So I’ve been using this site as a pretty sporadic blog for a bit now, but there was a time several years back where I actually wrote regularly and this site was pretty much the hub for that. It’s about to swing that way again. I’ve struggled, as so many have, with the tumult of the last several years and what’s happened within them, and the result has been a substantial diminution of my creativity. This last week just about put me over the edge. But. That sort of means they win, right? If we all cover our heads and wail we’re not actively participating in the very type of world the malcontents are so terrified of. And I do like to terrorize them. So I got back to work, partly out of spite and partly out of curiosity to see if I still had anything in me to say. I dusted off about 10 stories in progress and made some choices.
Tonight, less than an hour before Pride fades for another year, I published my first piece of short fiction in about 5 years. It takes place several months after the events of Tessellations, another of my San Keros short pieces that slowly is introducing my city and cast to the world. Bomb(pop) is fun and flirty, sarcastic and unabashedly gay. Like, the gayest thing I’ve ever let eyes other than my own ever read…and it felt good. It’s a beach read of a short story, but it’s also a new beginning.
Expect to hear more from me, here on the blog as well as on Welcome to San Keros. Not every week, not even every month, but I’m finding my voice again and I’m not going to stay quiet anymore. So enjoy some summer sun with Bomb(pop), and I’ll see you again soon!
It’s finally here! Thank you so much for being so patient. These last two Upshots have taken forever to come out, and I don’t have a convention as an excuse for this last one. The truth is there were some story elements that needed some pretty serious alteration so that the next sequence will make sense, and it took longer than I thought.
“Lemons” is probably my favorite Upshot to date for a number of reasons. Every single character in the story is new!to!you!, and you’ll be seeing all of them again very soon in the next two sequences! It also lets you explore the Scarlet Letter, aka the Best Little Urban Fantasy Gastropub That Could. The story is a bit shorter than most of the other Upshots, but it packs a surprising punch in the long term. I guess you’ll have to trust me on that.
This is the last Upshot of this cycle. A gentle reminder to you, dear readers, that all of these Upshots are presented in no particular order (with the exception of Coach/Coach Redux, which obviously happens simultaneously). These shortest of short stories are just quick blinks into the present, past, and future of the Tales from the Miracle Season. I’ll be doing weekly site updates over the next few weeks–WelcometoSanKeros.com needs a bit of an overhaul. My next long-form Tale will be available the end of June, and I’ll post more about that soon.
For now, click on the image below, sit back, and enjoy. I’m curious what you think of Howie and Gedrik. Drop me a line here, on Goodreads, or anywhere (my social media links are on the site here). There’s nothing I love more than talking to my readers.
The Miracle Season Will Return…June 2017
So, I’ve been a bit of a bad author of late. The boyfriend and I were off to C2E2, and the time it took to prep and decompress from that trip has delayed the very last of this first series of Upshots. Also included in that delay, apparently, was the announcement here at LateNightStirFry that Tessellations (Tales from the Miracle Season 1.4) went online at WelcometoSanKeros.com two whole weeks ago! Holy Cow! See what I mean? Bad author, no biscuit.
Several folks have asked what the throughput is for these Upshots. The short answer is that there isn’t any. They aren’t designed to be connected. These shortest of short stories are just snapshots into the lives of people we’ve seen before, or meeting for the first time, that are affected by the ripples cast out by the events in Nabiscoding in the summer of 1991 (which you can read ALL about in Open Your Eyes.) All I can say is that all of this will be more fully explored as this project continues.
The last Upshot of this cycle is called “Lemons”, and it brings the world of San Keros into proper sequence with the larger story that will unfold this summer. That title should go up by midweek, and it’s my hope we’ll launch the summer project the first week of June.
The City of Dreams has opened its doors…now what’s left is up to you.
Another week, another Upshot! Redux marks the midpoint of these shortest of short stories taking place in Nabiscoding, San Keros, and everywhere else the Miracle Season touches. Visit them all at www.WelcometoSanKeros.com. Only two more left before we’ll rejoin the main story sequence…and a lot has changed. But that’s for the future.
Today, I’ll invite you to meet Kevin, who’s more than ready for his great, long trip to London to be over. He’s competed against some of the best high school aged wrestlers in the world, and all he was thinking about as he boarded the plane was how great his bed was going to feel when he finally sinks into its embrace.
Assuming he survives his own embarrassment, his teammate, and a certain yet unknown stranger who sits already upon the plane.
My second Upshot story is now live at www.WelcometoSanKeros.com! Click on the image below to meet Colin, who’s heard the siren song of San Keros and is about to leave London–and his best friends–behind.
So I’ve launched a new portion of http://www.WelcometoSanKeros.com today! It’s called Upshots, and it will feature shorter stories–more like snapshots–that will show glimpses into the past, present, and future of San Keros and its denizens. I’ll be posting a new Upshot for the next four more weeks or so, and then we’ll get to the next longform Miracle Season story.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to Max Colfort. He’s new to San Keros, and he’s about to discover one of its mysteries…
I’m proud to announce that my first web-based large scale fiction project has gone live! WelcomeToSanKeros.com is the online hub for Tales from the Miracle Season, an interlocking web of short stories, ficlets, novellas, and more. The first story, Open Your Eyes, is a serial that will be updated weekly alongside biographical and geographical entries of the city of San Keros and its environs. As you read, the city will open up before you, the website a living document that expands and fills in gaps between tales. Open Your Eyes will be a story of 12 parts, with the next story in the cycle announced and commencing upon its completion. I hope you’ll give this story a chance. It’s my most personal story to date, and it sets the stage for everything that will follow.
You’ll continue to find all other written work–past and future–not affiliated with Tales from the Miracle Season here at latenightstirfry.com . The Season of the Story is now.
Beneath the bent boughs of the trees in Finn’s Wood, something is stirring.
Something old, Something new.
And Something Blue.