Book Review: Piranesi

“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.” I had expected that after a gap of sixteen years since Susanna Clarke’s thick and engaging tome, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, that we were getting another fantasy of epic size. What arrived last month in the form of Piranesi …

The Seraph Is Coming

If you’re lost or in trouble, he’ll find you in his dreams. In the wasteland of the city’s castoffs known as the Missions, there’s no one better at playing the white knight. Who is he? He couldn’t tell you if he wanted to. Today his name is Raymond Walsh. It …

Old Soldiers — a Doctor Who story

An Introduction I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since I was five years old, sitting too close to the TV every weeknight at 7 on PBS (WGBH in Boston). At that age, it scared the ever-living crap out of me (Sarah Jane’s android clone losing it’s face, anyone?) but …

Hundred Word Story: Night Knight

This weeks flash fiction challenge from Chuck Wendig: a story in only one hundred words. Harder than it looks. This one’s a hundred words, exactly, and I wish I had more. All week, Mikey insisted that Henry Bear needed graham crackers and honey at night. They’d answered that the snack would …

Flash Fiction: Three Sentence Story

My entry for this week’s flash fiction challenge from Chuck Wendig. She cried happy tears when he said “till death do us part,” and imagined that he was pledging his undying love. Five years on, she learned his love was a passing thing, but a vow was still a vow. …

Tanya and Jerry Get Away

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of Chuck Wendig’s flash fiction challenges. This week’s was to write a story (no more than 1000 words) about “bad parents.” Here’s my go: Tanya and Jerry Get Away (747 words) “Look, all I’m asking is that you not swear in front of her …

The Fire of the Gods

I’ve been following Chuck Wendig over at terribleminds for several months now. Each week, he gives his readers a writing prompt for flash fiction. This week, I decided to jump into the fray. The creative exercise is always good (and I’m banned from physical exercise for the next few weeks …