Category Archives: About writing

We Must Have Cream for Sunday

Long before I finally got to visit Ireland last August, I wanted desperately to go. This desire found its way into several stories, including today’s RieTales story, “We Must Have Cream for Sunday.” That explains the setting, but not the … Continue reading

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Stormy Weather — This Story Might Make Some People Uncomfortable…

This RieTales story probably should have a trigger warning, but when I first wrote it, there were no trigger warnings. I’m letting you know now though because the world is different than it once was. Despite a rather idyllic beginning, … Continue reading

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Today is a Twofer…

…because these stories inexorably go together. They can’t be separated. At least since the second one has been written. You may or may not have noticed that the stories in RieTales are in alphabetical order. Except when it comes to … Continue reading

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Home By Sunset

“Home By Sunset” is the next RieTales story. It is a science fantasy story about a young girl with a mechanical horse living in a colony with a strict curfew. The title refers to trying to rush home to meet … Continue reading

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The Head Above the Gate

  The next RieTales story from Mocha Memoirs, The Head Above the Gate, is another of my fairy tale re-tellings. This time, with a Steampunk twist. The base story is The Goose-Girl. It was a lot of fun to update … Continue reading

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Today’s Story is an Homage to Mark Twain

I wrote “The Duke, The Dauphin, and the Dirigible” originally for an anthology that was doing Steampunk riffs off of literary masterpieces. I didn’t get into the book, but this story was too good to just throw in the trunk–at … Continue reading

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Drink My Soul…Please

  Did you ever have a dream spark a story? That’s what happened with my Apocalyptic science fiction story “Drink My Soul…Please.” I had a dream one night and the next morning three clear images stayed with me. One was … Continue reading

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Tap…Tap…Tap…

Today’s RieTales post is about “Bloody Rain” (also available as a single). It is the story of a young woman in Whitechapel in the 1880s. I bet you can guess where this is going? I have been fascinated by the … Continue reading

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My Turn…

Today’s Dark Divination is my story “Broken Crystal.” It concerns a young Irish girl with a gift of The Sight trying to use it the best way she can with a crystal ball, and¬†still appease her mother.¬† I had a … Continue reading

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More on Stichomancy

As mentioned earlier, the story “Miss Mae’s Prayers” by H.R.R. Gorman in Dark Divinations also deals with stichomancy. In this case, it is specifically Biblical. A preacher who is consulted about a passage in the Bible by one of his … Continue reading

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