Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Once again, I celebrate the holiday founded by papersky, International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, wherein writers are invited to share bits of fiction for free online, and thereby prove that this does not cause the sky to fall.

This year I’ve decided to post one of my favorite stories: “Nine Sketches, in Charcoal and Blood.” It’s a favorite because as I was on my way to VeriCon one year these characters wandered into my head and immediately struck up a conversation that hinted at but never said outright all kinds of fascinating things about who they were and how they knew each other and why they had come together again after a long absence. Never have I had such a strong feeling of uncovering a story that was already there, rather than making one up — and hell, I still wonder what some of the things are that they never got around to telling me.

This year, I’d like to make it interactive, too. Leave a comment telling me about free, online fiction you’ve really enjoyed lately, whether a specific story or a particular market or whatever. I read Beneath Ceaseless Skies regularly, but I’d love to gather a bunch of other recommendations, and maybe find some new authors or markets to read. So share the love in the comments, and happy Sant Jodi/Shakespeare’s birthday/Thumb Your Nose at Howard Hendrix Day.

0 Responses to “Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!”

  1. mindstalk

    All my free online fiction recently has been webcomics, or fanfic not by known pro writers. :

  2. Marie Brennan

    Ooh! Those are all new to me. Danke!

    • alessandriana

      Oh, and also– is worth checking out; it’s a webzine for one-shot original fiction. I think my favorite individual story is probably Alby and the Manticore.

      Happy IPSTP day! 😀

  3. strangerian

    This post prompted me to go looking for more of your short stories, and thank you for mentioning them! An effective short story is harder to find, and (for me) to read, than a longer story, but a good one repays the effort more sharply than the novel. Looking forward to With Fate Conspire, too.

    • Marie Brennan

      You’re welcome! If you haven’t seen it already, this page lists all of my fiction that’s free to read online, at various magazines or on my site.

  4. starlady38

    I think my other favorite market than BCS is Clarkesworld Magazine. Really good stuff.

    • Marie Brennan

      I’ve found that I like Clarkesworld’s stuff best in podcast form; something about the type of stories they publish makes them register better on me if I hear them instead of reading them on the screen.

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