Happy a week past Halloween! It’s been a long year. Wait, it’s been (more than) a year? A year since I blogged? How did that happen?
Has 2021 been rushing by in a blur for you, too? What are we rushing toward? Or are we just swept up in the tide of time…
I didn’t use to believe that time would go faster as I got older, but it definitely has recently. The pandemic — and the stress going along with it — has made it worse. So many layers of uncertainty in the world: threats to democracy, changing climate, evolving viruses…
Writing has been a refuge, even though I haven’t published much. And I’m around on Twitter–follow me there (@AveryVanderlyle) if you want more glimpses into my life. I warn you, I back way too many projects on Kickstarter.
Circlet Press has published erotic Halloween Microfictions on their website every year for a few years. I wrote one last year, and wrote one this year as well. Microfictions as they define them have a maximum of 1500 words. I’m not a natural at these shorter forms, but I enjoy the discipline they require to fit a complete story into a compact form. I never blogged about last year’s microfiction “A Little Knowledge…”, so today you get a blog entry with a double dose. It’s especially appropriate to talk about them together, since both are sequels of a sort of previously published works.
“A Little Knowledge…” is set in the same world as “Rule 34,” from Grumpy Old Gods. While “Rule 34” is humorous, there are hints that events in the story could also have negative consequences. This microfiction explores some of those consequences. but pulls back from the brink of disaster. It’s also explicitly erotic (unlike “Rule 34”), so adult readers only, please.
This year’s microfiction is titled “A Little Magic In Me,” and it’s a sequel to my story “Passage, Performance, Passion” in Circlet Press’ Like a Spell 2: Fire. It takes before Jonah and Raavi meet the wererats in their story in His Magical Pet. It can be read independent of the longer stories, but I hope fleshes out the characters and their relationship just a little bit. I hope you enjoy it.