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My fantasy story The Bride In Furs is online at Plunge Magazine.

I'll also have a sci-fi story in an anthology called Fierce Family from Crossed Genres. I'm not yet sure when that will be out (sometime next year, I'm guessing). That one has telepathic ice dragons in it. Hey, I grew up in the '80s, okay?
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Author Jonathan Moeller is very kindly interviewing participants in this year’s SWORD & SORCERESS anthology (he has also done the past few year’s authors as well). My interview is up today:

You can read an excerpt from my story, “Netcasters”; I also talk about writing a bit.

I asked Jonathan if he would like to do a reciprocal interview for me, and he was quite prompt at getting me the answers back! So here are Jonathan’s answers to my questions:

1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your books.

My name is Jonathan Moeller, and I write both sword-and-sorcery books and nonfiction books about computers. My most popular books are the five in the DEMONSOULED series, about the wandering knight Mazael Cravenlock, and THE UBUNTU BEGINNER’S GUIDE.
Interview continues under cut )

Originally published at Layla's Wordpress blog. You can comment here or there.

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I'm thrilled to announce that my short story "Netcasters" will appear in Sword and Sorceress 27 this November. The complete anthology lineup is here.

This is my first "pro" short story sale -- as determined by pay rate -- and I'm totally jazzed about it. :) (Naturally this is the first year in awhile that I haven't included "pro short story sale" in my list of goals for the year. Nuts.)

This story was inspired by macramé, the art of creative knot tying. Looking at a piece of ornamental macramé on my desk, the thought occurred to me that it might be an interesting idea for a story to include a magic system that uses knots as a spellcasting medium (rather than, say, a spoken spell, a scroll or potion, etc). Then I started wondering what sort of people might find magic knots useful, and what instantly came to mind was "Fishermen!" So that's what this story is about: a fishing village in which the fisherfolk have a closely guarded talent for tying very special knots, and a thief who stumbles onto their secret.
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My short story The Dragon of Gettysburg appears in this month's dragon-themed issue of EMG-zine. (Due to violent/gory content, you'll need to register on the 'zine's website and then set "View Questionable Content" to "true" in order to read it.) "The Dragon of Gettysburg" is about 1000 words and, as well as being a stand-alone story, is also backstory for a character in the novel that I'm currently working on.

A teaser snippet, with a bit of the aforementioned gore:

Snippet from 'The Dragon of Gettysburg' )

I also have a story called "Those Who Favor Fire" in the erotic e-anthology Like a Mask Removed: Volume 2 (superhero/supervillain-themed adult fiction). There's a list of places to buy it in the link, including Amazon (Kindle) and Fictionwise (multiple e-formats). (Notice that there are two books and my story is in the second volume, the supervillain one, with the red-and-black cover. The blue cover is the first volume and not the one with my story in it. Not that I'm trying to discourage anyone from buying the other one, of course!)

"Those Who Favor Fire" is about 3000 words long and features original superhero/supervillain characters (i.e. not specific ones from the Marvel or DC universes). A teaser snippet:

Snippet from 'Those Who Favor Fire' (basically work-safe, though the story itself decidedly is not) )

On the road

Aug. 8th, 2009 01:38 pm
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First, a teeny plug: my SF(ish) short story Hetsie's Wonders appears in this month's issue of Crossed Genres. It's about 8000 words.

I'm presently in Chicago at Wizard World Comicon; I've been on the go for a little over a week now, visiting friends in various cities in the Midwest, plus a side trip to Tulsa (... look, when you've just flown down from Alaska, what's another thousand miles?) to see family. I'll be heading back home on Thursday -- I hope; wildfire smoke in the Interior has been so dense that they've been intermittently grounding flights or diverting them to Anchorage.

I'm presently at the hotel after spending the morning walking around at the con -- which was really as much time as it took to run up to the limit of what I wanted to spend, and see the people I wanted to see. (Oh, I could definitely visit a lot more -- it's so nice to see the Midwest comics folks again! -- but I don't want to distract people who are actually working.) I'm sharing a hotel room with Jane Irwin and husband Paul Sizer; I've also been able to visit a bit with Tim Broderick (the first web cartoonist I ever met, I think, and a hell of a nice guy) and Dirk Tiede from the old Modern Tales bunch, and I finally got to meet uber-talented Spike in person for the first time! I'll head back to the con later this afternoon, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying a little bit of downtime for websurfing, writing and blog updating. (The hotel wireless is a bit flaky, though. *crosses fingers, presses "post"*)


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