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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.

“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.

Recommended Book: BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse


BLACK SUN
(Between Earth & Sky I)
by Rebecca Roanhorse

Roanhorse has an easy reading style that quickly immerses you into this wonderful world filled with tales of gods and sea-people, crow-riders and spearmaidens. There are giant water spiders and blood magic and a city that stretches vertically above a river. And that’s just the tip of the awesome world-building.

This is a political drama mixed with an adventure journey featuring three lead point of views: a Sun Priest, a Crow God and a woman of the sea. This is a tale about setting right past wrongs, about vengeance and power and, ultimately, the desire for peace and respect.

Serapio, a blind man from the mountains, journeys with Xiala, a captain in need of a ship, toward the great city of Tova where the Sun Priest and all her dedicants prepare to welcome the eclipse. This is the beginning of an epic fantasy trilogy inspired by historical cultures in the Americas.