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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Hook, Logline, and Sinker
On The Art of Authoring / October 21, 2010

Loglines MSFV posted the start of a rather epic contest on her blog – and the first hoop writers need to leap through involves loglines. Loglines are teasers. They tantalize. Hint at something incredible. Take root in their target’s brains and make them ITCH to read the book they̵...

Negative Self-Talk
Adventures in Real Life / October 19, 2010

Quoth the Raven “You are so stupid.” “Why does anyone even want to be around you? They probably don’t. They’re probably just stuck with you and pretending to like you to be nice.” “Can you do anything right?” If someone said those words to a friend ...

Art!
Artist Sketchbook / October 14, 2010

Thanks to Mr. Moore, the scanner is plugged in and working AND we have art to share! The image used as the header for my new theme. I’m very happy with it. Special thanks to BadKitteh for cleaning up the image for web use! Birthday gift for my mom. Three sheeps to the wind. Get it? Get it!?...

NaNo2010 > Say Hello To My Little Friend
On The Art of Authoring / October 12, 2010

Clock Ticking Tick, tock, my friends! Two and a half weeks remain before NaNoWriMo. If you want to have an outline and be prepared for this year’s event but you’ve been procrastinating and putting it off till the last minute, this is your wake up call! ZZZzzzzzap! It’s alliiiiii...

Momentum
Adventures in Real Life / October 12, 2010

EDIT KristenSue has pointed out that I should probably be using “Inertia” everywhere I use “Momentum.”  I’m keeping the post as-is, but she’s probably right. She’s a real smart lady. Dictionary Definition A quantity expressing the motion of a body or syst...

New Blog Theme Live
In Which I Blog About Blogging / October 11, 2010

GLEE I’m like a kid with a box of sidewalk chalk in the middle of an empty parking lot, so I don’t know if I’ll ever REALLY be done tweaking the theme. However, it is mostly done and I adore it and yes, I know it’s kind of painfully pastel but every time I see it I smile s...

Motivation is a SKILL, Not a Gift
Adventures in Real Life / October 8, 2010

Gift Something you’re born with. You either have it or you don’t. It was given to you by someone else, and there’s nothing you can do to GET it if you don’t already have it. Skill Something that takes practice and hard work. Something you can improve at if you prioritize i...

New Theme In The Works
In Which I Blog About Blogging / October 6, 2010

I love the blog theme I’m currently using, I really do. Unfortunately, so do a LOT of other people. It’s a free theme, and it’s fabulous (so I can hardly blame them) but I want my site to stand out. When four other blogs in my feed reader also use this theme, I don’t think...

More To Life Than Writing
Adventures in Real Life / October 5, 2010

There’s more to life than writing. I know, I know, you wouldn’t think so to read my blog lately, but I HAVE been doing things that aren’t writing related. Apple Orchards Mr. Moore and I went on an apple adventure with my friend Deb and her fiancé. A gorgeous trip through the wes...

Proof of Concept
On The Art of Authoring / September 30, 2010

With Volume 2 of Choose winding down to its now-inevitable ending, it’s time to get started writing the extra content I have planned for the purchasable version of the story. Two sheets of paper and an array of colored flags later, I feel even more confident in the outlining method that I&#...