If You’ve Found This Blog…

…you’re probably looking for my writing. Here’s where you can find it!

I’ve been published in several anthologies; you can find the listing here.

My Dreamwidth Blog holds most of my day-to-day writing – drabbles, short pieces, bits of ongoing stories.  Prompts such as 3 Word Wednesday Blogging A-Z  go there.

Edally Academy is my  second current webserial, a steampunk boarding school.  All Tairiekie wants is to be better at school than her parents were.  Will the Academy cooperate?

For more fiction, you can support my Patreon: new fiction every month, for as low as $1/month.

My posting schedule for the above can be helpful!

Inner Circle, a webserial set in a far-post-apoc magical world: Getting to the Inner Circle can take a lifetime – or cost you your life.

Addergoole and Addergoole: Year 9 are the serials I’m best known for; both are complete, but a rewritten e-book for Addergoole Book One should be coming out soon.

The (Fictional) Apocalypse was live-blogged on DreamwidthTumblr, and Twitter.

Fanfic? I do that too! Check out my AO3 page.

If you want to commission something in particular, my commission rates and rules are here. Be sure to follow my Dreamwidth blog for specials and sales on those rates!

And you can talk to me on Twitter and Tumblr.

Grandpa-to-Me Cooking


There’s a rage, it seems, for Farm-to-Table dining; there’s a few restaurants open in Ithaca right now that tout it and it gets play in some blogs. In short, it’s local food delivered to local consumers – in restaurants, it’s high end stuff made with low-food-miles food. I find it an interesting movement, but I live in the Frozen North, and I like my oranges, and my fresh produce in December, and so on.

There’s also – as we found out when we were taken out to a fancy place for dinner for our birthdays in Troy a few weeks back – a trend for buttermilk-fried ramps right now. And let me tell you, they are delicious. Ommity nommity tasty, with just enough onion flavor. We bought some ramps from our local farmer’s market and tried it out – so good

But to bring this around full circle, trendy things are pricey, and ramps have a very short growing season and are in fashion right now, so much so thatpeople fear overharvesting.

Enter my grandparents’ farm, and the small forest there that my parents harvest for wood. And a visit to meet with my other (surviving) grandmother at my parents’ place 2 weekends past.

And my mother just happens to say “oh, would you like some ramps? We can go dig them.”  And then proceeded to dig them right out of the back forty!

Let me tell you, grandpa’s-woods-to-table tastes even better than farm-to-table.

ramps picture source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_houle/4579462538

Posting Schedule

I’ve been trying – with some success – to keep my postings to some sort of schedule. I thought it might keep me on track if I posted said schedule here.

I may be off by up to a day on any given post.

Monday
Edally Academy
Weekend blog post

Tuesday
Patreon “Bonus” post – a flashback, something I missed from the month before, or just a story not yet posted for the month

Wednesday
Edally Academy
Buffy fanfic

Thursday
Patreon – alternating weeks story & serial until serial is caught up

Friday
Edally Academy
Narnia Fanfic into Valdemar

Of course, other fiction will be posted as finished/as whim hits/as commissioned/etc.

Were- — Editor. Author. Librarian.

Time to announce the Table of Contents for the ‘Were-‘ anthology, coming August 2016! Back Cover Copy (tentative, still being tweaked): Werewolves rule the night in urban fantasy, but everyone knows there are other were-creatures out there just as dangerous and deadly, if not as common, each with their own issues as they struggle to […]

via Were- — Editor. Author. Librarian.

Writing is like the monkeys in the silo

I was minding my own business yesterday, doing the dishes and thinking about something on the news, when bam, an idea hit me.

I was playing the “what if” game: “What’s his story? Why did that really happen? What if it happened this way?”

That idea is gone, sadly… I didn’t write it down… but it sparked the idea for this post.

When I was a kid, I’d ask my mom or dad while we were driving: “tell me about that silo out there” or “tell me about that chimney” (around here, you can often find chimneys sort of hanging around with no house). “Tell me why this road is named Hubbel… why this is named Euler.”

