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Toasted Cake 211! In which we try to hide the collection.

There's a lot of preparation that goes into death--crafting a will, getting your finances and investments in order, signing up for a life insurance policy, specifying to family if you'd rather be buried or cremated--you know, just in case something happens.

This story first appeared in the anthology Alternate Hilarities: One-Star Reviews of the Afterlife.

Tiffany Michelle Brown is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, who ran away from the desert to live near sunny San Diego beaches. She has been published by Electric Spec, Under the Gum Tree, Pen and Kink Publishing, Transmundane Press, and Prolific Press. When she isn't writing, Tiffany can be found on a yoga mat, sipping whisky, or reading a comic book--sometimes all at once. Follow her adventures at tiffanymichellebrown.wordpress.com.


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Toasted Cake 210! In which we learn how to cast on.

None of it would've happened if Jane had known how to pick up a dropped stitch, and that's exactly I told Pastor when he popped in to investigate the peculiar noises coming from the Fellowship Hall.

This story first appeared in Flash Fiction Online.

Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and is forthcoming from Analog. Her time travel novella series, beginning with The Continuum, is available from World Weaver Press. For more info, visit wendynikel.com.



Toasted Cake 209! In which we consider tunnel number 5.

It's cold and sunless in the tunnels.

This story first appeared in Nature.

Natalia Theodoridou is a writer of strange stories that have appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Apex, and elsewhere. Natalia's story "The Birding: A Fairy Tale" won the 2018 World Fantasy award for short fiction. For more, visit natalia-theodoridou, or follow @natalia_theodor on twitter.


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Toasted Cake 208! In which we reeeeeeeallly want the Milanos.

Ten hours smiling at potential donors to the Temporal Branching Lab, and two more tour groups to go, but my snack stash held only a box of crumbs, without even a fleck of chocolate.

This story first appeared in Flash Fiction Online.

(this story has a content warning for a little bit of swearing)

Benjamin C. Kinney is a SFF writer, neuroscientist, and the Assistant Editor of the science fiction podcast magazine Escape Pod. He no longer creates cyborg monkeys, after too many nights delivering them Prozac. His short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Diabolical Plots,, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and more. You can find him online at benjaminckinney.com or follow him on twitter @BenCKinney.



Toasted Cake 207! In which we don't forget people.

They bonded over zombies, while at a writers' convention.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Suvi Tausend lives in dreams and fantasies. When not working as a professional destroyer/creator of worlds and realities, she grows medicinal mushrooms and crafts jewelry. Contact her on Twitter at @SuviTausend


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Toasted Cake 206! In which we redecorate.

They were all called Barbie, and they all lived in the castle.

This story is original to Toasted Cake. Megan Lee Beals lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and an ancient one eyed cat. She works in a bookstore and collects hobbies like they're Pokémon. At the moment she is knitting a sweater, cutting stencils, and rebuilding a 1970's camper van with her husband. Her fiction has appeared in Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Iowa Review. You can find her, and a variety of illustrations for her stories on Instagram @meganbeees, or at meganleebeals.com.




Toasted Cake 205! In which we have mixed feelings about mistletoe.

"Are you sure you don't mind having a tree in the house?" Glitter's eyes flick from me to the perfectly-coiffed pine tree I'd just coaxed from our hardwood floors.

This story first appeared on the Rampant Loon.

H.L. Fullerton writes fiction--mostly about monsters, occasionally about aliens--which is sometimes published in places like Lackington's, Flash Fiction Online, and Daily Science Fiction.



Toasted Cake 204! In which we do not expect the cosmonaut.

One deca before Aphelion my pro-gens sat me and my sib down and told us that Yuri Gagarin would not be visiting us this rota.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Shannon Fay is a writer living in Nova Scotia. She can be found online at ayearonsaturn.com and on twitter at @shannonlfay.


Toasted Cake 203! In which we chase the sugar.

When I was little, I never thought about where the sweets came from.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Eleanor R. Wood's stories have appeared in over a dozen venues, including Pseudopod, Flash Fiction Online, Deep Magic, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and the Aurealis-nominated anthology Hear Me Roar. She is an associate editor at PodCastle, where she gets to feed dragons and read a lot. She writes and eats liquorice from the south coast of England, where she lives with her husband, two marvellous dogs, and enough tropical fish tanks to charge an entry fee. She blogs at creativepanoply.wordpress.com.



Toasted Cake 202! In which we pupate.

Balanced on his tail end, the prince ripples around his dungeon office. 

