Something about a story.

This is the short story which I sent to Darkfuse, and was refused. I decided there was no reason to resend it and decided to upload it here as a little tiny freebee. The reason for this is that I am not really crazy about this in it’s current form. This is actually the intro to a much longer story that was just rearrenged for the purpose of sending it to Darkfuse. But when I upload this here, then I can’t use it in any other shape or form with any publisher. So I am going to finish the long story that this story is a part of, and upload that here as well, for free. Both as text and as a downloadable kindle version. This short version is edited by the lovely Mrs Ellis. Thank you!

The Sum of Charlie by Idun Mars.

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Submitted a short flash story to Darkfuse. Fingers crossed that it’s something they want.

Writer’s Block Challenge #1

Writer’s Block Challenge #1

I was having a terrible time with writer’s block and Idun came up with an idea to help me through it.  We would each chose 5 songs for each other and will write a short piece to go with each one.  As she says, our tastes in music are wildly different, so it is a great way to break out of a rut.  The following is my first one.  The inspiration is Perter Gabriel’s Passion.  The character’s and story are original from one of my current projects.

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Book Review: The Wraeththu by Storm Constantine

I think everyone knows that I adore the Wraeththu series by Storm Constantine.  It is one of the best original works of this generation, in my not so humble opinion.  It combines fantasy with post apocalyptic fiction and creates a whole new creature.  Literally.

What comes after humanity has run its course.  The Wraeththu.  Storm Constantine has created a world both alien and familiar at the same time.  Everything is turned on its head but many still want to keep it the same.  The character are rich and complex and the world she creates is multi-layered as the one we know.

This series is a must read for anyone who loves fiction.


Book Review: Shadow Unit by various authors

Here is the book I got sucked into last night:

Shadow Unit 1.

Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette are two of my favorite authors, and the concept
intrigued me.  They are writing a TV program with out ever filming it.
They created all the back ground, character, and mythology as a group
(there are others involved, they are just my favorites before I started)
before they wrote the stories.  And the stories flow together like
episodes of a show even though they are written by different people.
They have an amazing amount of continuity for a “collection”.

Another great thing about it, the creator set up live journals and twitter
accounts and emails for the characters that they update like they are
real people.  I am a big geek, but that amuses me.  In a good way.

If you like supernatural fantasy, check it out.  I’m addicted. 🙂



Book and Movie Review: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

OK, I watched the Swedish vampire movie “Let the Right One In“.  I really kind of liked it, but found that it was based on a book that had been translated into English.  So I got it.  I liked it even better.  One review picked on the translation but I had no issue with it.

If you do not like spoilers, go no further.

The book goes into a lot more detail that you just cannot get in a movie, so it is actually a lot more frightening.  It also explains a couple things that I just didn’t really get watching the movie.

1) Eli WAS Elias but castrated at the age of 12 so goes as a little girl to be less suspicious. (There were hints in the movie but I just didn’t put all the parts together)

2) Her companion who goes out and gets blood for her is actually a pedophile.  Everyone knows how I feel about that, but it did not ruin the book for me, but it helped me hate him even more.

3) Oskar is way more damaged then you get out of the film.

I liked both, see the movie or read the book, both are really great.



Book Review: Strange Place in Time Series by Alyx J. Shaw

Book Review Time!  You guys have GOT to read this!  The series is called “A Strange Place in Time” by Alyx J Shaw.     The first book, The Recalling of John Arrowsmith gets you started.  A modern day loser, ex-drug addict, and biker finds himself in a strange world.  Don’t be misled into thinking this is your typical “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”  It is much more than a simple stranger in a strange land story.  You do not really figure this out until well into the first book, but once you do, things start to make sense.
       This story has all the good character types:  the take no crap woman, the strange little man who is actually much more than he seems, the mad man with a heart of gold, and everything in between.  No one is who they seem and everything has a reason. I have to admit, no matter how fantastic all the characters are, Infamous is my favorite.
      The second and third books (Book II: The White Palace Rises and Book III: The Merry Executioner Returns) are so good, you will curse the author repeatedly because it is a work night and you REALLY need to go to bed, but you cannot put the book down now, not when THAT just happened.  I stayed up way too late several nights in a row because I could not quite reading.
Where can you buy these books?  Simple, if you own a kindle just go to  You can also get them from the publisher Torquere books.
        And don’t forget her other books while you are at it.  I can tell you, “The Shroud Eaters” is fantastic as well and I Will be buying “He loves me for my brainsss” as soon as I am paid again.