Don’t write what you don’t love

Or do, actually. Go outside your comfort zone. Do your research and find out what someone else’s kink feels like from the inside. Write it out, sympathize, open your field of understanding.

But that is about finding satisfaction in new places. Don’t waste time writing a genre or a type of story that gives you no joy.

I feel arrogant saying so. I mean, you do you. It’s just that I have discovered there are things I want to write, things I can write, and things that make me sick to even try writing, and sometimes the first and last categories coincide. In those cases it’s best to spend your energies somewhere else.

I want to write about women loving women and men loving men. I want to write about monsters and self-loathing and a quest for belonging, about the moment when your viewpoint shifts and the world goes out alignment, and about giving up, about longing to run away. I want to write challenges to common narratives. Sometimes I want to write stories that function as loving commentaries on Wodehouse or Pratchett.

Don’t try to be some other kind of writer. You can’t always even write what you love. So: Write what you love to write.


“Double” free week

With the excitement of Halloween and a wedding I forgot to post a reminder earlier, but indeed, “Double” is now available for free until Friday. I would appreciate downloads and reviews!

After an accident in a test run of a new cloning scanner, a lab assistant finds herself living with her clone. It isn’t easy seeing yourself reflected in another.

A short story about self-love and self-harm.

“Boxcutter” promo & welcome to new followers!

I should also say thank you to any old followers who stayed with me during the long lull!

“Strong Coffee” promo is over but “Boxcutter” will now be free until next week Thursday. Whereas the former was a paranormal murder mystery, the latter is dystopian horror. Both of these stories were written a long time ago and only recently polished into their final forms, though “Boxcutter” was already quite complete when I gave it that last look before it went up. I wrote the first draft in nearly one sitting based on the idea of a boy who comes from the desert with violence in his wake.

I also have the beginnings of a sequel set in that same arid future land, but no promises. I tend to take my time with stories, and that one needs a lot of work.

Extract under the cut:

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Long time no post.

There were some short stories I shopped around but that never found a publisher, and I can’t say I am surprised, since they were all most definitely creepy and designed to make you feel bad. So, I have published them myself on Kindle.

Boxcutter Strong CoffeeDouble

“Strong Coffee” will be free to download until October 21, “Boxcutter” October 23-27, and “Double” from October 31 to November 4, 2016.

Strong Coffee –  On Halloween in 1923, a once skeptical professor is forced to seek out a medium to resolve a haunting in her New York townhouse. (4,100 words, murder, supernatural)

Boxcutter –  There are monsters out in the desert. Nathaniel finds work in the city, killing them before they’re born, but came from the desert too. (3,300 words, dystopian horror, serial murder, monsters)

Double –  After an accident in a test run of a new cloning scanner, a lab assistant ends up living with her clone. A short story about self-love and self-harm. (5,600 words, a reflective story about having sex with your clone; no happy ending)

Hugos & Puppies: Peeling The Onion

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

On the phone from the Middle East, where he is currently deployed, Torgersen lamented what he called “the cognitive dissonance of people saying, ‘No, the Hugos are about quality,’ and then at the same time they’re like: ‘Ooh, we can vote for this author because they’re gay, or for this story because it’s got gay characters,’ or, ‘Ooh, we’re going to vote for this author because they’re not white.’ As soon as that becomes the criteria, well, quality goes out the window.”

Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters, by Amy Wallace

In light of this year’s Hugo Award results, and with particular reference to Amy Wallace’s excellent rundown on the Puppies affair, I feel moved to address the Sad, rather than the Rabid, contingent. Per Torgersen’s remarks above, and setting aside every other aspect of the debate that renders me alternately queasy or enraged…

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