Fanfic Groups!There's plenty of cool and some rather novel groups for the fan fiction community. Here's a few of them!
:iconliteraryfanfiction: A collection of quality stories.
:iconillustrated-fanfic: If someone has ever illustrated one of your stories, this is the place to show it off.
:iconArda-Inspired: A collaborative group between writers and artists for the Lord of the Rings fandom.
:iconfanfic-exchange: Like the above, but for all fan fiction!
And some general groups:
:iconfan-fiction-writers: :iconfanfiction-authors: :iconfanfiction-fc: :iconfanfiction-galore: :iconfanfiction-for-fans:
If you know of any more cool groups, let me know!
Story Illustration Contest '13After two successful, exciting, and fun years for my Illustration Contest, I might as well keep with the momentum! Usually I start it a few months later in the year, but this time I figure why wait? The third annual Story Illustration Contest is now officially underway!Story Illustration Contest '13 in Deviant Events More Like This
To enter, +fave this journal and +watch me so you can get updates for the contest. If you don't dig me, you can always un-watch once we're done.
Draw an illustration depicting a character, characters, or a scene from the selection of stories below.
You may enter as many times as you like!
Entries will be judged by faithfulness to the source material and complexity of the image.
In the description under your entry, include a link to the original story and this contest article.
Send your entries to me in a note so I can add them to this folder.
No bases! Entries must be completely made by you.
Contest: Crossovers! As kids, we often mashed our toys together, regardless of Copyright. Superman would take command of G.I. Joe to defeat the combined forces of Doctor Doom and the Decepticons, while Barbie took a break from her idealistic lifestyle to become a Pokemon master. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got recruited into Starfleet and taught Spock the wonders of pizza. (And from the furor arose Mister Rogers in a blood-stained sweater.)Contest: Crossovers! in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
And thus, the Crossover was born. It's something we never really outgrew, either. To this day, seeing our favorite characters from different stories meet and compete is a guilty pleasure that we all like to indulge in. So now's your chance to indulge yourselves for prizes!
4th Illustration Contest--Final Day!Last chance, folks!4th Illustration Contest--Final Day! in Deviant Events More Like This
The challenge, should you chose to accept it, is to translate my short stories from the verbal to the visual! Pick your favorite from the list below and draw a scene or characters from it! Action, drama, science fiction, romance, humans, robots, werewolves... There should be something down there for everybody. Some characters already have references, but some don't. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Some stories contain characters that belong to my friends, but feel free to draw them as well!
To enter, +fave this journal and +watch me so you can get updates for the contest. If you don't dig me, you can always un-watch once we're done.
Draw an illustration depicting a character or a scene from one of the ten stories below.
You may submit as many entries as you like!
Illustration Contest Mark II (One week to go!)4.23 The deadline approacheth! For those of you still working on your entries, better get a move on!Illustration Contest Mark II (One week to go!) in Deviant Events More Like This
This was such a success last year that I'm doing it again for my 25th birthday!
Pick your favorite story from the list below and draw a scene or characters from it! I try to be diverse in my writing; Action, drama, science fiction, romance, humans, robots... There should be something in there for everybody. This year's pool has some old classics and some new favorites. Some characters have reference pictures already, but some have never been visually depicted before. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Some stories contain characters that belong to other people but feel free to draw them as well. You may enter as many times as you like.
Beta-Reader Match-Making: A Fan Fiction ContestJust a reminder that even if you missed Phase One, you can still jump in and participate as an editor for Phase Two! Just comment or note me and I'll randomly assign you a story to edit!Beta-Reader Match-Making: A Fan Fiction Contest in Deviant Events More Like This
My tenure as Community Volunteer of Fan Fiction ends tomorrow, and I want to go out with a bang. So here's one more competition with prizes so you'll all remember me fondly!
A writer's best friend is another writer. Sometimes you just cannot objectively look over your own work and fix all your mistakes. You need a fresh pair of eyes to help you, and who better than someone else who understands the labors of love you're undertaking? That is where editors come in. But for many people, finding a literary helpmate can be difficult.
What's this about?
