Short Story of the Week for July 16, 2017

I love story prompt challenges for how they force me to write tight prose and full stories with a spare few words. I also love them because they give me a chance to read the stories of other writers who are pushing themselves, too, to the limits of their abilities.

I’ve been choosing a story a week to recommend to my awesome readers for a few weeks now. Here’s my pick for the past week. (Better late than never, right?)

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Short Story of the Week for July 9, 2017

Recently I started taking part in several writing prompt challenges to help my own writing out, and an unexpected benefit has been the number of great stories I’ve read by other writers doing also following the prompts.

 

This was a story I didn’t read myself. The amazing Levar Burton read it to me, and reminded me of how much I missed Reading Rainbow.

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It’s like if Luke Skywalker was a girl…

My newest, Banquet, is finally out!

If you want me to be honest, I’ve been saying it’s like…

If Luke Skywalker had been born a girl and grown up with emotionally distant parents, joined a roving band of space pirates, been betrayed by her leader, then defected, tried to kill him, and was sent to a prison planet to serve out a life sentence.

Only she didn’t make it, because the prison transport crashed, and now she’s on a planet with an equally terrible leader, but this one is running a deadly competition for his own benefit and enjoyment.

And it’s #72 on the Amazon LGBT Science Fiction store right now. Continue reading “It’s like if Luke Skywalker was a girl…”

Righteous, she follows. [Free Short Fiction]

I can’t believe it’s less than a week now until my new science fiction book, Banquet, comes out.

On one hand, I’m nervous, because I’ve never written long-form sci-fi before. On the other, I have always loved space opera, and I’m hoping to shake it up a bit by adding my own brand of strange into this well-defined genre.

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Since I’ve been thinking so much about the book and the universe in which it is set, it was only natural that I use some writing prompts to understand it all better. I used three prompts for this short story. Continue reading “Righteous, she follows. [Free Short Fiction]”

My Life is Not a Porno

I recently submitted my new science fiction book, Banquet, to a promotion for speculative fiction.

I was excited to find the promotion, because I thought it would be the perfect place to get more readers for this new genre I was trying to break into.

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But before I could be accepted, the person running the promotion emailed me back with a strange question. Continue reading “My Life is Not a Porno”