clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
2011-08-09 05:23 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Fiction of Clare K. R. Miller

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: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-08-02 08:52 pm
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July books

38. Bumpology by Linda Geddes - *** 1/2
39. Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer - *****
40. The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk - ****
41. Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe - ****
42. The Last Unicorn graphic novel adaptation by Peter S. Beagle - *****
43. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
44. Champion by Marie Lu - ***

I finished a second series from my list! Also, I'm doing really well on my Game of Books goal.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-07-01 04:26 pm
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June books

29. Fairest by Marissa Meyer - *****
30. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer - ****
31. Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells - *****
32. The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente - *****
33. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
34. The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter - ****
35. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (reread) - ****
36. Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos - *****
37. Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold - *****

June was a really excellent reading month! I also finally finished one of the series in my list from the beginning of the year, made progress on another, and have the last book in one of the others out from the library now.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-06-01 09:10 pm
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May books

This was a very good reading month!

23. Expecting Better by Emily Oster - ****
24. A Bride's Story, Vol. 7 by Kaoru Mori - *****
25. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - *****
26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
27. The Secret History by Donna Tartt - *****
28. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - *****
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-05-31 09:13 pm

May Patreon story: The Scholarship Girl

It was the night before the term was to begin before I finally began to hear voices in the hall. They all seemed to arrive at once, chattering girls' voices sliding past my door, accompanied by the tap-tap of patent shoes and the scrape of heavy luggage being dragged.

I pulled the door ajar and peeked out to see them, all dressed in the same nondescript khaki-and-white uniform as I was, though theirs were in better shape and some may have been tailored. They ran up and down the hall, helping each other with their luggage, opening and closing doors. They must have all arrived at once. This was no coincidence. I was the only one who had reached the school early, accompanied by my parents, because I could not make my own arrangements with Father Housman without their support.

Three days alone had been just enough time to get used to the creaky, old wooden building. Now I would have to get used to it filled with dozens of other girls.

In the time I'd stood in the doorway staring at them, they'd had time to take notice of me. There were stares and whispers. I couldn't be surprised. I was something new, something strange.

A girl stopped, dropping her trunk with a thump in front of the door next to mine. She stared openly at me, a wide smile--there was something hungry, predatory, about it--spreading across her face. "You're the new scholarship girl, aren't you?"

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clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
2017-05-06 05:14 pm
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May Patreon prompt post

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)!

If you pledge just $1 a month, you'll get to read the exclusive short story that I will post for Patreon supporters, plus whatever other random stuff I decide to post for patrons only.
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
2017-05-02 09:16 pm
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Spring

Ah, I love it when the weather warms up and I can walk around barefoot in the house. (My feet get cold really easily.) The floor feels so nice against my toes. I don't know why it feels so much nicer than the inside of my soft fuzzy slippers, but there you go.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-05-01 09:04 pm
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April books

Good month for reading! I'm still slogging my way through Les Miserables. (OK, sometimes it's a slog, sometimes it's lots of fun. But it is a loooonnnnnngggg book.)

17. Here We Are by Kelly Jensen (ed.) - ****
18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
19. You by Caroline Kepnes - **** 1/2
20. An Occurrence on Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce - ****
21. Happy City by Charles Montgomery - *****
22. Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang - ****
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-04-29 01:41 pm
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Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

I've signed up for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon for the first time! Huzzah! I've been wanting to try this for ages. Obviously I'm not doing the full 24 hours, and I probably won't read the whole rest of the day... but I'm going to sit down and not worry about anything else for at least a few hours, just reading.

First up: continuing Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Interesting thoughts so far on how "deliberate rest" is just as important as deliberate practice for accomplishment and creativity. If I get tired of this, I'll continue working on Les Miserables, and I have plenty more books lined up if I should finish one of those!

I'll edit this post if I feel like adding any thoughts. I will definitely do some posting on Litsy (I'm Clare-Dragonfly there) and possibly on Twitter (I'm clarekrmiller). Off to read!