This is a two-part contest for writers of fan fiction. Phase One: Write a fan fiction but don't bother to proofread it. Post it in its raw, unedited first draft (just make sure it's still legible--correct your typos, at the ve
One is the Loneliest NumberOptimus Prime wasn't sure why he had come here. The journey to "Dinobot Island" and Black's laboratory had an almost dream-like quality in his memory banks and he had only gotten here five cycles ago. He'd managed to avoid the Dinobots during his journey, thankfully - he didn't want to be bothered. But now he was here and wondering just what force had compelled him to make this expedition.One is the Loneliest Number in Romance More Like This
He stood motionless as he recalled the last time he had been here, some weeks ago. Blackarachnia had extorted him to fetch a component for Prometheus Black so he could experiment on her and the scientist had, of course, betrayed her. Optimus had acted without thinking then too, rescuing her more out of reflex than conscious decision. Of course if he had paused to think about it, he would have done the same thing anyway. He still cared about her.
After Elita-1's apparent death, he had always fantasized about what life would have been like if she'd lived. Commanding a ragtag crew repairing space-bridge
Why I Thumb My Nose at Shipping"[W]hy do you hate "shipping?" What makes it so uncreative?"Why I Thumb My Nose at Shipping in Art Features More Like This
This question was put to me in a recent thread in the devART literature forums. I wrote a rather comprehensive answer to that question, and now for the sake of posterity I am posting it in a journal to save myself the hassle of writing it over and over again. The next time this subject comes up, answering will be as easy and linking them here:
While it's one thing to build on the Ship Teases of the original writers (I get just as frustrated by Will They or Won't They? moments as anyone else, and I can see where someone might want to pick up where they think a writer let them down), it's another matter all together to just slap two random characters together because you think they look "hot together."
Love is an extremely personal thing. You can't just fall in love with anyone. A
LegendsLegends in Short Stories More Like This
"Professor Sewell! Come quickly! You're not bloody going to believe this!"
Professor Elizabeth Sewell gave the intern a cross glare through her glasses. She was a middle-aged woman, with red hair just beginning to silver. She was not finicky about her appearance, yet she tried very hard to avoid the "stern librarian" appearance displayed by many of her colleagues. "Language, Mister Porter. If you wish to be a professional, you'll need to control that hasty tongue of yours."
"Right sorry," young Porter gasped obligatorily as he shoved aside both flaps that served as the door to her tent and beckoned her outside. He was a consummate portrayal of young adulthood: longish hair that constantly dangled over his brows, sloppily-shaven stubble, and lose, dirty clothes. Dark brown hair and eyes were the only color contrasting an otherwise pasty complexion. "But you must come see this! We've found something in the cave!"
Elizabeth sighed as she closed her archeology book, obviously in no hurry.
Illustration Contest 2012 WINNERS!2 each go to the first 40 people who fave this article!Illustration Contest 2012 WINNERS! in Deviant Events More Like This
They say a picture can tell a thousand words... but what about a thousand words telling a picture? That's the goal of every writer, and if they're not Alan Moore, then seeing their work brought to life through someone else's imagination is one of the greatest thrills of writing. This year I held my second contest challenging artists to breathe their life into my words, and this year's entries have astounded me. Last year's entries were good, but this year's were more and better, and it blew me away. I feel both honored and disappointed that I cannot reward more of you.
But I had to choose. It was not an easy choice, and in the end I had to turn to the advice of some trusted friends and discuss the merits of these pieces with them. I both love and hate this part, because as much as I know I'm making some peoples' days, I know I have to break a few hearts (or at least disappoint them) too. And so, without any more adi
Redesign a character contest!If there's something we love about fan art is how artists take artistic liberties and portray characters in their own style and different scenarios we wouldn't see otherwise. Some people will say that fan art is unoriginal, but from experience there's a lot of creativity involved when it comes to depicting your favourite characters in a different light, deviating from the way they were designed by their creators.Redesign a character contest! in Deviant Events More Like This
This is why, inspired by the Pokedesign Challenge by *CrazyRatty on Tumblr, your friendly neighborhood Fan Art CVs decided to host a fun little contest for you!
How it works:
Pick a character from any fandom you like.
Come up with at least 3 different re-designs for them and put them in a single image.
Upload to deviantART's Fan Art Gallery
Fan Fiction Contest - Freaky Friday!What if one day you woke up to find out you were in the body of your favourite character and they were in your body? What crazy things would happen to you both?Fan Fiction Contest - Freaky Friday! in Deviant Events More Like This
This is what this contest is about: Fan Fic writers are invited to tell us what swapping bodies with a character from any fandom of their choice would be like.
