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2015-05-16 11:15 pm

a half-whispered prayer

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Other young ladies Etain's age of ten years were helping the war effort. They cared for younger siblings to free up their mothers for tasks more important to keeping the queendom of Danaan running; they tended gardens to free up the fields for growing food for the soldiers fighting the Anglians; they knit socks to keep the soldiers' feet warm. Warm feet were very important, Cliodhna told Etain wisely. Nobody could think or do very well with cold feet.

Etain wasn't very good at knitting )


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2015-05-15 11:13 am

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Results must be replicable to be reliable. That's how the scientific method works.

I have a second Patreon (to keep poetry and bloggery separate), and the blog post series discussed there will be kicking off on sunbowpublications.com tomorrow.
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2014-09-12 12:32 am

Fiction Friday: glamorie

You speak of 'spinning glamorie' or 'weaving glamorie' as though spinning and weaving are arts comparable to that of creating glamorie. You say this who have never done any threadwork in your life. Here: pass the shuttle between the warp threads and watch the thread grow too taut here, the weave too loose there. Here: give the spindle a twist and watch the infant yarn fall to pieces.

You say the effort of glamorie is comparable to that of threadwork. You, sir, lie. If glamorie were difficult as threadwork, you would compel me to do it, rather than forbidding me.


crossposted from conallpublications.com

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2013-09-14 10:26 am

By the Light of the Moon [[community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam freebie]

This is a story from the universe of my novel quartet in progress, Blow That Trumpet Gabriel. Consider it canon.


Jyoti stood alone )


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2013-03-27 10:58 am

A Dinner of Herbs

I wrote two short stories for the collection A Dinner of Herbs, which is now available on Amazon, paperback and Kindle. The only ebook format currently available is Kindle, but there's no DRM so buying it and converting it to a format suiting your ereader is a definite possibility. If you don't have an ereader, Kindle for PC is free, or there's always the paperback.

My stories are "To the Devil and Back", a lesbian retelling of "Rapunzel" set in 1750s England, and "Pray You, Love, Remember", an original concerning a mortal woman raised by fae and trying to balance both her worlds. My friend Anne B. Walsh's are "The Wisdom to Know the Difference", in which a young witch in training does her first major magic, and "Born to Set It Right", in which a Damsel and Companion on Quest with a Hero to defeat a Villain deconstruct fantasy tropes.

I hope you enjoy.
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2013-03-23 06:33 pm

Walls of Jasper

Two cities stand on a plain.

Inhabitants of the city in the west look eastward with scorn. ) What brazen people live in Inferno, and how marvelous a place is Paradiso!

Inhabitants of the city in the east look westward with pity. What tragedy, they say. What unnecessary shame. Do you know, they actually think it's possible to be expected, required to have sex? How horrible to be someone who is expected, required to be ashamed of who one is! Or of what one does, when what one does harms no one! What small dull painful lives people live in Hell, and how marvelous a place is Heaven!


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2013-02-26 03:54 am

triage

There's no time to breathe: this person is injured but will be fine for a while without help, this one is beyond help, this one needs help as soon as possible. Bandages ointments splints painkillers bandages bandages bandages. They'll bleed out otherwise.

After far too many hours for her health, far too few given the casualty count compared to the surviving medical staff, a woman hauls her aside, tells her to get cleaned up and fed and slept.

She's awakened far too soon. She's needed.

If she isn't careful, she'll bleed herself out without ever shedding a drop of blood.


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