The Book of Kels

Original works of fiction by Kelseigh N.

Tag: Lesbian

Sing For Me

After writing a story for Brick Moon that didn’t really work out so well, and my editor tells me that most writers had trouble with the same prompt, I needed a “hangover story” to get me back on track. This is that story. The concept of this was based on one simple image: a woman singing on the shore while a mermaid secretly listened in. From there things got interesting, and a lot more dark than I expected.

I submitted this on the spur of the moment to a literary SF quarterly I’d recently been made aware of, but sadly it didn’t fit their needs. So here it is for you fine people.

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Carmen & Rose – Parts 1 – 5

Welcome to the start of my ongoing project, Carmen & Rose. This is intended to be a series of very short 200-word stories, which together form a larger story, a romantic comedy about two idiots who have no business being in a romantic comedy. The idea is to make something similar to Chris Baldwin’s classic webcomic Bruno, where the entire narrative is presented via largely self-contained one-panel strips. As a rough guide, I’m picking themes for each story from the 100 Themes Challenge, and as you might expect the plan is to make 100 stories about my violence babies. Hopefully you’ll come to like them in time.

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A Rendezvous, To Set Your Mind At Rest

This is a short one, and deliberately so. In my self-training to become a better writer, I’ve decided that one thing I need is to learn more efficient storytelling. So in order to do that I’ve started imposing stricter limits on my word count. This particular story was written with a hard limit of 750 words, a far cry from the 7 or 8 thousand word stories I’ve been doing. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but I’m finding it to be very much worth the effort. 

The location of the story is inspired by a real place in Nova Scotia.

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The Flanner

Where my last story, A Plague Of Lucy, was inspired by the new generation of SFF writing, this story derives from something quite a bit older. For quite a while now I’ve been wanting to do something that draws, just a little, from classic SF writer Cordwainer Bird, and this seemed like an excellent chance. Bird came to SFF with a poetic sensibility which really stood out from his peers, which made his work feel like myth and folklore to me. It’s a shame he’s not a more well known name today, compared to some of his contemporaries, and while this yarn ended up going in its own direction, I’m happy I was able to carry at least a tiny bit of that forward.

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How the Goddess Was Saved

“Complicated” was the theme this time, and honestly it gave me a lot of trouble. I’m such a straightforward person, and I’m certain that shows in my writing. So it was a puzzle how to add complexity in the first place, much less make that the thrust of the story. In the end, this is more a story about complex motivations than complexity in and of itself, but I’m pretty happy with how my little folk tale came out.

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I Will Hum Tears As I Say Goodbye

A bit of background for this. Ages ago, when I was shooting for art instead of writing, I encountered a drawing challenge which presented 100 themes for which to do art for. While I never actually had the confidence to do it myself, the concept rolled around in my head ever since. So more recently, when telling stories became my focus, I looked up those themes to see if I couldn’t put them to use. This is the first of those stories, starting from one simple word, “Introduction”.

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Nothing Rhymes With Woman

This was a lot of fun to write. The title and theme were inspired by a line from the album Dirtbike by Buck 65, which I believe can still be downloaded here.  This is also the first story that I’ve put through the critique process at Critique Circle, and it was a very good experience.   In a way, it’s the opposite of a romance story, but I don’t know if unromance is really a good name for the genre.

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A Mirror’s Surrender

This story started as an entry into Chuck Wendig’s weekly flash fiction challenge, but due to various reasons I ended up missing the deadline. So I went ahead and started rewriting it to increase the quality.  The challenge in question was to pick two genres at random from a list of 20, and write a crossover story in 1,500 words or less. As luck would have it, I ended up with “Parallel Worlds” and “BDSM Erotica”.  The way forward seemed pretty obvious from there.

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Way Down the Hole

Written for the first anniversary contest at Beginning Writer, with the theme of “A Creative Person”.  Sadly it didn’t win, not unexpected for a first try.  I’ll do better on my next attempt I’m certain.

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