Writing Challenge: Week 15

Puppet Play By H. M. Snow   The small army of puppets carried Dasarre into a long workshop. Their progress rattled like dry bones until they dropped him on the floor. Then they stood at attention around him. “What are these?” Dasarre prodded one with his fingertip. “Have you never seen a puppet before?” The... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 14

The Festival Incident by H. M. Snow   To say that Eila allowed her son to walk ahead would not be too great a stretch of the truth. Though Dasarre towered over her in height, no one who knew them ever had any doubt which one was in charge. In much the same way, her husband... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 13

Devourer by H. M. Snow After turning the key and pushing the penthouse door open, Bryndis first noticed the subtle resonance of hot tub jets. The hum drifted into the living room from doors leading off to her right. She followed it, only to find a man in his early twenties relaxing in a huge... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 11

Scapegoat by H. M. Snow So many human bodies enclosed together should have made the meeting house noisy, but the only break in the hush was a shuddering breath here or there. No one dared make a noise louder than breath on this darkest and most sacred of occasions. Even the smallest ones, who should... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 10

Author's Note: This one took me a long time. It's the first part of a planned series of short stories, but as it isn't in my usual area of speculative fiction, I find myself rather uneasy about it. Oh, well. That's the point of the challenge: to push myself. It's rather lengthier than the rest... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 9

Author's Note: I blame this one entirely on Allen's Brain, who has always been something of a bad influence on me. (Yes, the title is a pun, as befits a story inspired by such a fiendish mind.) ** Betta Noire by H. M. Snow I say to people how I can take trouble or leave... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge, Week 8

This week's experiment in flash fiction was brought to you by PSYCHOLOGY! Everybody's got it (according to Miss Adelaide). ** The Personified Subconscious Department By H. M. Snow The lights dimmed to practically nothing. At the same time, a giant screen lit with footage of a small apartment bedroom. “That did it.” Twenty-four grasped the... Continue Reading →

Writing Challenge: Week 7 (part 2)

As promised, the sequel to "Help Wanted." ** “Workplace Romances Never End Well” by H. M. Snow “Steve!” Once the thunder of Esau’s bellow faded from the room, Steve said, “What’s up?” The gigantic man of hair pushed a stack of paper scraps into Steve’s hand. “We need you to go shopping. Now.” “I went... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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