The Litany of Earth, by Ruthanna Emrys

Hey folks.  Been busy writing books.  Sorry I haven’t talked much.

So, I came across a story today by Washington, DC-based author, Ruthanna Emrys.  It’s called ‘The Litany of Earth’ and it’s one of the most hauntingly beautiful Lovecraftian shorts I’ve ever read – told through the eyes of one of the Marsh family, now scattered to the winds after the U.S. government’s assault on Innsmouth.  Delicately written and deeply sad, it’s a darkly wonderful look at the other side of the so-called outer darkness.

I really urge you to read it.

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c:\> romance.exe_

At this point in my literary career, I doubt that there will be such a thing as a ‘romantic subplot’ in my cyberpunk/future noir fiction that doesn’t end up being poisonous or otherwise utterly destructive to my characters.  I mean I’ve already had two books where a ‘romance’ happens, and one is a hormone-fueled crisis fling that dies hard before the story even gets started and the other turns out to be the product of heartless chemical manipulations via implants.

I really should just be nice, but it’s so…boring, otherwise.  Doomed affection is just more fun to write.

Unless of course, the act of having a healthy romance would be subversive to the environment as a whole.  Having a totally chill and stable romance in the worst dystopian conditions is pretty punk rock.

I don’t know what a therapist would say about this…these are the thoughts that keep me out of the good schools.

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GATHERING ASHES, Book Three of the Wonderland Cycle, is complete and all chapters will be distributed to the beta readers today. It will be off to the publisher soon. All my love to you for the support which you have shown, the interest, and – or so I hope – the evangelical loudness you will show in helping spread word about the book once it is released later this year. I’m confident that you will love it, and while you might get angry with me toward the end, know that there’s one more book in the kitty and all mysteries have yet to be revealed.

On that note, work on Book Four, THE DISFIGURED CITY, begins today.

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