A Quick Tour of Social Media for Writers

Part of the writing game is marketing (talking about your work) and publicity (getting others to talk about your work). And that generally means using social media tools…

What’s a Dwaithelord?

Dwaithelord — an honorific for the tribal leader of a coven of dwarven wraith soul stealers. Traditionally male, Dwaithelords are honor-bound to defend their their subjects to the…

Shardik

Shardik woke to the high-pitched laughter of the woman and growled quietly to himself. He took to sleeping in the heat of the summer afternoons more often as…

Jake

Jake hobbled in to the kitchen and half-sat on his haunches. The old dog’s hips didn’t quite have the elasticity for a proper sit. He more or less…

Piscans Interruptus

Captain Nestor breathed a sigh of relief as his yacht left the hanger bay of the Vindictus. Finally, some alone time. It’d been too long since he’d taken…

May Reflections — Part Three

So here we are at the end of another month— a busy one at that. I turned 42 and supposedly have the answer. I’m here to tell you…

Torture

Reflected in the steel above, I watch the red line widen as he traces the scalpel from my navel to between my breasts. I tense as the sting…

Smoke

Peter wanted a smoke. It wasn’t so much a physical need as an emotional imperative. After all, he was three years old. Fucking gypsies. He woke up staring…

Romance Versus Erotica

Oh, this is going to be fun! A couple of months ago I wrote ‘The (Not So) Definitive Guide to Romance Novels’ for Reader’s Carnival . It got…

The Toy

pretty little thing, won’t you spin and dance and sing? mend your broken spring. Photo by Alex of Gothenburg

Caught

I waited impatiently for my computer to shut down. It’d been a long day of meetings and Brenda called several times. I reached down to press the power.…

Wendell’s Solution

‘How the Hell did he get up there?’ thought Tony as he looked up the rampart wall of the prison’s exercise yard. Wendell held what could only be…