The Cost of Holiday Cheer by Amy L. Sauder & by Jaclyn (proprietor of Amica Mea) “Santa didn’t like me.” “Madlyn, eat…” her father Greg frowned. An awkward Fischer dinner was to be expected, the weekly pad thai a miniscule pretense of normalcy. Greg would look with pleading eyes at his wife, Lilith. Lilith… Continue reading A dystopian mermaid Christmas story for you
Here it is! For you. For free. I've posted Chapter 1 of I Know You Like a Murder on Patreon. Get yo sneak peek there. Enjoy now [with the sneak peek here] Detectivize October 23 [by preordering here]
Most publishers won't risk as short a story as this. I will. In fact, I think it's quite appropriate that my debut book is so small. Here's why: I grew up with a love for reading. I devoured books as a kid from a young age, until I didn't. Ya see,… Continue reading The perks of a small book.
Or, a Christmas more impossible than Unicorns and Pocket Pandas <3 No, my obsession with mermaids isn't quite over yet 😉 In fact, I have an eerie holiday tale written just for you! My White Winter Hymnal dystopian story - Turn the White Snow - wasn't creepy enough, so I teamed up with Jaclyn -… Continue reading A Very Mermaid Christmas
Creativity isn't finite. The more you give, the more you have. That's a philosophy I want to live by, and Ksenia does too. Ksenia Anske sends cards with personalized stories to her readers. So when she sent one for my writers' group, I volunteered to facilitate our writers prompt and had everyone write her a… Continue reading Stories on why we create
Have you heard of “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”? by Italo Calvino. Very interesting book, written in the second person. Saying “You do this, you do that.” Not “I” or “he”, it’s about “you.” And “you” pick up a book at the bookstore, start reading and get enthralled in the tale, then suddenly… Continue reading When a murderer won’t shut up at 3am
The Sandman is taking me. He unscrews my hands, my feet, my ears, my nose – whatever is in reach. Then the dreams – I enter my dreams and am falling apart. Why does everyone stare? What are they looking at? No, not a human. I’m nothing but an abomination now, an automaton. He… Continue reading Flash Fiction: The Sandman’s Falsehood
My friend Megan Fatheree has recently started a blog on writing. It's a great concept, using examples of books and movies on how to write plot, setting, an engaging story (and these are just her first few posts!) You can check it out at https://meganfatheree.wordpress.com/ Before you take my word for it though, check out this… Continue reading Short Story: “The Watcher” by Megan Fatheree