June 2011


I’ve been sitting on this one for awhile, and it’s time to release it into the wild. It’s called “The Will of Venus.”

It was a day that all young girls both dreamed about and feared. Mostly feared. Aelia Prima had done all the traditional spells to see the face of your future husband, but they’d never worked. Which was odd, because she had a knack for spells–finding lost objects and the like. She asked the household Gods, the Lares, for help, but got the distinct impression that things were being managed by something higher than them.

Thanks to my sister for suggesting the title “In Sickness and in Health.”

Robbie didn’t sleep, but if he did he would have been awakened by the sound of Lydia vomiting. It echoed all up and down the house through the plumbing.

He padded downstairs, watching his feet. They looked indistinguishable from human feet, if perhaps a bit less veiny. He went into the guest bedroom downstairs, where Lydia had moved because her bones were getting brittle, and moved into the bathroom.

I just learned that “La Divina Commedia” will appear in the July October issue of ChiZine. Yay! I’m really excited; I’m really fond of this story and am glad it finally found such an awesome home. (I wrote it January 1, 2009, and suspect that it’s the only short story I finished in 2009 since that year sucked so much. NO MORE DEAD AND DYING RELATIVES, UNIVERSE! I’M LOOKING AT YOU! Ahem, I digress.)
I will, of course, link when it’s available. 🙂