This story originally appeared in the anthology After the Happily Ever After: a collection of fractured fairy tales, from Transmundane Press.

KT Wagner writes speculative fiction in the garden of her home in the lower mainland of British Columbia. She enjoys day-dreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia and obscure tomes. KT can be found online at www.northernlightsgothic.com and on twitter at @KT_Wagner.




Toasted Cake #201! In which we try to order a drink.

It's not my fault. I swear he said "djinn and tonic."

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

(This story has a content warning for one use of the F word.)

Patricia lives in Austin, Texas with way too many cats and way too many chronic illnesses. Most of the cats are fosters. You can see them on Instagram at @mimsandsiggy.




Toasted Cake 200! In which we can write our own ticket.

Even with all the lights on, my room is dim. In the sunset of my life, I live in a perpetual, hazy twilight.

This story first appeared in the Stanford Anthology for Youth. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, Ken Liu is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (The Grace of Kings (2015), The Wall of Storms (2016), and a forthcoming third volume) and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016), a collection. He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).



Toasted Cake 199! In which we try to stop the trolls. 

Mei's contract specified she would only get paid if both the bride and groom, along with at least fifty percent of the guests survived the wedding. 

This story first appeared in Fireside.

Aidan Doyle is an Australian writer and computer programmer. His short stories have been published in places such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Fireside. He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis, Ditmar, and XYZZY awards. He has visited more than 100 countries and his experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia, and ten-pin bowling in North Korea.

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Toasted Cake #198! In which we do not do as we're told.

Sistren, I thank you all for gathering here today with me in our holiest of places, the Casbah.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

(This story has a content warning for swearing)

Emma J. Gibbon is originally from Yorkshire in the U.K. and now lives in Midcoast Maine. She is a writer and librarian. Her stories have appeared in Wicked Haunted, a New England Horror Writers anthology and The Muse & The Flame, an anthology of bizarre romance. Her poetry has been published in The Pedestal Magazine and she was a runner-up for the 2017 Island Verse Poetry Prize. Emma lives with her husband, Steve, and three exceptional animals: Odin, Mothra and M. Bison (also known as Grim). She is a member of the New England Horror Writers and the New England Speculative Writers. Her website is emmajgibbon.com.

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Toasted Cake 197! In which we stare at the nougat-filled eyeballs.

In the basement, there is candy.


This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Michelle Muenzler, known at local science fiction and fantasy conventions as "The Cookie Lady", writes fiction both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Links to her published short fiction and poetry can be found at michellemuenzler.com, and if you are feeling exceptionally brave, check out her squidgy-weird buddy adventure novella, The Hills of Meat, the Forest of Bone, on Amazon. It probably won't bite. Much.




Toasted Cake 196! In which we make the tough decisions.

He thought about declining, of course. Everyone did -- but he thought longer than most, sitting on the hard-backed orange chair of the immigration office, elbows on his knees.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Leah Cypess is the author of four young adult fantasy novels, starting with MISTWOOD (HarperCollins 2010), and of numerous short stories. Her website is at leahcypess.com.

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Toasted Cake 195! In which we kind of really do take it personally.

"Is this accurate?" the insurance adjuster asked. "Thirteen different protection and concealment spells for a single building?"

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Curtis C. Chen's debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO was published in 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Locus Awards and Endeavour Award. The sequel, KANGAROO TOO, was published last summer. Curtis's short fiction has appeared in Playboy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and MISSION: TOMORROW. He is a graduate of Clarion West and Viable Paradise. Find him at curtiscchen.com .

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Toasted Cake 194! In which we hatch.

If there is any justice in the world, Priscilla Reardon's associate-hatchling will be a walking, talking pile of dung.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Nebula-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the new Blood of Earth Trilogy from Harper Voyager. She's a Hanford, California native transplanted to the Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, son, and requisite cats. Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.



Toasted Cake 193! In which we get help with some super minor not that murdery problems.

Dear 8B, I may have accidentally laid eggs in a human.

This story first appeared in Daily SF.

Matt Mikalatos is the author of the YA novel, The Crescent Stone. Learn more at www.thesunlitlands.com.


Toasted Cake 192! In which we curl up to watch Jupiter's pyschedelic storms.

The first time, we stayed together for fifty years.

This story first appeared right here in Daily SF.
 
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. Her novella 'Runtime,' is a Nebula Award finalist, and her short stories have been published at various magazines including Apex, Uncanny, and Tor.com. She co-edits the Hugo Award-nominated podcast, Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Find her on Twitter @divyastweets or at www.eff-words.com.



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