Short Stories

Currently Listening To Irresistible by Fall Out Boy

The site that currently hosts my short stories, QuarterReads.com, is no longer active (*sad face*). In light of that, I’ll be looking for another place to post the stories. I’ll probably settle on Wattpad, but I’ll do my due diligence and see what other options are out there. In the meantime, I’ll also be posting the full short stories (rather than the shorter samples) here on my site.

If you use any sites to post short stories or other writing, or if you have favorite sites to go to read content on, let me know! What sites do you like? Dislike?

~Sofia

Of Stories and Scents

Currently listening to The Carnival by Amanda Jenssen First, an announcement. I have a new short story up on QuarterReads. It’s called “A Divine Wager”, and it’s found here. Remember, you can now “favorite” writers on the site, which means you’ll be notified when they publish new stories. And every week, there’s a free story. This week, it’s Natalia Theodoridou’s “We Call Her Mama”. The rest of this post is just a little bit of nonsense, and I’ll elaborate later. But for me–and for many others–scents can be very evocative. Maybe you always associate the smell of baking cookies with your grandmother, or lavender reminds you of the candles your aunt always had burning in the house. I love perfume, and one of my favorite places to get perfume is Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Which means I love being able to get various scents from them. Right now, my favorite is probably Pink Snowballs, which is an older scent–one that’s been released a few times as part of Yule collections (yes, BPAL has all kinds of collections, including limited edition releases for holidays). It’s a sweet, soft vanilla rose. But there are other scents, too. A whole line, for example, of scents based on the movie Only Lovers Left Alive. I have one of them, Quintessence of Dust. What does it smell like, you ask? Well, here’s the scent description: “The passing: beeswax and smoke, yellowed paper and well-worn leather books, droplets of spilled ink, faded incense, blood-tinged salty tears, and the metal of the knife that skewers that illiterate zombie philistine’s portrait.” And…that’s really kind of what it smells like. The scent descriptions are all fascinating, and many of them are impressive works of writing. Most of the scents are designed to be very evocative, and more than once, I’ve found myself applying a blend that helps put me in the mindset of a particular character, or something that strikes me as “fitting” for the scene I’m working on. ~Sofia

Back to Writing!

Currently listening to: Twin Skeletons (Hotel in NYC), by Fall Out Boy
I took a short hiatus from this blog earlier this month. As I mentioned in a previous entry, that was because my classes were starting up again, and I needed some time to transition back into that schedule. Unfortunately, I also ended up taking a hiatus from writing in general. I made almost no progress on the sequel to Songstruck which I really do need to get working on. If I estimate a total word count on the lower end of things, I’m halfway done with the first draft. If I assume that the word count will be about the same as Songstruck, then I’m maybe one-third of the way done. Which…is good, but not quite where I want to be, especially since I already know that I’ll be trashing the first 20 pages or so.

But that’s not something to worry about right now. I’m resisting the urge to edit as I write this time. All it usually does is drive me crazy and slow down my progress.

Also, this week one of my short stories, “Surviving Faerie–A Word of Warning” is free on Quarterreads.com. You can read it at no cost until Monday here. I would encourage everyone to sign up for an account there. Remember, as the name of the site suggests, it only costs you $0.25 to purchase access to a short story, and once you buy it, you can read the story whenever you want. You can also leave tips between $0.25 and $1.00 for authors if you enjoy their stories! Overall, it’s a great deal for both writers and readers.

My Current Short Stories (w/Previews)

Currently listening to: Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene (still. seriously, love this song.)

In honor of my latest story being posted on QuarterReads.com this afternoon, I’m posting a little bit about the four short stories currently available  on the site. I’ll give the title, word count, and genre of each piece, as well as the same preview you can see on QuarterReads.com*. And after each preview, I’ll also include one of Quarter Reads’ newer features, the subject tag associated with each story, to give you an idea of what, precisely, the story is about.


Surviving Faerie–A Word of Warning (*newest*)

Fantasy, 1482 words

Preview:

Eat nothing.

Drink nothing.

Say nothing.

