Monthly Archives: December 2014

Remembering the Year

Remembering the Year A Guest-Post by Scott Burtness, author of the horror-comedy novel, “Wisconsin Vamp.” New Year’s Eve has always been one of my favorite holidays, but I also think it loses something when you turn twenty-one. While it can be … Continue reading

A Very Virna Christmas

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A Very Virna Christmas By Virginia Carraway Stark This short story is from my universe of Carnival Fun. Virna Grant is my alter ego, who I feel I would be if I gave into my every weakness and flaw. The … Continue reading

Published: A Chance to be Heard / In The Valley

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I’m going to briefly interrupt the holiday-themed posts to share the fact two of my poems were published at Page and Spine last week. The two pieces are really very different from one another, so it tickles me to see … Continue reading

Our Annual Christmas Movie

This week for Fae-tastic Friday we’re going to do something a little different. For the month of December I invited friends and readers to share their favourite winter holiday traditions here on my blog. Fae contributor, Laura VanArendonk Baugh is … Continue reading

Merry Giftmas!

December 2014 issue of Niteblade. Art by Marge Simon, cover design by Jonathan Parrish.

Merry Giftmas! I wanted to offer all my blog readers a gift of some sort today but I couldn’t decide what, then it came to me, the perfect solution. Niteblade! Niteblade is only partway to our sales/donation goal. Once we … Continue reading


Leslie Van Zwol

This year I’m sharing some of my own winter holiday traditions on the blog, so I opened it up to anyone else who wanted to share too. My intention had been to post something special today because it’s Christmas Eve. … Continue reading

Learning and Sharing Compassion

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This year I invited people to share their Christmas traditions on my blog. Virginia is one of the contributors to this effort who went above and beyond in her sharing. What follows is an extremely personal story that may just … Continue reading

The Long Dark

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This month I’m sharing holiday-themed guest posts. Today’s post is a bit of fiction courtesy of Vanessa Ricci-Thode. Thank you Vanessa! 🙂 The Long Dark  by Vanessa Ricci-Thode Shemmer awoke in the middle of the night, cold and shivering, and … Continue reading

Fae Contributor Interview: Sidney Blaylock Jr.

For whatever reason out of the 17 stories included in Fae, only two were written by men. One of those dudes was Sidney Blaylock Jr. and it just so happens that for Fae-tastic Friday this week we’re going to hear … Continue reading

Advent Ghosts 2014 – A Million Pieces

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A Million Pieces They say it’s the things which drove you crazy that you miss the most. I never much believed it myself. Not until I lost you. It’s been a year now. And what a year. A year of … Continue reading

The Christmas Cat

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Christmas Cat Guest Post by Beth Cato As I grew up, my dad set an absolute rule: no cats in the house. My parents were pretty consistent about rules and expectations, but on this point my mom disagreed. She let … Continue reading