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Hour 9: I'm going to read Les Miserables if it kills me. And Hugo's long digressions on French politics might just do that.

Hour 12: Okay, this book (Rest) is really feeling repetitive, so... break time.

Hour ...I don't know, the website doesn't show me timestamps: I finished Rest, huzzah! I will definitely not be able to finish any other books this Readathon, but I'm happy to have finished one.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
2017-04-28 09:17 pm

April Patreon story: Homeland

At the beginning of the world, the Sivrit people were wanderers. We traveled on our feet, the very old and young on the backs of animals, from place to place as the circle of the year turned. It was exhausting—yes, I’m sure you can imagine! We never stayed in the same place for long.

The people complained of this, but the king of the time told them to be quiet. Traveling meant there was always food for the animals to eat, no matter what the season, and it meant that we never had to endure very bad weather for long. He thought it was the best way for our people to live.

But the king had a daughter, and she had other ideas. She saw how her old auntie walked stubbornly until she fell, because riding the animals was so uncomfortable. She saw how babies cried and were hungry, because their mothers were too tired from walking all day to give them enough milk. She knew there must be a better way.

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clare_dragonfly: Prentiss from Criminal Minds grimacing, text: well, this sucks (CM: Prentiss: this sucks)
2017-04-28 08:41 pm

Fiction: Great-Uncle Morrie's Cookbook

Title: Great-Uncle Morrie's Cookbook
World: other
Word count: 2,364
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] origfic_bingo, kitchen disaster; [community profile] tic_tac_woe, Wishes go awry/spells rebound
Notes: As soon as I started putting my two bingo cards together, I knew I had to combine these two prompts!


It all started when Joy decided to experiment with making her soup spicier.

The problem was that her son hated spicy food. Joy, her husband, and their daughter would all happily eat food that seared their mouths, but Alexander would throw the soup bowl across the room if his food were spicy enough to please his father—and he was much too old to be throwing food. Punishment hadn’t helped.

So Joy had resorted to making her food relatively bland, enough that everyone was willing to eat it, even if they weren’t always thrilled.

But she was tired of it, and she craved the fire. So she’d looked into ways to make her son’s share of the food palatable to him while the rest of the family ate spices that melded with the rest of their dish, and that had led her to the attic.

So maybe it really all started when she found Great-Uncle Morrie’s cookbook.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
2017-04-25 08:10 pm

Fiction: A Race

Title: A Race
World: other (apocalyptic)
Word count: 800
Rating: G
Prompt: [community profile] origfic_bingo, swimming; [community profile] tic_tac_woe, megatsunami/tidal wave
Notes: So I guess I like apocalypses.

Alisa dived.

For the split second above the water, she could hear her little brothers cheering from their raft, but as soon as she hit the surface, all sounds faded away. The boys were still young enough to think it was all a game; Alisa was desperately envious of them, and fiercely determined to keep them that innocent for as long as possible.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
2017-04-22 07:42 pm

tic_tac_woe bingo card

Oh, [personal profile] aldersprig... ::whistles innocently::

Time loop/Time paradox Mega-tsunamis/tidal waves Angels/demons
Wishes go awry/spells rebound WILD CARD Armies of the dead
Space war Evolution/absorbed into new species Wizards’ war/War between Gods


ETA: Do you think it would be cheating to combine one of these with the "apocalypse" square on my [community profile] origfic_bingo card?
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
2017-04-19 08:39 pm
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Stickers!

My NARAL "she persisted" sticker arrived in the mail! (For a while they had a promotion where if you signed up for their email list you could get the sticker for free--I don't know if that's still going on.)

