Last year, I got back to submitting some short stories I wrote with the late Jay Lake. The first in a series of flash fiction pieces which will be appearing in Daily Science Fiction came out today, “Osiana.”
The characters of the stories in “The Tales of the Rose Knights” are all named after roses. Here is the real Osiana:
Osiana Rose, M. Israel
Hope you enjoy this story and those to follow!
Christmas has been very busy around here this year, and I never got around to posting about my “Christmas present” to my readers. But it’s not too late! My themed story collection Oregon Elsewise is FREE until tomorrow, Dec. 28. As with the rest of my short stories, I will be taking it out of Select after the end of this run and going wide with it — so if you don’t have it yet, now is the time to grab it! My collections don’t sell on Amazon, but they do elsewhere (if only a copy or two a month), and since they don’t work as loss leaders to sell my novels and novellas either, I might as well publish them on all possible venues.
Here’s the description:
Oregon is a strange an wonderful place. These short stories explore that strangeness through the genres of fantasy and science fiction. Here a sampling:
“The Old Man and the Sneakers”: It began the summer the Nikes washed up on the beach by the dozen — but never by the pair. The old man knew it was a sign …
“The Sea Gives, the Sea Takes Away”: After a painful divorce, Elisabeth returns to her home on Skagit Bay to heal — with the help of a little magic.
“Sailing to Utopia”: Ecotopia is perfect — except when you refuse to be laid back about everything. Fed up, Picara decides to go on a tour of perfect societies, only to discover that every utopia contains the seeds of a dystopia.
The short stories in this collection were previously published in various venues including Strange Horizons, Abyss & Apex and Futurismic.
If you are so inclined, do please pass the word along!
I have another Christmas present for my readers: Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors. For this one, my contribution was very small, as you can gather from the title — less than one percent. 🙂 This is a mutual project from a whole bunch of indie authors who hang out on Kboards, including Hugh Howey, Toni Dwiggens, Lisa Grace and many, many more. All of the stories are flash fiction pieces, under 1000 words. We have Andrew Ashling to thank for doing most of the editing, with some help from various beta readers among our ranks, and Scarlett Rugers for the cover.
Here’s the description:
This anthology aims to be a showcase of recent indie writing.
Hugh Howey launched the idea on Kboards, a forum for Kindle readers, but also the meeting place of an active community of indie writers.
The result is this anthology of 101 very short stories by 101 authors.
To make it more attractive for you, the reader, we set ourselves a limit of a thousand words. You should be able to read each story in under five minutes — on your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet at home or in the office, but also on your smartphone, on the go, while you are commuting or waiting at a coffee shop for your significant other to arrive.
We included as many genres as we could. We hope that maybe, with only five minutes of your time on the line that would otherwise be wasted anyway, you’ll be tempted to venture outside your comfort zone and try out some new genres and new authors.