2020 Flash Fiction Challenge: February Results

The results are in, and the authors didn't disappoint! Last week, I drew these cards: 6 of spades, King of hearts, and the 7 of diamonds. That meant the genre was gothic romance, the setting was a mausoleum, and the object that must appear in the story was goggles. Honestly, I couldn't believe I picked …

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Mock book cover: An old grey stone mausoleum with green leaf growth. Text reads: Cait Gordon, A Quest in the Dark, a gothic romance flash fiction.

A Quest in the Dark

Author’s note: This is my flash fiction for February’s entry of the 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge. Each month of 2020, on the first Monday, I’ll draw cards to determine the genre, setting, and an object that has to appear in the short story. Participants will have until the following Monday to link their stories to …

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Book cover of Nothing Without Us: A russet brick wall with faded tan, aqua, white, and yellow paint. Spray-painted in bold are the words Nothing Without Us.

Nothing Without Us is included in a book review about authentic disability representation!

What a lovely thing it is to wake up to a Facebook chat where my BFF (Talia C. Johnson) is telling Nathan Fréchette (Renaissance) and me that there's an article in NewCityLit zine that mentions Nothing Without Us: Four Disability Anthologies That Are Actually Authentic: A Review of “About Us,” “Firsts,” “Nothing Without Us” and …

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Snowed in, Blown Away!

My beloved publisher, Renaissance, asked for holiday stories for their annual blog roll. Here’s my contribution. Happy holidays, everyone! (Photo by Emre Can from Pexels) Hey, hon. Don't bother picking me up. They say visibility is NIL I can try Too dangerous. I'll sleep in the upstairs flat. Nat, Joelle, and the kids are away …

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A purple alien dressed in a lavish blue, purple, and gold gown wears a golden headpiece and looks about to deliver the final note through those sharp teeth!

Cover Reveal for Space Opera Libretti

So, in late 2018, I saw a call for non-dystopian, comedic short stories in the space opera genre that involve music. The anthology name: Space Opera Libretti. My eyes perked, and I immediately knew I wanted to write for this. I love classic literature, which is probably why there’s an Austen-esque ball scene in the …

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ID: A stitched heart against a black stitched background. Title: We Shall Be Monsters, Edited By Derek Newman-Stille. (With stories by Day Al-Mohomed, Lena NG, Ashley Caranto Morford, Cait Gordon, JF Gerrard, Andrew Wilmot, Evelyn Deshane, Simon Turner, Kaitlin Tremblay, Lisa Carreiro, Eric Choi & Joseph McGuinty, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Randall Arnold, Alex Acks, K.C. Griffant, Halli Lilburn, Kev Harrison, Corey Redekop, Ariana Verbree, Max D. Staton, Victoria Martin, Priya Sridhar, Liam Hogan, Joshua Bartolome

We Shall Be Monsters is now available!

Squee! I've been waiting for this Frankenthology all year and it's aliiiiive! We Shall Be Monsters, edited by Derek Newman-Stille and published by Renaissance, is a collection of short fiction inspired by Mary Shelley's 1818 version of Frankenstein. My short story, The Hilltop Gathering, appears in this anthology. I'm so thrilled it got accepted because it's my first published …

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Help, help, I can’t stop writing!

I have done the thing that I swore I'd never do—I'm actively working on several books at once. Gone are my linear days, it seems. But: EVERYTHING'S FINE! I think. My mind is somehow keeping up with these multiple projects. First, there's Life in Another ’Cosm: Jinny from the Blog, the second book in the ’Cosm series. …

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ID: In Memoriam book cover. Swirling timepiece against a light grey background. Man in red shirt and black pants has his back to us while standing akimbo. Text reads: IN MEMORIAM, ’Nathan Burgoine, Author of Light and Triad Blood.

In Memoriam: A lifetime or two within a short story

Some people can write a tome and not really tell a decent story, but then authors like ’Nathan Bourgoine can create an entire lifetime—or two—in a short work of fiction that cuts right to the soul. In Memoriam follows the story of James, an editor who has just been given a diagnosis that will debilitate and …

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