Iron Writer submissions are now closed and the voting is open. Four writers wrote four flash fiction stories inspired by four prompts, pictured below. Stop by the website, read their work and vote for your favorite. One vote per piece per IP address, so if you like more than one you can vote for more than one… but only once. The four stories are:
We also had some of the Iron Writers from June join us for a reading which you can watch here. Reading was K.R. Segriff, Alina Maciuca, Barbara Krasnoff, Briant Laslo and Naching Kassa. K.R. Segriff was our Iron Writer for June.
Naomi is a woman waking up to realize life is passing her by. Duncan is a six foot tall blue incubus trying to get some rest. He finds it with Naomi, and possibly something more. If only they can get his ex-lover to leave them alone. It’s hard to hide from a jealous succubus. A continuation of the short story “Soft Deadlines” first published in Trickster’s Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins 2019.
I’ll be poking around Camp Necon (aka Camp V-Con) all weekend starting with Making Your Word(s) Count: The Best Short Fiction of the Pandemic kaffeeklatsche beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST.
Camp V-Con is FREE to all Campers who are already registered for Necon 40 (now being held July 21st to 24th, 2022). Registration for all other Campers IS NOW OPEN HERE. The cost is $25.00 for the virtual weekend.
Competitors from our the Iron Writer competition for June 2021 read their flash fiction pieces today. Fly Me to the Moon by K.R. Segriff won with the most reader votes. Also reading was Alina Maciuca, Barbara Krasnoff, Briant Laslo and Naching Kassa. The competition for July 2021 is still open tonight until midnight at Ironwriters.com.
As part of my virtual explorations, I recently toured Woodcrest University—a non-accredited residential and roleplay region. Offering a full range of educational experiences, the classes are real and taught by knowledgeable professionals. During my visit, I sat in on Professor Daragan Cabeza·de·Vaca’s Art & Design class during a lecture about Art Nouveau through Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt. You can read all about my virtual experience in the story I did for the SL Enquirer here.
Looking for a degree you can pin on your real world wall? There are quite a few virtual accredited universities you can visit from your own desk including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and the Geneva School of Business – University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. In all, there are over 150 accredited educational institutions with a virtual presence. I’m working on a news story about them right now.
For now, here are a few photos of my trip to Woodlawn University so you can see what it’s like for yourself. Special thanks to Professor Dara and the faculty at Woodcrest for the hospitality!
Back in April I read Bruce Boston’s new story collection Gallimaufry. Of course, the gallimaufry is either “a confused jumble or medley of things” or “a dish made from diced or minced meat, especially a hash or ragout.” Today I found a signed copy waiting in the mail. You can find Gallimaufry on Amazon here.
I just got the announcement that Soft Deadlines will be available to read in serialized episodes on KDP’s new Kindle Vella platform this month. I was claiming this is my first paranormal romance but it was pointed out that End of Mae, is a paranormal romance, lite on the romance. I’ll share links to Soft Deadlines as soon as Vella goes live.
Naomi is a woman waking up to realize life is passing her by. Duncan is a six foot tall blue incubus trying to get some rest. He finds it with Naomi, and possibly something more. If only they can get his ex-lover to leave them alone. It’s hard to hide from a jealous succubus. A continuation of my short story “Soft Deadlines” (published in Trickster’s Treats #3: The Seven Deadly Sins 2019).
Excerpt:Within minutes, she was kneeling at the feet of an incubus. He was stunning, nearly six feet tall with glistening skin the color of midnight sapphire. A lustrous sheen accented his sharply cut structure. From the tips of his horns to the bottoms of his cloven hooves, he was a tight, nastily hung dream. She struggled to her feet, almost teetered out of the circle. Naomi realized she was panting.
“So, hello…” She felt self conscious in the presence of this dusky god… er… being. “How do we do this? Do we have to stay in the circle? Is this a one time off or…?”
Statue haiku… statue-ku… stat-ku? These are the thoughts that keep me awake at night. This is my first statue-ku for a fun side project I’m working on. In case you can’t read it in the photo, the haiku is a tribute to the most important person in any writer’s world—the reader. So, if you are one of my readers, thank you. This golden statue is for you. 😊😊😊
Bless the page turners— in a world without readers writers don’t exist.
Competitors from our the Iron Writer competition for June 2021 read their flash fiction pieces next Wednesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. CST. Fly Me to the Moon by K.R. Segriff won with the most reader votes. Also reading will be Alina Maciuca, Barbara Krasnoff, Jay Wilburn, Briant Laslo and Naching Kassa.
Congratulations to our our first Iron Writer! “Fly Me to the Moon” by K.R. Segriff won with the most reader votes and will be competing in the Quarterlies. Congratulations to K.R. Segriff! You can read her winning story here.
Now, who is ready to be Iron Writer JULY 2021? Submissions are open! ironwriters.com.