The Carrot is Mightier Than the Sword

((Also posted on my Wattpad.)) The 1st Battalion, Heavy Hop Brigade, known as the Carrot-tops in most circles and Dragontamers in certain circles, stirred restlessly in their ranks. Colonel Brun Auribus rested impassively on his lance, the twitching of his … Continue reading

The Witch’s Crow

Crows gathered by the hundreds, sitting in the trees, on the roof of the small cottage, scattered among the out-buildings. Shoulder-to-shoulder, they sat silently, watching the human woman digging a hole in her garden. A small bundle wrapped in a … Continue reading

A New Year, A New…well not really much Hope.

Look, it’s not that I’m a pessimist. I am, in fact, an inveterate optimist. But I’m also a historian (somewhat). I really hope I’m wrong about what the next several years hold, based on the complete garbage fire that has … Continue reading

New Collaborative Project!

At last, I can announce that I’m part of a collaborative writing project creating a fun, campy, ‘spooooky’ story, complete with audience participation! That’s right, it’s ! Ok, so basically, six of us are each creating and writing a character … Continue reading

Sometimes I Write Stuff That is ~Not Poetry~

She falls into the abyss, twisting flailing No bottom to land on, only endless grey mist in every direction. Fingers too heavy to lift scrabble at empty air No toehold, no hint of help from anywhere In her head the … Continue reading

Stuff and Things and Bits

So, there’s two things obsessing my social-media feeds right now. Midterm Elections and Nanowrimo. The post-game election recaps are everywhere today, and likely will be for a few days yet. My general take is a resounding MEH. Sure, it would’ve been nice … Continue reading

Happy National Novel Writing Month!

I’ve been struggling lately in a lot of ways. I’ve been struggling to finish things, struggling to even want to start things, struggling to write, struggling to take care of myself. But! It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I keep … Continue reading

Humor and Writing

Mur Lafferty (author of the hilariously awesome The Shambling Guide to New York City) hosts a writing podcast I enjoy, called I Should Be Writing. A month or so ago, she interviewed one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger, in ISBW Episode … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: Twisted Love

This past week’s flash fiction challenge from Sir Wendig was a Valentine’s Day themed one called Twisted Love. It does what it says on the box, and any genre was welcome. So I knew I needed to write about a … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Shipwrecked Sailor

Chuck Wendig’s flash-fiction challenge for this past week was to choose a fairy tale and  re-write it in a new style, choosing from a  list of possibles on his blog. There’s nothing like procrastinating writing with other writing, so I … Continue reading