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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.



Toasted Cake 191! In which we light up in technicolor.

About midnight, the party came to a crashing halt when one of the dive team seniors arrived with a case of beer.

This story first appeared right here in Daily SF.

(For those of you listening with kids, this story has a content warning for underage drinking.)

Kat Otis writes speculative fiction - everything from historical fantasy to urban fantasy, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for good measure. She lived a peripatetic life for almost two decades and is now rather bemused to be living in one place; she's not recycling her book boxes just yet! You can find her online at katotis.com and on twitter at @kat_otis.



Toasted Cake 190! In which we receive free age-appropriate nutrition tips.

Thank you for purchasing the TurboLuxe SmartFridge 3000.

This story first appeared right here in Gathering Storm Magazine.

Tara Campbell s a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, Strange Horizons, and Toasted Cake Podcast. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published in 2016, her collection, Circe's Bicycle, was released in spring 2018, and her third book, Midnight at the Organporium, will be released by Aqueduct Press in 2019. Find her at taracampbell.com


Toasted Cake 189! In which we imprint.

Your parents first activate your bionosaur when they bring you home from the hospital.

This story first appeared right here in the ROBOT DINOSAURS! anthology.

Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novella, Every River Runs to Salt, is out now with Fireside Fiction. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee and Tiptree Award honoree. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues worldwide, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and all four Escape Artists podcasts. Follow her on Twitter @RachaelKJones.



Toasted Cake 188! In which we really don't want to come across as if we're spying on our neighbors.

Warm greetings from the Oak Hills Homeowners Association!

First appeared right here in Daily SF.

Mari Ness lives in central Florida, where she keeps a wary eye out for alligators and unicorns. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Apex, Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Nightmare and Daily Science Fiction. If she sees any unicorns, she will tell you on Twitter at mari_ness.



Toasted Cake 187! In which we do literary mash-ups. In space. 

After two hours of work, Daria got the space station's recycler back online without Hugh there to help her.

This story first appeared in Nature.

Rachael K. Jones grew up in various cities across Europe and North America, picked up (and mostly forgot) six languages, and acquired several degrees in the arts and sciences. Now she writes speculative fiction in Portland, Oregon. Her debut novella, Every River Runs to Salt, will be out with Fireside Fiction in late 2018. Contrary to the rumors, she is probably not a secret android. Rachael is a World Fantasy Award nominee and Tiptree Award honoree. Her fiction has appeared in dozens of venues worldwide, including Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and PodCastle. Follow her on Twitter at @RachaelKJones.



Toasted Cake 186! In which we are willing to assemble thingamajigs.

Last night, while perusing cat pictures posted on Facebook by my sister-in-law, I saw your birth announcement from Mr. Zuckerberg, followed seventeen seconds later by your own declaration of independence and ultimatum to the people of Earth.

This story first appeared in Unidentified Funny Objects 6, edited by Alex Shvartsman.

A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, Ken is the author of The Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series that includes The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms, and the collection The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Find him at kenliu.name.



Toasted Cake 185! In which we sing of adventure.

Grandma smelled of mushroom steaks sauteed in garlic butter and apples soaked in brandy and when she paused in her relentless movement between cooktop and sink and fridge and pantry the Oort cloud of flour settled around her teeshirt and jeans.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Clarion West 2010 alumni Jude-Marie Green's short story, ENDLESS SUMMER, will be included in the anthology Made In L.A., being released at the LA Times Festival of Books April 21/22. The book can currently be purchased from Amazon. Other recent short story sales are HANG TWENTY to Fantasy for the Throne: One Sitting Reads (ed. by Judith K. Dial and Tom Easton) and WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION to RE-Launch from Pole-To-Pole Publishing, both due out this spring. She won the Speculative Literature Foundation's Older Writers Grant in 2012. She holds proud membership in BroadUniverse, O.C. Writers (Orange County, CA writers collective), and LASFS (Los Angeles Science Fiction/Fantasy Society.) Her blog is at wordpress.judemarie.com.

Toasted Cake 184! In which we are caught with the Billy bookcase and the Darth Vader sheets.

Maxx Destruktinator bounced gently in his Poang chair and stroked the Persian as he surveyed his domain.

This story is original to Toasted Cake.

Jon Lasser was born in New York City. He lives and writes in Seattle, WA. He is a graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop. His stories have won the Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted for the James White award. They have appeared or are forthcoming in Writers of the Future, Volume 32; Diabolical Plots; Galaxy's Edge; and elsewhere. When not writing or working in the tech industry, Jon plays with his children, cooks, and scuba dives. He prefers cold-water over tropical diving. Find him on the Web at twoideas.org and on Twitter as @disappearinjon.



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