Flash Fiction Challenge: Five Random Story Seeds

Today, a bit of pick-your-own. (Or, if you prefer to randomize, go for it.) You have, mmm, let’s say 1500 words for this one. Any genre will do. Due next Friday, July 1st, noon EST. Your five story seeds: 1.) A child is born under mysterious circumstances. 2.) A dead body goes missing. 3.) A mysterious journal is found. 4.) An accident occurs that may be no accident. 5.) An impossible animal appears.

You Want Trump? This Is How You Get Trump.

[art by Hal Hefner] To my friends in the UK: I buy you a pint. I give hugs. I offer a couch to those who need to crash in a different country for a while. To my friends here in the US: I don’t pretend to entirely understand what just happened in the UK. For that, I’d point you toward Charlie Stross and Lee Harris, who both wrote on Brexit today. I do get the general sense that we are looking at a situation where bloviating dickheads used bluster and lies... Read The Rest →

Quickly Now! To The Newsmachine!

Some quick newsybits (that stay crunchy in milk): Zer0es is $2.99 right now for your Kindle. No idea how long or why, but there it is! TELL EVERYONE. YOUR FRIENDS. YOUR FAMILY. YOUR POMERANIAN. YOUR PANDA. EVERY. ONE. The Force Awakens, issue #1, is now out — written by me, drawn by Luke Ross. StarWars.com interviews me about that very subject! I talk about Star Wars and Hyperion and The Shield and other stuff at Panels.net! And finally, the image at the fore of this post is the cover to The... Read The Rest →

Eliot Peper: Five Things I Learned Self-Publishing My Novel, Cumulus

In the not-so-distant future, economic inequality and persistent surveillance push Oakland to the brink of civil war. Lilly Miyamoto is a passionate analog photographer striving to pursue an ever more distant dream. Huian Li is preeminent among the Silicon Valley elite as the founder and CEO of the pervasive tech giant Cumulus. Graham Chandler is a frustrated intelligence agent forging a new path through the halls of techno-utopian royalty. But when Huian rescues Lilly from a run-in with private security forces, it sets off a chain of events that will... Read The Rest →

Anne Frasier: Five Things I Learned Writing The Body Reader

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her... Read The Rest →

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