I started writing this AU (alternate universe) story many years ago. ALCHEMY was meant to be a scifi, cyberpunk retelling of the story that wound up being the first three books in the CATALYST MOON series (Incursion, Breach, and Storm.) I'm planning on revisiting the concept one day, but for now, please enjoy this short … Continue reading Alchemy – A Catalyst Moon AU
This is a short story set after the events of Storm (Catalyst Moon - Book 3). I love Cobalt, and wanted to give him a little place all his own. Enjoy! THE OATH It was a week after Cobalt’s field promotion; a week since his predecessor’s arrest. Talon was well on her way to the … Continue reading The Oath
my murdered darlings – part one
Every writer knows the phrase. I've generally taken it to mean, "only include stuff that serves the story in some way," but many folks have their own interpretations. I'm not going to dissect the axiom here; instead, I'd like to share some of my murdered darlings. These are the story snippets that, for whatever reason, … Continue reading my murdered darlings – part one
ficlet – Shadow Duty
“Kali is…very dear to me,” he said quietly, almost too soft for Gan to hear. “I’ve known her since she was a babe.” It was as much of an admission as Ganister thought she’d get. So she nodded. “She’s a lovely child. You should be proud.” “I should be.” He shook his head and moved past Gan, heading for the stairwell. “But I can’t.”
Hi there! One of the best parts of storytelling is crafting worlds to suit your narrative. This doesn't just apply to speculative fiction; every story is, in a way, its own world. It's a place your reader can settle into like a favorite chair - or an iron throne, depending on what sort of world … Continue reading on Heartfire
Catalyst Moon fanfic! (contains spoilers for Breach)
Hi there! I'm thrilled to share this piece by a dear friend and fellow author who also happens to be a fan of the Catalyst Moon 'verse. Without further adieu, here's A Bird In Hand, by impoeia. (Who has kindly given permission for me to post this on my blog.) Please read and enjoy! 🙂 … Continue reading Catalyst Moon fanfic! (contains spoilers for Breach)
The Ambush – free ficlet!
Look who's back with another blog post in a (relatively) timely fashion?! Yes, dreams do come true. I know y'all are excited. I wrote this ficlet in autumn of 2016 and promptly forgot about it. Because that's how I roll. It's set during the final few chapters of Catalyst Moon: Incursion (book 1 of my … Continue reading The Ambush – free ficlet!
preview of Catalyst Moon: Exile
Hello, friends. These last several weeks, life has been crazy. (Which is putting it mildly.) Between an amazing vacation, a nasty cold, and a...tumultuous election, writing has been slow. But slow progress is still progress, and I'm moving forward on a project that's been hanging over me for some time: Catalyst Moon: Exile. (Title subject to … Continue reading preview of Catalyst Moon: Exile
Worldbuilding is an essential part of any speculative fiction author's life. Your world should be a backdrop to the characters and their struggles, but in order for the reader to be fully immersed in that world, an author should strive to make it as rich and complex as they can. Of course, a lot of … Continue reading on mythology
Note: This piece was originally submitted to the /r/fantasywriters May fiction challenge. It is set approximately thirteen years before Catalyst Moon: Incursion. Enjoy! Feathers Eris clambered out of the pond. Water streamed down her legs, she'd soaked her nicest gown, and Mama would be furious that her curls were ruined. But all that meant nothing, … Continue reading Free ficlets!