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Next Time, Duck

Author’s Note – More May Writing Challenge fun. Not necessarily in cannon, but it could be. Caleb was still half dreaming of how he’d wound up here in an alley flat on his back. The searing pain in his chest convinced him he must be dying. He must’ve said something to that effect because he […]

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Our Frightful Position

The world knew. It had been told again and again. By artists, poets, writers, and madmen. The day would come. In his house, in its undisclosed place with its mythical name, the dead god slumbered, dreaming his dead dreams. Waiting. We should have realized. Nothing waits forever. I was alone when he came for us. […]

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Peace Is A Lie

I really didn’t want to wake up. Well, that actually sounds kind of ominous. I didn’t want to wake up until I’d slept off the hangover I knew was coming my way. But wake up I did. Only to find my head trapped in some, hot, steamy hell of a head covering. I could feel […]

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Shaken By A Strong Wind

The dream had been plaguing me for days. I’d go to bed determined that this night would be different, that I’d break the cycle. But I couldn’t.   I should have paid more attention to what the dream was trying to tell me.   I’m in bed, and at first, I think I’m just waking […]

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Border Planet Blues – Expansion

Author’s Note – Day Two of the May Challenge – Lost in a city.  This started in a mircofic challenge last year, I think it was. Just a snippet that I keep going back to. I’m posting what I originally wrote and the little follow up bit that occurred to me this morning as I was […]

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Something Wicked

Author’s note – I’m participating in a little May Flash Fiction Challenge in a writing group I admin, so I thought it would be fun to share the fruits of that here, since otherwise I’m busy wrapping up Book II, Before the Dawn. Today’s challenge, “Your character gets a threatening letter,” offered me the opportunity […]

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Thirteen? And You Thought There Were Only Twelve Days of Fic-mas!

The Hearth of the Matter Authors’ Note – If you’ve been with us on this blog for long, you know we can’t resist a Christmas surprise. Here’s a little scene that happened “off camera” in Chapter 28 of Always Darkest. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and may your 2018 end on […]

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The Twelfth Day of Fic-mas

Joyeux Noël Authors’ Note – Two holidays in a row we’ve shown you the pasts of some of our most important characters. You’ve even met Ben in his youth twice. But we’ve never shown you all who Mal used to be, where she came from. So, our final story this Fic-mas is a look into […]

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The Eleventh Day of Fic-mas …

For Auld Lang Syne “Looks like I win by default.” The tall figure dressed in a simple, yet elegant, black tunic with subtle dark red piping, smiled. The sunrise flooding the glade with color seemed to reflect and dance in his eyes. To say he was handsome, or even pretty would be a gross understatement. […]

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The Tenth Day of Fic-mas …

Too Much of a Good Thing Authors’ Note – Those of you who were with us last Fic-mas have already met Caleb. If you’re meeting him for the first time, you can find out more about him in The Twelve Days of Fic-mas 2017. The Fic-mas stories are just the beginning.   “So … um […]