Fairy Dukes and Stupid Bargains

A very long time ago, back in the mists of time, or possibly in 2022, I was on Tiny Bookcase podcast, with a story written for the prompt ‘Currency’, which needed to be around a thousand words, if I remember correctly (see above: mists of time.) While the hosts had great stories, they were funny and political and satirical, and I’m afraid those are things I can’t do. I’m more

GODSKIN at Strange Horizons

My short story GODSKIN is now live at Strange Horizons. It’s set in the DRIFT universe, which is a book I have started years ago and might one day finish. 😛 Until then, you have GODSKIN, and later this year, SEAGIFTS. Go read Godskin online at Strange Horizons! “Dead gods,” says Aunte Gull as she heaves the shimmering nets, “are almost as useless as live ones.” We work together, numb

Writing Without Judgement

One of the hardest things for me to do is write shorts without second-guessing myself. As I begin (and I do, just, begin – there is no plan) the first thoughts I have are, ‘oh good I’m having fun – this is fucking weird‘, followed by, ‘shit this is too weird, I can’t sell this‘, to, ‘oh my god, people are gonna judge me hard, just be normal, Cat. Please.‘

Hello It’s Me

I’m the problem. Well, no, unmedicated ADHD is the problem. But I shall attempt to use this website more, and to make the effort to fix up my neglected newsletter. You’ve been warned.

The Inspiration for Thief Mage Beggar Mage

I grew up on Hans Christian Andersen stories, and one of my favourites is The Tinderbox, with its three magical dogs, one with its eyes ‘big as wagon wheels.’ I remember the image from the Storyteller series in particular, and I would go back to that story again and again. So naturally one day I sat down to write a story about a penniless soldier who finds a treasure, falls

Five Times Dozha and Kani

These are two post Thief Mage, Beggar Mage ficlets that show the different sides of the same coin. WARNING FOR MAJOR SPOILERS, so definitely only read these if you’ve finished the book. 5 Times Dozha Did Not Fall in Love, and One Time He Did. 1 It was not easy being the adopted child of a dragon, chosen for one thing and one thing only. Dozha knew that Sinastrillia did

Art and Other Things

How it is July already? I’ve been working on some new and old projects, and trying to light a fire under my creativity again. Reading good books always makes me want to write (and write better than I did before), so I’ve been dipping into Neil Willamson’s excellent collection Secret Language. He’s a very good writer, so always a goto for inspiration. Check out his work here at NewCon Press. I’ve