Nine new and different stories about one of the most beloved creatures in all fantasy: DRAGONS! We’ve got metal dragons, fire-breathing dragons, shape-shifting dragons, and adorable little hero dragons. We’ve got urban fantasy, high fantasy, humorous stories, deadly mysteries, and more! LOVE’S CHAMPION: As an Arbiter for the Gods and Goddesses of the Greek pantheon, Nathaniel was no stranger to their squabbles, both large and petty. Even so, h...

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These are definitely not the unicorns of fairytales (although there is at least one fairytale here). Rather, they are good, evil, chaotic, and calm. And while unicorns are the theme, they aren’t always the central characters—but they are always significant. My story is the capstone at the end of the collection, entitled The Taxidermist. THE TAXIDERMIST: The Hunter is growing old—dying, in fact. But when a young girl intrudes into his lif...

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The original incarnation of this story was an interactive webserial, where installments were posted alongside polls. By voting, readers made decisions that pushed the story forward. An eccentric heiress sets out on a dangerous mission, enlisting the aid of a dashing sky pirate, a sarcastic ticker, and a hodge-podge crew. This book includes all three published volumes of the Choose adventure, taking us from accidental inebriation through cookin...

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I have taken (and loved) many of Holly Lisle’s online writing courses. When she sounded the call for her students to join together and submit stories for her first ever short story collection, I was thrilled at the opportunity. When my story won second place in the contest, I was over-the-moon, and I hope you love it as much as she did! Thirty-five imaginative stories crafted by the students of renowned fantasy author Holly Lisle, collec...

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Photos from TeslaCon 2010
Adventures in Real Life / November 9, 2010

I’ve never used picasa before, but the ability to upload my two hundred twenty mumble photos all at once won me over. Everyone who was about to comment “I hate picasa, why didn’t you use THISOTHERTHING,” I’m terribly sorry, but I’m incredibly lazy. Also? “...

Pansy Withdraws, Tami Speaks
Adventures in Real Life / November 7, 2010

Farewell, Pansy I had fully intended (and was quite looking forward to) completing the story of my TeslaCon experience from Pansy Pennyworth Price’s perspective … unfortunately, one of the (only) poor experiences I had was trying to keep up with the murder mystery portion of the con. ...

PPP – Teslacon, Day 1
Adventures in Real Life / November 5, 2010

In Which Merriment Is Had and Foul Plots Are Afoot! by Pansy Pennyworth-Price On this, the 5th day of November, in the Year of Our Lord 1880 Greetings and salutations, my darling, darling readers. While you sip your Saturday morning’s tea and read this from the pages of your London Sun Time...

How Goes The NaNo?
On The Art of Authoring / November 4, 2010

Four whole days into NaNoWrimo *gasp, shock, horror* and I thought it’d be a good time for an update. How’s My Progress? If you’re ever curious about my progress on my various writing projects, feel free to pop over to the site and check the colorful bar graphs I have in my side...

Pocket Agent Monsters
On The Art of Authoring / November 3, 2010

While reading this post from Kidlit.com, detailing a workshop entitled “Publishing Secrets Revealed! Finding, Catching & Working with an Agent” I had a geek epiphany. Agents are like pokemon. (no seriously, bear with me here). You spend [insert too much time here] wading through t...

The Official NaNoWriMo 2010 Preparation List
On The Art of Authoring / October 30, 2010

The NaNoWriMo 2010 Prep List is completely, 100% done, ladies and gents. For convenience, here’s the entire list of blog posts in the series. NaNoWriMo 2010 The Decision The List Trimming the List Worldbuilding 1 Worldbuilding 2 Characters 1 Characters 2 Daydreaming Hooky Bits Plotting Voca...

NaNo2010 > Enter Scrivener
On The Art of Authoring / October 30, 2010

What’s a Scrivener? Scrivener is a writing app that used to be Mac-only, but has expanded into the Windows environment in time for NaNoWrimo. (Penguinistas rejoice – inside sources tell me that Scrivener’s working on a Linux version, too!) I’ve written about my love of Scr...

When Life Hands You A Steampunk Convention …
Adventures in Real Life / October 29, 2010

…You GO to the Steampunk Convention! TeslaCon Turns out there’s a Steampunk Con IN my city November 5-7. The fact that “November” is in that sentence only caused a minor hiccup in the epic squeefest that began. I can totally pretend this is “research” for CHOOS...

NaNo2010 > The Importance Of Support
On The Art of Authoring / October 25, 2010

Support By “support” I mean “other people,” not “a really good office chair.” (although the value of good lower back support over time has been scientifically documented and should not be discounted!) NaNoWriMo is difficult. It’s exhilarating and affirmin...

NaNo2010 > Cheat Sheets
On The Art of Authoring / October 25, 2010

NaNoItis Seven days left! Seven days left! I feel like I’ve got that tattooed on the inside of my eyelids, flashing red. Seven days left! I’m simultaneously itchy to get started and terrified that I’ve forgotten something vital which will cause unimaginable pain and suffering on...