My Fiction

My fiction which has appeared on this blog will be listed here. When my fiction appears elsewhere online, it will be listed on the My Writing Elsewhere page.

Mud

This earned an honorable mention during Week 1 of Mythgard Institute’s “Almost an Inkling” Contest. The challenge was entitled “Through Mysterious Doors,” and asked participants to write a complete story in 333 words or less about a portal or portals to other worlds. Be sure to check out the excellent winners in the PDFs provided!

 

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12 thoughts on “My Fiction”

  1. I read “The Fay at Brightwater Cascades”. Wow is all I have to say. I don’t know much about fantasy things, as I’ve never really read them, but the imagery you used…truly, the pen (or keyboard) is your paintbrush and the palette of your mind is so colorful and stunning. Keep writing this way, creating such vivid visual masterpieces without using a single picture. Very well done!

    1. Thank you! I’m very pleased and flattered that you read it and liked it so. I poured my heart into that one, and I think it shows. My fiction comes slowly, but it always comes.

  2. Hullo there! I’ve only just stumbled upon your blog, and am enjoying every bit of it. I read “Twilight’s Warden” and “The Fay,” loved both, and will always now hear waterfalls purring. Lovely imagery! Has anyone ever told you you have impeccable taste in literature? How long were you in Oxford (it is Oxford, correct? I assume it is your photo?) … And, if it so interests you, I’d love to hear your opinion on the BBC’s “Sherlock” series … looking forward to many an enjoyable literary insight! Cheers, ~ Blue

    1. Thank you! I’m very glad you enjoyed the story and the poem: I wrote them years ago and my writing has matured since then, but they both are very important to me. As for literary tastes, well, I know what I like and try to figure out why I like it, and I do try to challenge myself. Some of the literature that has most impressed me has been stuff my normal “taste” wouldn’t have investigated on its own!

      I’ve only spent a few hours in Oxford, sadly, though I hope to correct that in the future. However, the header photo was taken on Butts Wynd (a cozy side street in between university buildings) in St Andrews, Scotland. I studied at the university there for a semester in 2008. Wish it had been longer, though!

      Since I don’t plan on reviewing the BBC’s Sherlock officially, I may as well talk about it here. I like it; in fact, I was surprised at how much I liked it. For me, the “true” Sherlock Holmes will always be Jeremy Brett — not only is he absolutely perfect in the role, but the episodes themselves are the strongest tellings of the Holmes mysteries. But the new series does a commendable job of updating everything without losing too much of the essence of Holmes. Cumberbatch manages to portray a Holmes in Brett’s tradition, but still distinct. Sharp, a tad unstable, at times wildly dramatic, thoroughly unpredictable, yet utterly focused on his vocation. I do think Cumberbatch’s Holmes could use more of Brett’s wicked sense of humor, but that’s a taste thing. I like Martin Freeman a lot, although his Watson is a bit more neurotic and stressed than a traditional Watson should be. But again, I suspect that was a deliberate decision by Moffat and Co. BBC’s Sherlock works very well on its own terms, and I’m eager to see the new season (whenever they get it out!). It’s certainly leagues ahead of the Robert Downey Jr. movies, which in turn would be much better if they gave up the Holmes name and just admitted that they were making everything up anew.

      1. Sorry to butt in, but I can’t resist. I pretty much agree with everything you say here, about Brett, the new Sherlock series and especially this:
        “It’s certainly leagues ahead of the Robert Downey Jr. movies, which in turn would be much better if they gave up the Holmes name and just admitted that they were making everything up anew.”
        I enjoy the “Sherlock Holmes” movies when I hypnotize myself into forgetting that they have any relation, whatsoever, with Doyle’s work. 😉

  3. It’s a delight to find people who can enjoy both Chesterton and Waterson 🙂 I need to learn to stretch my reading habits, though; virtus tentamine gaudet and all that.

    Ah, my mistake. The photo reminds me so much of Oxford … too short a visit for too fine a city. St. Andrews is on my bucket list, too.

    I have heard many a time that Jeremy Brett is “the” definitive Holmes, but unfortunately (shamefully!) I still haven’t watched any of his episodes. I have to say, I would expect a modern Watson to suffer more dramatically from his PTSD — or perhaps, just to express it more forcefully, than the Victorian? Just an idea. I haven’t touched the R.D.Jr. movies, just because of everything I hear about them; same for “Elementary.” Season 3, though, is sorely trying my patience …

    Thanks for responding!

