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“Delivery for 3C at Song View” published in Diabolical Plots!

“Delivery for 3C at Song View” published in Diabolical Plots! This is my first publication of 2022, but I sold it about a year ago now, so I’ve been sitting on this one for a little while :)

“Delivery for 3C at Song View” is a contemporary fantasy piece about a delivery driver (Door Dasher) who can passively, and inadvertently, grant wishes. When one customer she delivers to makes an offhand wish, chaos and hilarity ensues. There’s an underlying serious tone to this humorous piece, so that it has depth, dealing with the idea of being enslaved to wishes, and the easy casualness we wish for things.

One of the cool things about this story is that when I originally wrote it, I honestly thought there was no way I’d sell it. I thought it wasn’t serious enough, it wasn’t thematic enough, it wasn’t something, and yet I had an absolute blast writing it. I just didn’t know what in the world to do with it. I want to give a shout out to my fellow Odyssey graduate, Vikram Ramakrishnan, for pointing out the themes I had in the story and giving me the confidence to submit it–no one might be reading it otherwise so I’m very grateful <3

I also want to thank both David Steffan and Kel Colemen for being such great editors to work with. They found ways to make the story more seamless and suggested changes that just elevated the whole experience. So many, many thanks and appreciation for the work they put in :)

You can read the story for free on Diabolical Plots’ site here!

<3 Marie C.

February 2020 Recommended Books

This month has been more spring than winter where I live. Can’t complain about that XD Yet, I worry there won’t be that final frost to kill all the bugs and we’ll be beset with a gnat and mosquito swarmed, spider-cloud explosion in a month or two.

You know those days where the air is filled with delightful floating cotton balls reminiscent of Charlotte’s Web? We might have a difficult time dodging them this year. Ah, well.

I’ve recently joined SWFA (yay!). Now I’m officially a member!

Also just hosted a sixth book club meeting at my house, which means that it’s been successful for an entire year and looking strong. Going to have to come up with something fun for our anniversary meeting in two months. We shall see…


THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY

by Alix E. Harrow

The meta portal fantasy I never knew I wanted.

This epistolary novel is told from the perspective of a girl who has always felt in between. About the many doors to other worlds we, as readers, have always experienced, so there’s an instant ability to empathize. There are slow revelations and deeply insidious dangers that mimic the realities of most dangers of our world better than the average novel.

Thematically, the novel is about change. About clinging to, or running from change. About choosing the change we want, rejecting the change that doesn’t suit us. Even more, it’s about the fear of change that exists in every one of us and all the different ways we face it.

As much as Ten Thousand Doors is a portal fantasy, it’s less about the worlds themselves and more about the possibility of worlds and all they might contain.


STARLESS

by Jacqueline Carey

Starless is divided into three main parts, with these parts being so uniquely different from one another that it’s necessary to mention. The first section centers on Khai’s training, the second his introduction to court life, and the third an oceanic adventure. Part one is by far my favorite of the three, delving into a setting where the gods are physical beings that grant their blessings specifically and with an eternal reason behind it. While each of the sections is divided by tone and purpose and even cast to some extent, I greatly enjoyed the entire process, from child-in-training, to the dangers of court and city, and the travels beyond.

There are larger aspects dealt with in the novel, especially that of knowing and accepting oneself, though it’s done primarily through the scope of Khai and one other who is introduced in the second part of the novel. However, though there might be a few interesting questions and a couple of characters that add to the great diversity in the fantasy and science-fiction realm these days, Starless is much more an adventure fantasy from start to finish, which I happened to love.


SPINNING SILVER

by Naomi Novik

I picked up Spinning Silver in response to having read Uprooted and though I admit to loving Uprooted just a little more than Spinning Silver, that’s not in any way a complaint against this novel. For Spinning Silver is a beautiful fairy tale-esque story revolving around a moneylender and the people in her life as she strives to not just overcome the struggles of her family, but to best those conflicts entirely.

There’s an entire parallel world, one filled with a cold fae people and their own unique culture, that is brought to the forefront during this journey, as well as an enemy far closer to home. All the pieces of this novel expand across numerous characters and settings and yet, every single thread is interwoven tightly and meaningfully.

One of those books that starts slow by necessity because of all the introduced characters, but builds and builds into a rush of a climax. A really fun book.