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Toasted Cake 24: In which we fire the coals and RAKE THEM TOO.

They don't build us with windshield wipers over our glass eyes.

A Toasted Cake Original, and a Giant.

C.S.E. Cooney collects knives and books. Her fiction and poetry can be found in Rich Horton's Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2011 and 2012, SteamPowered II and Clockwork Phoenix 3, at Apex, Subterranean, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, Goblin Fruit, Cabinet des Fées and Mythic Delirium. She was this year's recipient of the Rhysling Award in the Long Poem category. Her novella Jack o' the Hills is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. Her poetry collection, How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, just came out from Papaveria Press. She thinks we should all sing Zing-Zou-Zou. 


Toasted Cake 23! In which we tell you three very short stories. 

Alberto Yáñez - Driving for Peanuts
Eli Effinger-Weintraub - Spirit of Leadership
Wendy N. Wagner - Stone Queen, a poem that first ran in Abyss & Apex

Alberto Yáñez is a writer and photographer. A native Californian, he now lives in Portland, OR, and tells himself that he really likes the rain. Among other things, he's a graduate of Clarion West 2011 and Viable Paradise XII. His middle name is Maximiliano, and you can find him on Twitter at @freelance_max. You can send him email at amaxyanez at gmail dot com and visit his website at

Eli Effinger-Weintraub writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and stageplays. Her work has been anthologized in the recent anthology from the Minnesota Spec Fic Writers, Sky-Tinted Waters, as well as We Don't Need Another Wave, and Best Date Ever, published in Steampunk Tales and Witches & Pagans Magazine, and performed at Patrick's Cabaret and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Her semimonthly column Restorying the Sacred for No Unsacred Place explores the possibilities of science-based myth-making. Eli lives, arts, and cycles in the Twin Cities watershed with her wife, artist Leora Effinger-Weintraub, and two buffalo disguised as cats. Follow her doings at or on Twitter as @AwflyWeeEli

Wendy N. Wagner's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in over a dozen publications, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine and the anthologies The Way of the Wizard and Armored. Her first novel, Dark Depths, is due Summer 2012 from Dagan Press. Ms. Wagner lives in Portland, Oregon, with her very understanding family--and most unfortunately, no dinosaurs. You can keep up with her at

Toasted Cake 22! In which things are so very bright. 

There was something wrong with the light. There was too much of it. 

First published in SPARKS.

Nathaniel Lee is a writer living in North Carolina with his wife, child, and obligatory cats. He puts words in order, and sometimes people give him money for them. His work, including a full bibliography, can be found at his daily writing blog, Mirrorshards, where he publishes a 100-word story every day.

Toasted Cake 21! In which we are efficient.

When I told you George was the solution, you didn't really think I meant him to be eaten, did you? A four-foot-long lizard? 

First published in Darker.

An Englishman now transplanted to small-town New Mexico, Brian Dolton has played volleyball on a sandbar in the Pacific Ocean, watched the sun set over the Sahara from the back of a camel, and stayed in a Buddhist monastery on a sacred Japanese mountain. He's been writing for as long as he can remember (which is longer than he would care to remember) and will continue to do so until they pry the keyboard from his cold dead hands. Whoever "they" are. If you know, he'd like to hear from you so he can make suitable preparations.


Toasted Cake 20! In which we meet Domesticus.

I started with the idea of a time travelling Autobot but not as a time traveling vehicle, like a Delorian or the Jet Car from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai.

J. Bradley is the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Falconer of Fiction at NAP, a contributor to the Specter Collective, and lives over at


Toasted Cake 19! In which we follow Grandmere's recipe. 

Her knives, usually set aside on baking day, are positioned prominently just outside the flour-strewn area where she will knead. 

First published in Abyss & Apex.

K Bird Lincoln spent 4 years in Japan precariously perched on a bicycle with her 2 daughters. Now she lives in the shadow of Laura Ingalls Wilder out on the Minnesotan Prairie and drives them around in a mini van. Other short stories have been published hither and thither in places such as Strange Horizons, Abyss and Apex, and the Lethe Press anthology, Japanese Dreams. Her YA historical fantasy Tiger Lily is now available on Amazon. 

Toasted Cake #18! In which we petition the moon.

Dear Mr. Moon Man or Ms. Moon Lady,
I would like very much for gravity to continue to suck or pull or whatever it does, but if you could do so with just a bit more nuance I would be very grateful. 

This story first appeared right here at Daily SF.  

Liz's work has been published in a range of journals and anthologies including The Pedestal Magazine, Pseudopod and Strange Horizons. Her previous incarnations include circus manager, refuge worker, research officer for the Order of Australia Awards, and extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. These days she is a freelance writer, and is an occasional artists' model.  


Toasted Cake #17! In which A nearly gets a shiv in the crossbar.

The letter SH paused in the anteroom of A's antebellum mansion.

These two stories first appeared on The Daily Cabal.

Luc Reid grew up in northern Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain, not far from where he now lives with his family. He is a Writers of the Future winner, a former radio commentator, an amateur musician, a systems analyst, and the founder of the Codex online writing group. His stories and articles have appeared in venues like Abyss & Apex, Clarkesworld, and The Writer. His first book was Talk the Talk: The Slang of 65 American Subcultures, followed by The Writing Engine: A Practical Guide to Writing Motivation, Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories, and the novel Family Skulls. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan, and he blogs about writing and the psychology of habits at

Episode #16!  In which we hear tiny truths.

The D string on the guitar in your bedroom is slightly flat. That'll be a nickel.

First appeared right here in Flash Fiction Online.