Write a short Fan Fiction about your body swap experience with a character in a fandom of your choice.
You must put YOURSELF in their body, and the fandom character in your body. We want to see both characters facing this freaky incident.
You now posses their body and all their powers, but there are limitations. Please refrain from writing anything of sexual nature.
The character now posses your body and has to face reality! So they no longer have their special powers and no one but themselves know about the swap. For example: They would break their hand trying to get coins to pop out of bricks! Or even a co
Contest: Fan Art NouveauHello, everyone! It's time for another Fan Art contest. This time, we're asking participants to create Fan Art in Art Nouveau style.Contest: Fan Art Nouveau in Deviant Events More Like This
What is Art Nouveau?
"Art Nouveau (French pronunciation: [aʁ nuvo], Anglicised to /ˈɑːrt nuːˈvoʊ/) or Jugendstil is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that was most popular during 1890–1910. English uses the French name Art nouveau ("new art"), but the style has many different names in other countries. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants, but also in curved lines. Architects tried to harmonize with the natural environment.
Art Nouveau is considered a "total" art style, embracing architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewellery, furniture, textiles, household sil
PE Daily Deviations - So you want to suggest DDs?You're browsing deviantART or are simply checking your message centre and find a wonderful art piece. You want to suggest it as a Daily Deviation because you believe it truly deserves to be seen by the community as a whole. But how to properly suggest a DD? This article will explain the process.PE Daily Deviations - So you want to suggest DDs? in Deviant Events More Like This
Things to check before sending a suggestion:
The first thing you need to check is if the artist has been given a Daily Deviation in the past 6 months. Volunteers cannot feature anyone who's had a DD in that period of time with no exceptions, as this has been hard-coded into deviantART's system.
"But how do I check an artist's Daily Deviations?" you may ask. Simply go to their gallery, click browse and scroll down. If they have any DDs, you'll be able to find a link to them at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can add "/dds" after their profile url and click enter on your browser's address bar.
Fan Art DD Summary - July 2012Another month passes and it's time to review the Fan Art and Fan Fic Daily Deviations featured during the past 31 days. Without further ado, let's have a look at them.Fan Art DD Summary - July 2012 in Art Features More Like This
Noel Kreiss by AerisGainsley
Noel Kreiss by ~AerisGainsley
(Featured by TheCreativeJenn)
Scorpion by flavioluccisano
Scorpion by ~flavioluccisano
(Featured by TheCreativeJenn)
Fan Art DD Summary - June 2012It's time for the monthly Fan Art Daily Deviation round-up! This time JZLobo joins the Fan Art Kingdom as the first Fan Fic Community Volunteer. Here are this month's Daily Deviations in both Fan Fiction and Fan Art.Fan Art DD Summary - June 2012 in Art Features More Like This
FinalFantasyType-0 by ta1ght5
FinalFantasyType-0 by ~ta1ght5
(Featured by TheCreativeJenn, suggested by SophieBrigitteXD)
Diablo3 Barbarian by KAaSTuroveC
Diablo3 Barbarian by ~
Freaky Friday Fan Fiction Contest WinnersHello, everyone!Freaky Friday Fan Fiction Contest Winners in Art Features More Like This
Our Fan Fiction Contest has come to an end and the judges have come to a final decision! Here's the results!
