clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Hi and welcome to my Dreamwidth journal! The main thing I post here is original fiction.

My work is posted with varying degrees of privacy. If nothing is listed after the summary, it is a public piece. If it says "locked," then you must be on my access list to read it (usually this is because I want to keep rights of first publication intact). If it says "sponsor this," then the beginning of the story is public, with the rest of it waiting to be unlocked for a donation!

The Many Worlds of Clare K. R. Miller )
clare_dragonfly: hands on a typewriter keyboard; spiral notebook spine (Writing: typewriter & notebook)
The prompt post is up here! It's open to anyone to prompt--so please feel free to head over there and leave a prompt (or leave one in the comments here)!

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clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
I was totally going to do Lexember, but forgot until I saw a post on Tumblr today! So here it is, catching up for the last three days.

These words are all in Gavath. If you're coming to this from a Lexember link, just click the "world: gavat" tag for more information!

jāntāk: weather
zhud: light (adjective form: zhu∂
vēd: darkness (adjective form: vē∂)
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
87. Winged: A Novella by Joyce Chng - DNF
88. The Bridesmaids by Judith Balaban Quine - DNF
89. A Festival of Skeletons by R. J. Astruc - **
90. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood - *** 1/2
91. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal - *****
92. Crush by Richard Siken - **** 1/2

Have you read any of the books on my list? Want to know more about any of them? Please leave a comment!
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
She clutched his hand. Her hand felt hot and dry to his touch. “Don’t let me go alone. I can’t go alone.”

He squeezed her hand back. “Don’t worry, Mama. I won’t let you be alone.”

“You promise? I won’t have to be alone?” The spots on her skin, the second-to-last stage, were faded; the last stage of the disease was almost to an end. The shaking, the fever, the paranoia.


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clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
The prompt post is up here! This month's theme is endings.

It's open to anyone to prompt--so please feel free to head over there and leave a prompt (or leave one in the comments here)!

If you pledge just $1 a month, you'll get to read the exclusive short story that I will post for Patreon supporters. If you pledge $3 a month, you'll get access to a monthly epub file including all the posted Chatoyant College chapters from the previous month as well as the Patreon story.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
77. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo - ****
78. Ravens in Winter by Bernd Henrich - ***
79. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson - ****
80. The Collector by John Fowles - **** 1/2
81. Goldenhand by Garth Nix - *****
82. Anyone You Want Me to Be by John Douglas and Stephen Singular - ****
83. Once Upon a Hallow's Eve by Sarah Diemer - ***
84. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee - ****
85. The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco - **
86. Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells - *****
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Dana looked sideways at Clarissa, who was driving the car. Clarissa looked back at her and grinned. Dana grinned back, blushing. Then Clarissa had to look away to pull the car into the parking lot and find a spot without hitting any of the little kids who were also here to pick out pumpkins for their jack-o-lanterns.

It was silly to still be blushing when she looked at Clarissa, but Dana figured she would get over it eventually. After all, they’d only moved in together a week before. This was the whole reason she’d suggested pumpkin-picking together: not only would a decoration they’d chosen and made together help wipe away the feeling that their new house was just two apartments stuck onto each other, but choosing it and and carving it together would make them feel like more than a team.

The two of them had been dancing around each other, on-again-off-again lovers for the better part of three years, sometimes dating other people but always coming back to each other. Two months ago, they’d decided to give serious exclusivity a fair chance. They both liked it so much that they didn’t want to go back.

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This month's story was written to [personal profile] aldersprig's prompt, "ghosts and spirits in pumpkins."
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The prompt post is here! This month's theme is Halloween.

Anyone can prompt, and if you pledge $1 or more per month, you can read October's story as well as all the other stories I've posted for patrons!
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Here's September! Anyone else read or want to read any of these books? Want to chat about them?

71. The Penguin Book of Women Poets by Carol Cosman, Joan Keefe, and Kathleen Weaver (ed.) - ****
72. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - *** 1/2
73. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy - DNF
74. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (reread) - *****
75. Winds of Change: Short Stories About Our Climate by Mary Woodbury (ed.) - **
76. Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler - ***
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Kaia watched as Revyn set the small glass down in front of Tarial. Revyn's eyes were alight with her smile; Tari was just grinning so wide it looked like her face would break. Kaia was smiling, like everyone else, but felt mingled excitement, jealousy, and dread. In a little less than a year, it would be her turn as well. Her turn for a special party and a special drink; her turn to leave.

