The Holiday Hellidays Stress Test Shit Show: Starring You!

(I’ll preface this by saying: I wrote this post once, WordPress logged me out right at the end, then wouldn’t save and erased the whole bloody thing. Ha ha ha ha, ha ha ha, please excuse my loud and egregious sobbing. Now I will rewrite the entire post from memory, and given that I have a memory like mouse-eaten underwear, it will probably look nothing like I originally intended.) The holidays are fucking hard. Fuuu-huuu-huuuu-king hard. Here’s the deal with the holidays: All the things you have to normally do in... Read The Rest →

Your Own Year-End Wrap-Up

It’s that time. That time where I want you to dig deep, grit your teeth, and pick your absolute FAVORITE THINGS OF THE YEAR. In each, you will pick one favorite thing — not three, not two. I want you to imagine that someone is dangling you over a pit, and in the pit is this goose. This goose will hurt you if you do not play by the rules. He’ll hurt you, your family, your friends. This is not a nice goose. So: play by the rules. Here, then, are... Read The Rest →

Tiny Little Tiddle Drops Of Newsy-Woozy Booky Bits

Ahem. A few flares shot up in the darkness, here – Two new anthologies have landed, each containing a short story of mine. First up: Dangerous Games, from Solaris, a SFF anthology about playing games. Features my story, “Big Man.” (A story about road rage, highway races, and the expectations of masculinity.) Features stories by Hilary Monahan, Pat Cadigan, Lavie Tidhar, Nik Vincent, and more. (Particularly exciting being in an anthology with Pat Cadigan — really, she was my introduction to cyberpunk way back when, so sharing pages with her? So cool.)... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Randomized Title Rears Its Head

Last week’s challenge: Holiday Horror! I love the random title challenge. I love it so much I wanna hug it. I wanna hug it so much it explodes. Anyway. Way it works is this: you pick one from the two columns of 20 either by using a d20 die or a random number generator, and smooshing the word from Column One with the word from Column Two gets you a title. (You can modify that title slightly by putting “The” in front of it or making the title plural or... Read The Rest →

Amy K. Nichols: Five Things I Learned Writing Now That You’re Here

One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body—his own, but different. Somehow, he’s crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee—a girl who’d rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom—may be his only hope of getting home.  Eevee tells herself she’s only helping him in the name of quantum... Read The Rest →

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