Huge Day For Short Stories

This is so exciting. I have not one but two short stories hitting the market today, both in hardcover anthologies from Random House, and both totally awesome.

This has been a very big year for short stories for me, and these two anthologies represent my fourth and fifth stories of the year. They are both stand alone shorts (no unicorns or post-apocalyptic landscapes or collegiate secret societies) and they probably couldn’t be more different.

“Burned Bright” in Foretold (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound) is a dark story about a girl, a cult, and the end of the world. If you go to the editor, Carrie Ryan’s blog, she’s posted the first line of each story.

“Stray Magic” in Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound) is a funny and heartbreaking tale of a girl who works a a dog shelter and the very strange pet who turns up one day.

To celebrate the release of these anthologies, I’m giving away a copy of FORETOLD. To enter, leave a comment here telling me if you’ve ever prophesized anything. Open internationally, goes through this weekend.

(And yes, I know I need to announce winners from the UMH giveaway. Coming soon.)

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29 Responses to Huge Day For Short Stories

  1. PurpleRanger says:

    Well, I do have something of an ability for recognizing punchlines before they are even spoken. Does that count?

  2. Cassie says:

    Uhm. . . Prophesied anything? *sheepish look*, um . . . no. But i have a crazy deja vu dreams lol. Does that count?

    love love love For Darkness Shows the Stars. You should write short stories that give a little insight on their adventures :O So sad there won’t be more books 🙁

    Good luck everyone! 🙂

  3. Barbara says:

    Oh, I’ve a few predictions that got right. Lately, I foresaw the day the strike on my university would end. This is purely based on facts, data and irrational behavior and as I’m studying to be an economist, this was a good result XD

  4. Jenni says:

    I’m very good at predicting what will happen next in suspense movies when watching them for the first time. Not sure that really counts though. 😉

  5. Millie Dixon says:

    One time, I was able to predict an entire movie. It really annoyed everybody else watching it with me because I was right and ruining the movie for them. I’ve had other moments like this, but I just blamed it on luck and my awesomeness. ;D

  6. Nicki says:

    Like my dear friend Karen from Mean Girls, I am excellent at predicting the CURRENT weather:

    “There’s a 30% chance that it’s already raining”

    Been waiting for Foretold, but both sound awesome!

    🙂

  7. Vitoria says:

    Predictions … Predictions … I do not know if it counts, but always know how a detective novel ends. Oh, and of course, I was right that we would lose the period with the strike at the university. 😉

  8. Kaelyn says:

    I predicted that my cousin and his girlfriend would get engaged before Labor Day, and I was right!

  9. Nathalia says:

    Sometimes I have dreams that – for a few days – I’m totally sure are gonna happen, but… they don’t. So, yeah, answering your question: no!

  10. Megan says:

    Yes! I love this question. I’m not sure whether to call this a prophecy, but sometimes I see people (before even talking to them) and know right off the bat that they will somehow prove very important in my life (beyond friends or acquaintances). Like, I heard my best friend’s name before I met her and had a feeling that she was someone I would get to know very well. It’s kind of a stretch, I know 🙂

  11. I don’t know if that counts, but sometimes I have this WEIRD dreams that seams SO crazy, and then a few days later something like that happens. Feels like deja vu. But I think it’s just my subconscious. LOL

  12. Michelle says:

    Usually the opposite of whatever I think will happen, does happen. So, I guess I’m like reverse prophesizer? 🙂

    So excited for FORETOLD! So many wonderful authors. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  13. York says:

    I once dreamed about seeing an old friend, and then I ran into them the next day! Does that count??

  14. Celine says:

    I once dreamt that I was sitting in the car with a girl I never met, watching houses I’d never seen. Few months later a school had burned down, I met a new friend, and we drove past the place they were building new houses on the spot the school once stood.

    Weird deja vu, and a pretty useless one at that (:

  15. Dallas says:

    My daughter was sick with the flu, and I once foretold that I would catch it too. And … I did.

  16. Alyssa Susanna says:

    HA! I’ve never prohesied anything. Definitely not my gift. CONGRATS!!! I’ve been waiting for Foretold for a long time, but I’m sure you’ve been waiting longer 😀

    Alyssa <3
    lilleetleet(at)verizon(dot)net

  17. Sam says:

    My father seemed unusually tired one day, and I somehow decided something was terribly wrong and he needed to go to the hospital. (I’m not usually a hypochondriac; I just had a feeling.) I have no idea why he humored me, but he went, and he actually had a heart attack at the hospital. The doctors operated on him right away and prevented any damage or scarring to his heart. I don’t know if this counts as a prophecy, but it’s the closest I’ve ever come to one!

  18. Beth says:

    I do recall uttering the words “I told you so” quite a few times to my husband over the years 😉

    Someone once told me they’d had a vision about me, but it was all symbolic and not at all specific, so I can’t tell you if it came true.

  19. Justine says:

    Alas, I’ve never prophesized anything.

  20. JoLee says:

    Congratulations of all the short stories!

    Here’s my prediction: As you know, I recently had a baby boy. There were a number of women in my social circle who also had baby boys around that same time. Not one had a girl. There was a bit of a break, and then a whole new crop of moms started finding out if they were expecting boys or girls, and I said that I thought we would have a wave of girls to follow the wave of boys. So far every one of them is having a girl.

  21. Sarah says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever prophesied anything. My boyfriend is one of those people who knows how every movie ends and drives me absolutely bonkers because of it.

    FORETOLD sounds amazing.

    Also, my anti-spam word was “unicorn” – I thought you should know. 🙂

  22. Aine says:

    I’m excited about both anthologies, especially Foretold.

    I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever foretold anything. This is the closest I think I can come to that. At least two or three times a week I’ll pick up my phone to see if I have any messages, I won’t, but then a text or call will come in as soon as I sit it back down.

  23. Andrea says:

    Hmmm…not really foretold anything but I think sometimes I jinx myself with the things I say…and I know right away that I’m jinxing myself!

  24. Gina says:

    A few years ago, when the Chicago Blackhawks were in the Stanley Cup finals, I had a vivid (pregnancy) dream that they would win that night 4-3. I emailed my mom and my aunt that morning and told them what the score would be. The Blackhawks won in overtime that night, to win the Cup, 4-3.

  25. Emily says:

    Two years ago when my oldest friend (since preschool) was pregnant with her first child, I KNEW she was having a boy. No doubt in my mind. She didn’t find out until he was born, but I was right. It was very odd.

  26. Lily Sooklal says:

    I have never had any experiences with prophesying. But, I would love to win Foretold. Thank you!

    lilypi719 [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. K8 says:

    The only thing I can recall is that sometimes I can get a feeling for a person when there is just something off that I know I should be careful around them. Generally speaking this does not mean that I am unkind to anyone but I’m cautious, I wouldn’t let them sleep over my house and such. I think it’s more of a gut instinct than a prophecy though 🙂

    -K8
    http://froze8.blogspot.com/

  28. Alexandra the Great says:

    Sometimes I’ll recognize things in real life that I’ve seen in dreams, but I think that’s it. Unless you count my magic powers of Book Recommendation (they usually only work really well for people I know :P).

  29. Aurora Celeste says:

    I foretold that I would come home from WorldCon with con crud. I was so right.