‘Stage Presence, Baby’ Published in Mirror Shards, Vol 1

Mirror Shards: Volume One, ed. Tom Carpenter, has been published by Black Moon Books.

Explore the edge of augmented reality in thirteen tales from thirteen fantastic authors.  When the digital world collides with our real one, bringing all its problems and benefits, mankind will have to relearn what it means to be human.  

In this glimpse of possible futures, you will go on the hunt to track down a fugitive on the other side of the known Universe.  Learn the price of ubiquitous knowledge, or find peace and understanding in the absence of it.  Dive deep into the ocean to avert a kidnapping using only the tools at hand.  Experience new realities underwritten by an alien love of entertainment.  Find hidden truths contained within our smallest gestures.   Hide something so valuable, it would drive a man to crime.  Or find that sometimes, what it doesn’t hide is what endangers us most.

Table of Contents

“El Mirador” by Alex J. Kane
“Music of the Spheres” by Ken Liu
“These Delicate Creatures” by Melissa Yuan-Innes
“Below the Bollocks Line” by T D Edge
“The Sun is Real” by George Page
“A Book By Its Cover” by Colleen Anderson
“Of Bone and Steel and Other Soft Materials” by Annie Bellet
“Witness Protection” by Louise Herring-Jones
“Stage Presence, Baby” by E.M. Schadegg
“Gift Horses” by K.E. Abel
“The Cageless Zoo” by Thomas K. Carpenter
“More Real Than Flesh” by Grayson Bray Morris
“The Watcher” by George Walker

You can purchase the electronic version for $4.99 at AmazonB&N or Smashwords and the paperback version for $11.99 at Amazon.

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TOC for Mirror Shards

The TOC (not the final order) has been announced at Black Moon Books.

Mirror Shards Volume One – TOC

“Gift Horses” by Karin Able

“A Book By Its Cover” by Colleen Anderson

“Of Bone and Steel and Other Soft Materials” by Annie Bellet

“The Cageless Zoo” by Thomas K. Carpenter

“Below the Bollocks Line” by Terry Edge

“Witness Protection” by Amy L. Herring

“El Mirador” by Alex J. Kane

“Music of the Spheres” by Ken Liu

“More Real Than Flesh” by Grayson Morris

“The Sun Is Real” by George Page

“Stage Presence, Baby” by E.M. Schadegg

“The Watcher” by George Walker

“These Delicate Creatures” by Melissa Yuan-Innes

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Sale to Mirror Shards

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold my first Science-Fiction piece.

My story, “Stage Presence, Baby”, will be among those in the Mirror Shards Anthology that Thomas K. Carpenter is putting together. Full table of contents to come, but in the meantime, here’s the awesome cover:

I’m so totally stoked 🙂

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A Bit of News

I haven’t done much with this site since I started it a while back…well, other than to use it to experiment. Now, though I figure it’s time to start it looking like a real site. (I know, boring. It looked so much funnier with TESTING AN AWESOME FOOTER written in all over.)

When I started out I’d been intending on simply subbing everything under the name of Marie Croke. All spec fic in any form it came. As I went along I discovered that might not be the best decision. I, personally, would have no problem jumping genres between fantasy and sci-fi if I like the author, but a realization came when I thought about horror for a few moments.

Not that I plan to write horror. Dark fantasy I can handle and enjoy. Straight horror scares me. I wake up with nightmares, heart pounding, and I have to go search the entire house for an intruder with my son’s baseball bat. It’s a good thing our house is so small or else I might end up having to search it five or six times before I’m satisfied.

Now that that tangent’s out of the way (and you’ve all discovered a way to terrorize me) I can get to what I meant. I don’t like horror. Which means had I been reading some cool fantasy by someone and found another book by said person, only to get half way through this second book and start to freak out because 1) I suddenly realize it’s horror and 2) I know my nightmares will be worse if I don’t finish the book. I’d be angry at that writer.

Which is why I decided to make a different name for my science-fiction. Because I don’t want peoples angry with me when I flip-flop genres on them. I also have plans for children’s books solely aimed for my own children, and they would be done with my real first and last name so my children wouldn’t get comfuzzled. So sci-fi got my initials.

As to the bit of news the title mentions, I recently won first place in the Writers of the Future contest. Under the name Marie Croke though, because it was a fantasy piece that finally won. My first finalist piece had also been a fantasy. However, the one semi-finalist I received in the contest was science-fiction. So it was a little bit hit or miss which name would be on my subs in the contest. (Okay, so totally not, considering the split is something like 20/80 between sci-fi and fantasy in my writing.)

But that’s my news.

More news? I hate viruses. I might write a story about hackers getting offed because I’m in hate with them right now. And that would fall within the realm of this name, now wouldn’t it. Maybe I’ll dip into horror…just this once.

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Testing

This website will be E.M. Schadegg’s online home. A work in progress.

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