3 month Premium Membership
Stress Balls pack*
The Body-Swapper's Guide to the Galaxy
6 month Premium Membership
Separation at last
1 year Premium Membership
*deviantWEAR Prizes are subject to availability
Fan Art DD Summary - October 2012:iconj-z-belexes:Fan Art DD Summary - October 2012 in Art Features More Like This
Features by JZLobo
Features by alexandrasalas
monsters elementary by lilibzkise-kun by ymkwPortal To My Heart by JalbennAssassin's Creed 3 - Connor by betti357Marillo de Oro by pegosho:thumb273714054:Gandalf and the Balrog by gonzalokennyCATCH Love Deadpool 'UPDATED' by kylecbastianCave Of The Inferi by DubischThe Seven-color Warrior by HaychelYou can have my everything by fdasuarezDaniel Craig as James Bond by DevonneAmosThor by jedskiJourney by farookyMOTU 27x39 FINAL by TheBeastIsBack
Features by Lyricanna
Remember about Theramore by Yulcha You rain... by Kodomo-no-luna Poppy by YOGISHA IN THE SEWERS by CaziTena AC - Altair by offrecord CN20TH by SakikoAmana Hawkeye by kittrose Shall we dance? by kunoichi-san Phantom Detectives by VerminFu Lights by raemz-desu Totoro's secret glade by Mattiasedstrom We're All Mad Here - The Cheshire Cat by NickyBarkla I'll Decide For You by Alrynnas Lady in Red from Game Ib by AliceYuric CHRONOS by christadaelia TRON: Digital Sea by koponya World End by nako-75 Violet Ash by Zucreelo :thumb332831333: The Three Broomsticks by TwiggyMcBones O Fortuna by LindaNordberg Assassin's Creed - Naara's Hunt by KimiSz Gabriel- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by Esther-Sanz King of the Woodland Realm by saramondo :thumb284992006: Pokemon Gijinka: SKITTY by hellcorpceo
Fan Artist of the Month - April 2012Following the tradition set by the lovely rydi1689 and carried on by the amazing TommyGK; TheCreativeJenn and myself have the pleasure to present our Fan Artist of the Month for April 2012! Cue drumroll, please!Fan Artist of the Month - April 2012 in Art Features More Like This
nakira is a freelance illustrator who is always willing to help fellow artists and friends and is very passionate about her fandoms. One peek at her gallery and you'll be amazed by the colorful and beautiful art she creates. TheCreativeJenn had the pleasure to interview Naki. Let's see what she has to say:
For how long have you contributed to the Fan Art Gallery?
I’ve been submitting fanart to deviantArt’s gallery since I joined in 2003.
How much time do you dedicate to your work on a daily basis?
I draw for almost all of an average day – on average 8-10 hours a day. Life being what it is, however, means that sometimes I can’t dedicate as much time a
Tutorials Feature: Fan FictionTutorials Feature: Fan Fiction in Art Features More Like This
Hi and welcome to another edition of Tutorials for Fan Creations!
In today's feature you'll find a collection of tutorials for Fan Fic writers. We hope our literature fans find these useful for their writing.
Thanks for viewing and keep an eye on TommyGK for more articles and interviews!
A Wolf at War: Chapter 1A Wolf at WarA Wolf at War: Chapter 1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 1: The World as We Knew It
"They are getting close, wait until the tank is next to the car." I whispered to Jacek who was lying next to me as he twisted the last few wires together, priming the final fuse. From our second floor position we had a commanding position over the street below, gripping my rifle I readied myself for the fight to come. A block away, a small squad of two dozen German troops headed by a Panther tank cautiously made their way towards our position which was at the far end of a T shaped intersection. Those fascist bastards were oblivious of the trap which has been set for them. The rumbling of the German tank was growing ever louder as they drew ever closer, less than thirty meters from the car now. Jacek gripped the detenator anxiously, thick beads of sweat running down his gaunt, unshaven face. I reached over to him and placed a steadying hand on his shoulder. "Wait for
Still a Werewolf at HeartTo be free, a concept for that people have fought and died over for centuries but what does it really mean? We call ourselves a ‘free society’ but it seems as if we are nothing more than slaves. Slaves to debt, slaves to fashion, slaves to society’s expectations but most of all, slaves to the mistakes of our pasts. But what does it truly mean to be free? Is it wrong of me to want to want to get away from all the pressure and restrictions to live a life of pure independence? It was these ‘cabin fever’ like feeling which led me to fall in love with werewolves.Still a Werewolf at Heart in Short Stories More Like This
I have always been interested in animals but it was only three short years ago that I became fascinated with werewolves. The idea of true and unrestricted freedom, the idea of becoming something greater than myself, and most of all the pure connection to nature I craved more than anything.