(there’s another story there, too…)

And my mom would tell me about the monkeys in the silo, or my dad would tell me about Hub Bill, who wanted the world to revolve around him, or the You Learns (our road is pronounced you-ler, not like the scientist, oddly).

Writing is like that. You look at a thing. You ask a question. And the question leads to a story.

Tell me about that chimney, mom. Tell me about Reed Road, Daddy.

Tell me about that guy walking down the street. He’s carrying bags on a ski pole like a modern yoke. What’s his story?

Publications

In addition to the writing I have posted online, you can find my stories in the following publications:

Unconventional Love –  romantic tales of fandom, geekery, and dairy. My short story “Waterwoman Can’t” explores what, exactly, the actress who once played the amazing superhero Waterwoman can and can’t do – and what she’ll do with her new boy hostage.

Do You Feel What I Feel –  a heartwarming collection of holiday-themed short stories.  My story “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” explores the things we do and don’t tell our families, and all the stresses of having secrets during the holidays.

Bloodlines – 16 Journeys on the Dark Streets of Urban Fantasy.  My rust belt noir story “Heartblood of the City” shows a monster in the heart of the city, and the humans fighting her, one way or another.

What Follows – How would an Immortal deal with the End Times?  The titular “Monster Godmother” of my story is reviled by the people she has protected in the past. How does she deal?

No Place For Us – They say love is for better or for worse, but what about when the worst has already occurred? Even in an apocalypse, you can find yourself hungry for “Company.”

Shifting Hearts – It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but what if the soul that looks back isn’t as human as you first thought?  Sometimes having an animal soul and a human body makes the lines hard to see.  Sometimes we’re just “Crossing the Line.”

EMG-Zine, April 2012 – Plants – The planet was uninhabited.  But that just meant that their “Xenonegoation” was stranger than normal.

Thinking about an Addergoole Kickstarter (Finally)

Okay, I’m ready to start planning the Addergoole Book One Kickstarter. The book is drafted, so step one done (it’s been drafted for well over a year…)

Things I know I need:
* Cover art/layout
* Editing

Things I might like:
* Layout done professionally, both e- and paper book
* internal art/poster art

Things I maybe Need:
* ISBN?

From those basic lists, what am I missing?

In addition, if you were going to support this sort of Kickstarter, what sort of reward tiers/stretch goals would you like?

(Note: this sort, because I know Addergoole is not everyone’s cuppa tea.)

A Week-Ish in Alder

Jan 17th Summary

I took a couple days off for sickness; feeling better now.

Patreon
This month’s theme is Addergoole!
I’m working on Hob’s prompt; if you happen to be a $5 donor, go prompt!

Conlang
I’ve been making sentences in Whispers Drop, my conlang for Languary

Serials
In Edally Academy, Enrie’s troubles just keep going.

Renewal Time!
I’m renewing all my domain names AND paying for the paid DW Account, so I started a continuing story, Sting Marydel and the Cliffs of Anterior to raise funds. We’re up to $20 so far!

Fun
Building the Apiary – Cya builds things
On the Hunt, or not, One of Cya’s descendants, in Addergoole.

Prompt Calls
My December Prompt Call is going to stay open until it stops being fun😉
The theme is “Prompt something fun for me or fun for you.” Go ahead and prompt something
Stories since the seventeenth are:
Changes and Adjustments, Rozen & Kai post-Apoc Addergoole/Fae-Apoc
Tangled and Tied, a continuation paid for by Rix
Lessons Learned in School, Dragons Next Door

I also still have this Addergoole in the Apocalypse “give me ideas” call open.
I need more prompts!

Coming to School

I reviewed 2015

Offline
I also:
Wrote 450 words on an fdom cyberpunk paranormal romance novella
Wrote 820 words on a secret project
Wrote 50 words of submissions, was paid for a story, and signed a contract for another

I wrote a grand total of 6600 words from Jan 17th-26th!