From yesterday’s journal entry: I feel anxious and don’t know why. I just want to run until my legs give out. But I have nowhere to go.
Jobs to do. Stories to write (and rewrite). Sick cats, a sick dog. Trying to move. A month became six months became a year.
Money going out. Nothing coming in.
To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement.
To anyone waiting to hear from me, please accept my apologies. I haven’t forgotten you.
I just have to hold my breath long enough to find the surface.
“The Frog Prince” by Jonathan Vos Post
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
“Chronology Of Heartbreak” by Rich Larson
“Gather Your Bones” by Jenn Reese
“Willy” by Deanna Kay Morris
“How Hagatha One-Eye Fell Off the Wagon” by Matthew Cote
“Echo” by Alexandra Grunberg
“Those Little Slices of Death” by Susan Lanigan
“Apology Accepted” by Kathryn Felice Board
“Ghosts in the Walls” by Shannon Peavey
“Scraps” by Michael Haynes
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood pumpkin patch.
Also known as “I’m 23 books behind my goal, but something’s better than nothing,” or, “The year of DSF.”
“The Vanishing Girl” by Michael T. Banker
“Ebb and Flow” by LaShawn M. Wanak
“When the Selkie Comes” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
“Artist’s Retrospective” by David D. Levine
“Tunnel Vision” by Zach Shephard
“The Witch’s Cat” by Kalisa Ann Lessnau
“The Velveteen Rabbit Says Goodbye” by Melissa Mead
“Worldbuilding” by Alex Shvartsman
“Finally Free” by Frances Silversmith
“The Gifts: Part One” by Mari Ness
“The Gifts: Part Two” by Mari Ness
“The Gifts: Part Three” by Mari Ness
For the past several weeks, we’ve had a pair of deer traipsing up our driveway, sleeping under the mimosa, and picking crabapples from our neighbors’ trees. We think it’s a doe and her baby. This evening, we spotted the larger one in the backyard so I snuck outside to get a few shots. She crossed the pasture next door and vanished into the brush.
In the five years we’ve lived here, we have only seen the occasional deer and they would always sprint off. These two have been hanging around all summer, watching us, easing closer to us. I’m thrilled I was able to catch one before they decide to move on.
A widower goes for a stroll through Old Town and stumbles across something more bizarre than himself.
This story first appeared in Shock Totem, issue #3 (January 2011) and was on the long list of honorable mentions for editor Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year.
My short story, “Duval Street,” is now available for free at Smashwords in a variety of formats. If you’re feeling generous, you can also get a copy from Amazon for 99 cents. (Is that too high for something less than a couple thousand words? Will anyone bother when it’s free elsewhere? Will Amazon eventually match the price? Let’s find out!) If you do splurge on it, consider leaving a review — be honest! — and I’ll send you cookies and happy cat pictures.
Don’t forget, you can always find it in the third issue of Shock Totem alongside stories by Amanda C. Davis, Aaron Polson, John Skipp, and more. Support them. They’re good people.
I swear I’ll post something besides these lists soon. In the meantime …
“In Dreams” by Jeremy Erman
“Seaweed” by Mari Ness
“Nova Verba, Mundus Novus” by Ken Liu
“Hiking in My Head” by Gareth D Jones
“Memories of Forgetting” by Kenneth S Kao
“Recognition” by Bill Glover
“An Impossible Matter” by Sylvia Anna Hiven
“Tomorrow Is Winter” by Callie Snow
“The Traveling Raven Problem” by Ian Watson
“For Long Days to Come” by K. Allen Wood
“And It’ll Haunt Me (For Long Days to Come)” by K. Allen Wood
“Love Is Orange, Love Is Red” by Eric James Stone
“A Crown of Woven Nails” by Caroline M. Yoachim
“Flip Side” by Chip Houser
“Join Our Team of Time Travel Professionals” by Sarah Pinsker
July was not a good month, for reading or for life. *slinks back into her hole*
Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine
“Super-Parents Last All Childhood Long” by Erica L. Satifka
“Squeak” by Emma Osborne
“Theories of Pain” by Rose Lemberg
“The Flight Stone” by KJ Kabza
“Of Ash and Old Dreams” by Sarah Grey
“Scramble!” by Melissa Mead
“Bedtime Stories” by Jayson Sanders
“Portal Worlds and Your Child: A Parent’s Guide (With Examples)” by Matt Mikalatos
“Remembrance” by David G. Uffelman