Normalcy Doesn’t Work

Hey Guys!

It’s been a while since I’ve had publication news to share, but I’m back to say my short story Kaleidoscope was published in Shift the Zine! I couldn’t have been happier to receive their email saying they accepted my work.

I’m not sure what I was expecting to come from this piece when I wrote it. It was done in one sitting, but as I reread it, I felt like it wasn’t quite right. This story was originally double in length and jumped around a lot. Before I chopped at it in the editing process, it was definitely a realistic fiction/contemporary piece.

I’ve written contemporary pieces before and I love reading them, but something about this story begged for a new genre. There was a little inkling in my brain that slowly turned into: “hey, why don’t you make Jared’s painting come to life?”

I promise you’ll understand that question once you read my story.

pexels-photo-94736Once I decided to go through with the plan, the story read easier. I cut most of the original draft and settled on an odder, more emotionally charged piece. For the main character Jared, who I’ve written before, but never in a story I submitted, he’s an artistic guy. He heals through what he creates. He takes his emotions and shoves them onto a canvas. My desire to alter the story came from the needed exploration of what Jared’s art can do for him especially after suffering from heartbreak.

This story couldn’t have been possible without the help of one of my dear friends Kristie, who created the character of Ash and through her, I have been inspired to create so many things.

If you’d like to give Kaleidoscope a read, click here, and be sure to share your thoughts with me (if you’d like), in the comments.

Xx

Megan

A Little Sprinkle of Horror

“What is one thing Megan cannot do?”

If you ask my family and friends, they will reply with, “Watch horror movies.” With Halloween creeping around the corner, I know many readers will gasp in disbelief at this, but I must admit the truth. I can watch movies with gore in it, depressing and dark features, but present me with jump-scares or the supernatural and I am calling it quits. My adult self has not bit the bullet and faced my fear because it would probably end with me hiding in my room for weeks on end.

The irony of this all is my short story that has been released today by Fantastia Divinity Magazine is in fact a horror story.

DUN! DUN! DUN!

There are no ghosts or demons, but I did write this with an eerie feel in mind. The story was inspired by one of my best friends while we were doing a little exploring at a field near our homes. The entire area was and still is being built up and remade for guests: a circus for families, gardens that can be rented out for anyone wanting to take up a hobby, even an ice skating rink. The construction workers have not made their way through the entire field just yet so there are still buildings that require serious redoing, including abandoned air hangers.

Seeing them up close was creepy. Having my best friend and I spout ideas about a story taking place in them was even creepier. However, that night I came home and the story wrote itself. There was a brief intermission I took on the piece to work out some last minute details as well as write other things, but last year it was finished, edited, and shipped out.

It was odd for me, who dabbles in endless Fantasy and Sci-Fiction, to take on a different genre. I never expected it to happen, but I will not protest my muse when it wishes to get something done. I think a large appeal behind writing the story was having the ability to take a place from my life and tweak it with my imagination. I didn’t have to make up a setting. It was already available for me to play with. The rest of the details filled themselves in.

If you’re interested in checking out the story, which is called Unreturned, it can be found here. A kindle version will be uploaded within a few days which I’ll be sure to place here too. For a spookier experience, I’ve attached a picture of the actual air hangar. Happy reading.

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Xx

Megan

Home Sweet Home

I wrote this story about two years ago. It started off as nothing more than a drabble, something that needed editing and more character cultivation. I rewrote it about four times: adding details, taking them away, trying to make the story longer. I was determined to make the story publishable. After about ten attempts, Superhero in the Dark finally found its home.

*Cue me screaming with glee here*

This was one of the short stories I fought for, in the sense, that I wanted it out there for others to read. I was heavily attached to the characters involved and how they helped each other in their own way. Neither realized how important they were to the other. People can leave an imprint in one’s life without realizing it. For better or worse depends on the scenario. In the case of my story, it was for the better. images

Superhero in the Dark was a way of exploring the issue above as well as many others: friendship, death, abusive households. Sometimes the smallest encounters can keep people going. Sometimes, we don’t realize the little things we do are what tie people to the world around them.

I relate to that idea in many ways. When life got tough it was good friends and simple pleasures that kept me from falling apart in the same way they keep my main protagonist from falling apart. Not everything has to rely on romance or the shoulders of a lone individual. Maybe having this message out there was why I pushed hard for this story. Maybe my passions as a writer was motivation.

