Quick status update on Untethered

I’m still reading the submissions for Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology. They’re so much fun! Yes, it’s true. I’d expected to be done with them by now, but I’m only at the halfway mark. Hence: the status update. Part of this comes from how very many subs I received. The rest is because this “recover…

Placeholder Names in Reign & Revolution

It was supposed to be a placeholder name. But then I decided I liked it. This happened TWICE in the writing of Reign & Revolution (The Hive Queen Saga #3). Let’s talk about this goddess I made up. Saberhawen. Here’s what I knew about her before she got a name: she’s a goddess of machines,…

How Not to Write a Series: A Cautionary Tale

The Hive Queen Saga has been a lot of firsts for me. First Kickstarter, first published book, first time using a new plotting system. And first series. One thing that makes The Hive Queen Saga unique has also been my biggest challenge going in to book three: it’s a young adult series with an ensemble…

Hive Queen #3: New Kickstarter Project

Woohoo! The first draft is done, it has a title, and there’s a Kickstarter project underway. Learn more about Reign & Revolution (and stay tuned for the gratuitous cat photo at the end of the video)!

Flash Fiction Friday: Superheroic Affection

Flash Fiction Friday #10 Welcome to the final edition of my “Microfiction Summer” project! (Made possible by the Kickstarter backers for my latest novel Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story.) This particular story is about weaponizing love, free will, and superheroes (because superheroes are so popular?).   Superheroic Affection Inspired by Astrid Utrata, who suggested “love, rippled.”…

Flash Fiction Friday: Mosaic

Flash Fiction Friday #9 The penultimate week of this Microfiction Summer! (Made possible by the Kickstarter backers for my latest novel Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story.) I’m posting this week’s story from WorldCon… so of course it’s one of the non-genre ones. Ooops.   Mosaic Inspired by James Truher, who suggested “glass cutter, 12:34 p.m., cornflower blue.”  …

Flash Fiction Friday: Prisoner of the Housing Development

Flash Fiction Friday #8 Just two more weeks left of my Microfiction Summer. (Made possible by the Kickstarter backers for my latest novel Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story.) This is my fave of the remaining stories: a little creepy, a little fantasy-gone-wrong, and a huge debate in my household over which color Luke’s lightsaber would be…

Flash Fiction Friday: Identity Crisis

Flash Fiction Friday #7         Identity Crisis Inspired by Melissa Pagonis, who suggested “sushi, evening, purple.” The waitress ran a purple hologram-detection light over my ID and shook her head. “That’s not you,” she said. It was definitely me. Elizabeth Rissi. Five-foot-five, brown eyes, willing organ donor. Sure, it wasn’t a great…

Flash Fiction Friday: The Wise Man and the Wisent

Flash Fiction Friday #6 All summer, I’ll be posting a flash story every Friday. In today’s, I play with the “holy beheading” tale. (This is possibly a bit esoteric these day, but they were all the rage in the middle ages!)     The Wise Man and the Wisent Inspired by Mike Kenyon, who suggested…

Flash Fiction Friday: Seattle Freeze-Frame

Flash Fiction Friday #5 All summer, I’ll be posting a flash story every Friday. Today’s is a contemporary piece set in my home city of Seattle.     Seattle Freeze-Frame Inspired by Mark Hirschman, who suggested “camera, 5 p.m., matte silver.” Richard had no friends. He had a lovely craftsman triplex in Seattle, where he…

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Janine A. Southard is a Writer & Editor for narrative projects. She's a proven talent when it comes to mimicking voices and crafting content for videogames, articles, & fiction.