I know I sound like a spoiled brat, I have nothing really to complain about because I have lived a very go
A Wolf at War: Chapter 8A Wolf at WarA Wolf at War: Chapter 8 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 8: St. Francis and the Wolf
Polish Text will from now on be in italics
Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months, and as time passed Scotland began to feel more and more like home. The great misty forests nestled between the mountains of the highlands made for a wolf’s perfect habitat… and a perfect hunting ground. Within my first month in the highlands, I had caught my first rabbit. I had no clue what compelled me to do so but the moment I saw the poor creature hopping from the underbrush I instinctively bolted after it, shifting as I ran. Within a matter of seconds the bunny was dangling lifeless from my jaws, I felt disgusted with myself the moment I realized what I had done. I was no stranger to death but killing this bunny felt much more personal, I hadn’t shot it from a distance, no I had cracked its neck between my jaws felt its blood run through my teeth, it scared me more when I realized that I was not so much disgusted b
A Wolf at War: Chapter 11A Wolf at WarA Wolf at War: Chapter 11 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter 11: The Best Laid Plans
I stopped as I realized that Mrs. Barson was slumped sideways in her chair, the sound of soft breathing permeating the quiet early morning air. I couldn't help but chuckle, she had been very eager to hear my story but as the hours dragged on, I could see the jet lag taking its toll. As quietly as I could I stood up and stretched myself out as the first band of light appeared over the horizon, signaling another day was just over the horizon. I was sure she had a hotel waiting for her but I couldn't help bring myself to disturb her slumber. So as gently as i could I hoisted her out of her chair and carried her bridal style to my room where i set her down in my bed. She didn’t so much as stir as I slipped off her black heels and set her glasses on the nightstand before pulling the covers over her sleeping form. She murmured something as she curled in the bed and fell deep into sleep. A frown began to f
Worldbuilding Contest *Closed*WE GOT FOUR ENTRIES! That means we qualify for the first place prize. Winner will be announced in two weeks. Go here to read the entries.Worldbuilding Contest *Closed* in Personal More Like This
EDIT: Added link to a dA formatting guide! Ctrl+F "new" or skip directly down to the guidelines.
UPDATED JUNE 24: New deadline is July 31st!
It's simple. Write a story about three pre-selected characters travelling in your original world. Let them explore. Let yourself explore your world through their eyes. After the characters of your novel leave a scene, does it still exist without them? Of course it does. Now's the time to show it.
How to Enter and Submit
Fellas World - Contest Contest ended -see the winners here http://fav.me/d7cqu2v.Fellas World - Contest in Deviant Events More Like This
We all know Fella and dA wouldn't be the same without him anymore.
But did you ever wonder who he really is? Where does he come from? Why is he alone?
He is always at our side, lurking here and there, making your dA experience a little brighter and introducing you to new things all the time.
Your mission is to show us the world of Fella.
How does he live? Does he have pets? Is he the only one or are there other 'creatures' like him? Does he come from a distant planet? Is he the result of an experiment?
What does he eat? Or maybe he doesn't need to eat at all?
What is he doing in his freetime? Does he like to cook or read a good book? Or is he more of an adventurer, exploring the world outside?
Below you can see a few artworks, that already show Fella working for dA or in random situations. Maybe these inspire you to come up with other details of his life.
Christmas Project - overThink of a Seasonal/wintery idea for a user-script that could style members profiles or dA front page during the festive season.Christmas Project - over in Personal More Like This
Submit to deviantART Related > deviantART Suggestions.
Link me to your entry here: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/271165575/2303601144
Deadline: 6th December
Prize: 50 Points by nikkittie
Additionally i might try to make a real user style of the winning entry. Depends on the idea.
Have you ever made a Snowman? Have you ever wondered how Moonbeam13 would make one ??
Create a 3-5 box cartoon strip titled "How Danie makes a snowman".
Submit to deviantART Related > Devious Fun > Miscellaneous or Cartoons & Comics.
Link me to your entry here: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/271165575/2304868373
The winner will be chosen by Moonbeam13
Deadline: 20th December
Prize: One emoticon keychain complete set http://fav.me/d47luz6
Create and share a Christmas/seasonal Literature Template http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/
Did you know? - DD related FAQsDaily Deviations (DDs) are a topic full of controversy. To raise awareness of what a DD really is and how people should act in case they disagree, let's take a closer look at the DD related FAQs.Did you know? - DD related FAQs in Deviant Events More Like This
This FAQ, as well as the group communityrelations, is your #1 resource for figuring out the right Community Volunteer or Staff member for your DD suggestions.
Additionally this FAQ lists some guidelines that apply for all possible DDs.
