Mirrors & Thorns

Mirrors & Thorns is now officially available for order in both print and ebook format.

My story, “Maria Morevna and the Deathless One” is included. The characters are very loosely based off of two in Russian folktales: Maria Morevna and Koshchey the Deathless One. It’s always fun to look at old stories in a new way. Read More

The Orville: Does Its Universe Hold Up?

The Orville Crew

Given my love for all things Star Trek, including fun parodies of Star Trek, I thought we’d delve into two new shows in the next couple of posts and look at the success or failure of their respective world-building schemes: Star Trek: Discovery and The Orville. This isn’t a debate over which is better or worse in relation to the ultimate Star Trek fandom. I have my own opinions on that and shall strive to keep them to myself since I know how divisive that is at the moment. All I want to examine is the way the shows have created their universes and whether or not they can hold up over time. Read More

Stories Available for Purchase!

fireworks author Shana Scott

I have links to two stories that are now out or available for pre-order. I can’t wait for my own copies to arrive.

“The Woman with the Feather in Her Hair” is now available in Wild Musette‘s Issue #1702 The Sin Eater.

“Spies and Taboos” is now available for pre-order in Agents & Spies Short Stories.

The Wonderful World of Pets!

Pets Dog Howl

So let’s talk pets.

One of the fun things about creating fantasy or science fiction worlds is deciding what (if any) animals the people of your world have taken a liking to. It gives you a bit more freedom to go beyond the traditional dog/cat idea without your characters seeming eccentric. I personally love using foxes in place of a dog or cat. They can be domesticated and are furry and cute. Humans do tend to love soft fluffy things after all. Read More

Agents and Spies Anthology!

I’m happy to announce that my story “Spies and Taboos” will be included in Flame Tree Press’s Gothic Fantasy Anthology Agents & Spies!

The anthology will be available in October 2017. I’ll provide purchasing information once it’s available.

Eclipse!

NASA on The Commons

In honor of the truly awesome total solar eclipse that I so happen to have been in the path of totality for, let’s take a quick look at how people react to this astronomical phenomenon. Whether you’re fantasy or science fiction, the stars tend to be a very important part a civilization. Just look at how we in reality reacted to the chance to see the eclipse. Read More

New Stories!

I’m happy to say that two of my stories have been selected for publication.

“The Woman with the Feather in Her Hair” will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Wild Musette.

“The Legend of Koshchey and Maria Morevna” has been published in The Rogue’s Gallery anthology and is available in both print or e-book format.

I’m happy to be sharing my stories with everyone and hope there will be plenty more to come.

One Piece: All the Feelings!

As you might have guessed from the banner, we’re talking about One Piece today. Eiichiro Oda’s world has a lot going on in it, but I’m actually not going to delve in deep to that. I actually want to discuss my favorite aspect of the characters. Yes, it’s a bit tangential to my world-building, but the fact that the world allows the characters to do this is very important. So, what is it that is so amazing about these characters? Read More

Fashion – Part 1: Breasts

So let’s talk fashion. Specifically women’s fashion. Even more specifically large-breasted women’s fashion. As a woman who suffers from large breasts—and yes, suffer is the correct word—I have the authority to enlighten you on a few things. Read More

Gods and Rituals and Theocracies, Oh My!

Religion world building

I want to talk a little bit about religion. As big as this subject is, I’m sure I’ll come back to it several more times, but for now I want to look at how religion can impact the rest of the world. Don’t worry, I won’t be going into any real religions, let’s keep away from those, but religion can have a lot more impact to your world than you might think. Read More