Man, has it been awhile. There is nothing quite like having to relearn how to invent the wheel to remind you just how much you knew and then forgot. Damn.
But! I have two new stories out and available at last.
“Gravedigger’s Last Call” is a short story about a man, a beer, and a life-changing conversation. It’s a contemporary fantasy —I can’t quite call it “urban fantasy” but it’s a modern tale with a fantastic element or two. Magical realism? Maybe, but I generally don’t think of ‘magical realism’ with a lager.
“An Angel of Her Own” is a short story about a woman, a man, and a ghost. With some physical therapy, snarkiness, and a dash of romance. Again, it’s pegged as contemporary fantasy, but maybe there is a better genre for it. If you can think of one, let me know.
Both stories are out as ebooks. They will be available in print with other ‘contemporary fantasy’ stories (of a sort) in a story collection in the next month or two.
Yes, that is a public declaration that there will be more stories and books out in the near future. Stay tuned!
earthy forest scent
warm air caresses my skin
summer on the way
-on unseasonably warm spring days
Here are a few of my favorite things for this Thursday:
- What I’m reading: Romance novels by Stephanie Laurens – I stumbled across her books on the shelf at the library the other day, saw that they were set in the Victorian era (which I’m currently saturating myself with), and checked two out. I then promptly devoured both of them. Intelligent, funny, emotional, passionate. Too good to miss.
- What I’m watching: Thor: Ragnarok – This was the first Marvel movie in awhile (and the first Thor movie ever) that I truly enjoyed. It’s a different, funnier side of Thor, which will I take as the result of his association with Tony Stark. And a fight match between Thor and the Hulk? AND Valkyries? What’s not to love?*
- Exercise program I’m loving: Classical Stretch – Sure, the instructor is Canadian and a former ballerina (i.e. super flexible), and it’s kind of quirky, but the exercises are scientifically researched** to increase strength and flexibility, the show is filmed in beautiful locations (Mexico, Jamaica), and the best part: just 20-ish minutes! These are the first workouts I have done in I can’t remember, where I don’t constantly clock watch from the beginning; I’ll start to wonder how much time is left, and discover there are only 3 minutes left! Just watch out for the pliés, though — they are killers.
What is delighting you this Thursday?
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
*Okay, Cate Blanchett once again as a villain didn’t thrill me, but at least she was better in this than the dreadful Indiana Jones Film That Shall Not Be Named.
**The exercises use the same principles as what I studied in massage school, which won me over.
clouds part with sunshine
rain falls from threatening skies
yellow sunny heads
sway with breeze in lush green grass
-time to start weeding
pinks, limes, and yellows
emerge from branches and dirt
spring and life return
pretty and shiny
but less functionality
ah, the march of tech
-On experiencing a new website backend.
Since when did folders and directories become passe?
the floor pounding, walls shaking
-kids or construction?
-on renovations at the workplace
the fluffy treetops
waver in the crisp spring breeze
cherry blossom snow
-view on a walk during lunch
fluffy clouds of snow
weigh down the maple branches
-on a late February snowfall