It’s here! This is a story I wrote early this year (back in February I believe) and is making its debut appearance in Cast of Wonders for their Banned Books Week!
Five Reasons to Give it a Listen!
1. Experiencing a coffee shop via proxy since most of us can’t go out right now. [And not just any coffee shop…]
2. Ever-changing decor! You never know what it’ll look like next!
3. Dragons, electric sheep, and the grandfather clock our favorite unicorn walks through…as just a start.
4. Today’s Specials: Whiskey Barrel Ride (bourbon-roasted beans) and Molten Ring Latte (with chili powder & gold-chocolate shavings)!
5. A suggestion jar stocked full of fantasy & science-fiction ideas for the next pop-up. Maybe yours will be chosen!
This is a contemporary fantasy story about feeling lost, about the comfort fantastical worlds give to us readers, about the power of sharing our favorite stories. Please go give it a listen! (or a read!)
<3 Marie C.
December marks the publication of my 6th professional story and my first appearance in DreamForge Magazine :)
Cessation of Civilization features a student struggling over her final project, all the trials of every step in creating something as immense as an entire world.
This story originated from the idea of playing god in other people’s lives, getting to look down and push and prod them into action. Similar to how, as a writer, you get to design whole worlds, destroy character lives or make them worth living, worth reading about. Yet, it’s also about failure, success, and the beauty found in both of those things.
If you get a chance to read this one, I hope it makes you smile :)
This story isn’t available for free to read, however, here is a limited time only discount for a DreamForge subscription :) The stories are well-written and diverse and the gorgeous artwork that goes along with each one is something you truly don’t get with most magazines.
Shades of Amber has gone live today in Beneath Ceaseless Skies‘ 95th issue. It is a short story set in a world where vibrant color swirls upon the skin of every person and limited spectrums are looked down upon. This is my third professional publication :)
The other story in the issue is Margaret Ronald’s The Governess and the Lobster, so I’m in some very good company.
Writers of the Future Vol. 28 has been published in ebook format (mmp forthcoming July 21st) with my story, Of Woven Wood, taking the first slot in the anthology.
I’ve recently returned from the workshop week and awards ceremony and will have decently thorough write-ups of my time out on the west coast out in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, I just found out that Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the anthology:
“The 28th installment of this venerable anthology series collects the 13 winners of the Writers of the Future contest for 2011, drawing from the ranks of new authors and artists. Many of the contributors have already seen other success in the field, and it’s not hard to imagine some of them making award lists in the near future. The offerings are thought provoking and varied, with a general trend toward excellence. Standouts include Marie Croke’s “Of Woven Wood,” in which a golem learns to deal with his creator’s death; William Mitchell’s “Contact Authority,” a tale of outer space espionage; and Scott T. Barnes’s lyrical “Insect Sculptor.” The selections are weighted toward science fiction, with several fantasy pieces and some that defy genre, like Nick T. Chan’s “The Command for Love.” The future is in good hands.”
Bolding mine. Yay for good reviews and personal mentions :)
I’m excited to announce that The Rains of Imarcia has become my first published novel. You can find it for $5.99 at Amazon, B&N and download many different formats of it available at Smashwords.
Windrunner Sey arrives upon Imarcian soil to help stave off an impending war between two cities. What she didn’t anticipate was setting down in the midst of a storm that almost ruins her chances of success before she’d even begun.
For on Imarcia, the rains kill…
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