Those are the most important rules of Faerie. Or rather, those are the rules that will keep you safe if you find yourself stuck in Faerie. If you last a full day there without breaking any of the rules, you’ll be returned to the mortal realm unharmed. The denizens of Faerie hate it when they have to let someone go, so they do their best to make sure that you slip up. They’ve gotten very good at it; after all, when was the last time you heard of someone wandering into Faerie and coming home to tell the tale?

associated tag: Faeries


Forever

Horror, 1054 words

Preview:

He found her in one of the dingy Whitechapel brothels. As soon as he stepped inside, he was drawn to her: a pretty, frail creature, no more than twenty years old. She was timid, frightened, and clearly new to a life of prostitution. Her dress hung loose on her undernourished frame, and when she coughed, he caught sight of a few drops of blood on her pale hand before she wiped it away onto her dark, threadbare skirt. He could practically smell death on her, could almost see the Grim Reaper himself standing behind her, waiting to steal her away from life. She was perfect.

associated tag: Vampires


Mirella

Fantasy, 1978 words

Preview:

Porcelain skin, auburn hair, glittering emerald eyes…without a doubt, Mirella was the most beautiful girl in the town of Velada—assuming that the accounts that I’ve heard about her aren’t wildly exaggerated—but she was also an absolute mystery. No one knew where she came from; one day she simply appeared in the main square.

After her arrival, Mirella walked silently among the merchant’s stalls, looking at the trinkets and goods for sale. Her movements were somehow disjointed, as though she wasn’t entirely comfortable in her own skin. She wore an expression of vague interest, though she didn’t stay at any one stall for more than a few moments before wandering to another. Curious, but wary, the townspeople drew nearer to the mysterious new girl in their midst. They tried to speak to her, to understand who she was and where she came from, but they quickly learned that she didn’t speak a word of their language.

Everyone was baffled. The girl spoke—she wasn’t mute—but no one was able to understand her words.

associated tag: Love


The Path

Fantasy, 1981 words

Preview:

Stay on the path.

It was the only advice anyone ever gave Mira, and the only advice that mattered. Everyone knew that staying on the path was the only way to make it through the forest safely. The fair folk who lurked among the gnarled trees did not make it easy; they worked tirelessly to entice even the most wary travelers. The twinkling fairy lights and the tempting, ethereal music that often drifted through the otherwise-stale air of the forest had lured countless souls off of the path. Mira knew of no one who had escaped the fair folk’s grasp once they had strayed.

Stay on the path.

The phrase was a constant refrain in Mira’s mind as she stared at the beaten-down dirt. The moon was full and bright overhead, casting the half-dead trees in a luminous haze. It was risky, traveling through the forest at night; the fae were more mischievous and more attentive to the few lonely travelers who walked the path after sunset. But her mother was ill and the medicine woman lived in the heart of the forest. The gossips claimed she was half-fae herself, and Mira believed them.

associated tag: Faeries


REMEMBER: if you like the look of a story and would like to read the rest, it only costs $0.25. Just a quarter! What a deal, right? You get to read a nice story–one that has been screened by the staff to ensure there aren’t any terrible grammatical problems and that the story itself is of good quality, worth at least a quarter. ;P

In addition to myself, there are over 70 writers currently active on Quarter Reads, giving you an excellent selection of stories to choose from! Features on the site include a Top List, reflecting the most popular stories every day (which you can further narrow down by genre), a Recently Added List (customizable in the same way, and a list of all current Quarter Reads authors.

QuarterReads.com- A new site for writers and readers

Currently listening to: the sounds of my annoyed puppy, who can’t get up the stairs because of a baby gate we bought for exactly that purpose.

Today, I just wanted to take a quick moment to direct your attention to quarterreads.com. The site just launched earlier this week, and it’s worth a look.

What is it? It’s a site where writers can post their short stories (less than 2k words), and readers can, well, read them. Each story costs $0.25 to read (hence the ‘quarter’ part), and readers may tip the authors up to $1.00 if they enjoyed the story. You get to preview the story before you read it, though, and you only need to pay if you decide you’re interested in reading the story in its entirety.

Currently, I have 3 stories submitted on the site. To find them, simply search “Sofia Black” in the searchbar. Or you can find two of my stories in the “horror” and “fantasy” toplists, respectively. The third story, due to a broader genre definition, is not currently visible on any of the toplists. And of course, there are many, many other authors on the site, with their own wonderful stories. And it’s all just waiting for you to find it.

~Sofia