Writing Challenge, Week 7 (part 1)

Okay, I admit it: I sort of cheated this week. The story this week was partially written already, but I had put it back into storage for reasons I no longer remember. That, and it's a sequel to a previously written short story, so I have to include both of them for it to make... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 6

Author's Note: I told you they'd be back. * Mirror Bright by H. M. Snow “Eirian,” began Peter in a subdued voice. “Bertie wants you to come to town with us.” Eirian finished polishing the mirror he held before he bothered to look up at his old friend. Even when he finally looked, he said... Continue Reading →

Slowly I Turned: The Challenge, Week 5

Before the story, a confession: I am mildly obsessed with flashlights. They qualify as one of the things of which one can never have too many, in my world. It's light in a tube. What's not to love? Anyway, on with this week's short story. * Moonlight Creatures by H. M. Snow Julius Singleton hung... Continue Reading →

Slowly I Turned: The Challenge, Week 4

Week four already! Goodness, how quickly this is going. I just wanted to remark, before this week's story begins, that these characters will probably turn up again. When I say 'probably,' I actually mean 'most certainly.' Some things take on a life of their own... * Walter and the Children of the Day by H.... Continue Reading →

Slowly I Turned: The Challenge, Week 3

Of The Old Well by H. M. Snow I wish I could remember how long I’ve been down here. When I lift my hand to touch the mud-crusted wall, I feel deep gouges in a row. So many tally-marks to count the days, but I can’t tell how many. My fingers are numb, coated with... Continue Reading →

Slowly I Turned: The Challenge, Week 2

War of the Firefly Child When Master Malcolm returned from the battlefield at sundown, the household assembled to welcome him. He rode surrounded by his elite warriors, and at his side rode the priest who tended the master’s sacred relic. Among these hulking men in armor, the petite figure riding in the saddle before the... Continue Reading →

Slowly I Turned: The Challenge, Week 1

Here it is, as promised: a short story based on the idea presented by Jacob Baugher: Design a completely original magic system: no alchemy, burning metals, sympathy, name casting, ancient language, spirit casting, elemental casting, or anything else you’ve read. Also the magic is cast out of the wizard’s nose. And so we have Week 1's entry,... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Day: Well Begun…?

I have had this song running through my mind off and on for the past few days: Those who know me even slightly will admit I am no optimist, which makes this choice of songs all the more unaccountable. Nevertheless, uncharacteristic or not, I must say that the past several days have been rather lovely.... Continue Reading →

“Slowly I Turned”: The Challenge

I have decided to set myself a challenge for the year 2014: to write a short story or essay each week. It will be not only a way to exercise my creativity, but also a way to hone my time management as a writer. As Monty Hall would have said, "But wait! There's more!" One... Continue Reading →

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