Category Archives: Publications

“Dance of Wood and Grace” Published in Zooscape Magazine!

Dance of Wood and Grace has been published in the March 2021 issue of Zooscape Magazine! This is my second publication of the year and my first appearance in this adorable furry magazine.

Dance of Wood and Grace is about a sauropod-like creature named Dirt of CrystalSleep who is born into a city where the caste-system is stringent and specific. Yet, that doesn’t stop him from harboring a whisper-want for something different.

The inspiration for this story came from body mutilation and how in many western cultures and religions those mutilations are frowned upon, to the point where career paths and job security is put at risk because of them. I wanted to explore the idea that many of us don’t settle for the “pure” body we’d been born to, for the image we have, the delight we gain, the feeling of belonging in our own skin, is worth facing off against cultural stigma.

I hope that this story speaks to anyone with piercings, with tattoos, with surgeries of any types or desires for those surgeries, for anyone who has felt looked down upon for their choice in expression of their very selves.

In a metaphorical sense, this story also represents going after that which your are most passionate about, regardless of your level of skill. I know so many people who are miserable in jobs they’re well-suited for, who ache for something different. But again, cultural stigma strikes here as well, pushing us all into shapes and places we would rather not live in.

So I hope dearly that this story speaks to everyone who has ever had a passion and yet was told that they weren’t good enough at it, that they were too old to start a new career or a new hobby or a new anything simply because it’s something you’ve always wanted, something where you find satisfaction and contentment.

I say go after your loves and passions regardless that you may not be the best or that the learning curve may be steep. Because it’s better to love what you do/who you are, than be the best at what you do/who you are.

Dance of Wood and Grace can be read for free here!

<3 Marie C.

“How Many Crab Pots Does it Take to Destroy a Neighborhood?” Published in Dark Moon Digest


Dark Moon Digest Issue #42 by [Various, Lori Michelle, Max Booth III]This story, man.

See, I grew up in a bayside community in Maryland. A little bay. Not the big Chesapeake. But even little bays feel huge when you’re little yourself.

We’d throw crab cages off the end of the dock and see bobbing milk jugs along the edges of the bay that marked where others had done the same. Old Bay is a staple where I’m from, practically an appetizer. Blue crabs adorn art pieces, sports team jerseys, and fill plenty of bellies, some people using crabbing to offset grocery costs.

Thing is though, I’m not a fan of crab. Not a fan of Old Bay, and the joke that I’m not Marylander enough to be a Marylander occurred more than a few times in my youth. I would crack crab legs open for my younger siblings, but I would never eat it myself.

So I thought, why not use that difference in me, play with the crabs who aren’t too fond of this fondness that Marylanders have for them.

I set this story in a bayside community, with a young girl investigating strange occurrences, partially to tap into my own history, partially to capture that sense of feeling off in one’s own skin, in one’s own home.

And then things turned creepy quite quickly.

You can find this issue with my story, “How Many Crab Pots Does it Take to Destroy a Neighborhood?,  on Amazon or on Perpetual Motion Publishing’s site.


Eligibility Post for 2020 Awards!

I have never written one of these before despite having stories published in prior years. But there’s a first for everything!

In 2020 I had a grand total of 1 stories published :) But it’s a story I’m proud of; it’s a story I think touches the hearts of most, if not all, writers.

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The Pop-up Artisan of Drink Me Café, published in October in both print and audio at Cast of Wonders, is my one eligible story during this awards season. It’s about 3400 words long and is about a girl escaping her grief and subsequent abuse and neglect by hiding in a café every one of us wishes existed, a café that changes decor and coffee offerings to match favorite fantasy and science-fiction books and shows. There she reads to find solace in other worlds as she struggles at home, at school, and in life. There’s something about her situation that speaks to the dreamers in us, just as there’s something magical in those cafés and coffee shops writers frequent :)

I hope you’ll give it a read or a listen in consideration of your nominations this year!

<3 Marie C.

The Pop-up Artisan of Drink Me Cafe published in Cast of Wonders

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.

 

Cessation of Civilization Published

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.