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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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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.


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2014-May-27, Tuesday 14:53
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Home Is Where The Heart Is is an installment in Nine for the Nebula's Heart, meditating on the nature of quests.

Nine for the Nebula's Heart is a collaborative-canon project. Come play!

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2014-May-19, Monday 13:20
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Before You Make Your Move is an installment in Nine for the Nebula's Heart. Ndidi and Hinata each learn something valuable from the other.

Nine for the Nebula's Heart is a collaborative-canon project. Come play!
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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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This is a story from the universe of my novel quartet in progress, Blow That Trumpet Gabriel. It is not necessarily canon; not nearly enough of the books have been written for me to know.

Content warning: character death.


who had love that's now departed? )


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It cost money she did not have to buy
flax and cotton fiber, or seeds to fly
where they might grow into plants needing more
tending than she could afford. So she tore )


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A Dinner of Herbs

2013-Mar-27, Wednesday 10:58
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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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