Although I’ve written a fair bit of urban and historical fantasy, set in the real world or close alternates thereof, for me the heart of fantasy is the secondary-world story. My Driftwood and Nine Lands stories are numerous enough to get their own pages; below are the one-offs, listed in publication order.
- “But Who Shall Lead the Dance?”
If fate is kind, I shall never see the likes of Elsara Reen again.
- “A Thousand Souls”
The ships always hurry away when they see me.
- “Nine Sketches, in Charcoal and Blood”
The townhouse of Richard Lowell was not one known to respectable members of Society.
- “Beggar’s Blessing”
Enhardt had neither maid nor manservant, and so he walked through his cold house alone.
- “A Mask of Flesh”
Neniza began to craft her mask of flesh.
- “Letter Found in a Chest Belonging to the Marquis de Montseraille Following the Death of That Worthy Individual”
It is presumptuous of me, you must be thinking, to use such terms of affection in addressing you.
- “Once a Goddess”
For eleven years Hathirekhmet was a goddess, and then they sent her home.
- “Love, Cayce”
The good news is, nobody’s dead anymore.
- “The Mirror-City”
The skies were always clear and the winds still when a Giovane met his bride.
- “The Şiret Mask”
It is abundantly clear to me–far too late to be of any use–that the whole affair is a joke.
- “At the Sign of the Crow and Quill”
The inn that bears the sign of the Crow and Quill is an unusual place.