To quickly link someone to this FAQ type :faq18:
There is a lot of misconception floating around about what Daily Deviations are or should be. This FAQ gives you the explanation you should stick to.
Also keep in mind that nothing like "masterpiece", "best of the best", "perfect" or similar appears among the DD description.
DDs can be quite simple or extremely complex and detailed. They represent different styles, categories/galleries and me
PE: Adoptables[deviantART related]PE: Adoptables in Art Features More Like This
Adoptables are Original Characters, short OC, created by one deviant to be obtained by others.
There are different ways of how to get hold of them, that will be explained in detail further below of this article.
While the copyright and the idea remains to be property of the adoptable creator, the new owner usually has the right to do "whatever they want" with the OC.
That means, they can change certain characteristics of the overall look, can give them names, can create background stories and everything else that makes them a complex character. Additionally to that they can use that adopt to be used as avatars, in new artworks, as page dolls, as characters in stories or RPG and much more.
Of course there are still rules by the original creator that should be followed.
Mostly people who are not much into visual art and those that have a hard time to come up with original characters themselves do benefit from them. Adoptables are always pre-made and that means you al
dAr CR Update August 2014This will be my last CR update as my term as a CV will end in September. This means, that it is your time to apply for that position now - if you are interested and haven't yet!dAr CR Update August 2014 in Personal Journal More Like This
Wasn't able to get as much done as I was hoping for originally, but hopefully still enough to have been a decent dAr CV again. Still, the last month is not over yet, so as always you can leave suggestions and ideas regarding that gallery!
Hope you all enjoyed Project Educate for dAr last month and have learned something new maybe. In case you missed it, you can find an overview of all articles here or over at projecteducate.
Soon dA will have its 14th birthday. And that means it's time for partyyyyy
dAr Daily Deviations July
World of deviantART
During July the following CVs headed to seniorland: photofroggy, PolyMune and FionaCreates.
While these deviants j
Never Too OldNever Too Old in Short Stories More Like This
"That was the lamest one yet!" Glenn snickered.
"It was pretty bad," Kevin admitted, "but not as bad as Strawberry Shortcake."
"Thanks for reminding me. Yeah, that was even worse."
"Good candy, though."
"Mmm," Glenn assented through a mouthful of Skittles.
The zombie and the pirate approached the little blue house and followed an arrow to the back door.
"Betcha this one sucks," Glenn said as he pressed the doorbell. Suddenly, the door flew open to reveal a short flight of stairs.
"Trick or treat?" Kevin asked hopefully.
A meaty paw reached around the door, and Glenn did a spit-take. A diminutive werewolf emerged from the house and howled for dramatic effect.
"What are you supposed to be, Curious George?" Glenn scoffed.
The werewolf howled again and held out a plastic pumpkin brimming with sweets. Kevin carefully selected a Butterfinger, whereas Glenn grabbed whatever would fit in his sticky gray hand.
"Thanks," Kevin mumbled.
The werewolf barked, and two rivulets of drool fell onto the
Coyote EnvyJeremy Driggers didn't just love coyotes. He envied them. He wanted to be one, and gradually grew less and less guarded about it. He drew coyotes in his notebooks in class. He watched Warner Bros. cartoons and rooted against The Road Runner. He wrote letters to the editor defending coyotes going through garbage cans in suburbia.Coyote Envy in Short Stories More Like This
Jeremy wasn't very outgoing in or out of class, so no one paid much mind to him or his coyotes. He wore coyote T-shirts to class and even put a tail hole through a pair of pants, but no one asked him about it. At night, rather than socialize, he would lie outside and stare at the sky, obsessing about being a coyote.
This continued from high school into college. Jeremy signed up for several clubs where he hoped to meet like-minded individuals, but they never came at it from the same angle. They cared about camping and hunting, or endangered species, or Native American culture. No one else expressed interest in becoming a coyote, so he wasn't about to volunteer i
Off NightMat ought to have been an actor. He had a smile that seemed sincere no matter how full of rage he was. Behind a cash register, that came in very handy!Off Night in Short Stories More Like This
Paul was a good guy, too. As much as Mat wanted to blame him, he lacked legitimate basis. Chris couldn't come into work last minute, and Paul couldn't find anyone else to take the shift. Against his better judgment, Mat agreed and hated himself for it.
