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The witch made her a promise, and she hoped the witch would keep it. Every day she went out into the woods and she collected something.  A twig.  A dried grass with a soft buff of seeds, feathers.  She glued them together with the glue the witch gave her, every day she would carefully drop a tiny bit on a plate, then use a needle to prick the ring finger on her left hand.   …

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banshy: Royal | Rafael Atempa She reminds me of Aziza, from The Bell WItch story I wrote. 

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July 5th Book Challenge is Short Story…so I am doing Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, which is a story that always inspires me.  Read it legally here:  http://thedreaming.joefulgham.com/1999/10/10/snow-glass-apples/  It is genuinely one of the very best re-told fairy tales, ever, and started me on my love for writing them. Art by Daekazu, who is super talented:  http://www.cuded.com/2012/01/digital-art-by-daekazu/

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And now I will leave you with the final (for now) short story, “The Fortunate Ones.” It is by far my grimmest short story – and one that is the hardest to talk about. Partly because it deals with spousal abuse, partly because it deals with how the mind tries to escape what’s happening to it. The main character is of a race of people who believed that all of their fortune resided within …

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“One Hundred Eight Degrees” is a short story that was meant to play an idea that is, off and on, very popular in fantasy…the mundane, every day person from our world traveling to another. Don’t get me wrong…I’ve always liked the idea, it’s very seductive. I remember, particularly, Alan Dean Foster’s Spellsinger and Magic Kingdom Books, But I wondered, about all the characters from these books who go to these magnificent worlds, who do …

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“Every Word I Speak” is the last of my re-told fairy tales, and the story that got me published by Drollerie. I still remember and treasure the comments Deena Fisher said, because I was submitting stories and starting to wonder if I would ever get anywhere. It was originally published as one of the downloadable short stories, and now is in But Can You Let Him Go? For me, this story marked my return …

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“What Will I Do When This Dream is Over?” is another story inspired by travel. Like most of these, you can find it in But Can you Let Him Go?” For awhile I was living at home writing and freelance editing. My father was itchy…he couldn’t stay home. He had a hobby, HO model trains, and he used his desire to go collect things for the lay out as an excuse to drive all …

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I think I will depart from stories that are in my anthology to pick up another stray, “The Train,” which can be found in Needles and Bones. It was the second one I wrote, done partly because I wanted to capture an experience I’d had. When I was a freshman in University, my grandmother died, and my mum and I flew down to Florida to help my grandfather. He wanted to move back up …

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Remember is the first short story I ever wrote. I’d never really attempted to write anything short, but a set of circumstances inspired me to try. What you see now’s gone through a few re-drafts, but it has not strayed too far from the original. You can find it in the But Can You Let Him Go? anthology. I was in college, and I’d been reading short stories for classes, and as an editor …

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