing timescape inspired by three photographs.”

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.

Summer of Super Short Stories Week Seven

This is the second to last week for SSS 2 over at LCP. Don’t miss a chance to win your badge!

As always the line prompts come from my book, The Gantean. This week’s prompt, “death comes to everything,” is a Gantean expression one of the Gantean Elders says to Leila, the book’s main character,  to explain the necessary balance in the natural world.

I picked the image because it reminded me of Leila, who is teased and called “birdgirl” by other Ganteans because she is small.

I can wait to see what stories emerge from picture an prompt. If you’d like to submit a story, do so here in reply to LCP’s post.

The prompts are:

“death comes to everything”

birdgirl

Image credit: Nereid by Claire Elizabeth Flickr CC 2.0 
Image has not been altered from its original form.

 

Summer of Super Short Stories, Week Four

The prompt for SSS Week Four is up at LCP. You can submit stories of up to 350 words at LCP and secure a chance to win a print copy of The Gantean.

This week Margaret Locke is judging.

The lines prompts for the contest come from The Gantean, and this week’s is:

“You have a choice”

Choice is a big theme in The Gantean— choosing one’s destiny, choosing one’s path, choosing what one will and will not believe–so I’m especially looking forward to the entries this week.

The photo prompt is very pretty, too:

silence

Image credit: Silence by Eddi Van W  flickr CC 2.0
Image has not been altered from its original form.

Summer of Super Short Stories, Week One

Head on over to Luminous Creatures Press to write a story for the Summer of Super Short Stories!

My book, The Gantean, is featured. Lines from it serve as prompts in tandem with beautiful photos.

The first week’s line prompt is the very first line of my prologue: “Tell me a tale.”

And the photo prompt is this gorgeous forest scene:

my forest dream

Image credit: “My forest dream is still a dream” by Vinoth Chandar
from flickr (CC 2.0)
Image has not been altered from original form.