Nonetheless, I am thrilled to say that you can read my newest short story in the fourth issue of Firefly Magazine which can be found here. I hope you like it as much as I liked writing it and feel free to leave comments below. Note in advance that this story deals with some heavy issues and reader discretion is advised.

Xx

Megan

Exciting News!!

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As I’ve mentioned several times in my posts, I work for a publishing company by the name of Fantasy Works Publishing. In just five days, we will have our first official book release. The book is called The Mark of the Shadow Grove and is written by Ross Smeltzer. It’s a book I’m super excited about and has been in the works for quite some time. If you love Fantasy, you’ll want to check this out. The synopsis and an excerpt of the book can be found below.

 

Synopsis:

Daughters of the gathering dusk and students of blackest spellcraft, the women of the Schermerhorn clan are enigmas made flesh. Seers for time immemorial, they are keepers of primeval knowledge.

They are wise in the ways of the Old Religion.

And they are destroyers of men.

Do the women of the Schermerhorn clan drive the men they encounter to their destruction? Or are their actions governed by specters on the periphery of human consciousness?

The Schermerhorn women will soon learn what dwells in the oldest books and what lurks in the flickering shadows beyond the candlelight.

Excerpt:

I saw her close to the fire. I approached her. Instinct—animal’s blood—controlled my fatigued limbs and I felt no fear, though the flames blazed high and the hilltop was forlorn; the night was black as deep water . . . She turned and approached me. “There are no masters here. Only you and me,” she said.

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If you’d like to purchase this book, it will be available on the following platforms:

Fantasy Works Publishing

Amazon

Smashwords

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If you’d like to find out more about Ross here is his bio and some social media links:

Author Bio: Raised in Chatham, New York, a small town in the Berkshires that looks like the setting for a Washington Irving story, Ross grew up surrounded by overgrown woodlands and tumbled-down, derelict farmhouses. He grew up with an awareness that the past was omnipresent, a slyly pervasive power and a subtle influence on the present.

Ross now lives in Dallas, Texas with his patient and endlessly supportive wife, a hopelessly brainless terrier, and an alarmingly unhinged cat. Ross works as a social studies teacher but writes fiction whenever he gets a chance. Sadly, he seems capable only of crafting stories of the weirdest kind. His imagination—apparently corrupted in adolescence by Hawthorne, Bierce, Machen, Lovecraft, and assorted other misanthropes, weirdos, and purveyors of high strangeness—can only manufacture demented little yarns.

Ross’s fiction has appeared repeatedly in Bewildering Stories magazine, Quantum Fairy Tales, and Enchanted Conversation, an online fairy tale magazine.

Website: http://fantasyworkspublishing.com/ross-smeltzer.html

Twitter: @RossTellsTales

Literally Jumping For Joy

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

I GOT A SHORT STORY PUBLISHED.

It’s my third publication on a popular short fiction site known as Everyday Fiction. The fact I was able to snag this made me freak out. I ran into my parent’s room to tell them the news, nearly scaring them half to death while I screamed and rambled on about the achievement. I then proceeded to dance and jump around my house, shouting, “I’m so excited!” It was a very crazy day in my house you could say.

I wanted to post about this sooner, but I knew that I had to wait until the story was officially on the site. I was notified of it being accepted for publication about a month ago and since then, I’ve been counting the days until it was released and could be read by an audience that wasn’t just me and the family members who helped me edit it: my brother and sister in law.

This story was a shot in the dark. I submitted it not expecting to get anything out of it. The literary world is one filled with constant rejection and revision. Everyday Fiction however, decided to give me a chance. They sent me an email with feedback from multiple editors and I took their words into account and made the necessary changes.

It turned out the effort was rewarded because I accomplished my goal of getting one short story published this year.

The story that was picked up is called “Comatose” and it’s a flash fiction piece centered around two friends, one who is forced to make a decision that no friend ever wants to make. It’s a heavy piece and originally, I didn’t plan to write anything aside from the opening line in my journal. I figured I could turn it into a poem, but the line kept nagging at me. One evening I sat down and produced this story. I was surprised to say the least, though it turned out to be more than just a work in progress.

Now, without further ado, I present to you Comatose. I hope you guys enjoy it. Feel free to leave comments here or on the story itself.

CLICK HERE.