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.
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.
Beneath the bent boughs of the trees in Finn’s Wood, something is stirring.
Something old, Something new.
So welcome again to another status update. Things are more or less on track to launch the new content upgrades and design by September 1st. This means that The Miracle Season will finally begin in earnest over on Welcome to San Keros, as well as a few other fun updates here and on AO3. I’ll have more info as to which pieces get released and when as we get a tad closer.
I’ve had a bit of a rough spring/summer, emotionally, but I’m feeling ready to really commit to this project in a way I haven’t previously. My goal is for at least one update a week. That update will be a piece of fiction. Other updates will be more frequent. As we meet new people and places in San Keros we’ll add them to the growing City Directory for easy reference. By the time the first sequence of Miracle Season is concluded late this fall, you’ll be able to buy it as a complete story! More on that as it develops.
Meanwhile, enjoy the last few days of Summer before the magic of fall begins, and I’ll see you in 14 days.
Check out my new story, “Nothing Important Happened Today”, now available in the new anthology Truth Beyond Paradox, by Onyx Path Publishing through DrivethruRPG.com and DrivethruFiction.com. The collection has been rated a Copper Bestseller on DrivethruRPG in just under 48 hours of publication! My story features the trials and tribulations of two young men who’ve just found each other…and the power of hope in the face of fear. Give it a try, for only $3.99 digital or $10.99 Print-On-Demand, and then drop me a line here and let me know what you thought!
At last, its time to pull back the curtain on Secret Project 1 (SP1, for those of you who still follow the site). Welcome to San Keros is now open for business! This is the web portal for a shared world of web fiction, novels, and short stories that I’ve been slowly building over the last 10 or so years. A blend of neomythic fiction, urban fantasy, and horror, this shared universe can only be found at WelcometoSanKeros.com. Right now, the site is merely an introduction to the world of San Keros, but the fictive works themselves will begin later this summer. Meanwhile, I’ll be posting small excerpts, tidbits, and introducing you to some of the city’s most colorful characters.
Also by late summer, latenightstirfry will once again become the spot to read all of my non-San Keros related fiction. This site will also turn into an author’s blog, keeping everyone apprised of what I’m working on and what will be released next. I hope you’ll follow along.
So go visit San Keros. I promise–it will not be what you think.
As promised, here is the first of several new projects launching in 2016! Check out this great new collection of urban fantasy stories taking place in the Mage universe by folks like myself, Seanan McGuire, Travis Legge, and Sandra Damiana Buskirk. Truth Beyond Paradox is available digitally and in print at DriveThruFiction.com