Tag: Short Story

Skinners is up on Perihelion

Read more of my latest short story on Perihelion SF Magazine for free here: Skinners

Exiled from the old world. Set apart because they were different. The Mechanized humans were created to be the ultimate soldiers. They’ve started a new life, free from war.

Until the makers return.

They are known as Skinners.

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On Trial is on StarShipSofa

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My flash fiction story, On Trial, is on StarShipSofa today. I’m excited to be on the show and hope you guys enjoy the story. The amazing Setsu Uzume narrates the story, and she does a fantastic job! The show also hosts Effie Sieberg’s tale Rocket Surgery, so check it out, too!

So thanks to everyone at StarShipSofa, including the amazing host, Tony C. Smith, and awesome editor, Jeremy Szal, for having my story on the show and doing a great job as always.

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Hope you guys enjoy! Let me know what you think!

StarShipSofa No 450 Effie Seiberg and Rachelle Harp

 

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2nd & Starlight is Live

 

I’m so thrilled to say that the 2nd & Starlight Anthology is now live on Amazon. One of my Silver Honorable Mention stories from the Writers of the Future Contest is included. I’m happy to be a part of such a fabulous collection of stories and to be among so many amazing authors.

Here’s the blurb about what’s inside:
Journey into the future where androids fight our wars, and into magical lands where fiances are turned into… cows. From deep space to war-torn countrysides, these eleven tales will whisk you far away to other lands, and into the dark mind of a supernatural being.

My story is Ghosts to My Fingertips. The inspiration behind the piece comes from my grandfather, a WWII vet. I grew up not knowing much about his war experiences until I was in middle school when he finally told me about the German buzz bombs flying over the ordnance base he was stationed at. One day, he heard the engine of a bomb cut off, so he dove under his bunk. That day, he was the lone survivor in the bunkhouse.

I had never realized before that moment he almost wasn’t my grandpa. To me, he’d always been the one who babysat me or fixed things when they were broken. Since then, he’s shared many other stories over the years, and now I realize he’s my grandpa and a hero. I wrote this story for him, all with a sci-fi twist of course.

So check out the anthology and let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy!

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Writers of the Future Finalist!!

5953918Back in March of this year, I submitted a short story to the Writers of the Future Contest. It was my second time to enter–the first was a pretty swift rejection, which I expected. Kind of the story of  a writer’s life, right? I kept waiting for the bad news to come, but my inbox was largely silent other than the email updates about other contest quarter info or events going on. I finally received an email in June that my story had yet to be judged, but should be soon…

Another couple of months passed, and no word. Now I’m not the kind of person that enjoys suspense in my own life, although I write those kind of stories. I can rarely keep Christmas or birthday presents secret (my family teases me all the time about that!). And I hate it when my husband tells me he knows what he’s going to get me three months ahead of time (I think he does that just to mess with me sometimes).

So I tried to forget about it, and just assume the contest was running slow, and my rejection was in the queue.

At the beginning of August, I got an call from Unknown that went to voicemail. I didn’t hear my phone ring, but heard the beep about an hour later. It was a message from Joni Labaqui from Writers of the Future asking me to give her a call back. Wow, I was stunned! I called her back, and she gave me the good news–I was a finalist for the second quarter!! After many happy jumps, I sent a few excited emails to family and friends. Then more waiting as my story was being passed up to the next round of judges.

Waiting.

More waiting.

This is worse than Christmas waiting.

All the waiting stuff I’m awful at. But, really the wait wasn’t that long (though it seemed that way as I was dying to know results). About a week later, the second Unknown call came. Alas, I was not a winner this time, but at least I knew my fate. (Breath normal again.) And now I can say, I’m a Writers of the Future Finalist! How cool is that? And I’m still entering new stories and trying again. 🙂 So fingers crossed!

The Q2 announcement is up on the WOTF blog now, so I thought I’d share my journey thus far. Thousands enter each year. My short story was in the top eight for the quarter. Of course, I wish all the winners congrats!! And hopefully, I’ll be able to find this story a good home so I can share it with you all soon!

Photo Courtesy Writers of the Future

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