37 smol fictions for your enjoyment!… Read More Micro fiction Monday! (2.4.19)
This story first appeared in Ideomancer, which is sadly no longer online. Therefore I’m reprinting this story here. It is On Brand for me, with the evil lights and creepy SF. I hope you enjoy! CW: suicide, attempted suicide, torture, murder, imprisonment. 2,300 words Science Fiction/Horror THREAD by A. Merc Rustad The nine-cluster appeared… Read More Thread [short story reprint]
I want to touch briefly on the topic of narrative choice.
Everything you include or omit in a story is a choice. … Read More What Stories We Choose To Tell
Additional Parts In This Series Part 0 | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7.1 & 7.2 | Part 8 | Part 9 (you are here) ____ (With thanks to the Hamilton musical for being so quotable!) Gather ’round, my peeps, for… Read More MERC vs. BOOK: Revising a Novel, Part 9–Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells This Story?
After I sent out the second-to-last-original-submission of the year, I took to Twitter with some flail, because I realized: I have nearly worked through my inventory of finished short fiction. Or, basically: HOLY TACOS, I NEED TO WRITE MORE THINGS! Let me try to break this down. I’m pretty obsessive about my fiction organization patterns.… Read More Writing Recap for 2016
I’m delighted to be able to share this news today! I have a story in the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015 anthology, edited by Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams. It’s available for pre-order now, and will be released in October. (No, I can’t tell you which story is mine yet–soon, though!)… Read More BASFF2015
Fictionvale Episode 1 has launched! I have a short story in it, too: “Of Blessed Servitude.” It’s a dystopian SF western-ish story about the past and loss and fighting for what you believe in. Gay protagonists! Demons who live in the sun! Cyborgs! Killer whippoorwills who will eat your soul! (<–that’s the bonus cameo.) So. You know.… Read More “Of Blessed Servitude”
As a very young!Merc, I had series nightmares. Not specifically the same nightmare over and over (serial), although sometimes I had repetitious dreams, but a series of nightmares that all had a basic structure and the same boogeyman-type antagonist. (Well, I had a handful of series nightmares. There was The Tractor, there were a couple… Read More All the Little Animals
I’m tempted to subtitle this: Everything I learned about voice, I learned from Scott McNeil. It’s not entirely the case, but it’s close. So anyway. As a young!Merc I was aware of voice acting. I listened to a lot of audiobooks, and my favorites were the full-cast dramatizations*. I knew people could do different character-voices.… Read More On Voice