The incredibly talented @firstname.lastname@example.org on Mastodon created a gorgeous cat skull art in response to my microfiction. It is *so pretty* and it has phantom ears and I’m just completely in love with it.
The tour group moved on. He glanced around as the display room emptied.
When he was certain that it was just him and a lit case of bones, he took a screwdriver from his coat pocket and cracked the lid of the case.
He slid his hand inside to stroke the little feline skeleton there, worn smooth by years of handling. It shuddered under his touch, the bolts and wires holding it together pinging free to bounce from the glass.
The skeleton yawned silently, then turned empty orbs toward him.
He smiled. ‘I knew I would find you again eventually.’
The cat braced its paws against the glass and he complied to its silent request, lifting it free of the case and letting it snuggle into his coat.… Read more
This year I entered the fifth annual SPFBO, or Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. I didn’t really know what to expect, except that my book is completely unknown so the chance of getting any eyes on it was welcome. This isn’t the story of my unexpected rise to the heady heights of competition winner — I didn’t even make it out of Phase 1, though I did earn the title Semi-Finalist, which was nice.
But, as they say, winning isn’t everything, and I’ve gotten so much more from this competition than I ever expected.
There’s A Self-Publishing Community!
Honestly, one of the hardest parts of self-publishing has been that I don’t really know others doing the same.… Read more