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FROM E. M. FONER: Independent Living.
In space, nobody can hear retirees complain about the food.
What do a group of retirees leaving Earth and a young woman in EarthCent’s new witness protection have in common? They’re all going to live on Flower, an enormous alien colony vessel employed by Eccentric Enterprises to travel a circuit of far-flung human communities. But Flower is a sentient ship that’s been traveling the galaxy for 20,000 years and has her own opinions about how her inhabitants should conduct themselves.
I wrote Independent Living because readers of my EarthCent Ambassador series were always asking what happens in the galaxy where the Stryx aren’t around to watch every second. The answer is, about what you’d expect. In terms of the EarthCent universe, Independent Living would be the seventeenth book in the sequence, but it can be read as a standalone.
ALMA BOYKIN: Distinctly Familiar: Familiar Tales Book Six.
Temptation lurks in marshes between the land and the sea…
Lelia and Tay discover a new puzzle…
Fundraising collides with a spell gone awry…
A mage discovers the impossibility of arguing with almost two-thousand-pounds of Familiar…
There’s something distinctly familiar, and Familiar, about these urban fantasy short stories, set in a world like our own, almost.
Short stories, 46,000 words.
Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is: BOX
Update on Sarah’s Health
Hi, this is Sarah:
Yeah, well, since this one has scared me, as I can’t seem to shake it, I thought I might as well tell you what’s going on.
This is some sort of weird virus that either husband brought back from Ohio or son brought home as a gift from his place of education. I incline towards the second, as lovely daughter in law dragged this — or something startlingly like it — for about a month before I got it.
Of course, the answer might be: both. Since this stuff seems to be going around health-care and elder-care facilities.
OR maybe someone is putting pins in that virtual Sarah Voodoo doll. Though I’m assured those dolls are of Straw-Sarah.
It is only because I saw DIL struggle with it, that I haven’t run for the hills or my doctor’s office. Or more likely a psychiatrist’s office. While in my husband, despite these other symptoms in common, there is enough coughing to make it obvious he’s very ill, in me it is just extreme tiredness, depression, intermittent ear/sinus pain and bizarre body temperature disregulation. Yesterday afternoon I spent under a winter blanket, wearing my thickest flannel shirt (It’s padded. I wear it when I go outside in negative degrees to shovel snow) and feeling coolish, in a 77 degree room. I also felt so tired that holding up the kindle paperwhite tired me out.
I do sometimes have coughing fits, and sometimes even productive of (forgive TMI) highly condensed, almost dry bits of phlegm.
Seems to be a virus. Both DIL and husband went in and got told to treat symptoms.
Join to my sufferings the fact I don’t feel I should allow this to sideline me, because d*mn it I have books that waited through last year’s… issues and this year’s travel, and I need to finish stuff, for my own mental health. Need to.
In addition to this, I need to be well for the week and change off signings of Guardian at Colorado Springs and Denver. (No, I don’t know why not also Utah, though I don’t mind not spending two weeks on this. Particularly after how much I need to write.)
So my greatest trouble right now is being very annoyed with this whole thing.
Judging from the course of this in DIL, I should be okay for the signings. But I must write, I must.
On the signings: details on the Baen site, and I’ll be holding a couple of contests for copies of Guardian signed by both Larry and I, as well as telling you how to acquire your very own double-signed book-cover-card in the middle of August.
Till then, keep me in your thoughts and prayers. It’s not that this illness is anywhere near fatal, but that I really need to be well enough to write. I don’t mind writing in bed, but writing MUST happen or my family will be in some trouble.
So, keep me in mind.