D. T. Friedman is an Internal Medicine resident who lives in the seediest hospitals in New York. She would write in her spare time, but she is an Internal Medicine resident who lives in the seediest hospitals in New York. Sometimes she juggles fire.

Episode #15! In which our hearts are made of glass.

My real name is Cherie, but you can call me Cherry or I might just rake your face.

First published in Brain Harvest.

Sean Markey's fiction has been published in Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and Sybil's Garage. Sean, a special education teacher, lives in Salt Lake City, UT. When not writing or teaching, he enjoys playing the drums, watching videos of baby owls, and dreaming of life as a storm chaser. You can follow along with his adventures at

Episode 14!  In which we scandalize.

As soon as Lionel was old enough, he fled to the decadent city where he drank hard liquor from speakeasies, cursed using the Lord's name, and danced with women who wore bobbie socks and chin-length hair.

First published at Interzone, and later in Gardner Dozois' Year's Best SF.

Rachel Swirsky's short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies and been nominated for the Hugo, the Sturgeon, the Locus Award, and the World Fantasy Award. In 2011, her novella "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen's Window" won the Nebula Award. Parts of "Again and Again and Again" are based on her family. In particular, on her father, who used to say 'when I was a kid, all we had to do to make adults sick was grow out your hair. I pity kids today."


Episode #13! In which we enter houses.

Please forgive my son for breaking and entering into your house last night.

First published at the now sadly-defunct Brain Harvest.

Helena Bell is an occasional poet, writer, and international traveler which means that over half of what she says is completely made up, the other half is probably made up, and the third half is about the condition of the roads. She has a BA, an MFA, a JD, and is pursuing a Tax LLM in order to fulfill her life long dream of having more letters follow her name than are actually in it. Her work has appeared in Brain Harvest, Daily Science Fiction and Rattle. Sometimes she blogs about the end of the world at

Episode #12! In which we make pizza in spaceports

Mark is making a Greek with extra olives when Shelly walks into the pizza place.

First published right here in Daily SF.

Steve grew up listening to his dad's ghost stories and never recovered. He attended Uncle Orson's Literary Boot Camp in 2009 and currently lives in Oklahoma in a small house full of girls. His stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Brain Harvest, and others. His nonfiction blog posts have been featured by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


Episode #11! In which the big red car meets the country road.

"Right where we're standing, there was a parking lot with yellow lines. The kind of parking lot you'd pay five dollars an hour for and count yourself lucky."

First published in Andromeda Spaceways.

Katherine Sparrow lives in San Francisco where she divides her time between writing young adult novels, baby-wrangling, and fundraising for a technology and social justice non-profit. Her website and links to other stories can be found at


Episode #10! In which we consider whether we should erupt.

I am a volcano, and I forgot to take my antidepressants.

First published right here in Brain Harvest.

Spencer Ellsworth wrote his first novel at seven years old and never recovered. He lives in Bellingham, WA, where he writes and edits; the former won the PARSEC Contest in 2009 and has been published in Brain Harvest, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Intergalactic Medicine Show; the latter includes slush reading and copyedits galore. He has also worked in wilderness survival, special education, and at a literary agency. He is married to fantasy artist Chrissy Ellsworth and is the proud father of Adia and Samwise Ellsworth, otherwise known as Monkey Pants and the Waddling Man of the Apocalypse. He lives at


Episode #9! In which we see things we shouldn't.

Your shade brought me cherries, dark and sweet.

(First published in the anthology Apparitions.)

Jessica Reisman's stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Five Star Speculative Fiction published her first novel, The Z Radiant, in 2004. She lives in Austin, Texas and likes a Mexican martini with extra olives. For more exciting information, visit
Episode #8! In which we see how a mother ship cares for her pilot.

In the moments before impact the Maya burned everything she had.  Fuel, air, excess hull, even the pilot's body -- cooked off in a spasm that saved both their lives. 

(First published in GUD Magazine.)

After a short foray into the great wide world--he has lived in Central Europe and in Turkey--T. F. Davenport has returned to the womb of university. He roams at large in the University of California system, studying linguistics and cognitive science. You can find his work at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature Futures, and other magazines.


Episode #7!  In which we meet a jealous appliance.

Lorna had always had a good relationship with her coffeemaker. 

(First published in Bull Spec.) 

Cat Rambo writes, edits, and teaches, all from the shore of eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish, where she co-exists with two cats, a software developer, and a large number of plastic dinosaurs. See her website at for links to more of her fiction.


Episode #6! In which we explore the inner city. 

The buildings pulled themselves out of the ground one morning and decided to speak. 

(First published here in Brain Harvest.) 

Jason Heller is a journalist, editor, and author whose nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including Clarkesworld (where he's the nonfiction editor), The A.V. Club, Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, and He's also a 2009 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and his short fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Sybil's Garage, Brain Harvest, Polluto, Farrago's Wainscot, M-Brane SF, and more. His debut novel, the speculative political satire Taft 2012, was published by Quirk Books in January. He once dreamed of becoming an architect--until he realized they have to actually obey the laws of physics.

Episode #5!  In which we read two poems by Camille Alexa!

every fashion-conscious girl knows
zombie boyfriends are
totally in for spring 

(right here in Everyday Weirdness)

Reanimation gives rise to all sorts of
regrets, as one forgets the
repercussions sure to follow the
reappearance of the dead. 

(first appeared in Chizine)

Camille Alexa's fiction appears in audio at Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Fantasy Magazine, and Machine of Death. Her book PUSH OF THE SKY received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Endeavour Award. Questionable fashion tips and a complete bibliography can be found at


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