some Friday fun

I almost used a writing icon for this, then realized it really ought to be the Roman d20.

For your Friday delectation, issue #22 of the Intergalactic Medicine Show has gone live, containing my story “Love, Cayce.”

Dear Mom and Dad,

The good news is, nobody’s dead anymore.

Yeah, this would be one of the goofier stories I’ve ever written. Letters to home from what amounts to the kid of some D&D adventurers, giving her parents a series of heart attacks as they find out what their wayward offpsring has been up to.

I’ve got to say, props to Dean Spencer, who appears to have done the art: this story got slotted into the issue’s lineup on very short notice, which means he must have put together that painting on even shorter notice, and yet it matches the story quite precisely. Once you orient yourself — the dragon is up and the elf is down — that becomes the scene where Shariel is falling off a thousand-foot cliff, pursued by a dragon, and casting the spell I wasn’t allowed to call “Feather Fall” because it would have been a copyright violation. 🙂 Nice work!

The rest of the TOC includes stories from Aliette de Bodard, Tony Pi, Brad Torgersen, George Lippert, and David Lubar, along with other goodies. Aliette’s story in particular got some gorgeous art. Check it out!

0 Responses to “some Friday fun”

  1. electricpaladin

    Bah. My school blocks the site. I’ll have to check your (hilarious sounding) story when I get home tonight.

    • Marie Brennan

      D’oh! That’s inconvenient of them.

      • electricpaladin

        Yeah. You’d think a middle school would want to promote reading by making online fiction magazines available… It’s a moot point, anyway, because our kids don’t have a lot of unstructured downtime with access to the internet (except for those kids with iTouches and the like). I’ve been working on getting more of these sites accepted. I got I Should Be Writing through last year.

  2. ajpursell

    That is a great opening line.


  3. briarspell

    Hello! I’m a huge fan of your writing and when I discovered your journal I was absolutely delighted :). I hope you don’t mind that I’ve friended you!

    (I agree with the above comment, that’s an excellent first line!)

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