Category Archives: Publications

“Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” Published in Dark Matter Magazine Issue 3!

My flash piece “Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” has been published in Dark Matter Magazine in their third issue! This is my fourth publication of the year!

“Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” began its life as a flash challenge. My prompt had to do with nomads of some sort, sparking forth a nomadic space group that spanned many, many ships traveling together a la Battlestar Galatica style, but without the military aspect.

The story revolves around a drop shipment with a spattering of language and translation difficulties interspersed within :D

You can buy the third issue of Dark Matter Magazine with “Drop Shipment Standard Procedure” here!

<3 Marie C.

“Veins of My Sister” Published in Deep Magic’s Spring 2021 Issue!

I’m excited to announce that my novelette “Veins of My Sister” has been published in the pages of Deep Magic’s Spring 2021 issue! :) This is my third publication of the year and only my second ever novelette sold!

“Veins of My Sister” is a science-fiction tale set in the far-flung future deep in the distant recesses of space.

Long after a war base has been deserted, it still thrives, now as a city called Tews, led by Jes, woman of grit who will stop at nothing to keep her home safe.

But it’s not just the people who give Tews its reputation as a force to be reckoned with, for it was a veined city, moveable through space, weapons reacting as fast as the thoughts of whoever controlled her. Only now, there are problems. One such being Jes’s sister returning abruptly, arriving into Tews completely ignorant of the bounty Jes has put on her head. And she didn’t come alone…

This is a tale about desperation and loyalty. Of sisterhood, with all the differences therein. But most of all, “Veins of My Sister” is a space adventure about finding and accepting your place as well as those of others.

And that cover! It’s beyond gorgeous! I want that dress! That cover is stunning and I’m so proud to be in the pages of this issue :) :)

You can buy the Spring 2021 issue of Deep Magic here!

<3 Marie C.

“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.