It's a beautiful sticker, but it's so big--four inches square. I never know what to do with stickers this big. My laptop is full, and there's no way I'm covering up any part of my glorious, copyright-infringing decal of Snow White's stepmother offering her the Apple apple. I could put it on the front cover of my bullet journal. That would be a nice inspirational spot to see it a lot, except that I'm almost through this journal, so it won't be a nice inspirational spot for more than a couple of months. My next bullet journal will probably be one with a pretty cover, though, so maybe the current one is the best place for it.
clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
2017-04-10 09:34 pm

Music

Sometimes I wonder whether my musical taste has actually changed, or whether I've just become more aware of more and more good music as I've gotten older and aware of more music (especially obscure music). Then I think about some of the music I absolutely loved when I was in high school and I realize... yes. My taste has definitely changed.

I still really like some of the music I loved in high school! But Creed? No. And I was kinda obsessed with them.
clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
2017-04-05 08:59 pm
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April Patreon prompt post

The prompt post is up here! The theme is "the Fool." 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: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
2017-04-02 03:39 pm

origfic_bingo card

kitchen disaster journeys and quests technology/mechanics swimming distress (and rescue)
physical imperfections sports/games massage day-in-the-life personal scent (incl. perfume/cologne)
vulnerability torture WILD CARD wings pregnancy (female or male)
adventures coma social event (workplace) resurrection anonymity
fire in the fireplace kissing it better secrets/lies AU: Alternate Genre apocalypse (or post-apocalypse)
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
2017-04-01 07:28 pm
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March books

13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
14. Winter by Marissa Meyer - ****
15. The Pregnant Athlete by Brandi and Steve Dion - ****
16. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - ****

This seems to have been a slow month. I blame Winter--it was very long!

This is the first month that I haven't made my monthly Game of Books points goal, but I'm still on track for the year.
clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
2017-03-28 08:47 pm

March Patreon Story: A Bicycle Built for Three

I pull out the last weed and get to my feet, surveying the snap-pea patch with satisfaction. They’re growing well this year; come summer, everyone in town will be able to get a good share of snap peas, even if everyone can’t have them at once. My mouth waters with anticipation as I think of it. As one of the people who actively work the community garden, I’ll get first pick—we’re the first to see what sprouts in the garden, so we’re the first to eat some.

Last night’s rain has made the earth rich and soft, easy to pull out the weeds that threaten our little piece of autonomy. It’s also made me all up and down mud as I worked, but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I don’t think my friends and family would even recognize me if I didn’t have, at the very least, dirt caked around my fingernails and smeared on my knees.

I walk over to the compost bin and drop the weeds in, brushing the soil off my hands. When I turn around, I spy a familiar form at the edge of the garden—Jessamyn in her wheels. My cheeks warm as I lift my arm to wave to her, and she rolls forward, navigating deftly along the garden’s paved path.

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clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
2017-03-14 08:56 pm
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Snow day!

Today was a snow day! It was great (after the first few hours when I was uncertain whether I would be able to drag myself into work--or more accurately, have my husband drag me into work, as he's the one who drives--and not have to use PTO). I wish I'd gotten a bit more sleep, but it was still both a relaxing and a productive day. I think the fact that I didn't have any expectations, since I thought I might go to work, helped it be a lot more relaxing than weekends usually are.

Also, I only left the house to shovel, so that was great.
clare_dragonfly: Prentiss from Criminal Minds grimacing, text: well, this sucks (CM: Prentiss: this sucks)
2017-03-09 08:18 pm
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Allergies!

Apparently the tree pollen is out in full force. Ugh. If I hadn't noticed an increase in symptoms when I went outside for an afternoon walk (there are all kinds of decorative flowering trees in the parking lot at work), I would have thought I was getting a cold. I am so snotty and sneezy and gross.

Actually, the weird thing is that I used to get nasty sinus headaches as my main allergy symptoms, while being sneezy and snotty was much more a sign of a cold. This is the first time I'm aware that I'm having these symptoms consistently for allergies. I haven't had a really bad sinus headache for a long time--maybe due to no longer living with either a bird or a dog (I'm allergic to feathers and dog dander)? I haven't had a really bad headache in general for months...