"All right," Revyn said, "time for your very first drink as an adult, Tari. Ready?"

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I'm doing the Worldbuilding Bingo Fest at [community profile] allbingo! My cards are below the cut (there's four of 'em, all 4x4).

I hope to do all of these with the Gavat world, but we'll see how far I get. Prompts and/or specific suggestions are welcome!

Worldbuilding Bingo cards )
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
The pattern of the stars is interesting this month. Five stars for the first and last books completed, four stars for the next ones in, three stars, and two stars for the middle book...

64. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear - *****
65. Averno by Louise Glück - ****
66. Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack - ***
67. The Memoirs of Fanny Hill by John Cleland - **
68. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight - *** 1/2
69. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey - ****
70. Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola - *****
clare_dragonfly: hands on a typewriter keyboard; spiral notebook spine (Writing: typewriter & notebook)
“Can’t you hurry it up?” the kid asked impatiently. At least, he sounded impatient. Shante was under the car, and she couldn’t actually see him, though if she looked in the right direction, she’d probably be able to see his feet.

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This story was written to mjkj's prompt, "[name/pronoun of choice] [is/are] melting my heart." Not as romantic as it sounds.
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Title: Jammin'
World: robot rights
Word count: 1,066
Rating: PG (for brief mention of past violence)
Prompt: [community profile] rainbowfic Fire Opal 3, Impassioned; Hills of Iowa 9, Here's hoping that the days ahead won't be as bitter as the ones behind you.
Notes: I was also inspired by the Thimbleful Thursday prompt "vale of tears," but I think I went too far beyond the wordcount for it to qualify!


Mo dragged herself towards home. She was exhausted after another long day of job searching. But she wasn’t discouraged; two people had said they’d contact her if they had any openings, after she’d declared herself totally willing to do any kind of manual labor. She’d emphasized that there was absolutely nothing too disgusting for her to take on, without actually telling them how she knew that.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
The prompt post is here! This month's theme is melting.

Anyone can prompt, and if you pledge $1 or more per month, you can read August's story as well as all the other stories I've posted for patrons!

July books

Aug. 1st, 2016 09:12 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
54. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling - *****
55. Hood by Evan Pickering - DNF
56. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard - ****
57. Level Up by Gene Luen Yang - ****
58. Maggie for Hire by Kate Danley - **
59. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling - *****
60. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - ****
61. Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis - DNF
62. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling - *****
63. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne - ****
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
Maggie couldn’t believe she was back at her parents’ house. Not only that, she’d brought a vampire with her, and her mother had invited them—both of them—in as politely as you please. And now here they were, eating turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce at the comfortably crowded table.

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This story was written to mjkj's prompt, "pumpkin pie?"
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
Title: Stories for Children
World: Arite and Tovran
Word count: 385 (exactly!)
Rating: G
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday's Tell-Me Tuesday: Who won the war?
Notes: It's been a very long time since I wrote anything in this world, but the prompt immediately brought it to mind!


"But Mama, who won the war?" Jobek asked. His brother held his hand and nodded.

Abida stroked the dark heads of her little sons. They looked so like their father, except for Zalek’s eyes--green, like hers. "We did, of course, my darlings. Do you not see the beautiful home we live in, all the servants who answer to us, the great lands that your father owns?"Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: hands on a typewriter keyboard; spiral notebook spine (Writing: typewriter & notebook)
Title: Coven
World: Extranormal Crimes
Word count: 616--I overshot a little bit!
Rating: PG-13 for drug use
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday: quote unquote
Notes: Maggie is really a fun character to write.


There were three of them lying on the hood of the car, staring up at the stars--at least, the few stars they could see, between the trees and the light pollution.

But this was good. As good as it got. Melissa passed the joint to Maggie; she sucked in, held it in her lungs for a moment, and passed it on to Aric. The smoke didn't seem to do much for her, but she enjoyed the companionship.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
The prompt post is here! This month's theme is "pumpkins and alternative living places."

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I appear to have failed to post a link to the June story, so here it is. It's a story of the Extranormal Crimes Division, written to the prompt "[s]he didn't become truly evil until caught."

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