Monday, December 3, 2012

New story in Penumbra eMag

The December issue of the wonderful  Penumbra eMag , from Musa Publishing, is out now. The theme for this issue is 'Utopia,' and it includes my story 'For Your Safety and Comfort,  Please Keep Arms, Legs and Tentacles Inside the Car At All Times' 

This is a story about finding God. Not in the usual sense of undergoing a religious conversion, but literally discovering the omnipotent creator of the universe. During a house clearance in Balham.

'God,' Katie said. 'Actual, biblical God.' 
'I know. But it's amazing what you can find tucked away in these places, sometimes. And that old lady was one hell of a hoarder. I wouldn't exactly say biblical, though―we're not talking about the old man in the flowing robes and long white beard. It's more of a... well, a...' she trailed off.
'A trickster coyote? A shower of gold? Alanis Morisette?'
'No, no,' Lia said. 'Nothing like that. It's more like... okay, remember my Great Aunt Doris, the one with all the tea cosies? Try to imagine a cross between her, that security guard who arrested us for shoplifting eyebrow pencils out of Superdrug when we were kids, and the Grand Canyon.'
Katie dutifully tried to imagine this. She failed. 

Read the story in vol 2, issue 3 here


  1. Congratulations on making your November W1S1 goal. I do like the title or your story it does make me want to read it. And four stories written; I'm jealous.

    1. Thanks! I read somewhere that a title should be a sales pitch for a story rather than a summary of it, and that did make me change the way I think about it :-)

  2. Congratulations on reaching your W1S1 goals for November, and also for this sale. The story sounds fantastic!

    Rhonda Parrish

  3. Way to go, Michelle! That's a great market.

    1. Thanks, Milo! It's always extra special to get in a mag you love anyway :)