Sunday, October 7, 2012

Publication News: Rose Red Review

Hallo! How's October treating you so far?

Although I'm still sweating in my shorts and tank tops, the world is starting to change. Ghosts hang like used tissues on tree branches. The grim reaper watches me as I dump half-price cheese balls into my shopping cart. I wish for bats, remembering how I saw them fly each morning while I wandered the outside hallways of my high school. Gads, I love Halloween spirit.

This month is also proving to be one full of, well, my stories.

This may be a late announcement, but the lovely Rose Red Review has published my short story called, "Scissors & Thorns." Hurrah!

You may want to read this story if you:

  • think scissors are magical
  • never underestimate the danger of thorns 
  • are partial towards clumsy boys with fishing traps

"Sleeping Beauty's Dream" by Catrin Welz-Stein
If you've been reading along, you already know that I have a thing for Sleeping Beauty. It's one of my favorite fairy tales. There are so many angles to explore, ideas to follow... and I feel like, one day, I'll end up with a giant pile of short stories and novellas that all center around it. After all, just look at "Tick-Tock Beauty," the short story I had written for Mossyhearth. I can't get enough.

In this case, the idea of what caused and sustained the thorny barrier in the original fairy tale was what started "Scissors & Thorns." Even if the good fairy had cast the spell to cover the castle in thorns, how could the thorns stay alive for a hundred years? Maybe by feeding on the all the boys that weren't the princess's true love... or maybe, well, the thorns weren't purely thorns at all. Hmm. Hmm. Go read the story.

In other news: two more stories will soon be published this month.

The first is a flash fiction piece that will appear in the first issue of the White Ash Literary Magazine.

The second is the first segment of an audio serial featured on the Tripod Cat.

Believe me, I'm excited to share these stories with you.


  1. Oh, oh, oh! How can I read "Scissors & Thorns"?!? Is there a link I'm just not seeing?

    You're still dressed in Summer gear? Lucky. This morning as I left the house I had on a jacket AND a coat. Now I only have a jacket on, but then again, I am a bit chilly. I'm kind of happy we're finally getting honest-to-goodness chilly weather, actually.

    I actually have a soft spot for Halloween spirit too, which makes no sense as we don't celebrate it at all in my household.

    1. !!!! Thanks for pointing that out. I just put the link into the post, but you can also check the "Publications" page as well. Haha, it's ironic that I forgot that link.

      Yep. It's torture, especially because I've bought some really nice sweaters for the new season... because, in the back of my mind, I always hope it'll get as cold as I want it to be around here. Alas!

      Eeh, we don't celebrate it at home either! The constant ringing of the doorbell gets my dog agitated (which means relentless barking), so we prefer to keep the house quiet, haha.

    2. Hehe. You must have been SO excited that all of the excitement took up too much room in your brain so you forgot to put the link. ;)

      OKAY. I have read it and you have blown me away yet again. WOW. So much I loved... The ominous setting! The thorns being the princess's hair! The strong and sensitive heroine! EVERYTHING REALLY. Basically I just ineffably loved it. :O