For the the Iron Writer Challenge 77, I threw down in another Grudge Match. I wrote along with Jordan Bell, against Mathew W. Weaver and Maureen Larter. Once again, my team was defeated, but we all made some great stories in the heat of battle.
Our elements were: A Suit of Armor; A Pitcher’s Mound; Gluten Free; Locke’s Socks.
“Hunted” came to me in September 2010, and though I’ve never managed to publish it before now, it became the seed for the first of my Tipsy Fairy Tales, Blue Spirit. Having written the Road Ghosts Trilogy, I decided I needed a new direction, since I felt Brett’s story had been told well enough. I wasn’t quite ready to leave that universe, however, so I thought about minor characters I wanted to explore more, Skye came to mind immediately. She was funny, she had deep issues, and she’d been touched by the supernatural. But rather than stick to ghosts and ghouls and demons, I wanted something different. The following dark fairy tale still fresh in my mind, I decided that Skye would see into that fairy world. See the end of chapter 1 of Blue Spirit to fit this story in, and guess what its characters’ names might be.
My science fiction serial, The Multiverse Blues, is a story full of music. The chapter titles are each a title of a Robert Johnson song. The main character is a roadie as a part of an inter-dimensional touring band, and the songs that they play are featured as part of the story.
So, I thought I’d make a playlist made up of all those songs. For the Robert Johnson songs, I mostly picked the most interesting covers to vary artists up a bit.
I hope you enjoy this playlist, it’s the soundtrack to my story!
Last time on The Multiverse Blues, Jules caught up with their crew, concert already underway at the Harmony Theater. A spy is caught trying to steal Jules’ life. To prove they’re the real Jules, both were asked to divulge secrets.
Jules and the crew of Hope’s Tour confront the Deltan spy. Can they find an escape from Delta Earth before the Arch Authority can capture them?
I wrote “Fell Down” for The Iron Writer Challenge in September 2013. The terms of the challenge were to write a 500 word flash story using these four elements: A murderous unicorn; The Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle; A fantasy football draft must be a part of the main scene of the story; The story must be written from the POV of someone with a mental illness or developmental delay.
This was a special Iron Writer Challenge. It was the very first Iron Writer Grudge Match. I was challenged by Tony Jaeger, whose second was K.A. Davur, and M.D. Pitman stepped up to be my second. The result was that my story won the popular vote by one, but K.A. Davur’s won the judges’ votes, giving her an overall one point win over me. The other stories were all quite good, especially Ms. Davur’s “Kenny”, so I don’t feel bad coming in second.
Last time on The Multiverse Blues. Jules helped Coral escape the Arch Authority facility, only to have the strange Tristellian slip away into the Arch gate without them.
Now, Jules has caught up with Hope’s Tour, mid-concert, to be reunited with their newfound family of friends. Or will they? The other Jules is still out there, so how will Jules convince Hope and her crew that they’re really who they say they are?
This was my first story sale, back in the fall of 2011. I was, and am, grateful to D.L. Russell for taking a chance on me and my story for his ezine, “Strange, Weird, and Wonderful” and for including it in the anthology he later published from those stories.
Reading it now, I feel differently about it than when I wrote it under a different name; I still like it, but with more complicated feelings.
On the run! When Jules is asked for help by a prisoner of the Delta Earth Arch Authority, they can’t say no, and the two set out against the odds to make an escape. Can Jules help the prisoner escape, without becoming a prisoner themself?