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"Cassie's Story" is Out!

The new issue (Issue 9) of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show is online, and "Cassie's Story", my newest piece of short fiction, is now available for viewing.  IGMS isn't free, I'm afraid.  You can register on the site for free, but then it costs $2.50 to view each issue.  This issue is a good one -- in addition to my story, there's work from Peter Beagle, Alethea Kontis, Ken Scholes, and several others.

"Cassie's Story" is a departure for me.  It has a fantastic element that is central to the story, but it's set in our modern world, and it doesn't have magic in the traditional sense.  On the other hand, like so much of my work, it deals with social issues, in this case domestic violence.  It's a dark story, but also hopeful in the end.   

I'm excited to see it "in print."  This is only the third piece of short fiction I've published in my career (the fourth should be out later this year in Black Gate Magazine).  I spend most of my time writing novel-length stuff.  But this was a fun story to write. In any case, I hope you enjoy it. 


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Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I've drawn a couple of pieces for them (including one for Scott), but haven't written any shorts. I'll go take a read tonight!
Jul. 3rd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, James! Hope you enjoy it!
Jul. 4th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It's good to see you doing more short fiction....
Jul. 4th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark.
Jul. 4th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Fascinating piece. I liked the dialogue and the idea of intrinsic magic in all of us. I found myself wishing it was longer. :)

This line stuck out, but not for the overall story just a generality about relationships:

"I was quite certain, far less than that for her."

Made me wonder about all the things men and women do and say that aren't cruel but misunderstandings because of fear of rejection or just simple inability to communicate to the opposite sex.

Glad you pointed me to the web site. It's always interesting to read short stories by authors I haven't read before to get an idea of their work. e.g. I found a Tad Williams 'Otherland' short story in one of the Legends anthologies. Actually, I ended up reading the entire series after that and I actually liked the short story a bit better. Will get to the other authors in that edition, but I wanted to read your's first.

I was trying to come up with a critique, but the length was the only thing I could think of and that's the nature of short stories. It probably couldn't be longer in that form, but the idea of magical vigilante women.... :)

Jul. 5th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the comments. Glad you enjoyed the story. I do think that men and women have difficulty discussing certain things in their relationships, and that the closer the discussion gets to issues of sexuality, the more the conversation breaks down. That was one of the things I was trying to get at with the story.

Again, thanks for the kind words.
Jul. 5th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Cool! David! How nice!
Jul. 6th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jagi!!
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