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 )
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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... )
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The prompt post is here! This month's theme is melting.

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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 - ****
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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... )
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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... )
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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."

June books

Jul. 4th, 2016 05:25 pm
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46. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
47. The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina - *****
48. The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer - ***
49. The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo - *****
50. Diverse Energies by Paolo Bacigalupi and Joe Monti (ed.) - ***
51. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling - ****
52. Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison - ****
53. Giant Days, Vol. 2 by John Allison - **** 1/2

I failed to make a post for the Once Upon a Time reading challenge, but I read the four books I'd picked out for each category--I just failed to grab my copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream from my parents' house and reread that...

May books

Jun. 7th, 2016 07:45 pm
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Apparently I missed several books in my typed list, so instead of just editing the original post, I'm deleting it and posting a new, correct one! As always, I welcome comments.

30. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman - *****
31. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry - **
32. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater - ****
33. Wandering Son, Vol. 2 by Takako Shimura - ** 1/2
34. Wandering Son, Vol. 3 by Takako Shimura - ** 1/2
35. Messenger by Lois Lowry - ***
36. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley - ****
37. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina - ****
38. Son by Lois Lowry - ***
39. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger - DNF
40. S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst - ***
41. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff - ****
42. In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn - ***
43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
44. Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey (reread) - ****
45. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (reread) - ****
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The prompt post is here! This month's theme is villains.

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Tsaoton

Jun. 4th, 2016 04:49 pm
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I was bored at work and I accidentally a language.

Tsaoton is the other major country in the world Gavat is in. I wanted it to have a strong East Asian flavor, so I went to the Wikipedia page on Mandarin and stole most of its phonology and a big chunk of its grammar. (I skipped tones. I don't even know where to begin with tones.)

Tsaoton language )
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
A knight rode into the path in front of Gwanwyn. She grinned and pulled her horse to a halt.

The knight was fully armored, presenting only a blank-faced helm. The horse was likewise unremarkable. A shield hung at the knight’s side, but it bore no device.

“Lillian,” Gwanwyn called, half-teasing, half-taunting, “is that you?”

The knight made no reply. Gwanwyn was certain that if Lillian had recognized her voice, she would have either spoken or gotten out of the way. Mostly certain.

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This story was written to [personal profile] aldersprig's prompt, "Making yourself a memory."
clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
Title: Justice
World: Chatoyant College
Word count: 192
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: Thimbleful Thursday: kangaroo court
Notes: Apparently I'm on a "super creepy-looking faeries" kick.


"You can't do this to me," he gasped, hanging between the hands of the two fiends who held him, unable to reach the ground with his feet.Read more... )
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The prompt post is here! This month's theme is memories.

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April books

May. 1st, 2016 04:12 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
A good month for reading!

22. The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim - ****
23. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****
24. Master of the House of Darts by Aliette de Bodard - ***
25. Miles in Love by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****
26. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan - ****
27. Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente - *****
28. The Giver by Lois Lowry - **** 1/2
29. 50 Short Science Fiction Tales by Isaac Asimov and Groff Conklin (ed.) - ***

As always, if you have questions about any of the books, or want to discuss them, or just want to say "hey, I read that too," I welcome comments!
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
After two months crashing with Dylan—though he had continued to insist she was an honored and invited guest and he absolutely could use a roommate, he would be happy to let her pitch in on the rent—Mo finally had her own place.

As it turned out, she didn’t need a job first. All she needed was first and last month’s rent, and despite re-buying her entire wardrobe and treating herself and her friends to nice dinners and drinks two or three times a week, she still had that and more. The payout wasn’t worth the time in Binnington or the time under her uncle Edgar’s thumb (nothing could be), but at least it was making her life livable.

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This story was written to [personal profile] aldersprig's prompt, "explosive personalities," and mjkj's prompt, "Wow, my heart did just go boooom." It most directly follows She Has Her Reasons but there's a couple of months between them that may get filled in later.
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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)! The theme is explosions.

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