Results tagged “RUN OF HOPE”

Toasted Cake 244! In which the story pours out like honey.

For some girls it was lustrous hair, twice as long and twice as thick every time it was cut.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Kristiana Willsey is a writer and an academic living in Los Angeles. She has a PhD in Folklore, teaches at the University of Southern California, and has published research on folk narrative in various academic journals and edited volumes. She is a 2019 graduate of Clarion West.


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Toasted Cake #243! In which we clean the nunchucks.

"Saviour Ltd.  How may I help you?"

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Annie Percik lives in London with her husband, Dave, where she writes novels and short stories, whilst working as a University Complaints Officer. She writes a blog about writing and posts short fiction on her website, which is where all her current publications are listed. She also makes a media review podcast with her husband at @loveittomorrow and publishes a photo-story blog, recording the adventures of her teddy bear. He is much more popular online than she is. She likes to run away from zombies in her spare time.


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Toasted Cake 241! In which we win the diapers.

It's not the usual thing nowadays, but when I was born my fairy godmother gave me a blessing. 

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Elizabeth Walker lives in sunny Southern California with her family and the neediest housecat on the planet. You can find her online at www.edwalkerauthor.com and on Twitter at @AuthorEDW.



Toasted Cake 240! In which we toss fistfuls of crumpled paper.

What apocalypse am I creating today?

This story first appeared right here in Nature.

Karlo Yeager Rodríguez's fiction has appeared in Nature, Uncanny, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He hails from the enchanted isle of Puerto Rico but moved to Baltimore some years ago. He lives quite happily with his wife and one very odd dog. Find him at karlo-yeager-rodriguez.com and on Twitter @kjy1066.


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Toasted Cake 239! In which we knit the booties.

Jordan recognised the griffin waiting outside the chicken cage as she stepped out, holding three dead hens by the neck; his chest had that unmistakeable stripe of velvet-black feathers among the russet.

This story is original to Toasted Cake. You can also read it right here on Matt Dovey's website!

Matt Dovey is very tall, very British, and most likely drinking a cup of tea right now. He has a scar on his arm from a gap year working a Megafauna Sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest; he'd like to pretend it was from calming a raging beast and saving the day, but really it was an infected scratch from rusted chickenwire. He now lives in a quiet market town in rural England with his wife and three children, and still struggles to express his delight in this wonderful arrangement. Although his surname rhymes with "Dopey", any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. He has fiction out and forthcoming all over the place: you can keep up with it at mattdovey.com, or find him timewasting on Twitter as @mattdoveywriter.



Toasted Cake 238! In which we are not in sight.

The giant spruce trees behind Grandma's house had the best climbing branches, despite the pine needles.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Lyndsie Manusos's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apex Magazine, Apparition Lit, F&SF, Okay Donkey, and other publications. She lives in Indianapolis with her family and writes for Book Riot and Publishers Weekly.



Toasted Cake #237! In which we check out Goblin's stash.

"That's one more shambling patchwork monstrosity which won't be terrorizing our fair city any longer." 

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Michael M. Jones lives in southwest Virginia with too many books, just enough cats, and a wife who stole the television remote in 1998 and has yet to give it back. He's been published in places such as Constellary Tales, F is for Fairy, and Mad Scientist Magazine. He's the editor of Scheherazade's Facade, and Schoolbooks & Sorcery. For more, visit him at michaelmjones.com.


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Toasted Cake 236! In which we pick up a chisel.

So, on paper the project was called the Supersimulation, but privately, we called it "The Nine Bajillion Names of God". 

This story first appeared right here in Daily SF.

Aimee Ogden is a former science teacher and software tester; now she writes stories about sad astronauts, angry princesses and dead gods. Her stories also appear in Fireside, Analog, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her novella "Sun-daughters, Sea-daughters" is forthcoming from Tor.com. With Bennett North, she co-edits Translunar Travelers Lounge, a magazine of fun and optimistic speculative fiction.

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Toasted Cake 235! In which things get a little messy.

The taco beach was a mistake.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Kate Ristau is a folklorist, an author, and the Executive Director of Willamette Writers. You can find her essays in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and her young adult and middle grade books online. She lives in a house in Oregon where they found fairies in the garden and a sword behind the water heater. You can find out more about her at kateristau.com.



Toasted Cake #234! In which we find the daffodils.

A witch's garden. Agnes had read about them in fairy stories. 

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Samuel Poots is a writer from N. Ireland who communicates primarily by means of Pratchett quotes. His story The Glass-Eyed Girl was awarded Kraxon Magazine's Short Story of the Year Award for 2018 and he was recently given the Support for Individual Artists Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. When not writing, or procrastinating, he can usually be seen clambering around the north coast muttering stuff about dragons. If found, please give him a cup of tea and send him home via the nearest post office. You can find Sam on Twitter as @pootsidoodle.

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Toasted Cake 233! In which we finally come up with the perfect doom, no really this time. 

The Terrible installed a conveyor belt exclusively for her.

This story first appeared right here in Daily SF.

John (@wiswell) is a disabled writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. He has published in Uncanny Magazine, Nature Magazine, and Fireside Magazine.


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Toasted Cake #232! In which we aren't sure what kind of a bird we are.

Justin is ten feet tall, so I give myself a pair of wings with which to reach him.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Avra Margariti is a queer Social Work undergrad from Greece. She enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, The Forge Literary, SmokeLong Quarterly, and other venues. You can find her on twitter at @avramargariti.


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Toasted Cake 231! In which we discuss certain economic systems.

Honored guests, thank you for attending this seminar on the Tucabal-Gor, colloquially known as alien sharks.

This story first appeared right here in Fireside.

Beth Goder works as an archivist, processing the papers of economists, scientists, and other interesting folks. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Escape Pod, Fireside, and Flash Fiction Online. You can find her online at http://www.bethgoder.com.

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Toasted Cake 230! In which we end up becoming one of those portal mothers.

I held my newborn in the hospital delivery room, and I saw fluffy cumulus clouds billow across Ivanova's eyes.

First appeared right here in Daily SF.


Nebula Award-nominated Beth Cato is the author of the Clockwork Dagger duology and the 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.

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Toasted Cake 229! In which we ruin our favorite blouse, but maybe we have good reasons.

Melba had thought she was too old to be possessed by a demon. . . .

A shorter version of this story, entitled "How Melba Got Her Groove Back," first appeared right here in Bending Genres.

Tara Campbell is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. Prior publication credits in addition to Toasted Cake include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Monkeybicycle, Jellyfish Review, Booth, Strange Horizons, and Escape Pod/Artemis Rising. She's the author of a novel, TreeVolution, a hybrid fiction/poetry collection, Circe's Bicycle, and a short story collection, Midnight at the Organporium. She received her MFA from American University in 2019.


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Toasted Cake 228! In which we consider all the possibilities.

It was two weeks until the ship landed back on earth, and Trisha figured that meant now or never. She had to tell Jazz how she felt.

First appeared right here on Daily SF.

Kelly Sandoval's fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, an anarchist tortoise, and a put-upon cat. You can find her online at kellysandovalfiction.com.  


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So we had stopped, but here we are again. In the last week, a couple of friends made posts about looking for more hopeful stories right now, and I thought, that is a small thing I can do to help.

Open for submissions of stories that fall somewhere on the hopeful end of the spectrum, from now until the end of March. Podcast will resume March 23rd and continue for at least a few months. Find the details on the submissions page right here:  http://toastedcake.com/submissions.html 

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