jenniferkoliver: (FFVII | Sephiroth)
I have a short story out in Youth Imagination Magazine, issue 39. It's free to read online. It's awesome to be able to post about a new publication after a long break from submitting (late last year I needed to step back from the serious bizniz of it all). I'm also thrilled that one of my stories is in such great hands!

Title: The Machinists' Boy
Author: Jennifer K. Oliver
Word Count: 4,200 words.
Summary: YA science fiction horror. Two young boys crash land on a wasteland planet, only to find they are not alone.

Many moons ago I workshopped this story at two venues: Storyslingers writing group and The OWW. Thank you to everyone who provided critiques of earlier drafts. They were all extremely helpful.
jenniferkoliver: (FFVII | Sephiroth)
After two and a half long, dry months of little writing, a cluster of stories came and took over my life. Over Friday and Saturday I wrote two new short pieces, and then early Sunday I got hit by a third idea, something of a remix of an old, dead story that I shelved a year ago. And boom!

Looks like I'll be taking my notebook away with me after all, just in case. And to think, I almost announced a hiatus from short fiction a few weeks ago.

Here's a snippet from my Friday story, a YA horror/fantasy, currently untitled, still early draft:

"He cut his own hands off on purpose," they said, "so people would stop calling him thief."

Rumour is one of the oldest sources of ignition.

It starts at the heart of the common room after morning break, on the first day back to school after a searing summer. It begins with a spark—a tiny truth.

"I heard he was working weekends on Winfirth Farm so he could pay for that college girl to get a clean abortion," Chloe says before fourth period. She taps her pen against a Maths book graffitied with the names of the boys she's kissed, some struck-through, others lovingly bubble-written.

"What?" Rose says. She fans her face and neck with her book, whose cover is crisp and clear. "That's so much crap." It's not that she likes Xavier Bracken or wants to defend him. His tongue's as sharp as his cheekbones, and she's always thought his eyes too black and lips too thin. Plus there's the whole "Airbags" thing. She can't believe anyone would sleep with him, especially not a college girl.

And why would he cut off his own hands if he wanted to pay for an abortion?

"Do you want to know what I heard or not?" Chloe says.

"I—yes, go on," Rose says with only a second's hesitation.

SHIVER, by the GazettE.
jenniferkoliver: (EXO | OT12)
Just got my eager little hands on EXO's new album, XOXO. There are two versions: hugs (Chinese) and kisses (Korean). I just. I can't even. I'm so happy I could burst. ♥ ♥ ♥ So far my favourite track is Black Pearl, which was previewed way back when EXO first released their teasers in 2011/2012. I'm also loving Wolf and My Lady. Those guys can sing (and dance, and do all kinds of other amazing things), but I think they've grown even better, stronger vocally. Guys, I'M SO HAPPY. I'm seriously having to contain my squee here.

[ profile] momebie recently posted the Mosaic Meme and I am pilfering it because it is excellent.

a) Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b) Using ONLY the first page, pick an image.
c) Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Mosaic Maker. (Change to 3 rows / 3 columns.)
d) Save the image and post it!

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What is your favourite colour?
4. Favourite band?
5. Dream vacation?
6. Favourite hobby?
7. What you want to be when you grow up?
8. What do you love?
9. One word to describe you.

I get all numb. When she sings it's over. Such a strange numb, and it brings my knees to the earth )

Female Sexuality in YA Fiction - at Stacked. The post also links to a handful of other posts on the subject, and is well worth a read.

Minerva, by Deftones.


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