My short story “Heart of the Dragon” is out today. Besides being a short story, it’s a bit different from my normal work.
At the end of last October, I was gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I had the book I was going to write all planned out. Then, on October 31, my 16-year-old cat and constant companion, Bean, died unexpectedly.
I sat down a few days later, but my heart wasn’t in it. I couldn’t summon up the will to write something at all dark or even edgy. With my NaNo plans scrapped, I cast about for something else to work on, before remembering an idea I’d had for a short story while at the RenFest a few weeks earlier.
It was exactly what I needed: sexy, fun, and fluffy, and mercifully free of angst. So over the course of the next few days, I wrote what became “Heart of the Dragon.” (Then I went on to write Master of Ghouls. I still haven’t gotten back to the novel I’d originally scheduled, but I will eventually.)
All of which is simply to say: I hope you enjoy “Heart of the Dragon.” Most of all, I hope it makes you smile, or at least makes your day a little brighter and your sorrows a little lighter.