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
Beneath the bent boughs of the trees in Finn’s Wood, something is stirring.
Something old, Something new.
And Something Blue.