    1. I need to read more Chesterton. I’ve read nearly all there is of Waterson. (Wish there was more!)

      St Andrews is a gorgeous little college town, especially if you avoid the golf tournaments where its tiny streets and hotels get packed. Aside from summer, I recommend visiting in late October so you can observe the university’s amazing quirky, brilliantly mayhemic (I did just make that word up), internationally famous, London-newspaper-worthy Raisin Weekend. I had the (dis?)honor of participating in it during my short time there, and the memories/mental scars will never be forgotten. No, seriously, it’s beautifully bonkers. Failing that, early May will let you observe the only slightly less-insane tradition of the May Dip, when on a frigid gray morning students run wildly into the North Sea, all together, only to run screaming back to the beach to be welcomed by towels and hot coffee/chocolate offered by more sensible friends.

      Oh yes, modern Watson’s PTSD is certainly understandable and realistic, and it fits this particular show. They make it work well; it just doesn’t feel like the “real” Watson/Holmes dynamic, and it’s not the one I most prefer. I find it hard to see Martin Freeman as the same John Watson from the books and other adaptations; I just sort of think of him as a separate original character who happens to have the same name.

      The main problems with the RDJ movies is that they use the names Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. If you changed the names, you’d have perfectly decent, entertaining semi-fantasy/adventure/mystery movies that homaged Holmes but were free to do their own thing. I think the Holmes brand actually holds them back from their true potential, and makes them harder to enjoy.

      I haven’t the stomach to try “Elementary.”

      1. “I haven’t the stomach to try “Elementary.”

        Neither do I.
        My biggest kick against the Sherlock series is what they did with “The Woman.” I could write a whole bloody essay on this, but Doyle wrote a story in which a strong, intelligent woman unquestionably bested his Great Detective and got away with it, forever earning the respect of an otherwise largely misogynistic character. She was an example of female intellectual equality to a society that, for the most part, did not believe in such.

        Sherlock’s version undermined the entire theme. I found the episode one of the most anti-feminist things I have ever seen. It’s not quite enough to ruin the series for me, but it makes me wince every time I think about it. I’m not usually a stickler for this kind of thing, but it was so blatant and so iconoclastic… a slap in the face.
        Otherwise, the series has done a good job of keeping the spirit and the theme of the stories, but in a way that just makes this episode more insulting. …but I shall stop ranting. Apologies.

      2. Raisin Weekend sounds like good craic (to use the Gaelic!), and St. Andrews seems the Scottish equivalent of Oxford. It’s on my bucket list.

        I agree: M Freeman struck me as an odd Watson when I first started watching the show, but I suppose he’s grown on me as his own “brand” of character, and now I can’t see anyone else playing him.

        I haven’t the stomach for “Elementary,” either, to use your elegant turn of phrase! Something about a female Watson, and a NYC setting, is just too far beyond even my ability to suspend disbelief.

        You’ve hit it right on the head, Jubilare: the entire Belgravia episode turned a strong, witty woman into something ugly and debased. It seems so odd and out of place, too, as the writers/producers held so well to the general themes and atmosphere (as you have both noted) for the rest of the episodes … ? It makes it hard to recommend to diehard readers! Oh well. We shall see what they come up with with the next season!

        As for Chesterton, let me recommend first and foremost “The Everlasting Man.” It was the first I ever read (besides Father Brown; I always forget to mention Father Brown!), and probably still my favorite of his non-fiction. “The Man Who Was Thursday” is also “excessively diverting” and a good romp through the hallowed rabbit-holes of GKC’s blessed imagination. Someday, I shall turn it into a screenplay, and it will win all the Oscars for its “creativity” and “originality,” but no one will understand what it’s really about. Sigh. Poor Chesterton.

        1. It is probably the most epic craic that Scotland has ever devised. Especially if you’re a student and you live through the whole weekend ordeal of parties and costumes and such.

          Yup, I have all of Chesterton on my reading list. I’ll get to him before too long. But right now I’m focusing on my long-delayed re-read of The Lord of the Rings.

  4. I just found this section! Hahah, how nice to see your own works up here as well. I’m familiar with some of these…but excited to read those I don’t recognize.

    1. Hey Michelle! I haven’t updated my Elfwood site in quite awhile, but it’s useful to have around. I hope you enjoy the ones you read — my writing has improved much since then, but I think there’s still some good stuff to be found.

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