Only six hours, Mat reminded himself: shorter than any school day. Before he knew it, he could go home and—oh, yeah, he hadn't gone inside yet.
Forgetting his signature smile, Mat entered the café and stomped past the counter for an apron.
"Toodle-oo," chirped the new girl, already halfway to the door.
Mat put on Led Zeppelin and tried not to feel sorry for himself. It wasn't that big a deal. It was just one night. He didn't have a hot date or a ticket to some expensive event. Besides, there were… eight people in line he hadn't noticed until right now. Awkward.
Looking UpAaron fumed.Looking Up in Short Stories More Like This
It was his day off, and here he was at work anyway, two hours to close. He hated training people, but tomorrow was a big day, and he would pay for it in the long run if he put it off. He had been home alone, wasting time, but the principle of it still bothered him. He practically lived here these days.
He exited the car and slammed the door. Then he noticed a young man, probably a college student, standing at the edge of the parking lot. He was on the grass, looking straight up at the night sky. A full moon gleamed overhead.
In his funk, Aaron had forgotten the full moon! It almost always cheered him up. He smiled and called out to the stranger, "Hope I didn't disturb you."
There was no response, and Aaron stopped to stare at the full moon for a while himself. He felt better. He laughed, remembering his childhood experiment to see how long it took for the full moon to turn him into a werewolf. He had been a weird kid, and proud of it.
"It's beautiful, but it doesn't do any
Francis Hart's Hallowe'en Spectacular!"What about here?"Francis Hart's Hallowe'en Spectacular! in Short Stories More Like This
Francis pulled over and parked his sedan parallel to the highway.
"So particular about everything," Rachel chided him.
"I don't want an infraction."
"Are you sure? Nurse Rachel will take good care of you."
Francis shook his head, unfastened his seat belt, and loosened his tie in that order.
"You're not taking your clothes off already, are you?"
"What? No, just my tie."
"Good. Let me take off the rest!"
"Rachel… why don't you get the beer out of the back?"
She dimmed but did as suggested.
Francis got out the other side and patted his pockets.
"Now, why don't we take a walk in the woods?"
"I thought you'd never ask! Nurse Rachel will loosen you up if it takes all night. Well, at least till I have to get back for the costume party. I still can't believe you're dressed like that."
"Rachel, we still have to put together a plan for you some time."
"Do you care about anything besides insurance?"
"Rachel, I do not care about insurance. I care about selling insur
EnlightenmentThe credits scrolled, and Damon returned to reality. He stretched his arms.Enlightenment in Short Stories More Like This
"You missed a good movie!" he called out to no one there.
11:00. Too soon for bed, and besides, he was hungry. He rose from the recliner and ambled across the apartment. Kyle's door was closed of course, so he knocked.
"I'm thinking of going out. You interested?"
Just as Damon was about to walk away, Kyle provided the first of several surprises.
"Sure, why not."
"Whoa, really? Awesome! You wanna transform? I can bring along the Frisbee."
"Yeah, but don't bother with the Frisbee."
"Cool, I'll get ready!"
Damon slipped off his socks and smiled as his feet disappeared under thick sepia fur. Large claws poked out almost absurdly, and pads pushed him another inch closer to the ceiling. He bounced back and forth, anticipating a night out with his old friend.
Finally, Kyle's door creaked open, and Kyle tiptoed out looking more like a Pomeranian than a wolf. Behind one ear was a feather.
"What's with the feathe
Low Tide"Hey," Heather called out from the back door. "I thought of something."Low Tide in Short Stories More Like This
"What's that?" Frank asked absent-mindedly as he blended blue and red to make ocean water.
"We haven't been swimming since last summer."
"Oh, you're right," Frank said, surprised. "We should practice before we go to Florida."
"Two steps ahead of you! Put your trunks on."
"But it's dark out, and we're miles from the lake," Frank sputtered.
"Just trust me," Heather teased. "I'll go change, too. Race you!"
With his best skeptical smile, Frank put down his pencils and headed for the bedroom. Heather already was in the closet to get her swimsuit. Frank went to the dresser and dug around for his trunks. He finally found them, and with a shrug, undressed to put them on.
To his dismay, they barely stayed up. He tugged at the drawstring, but willpower was still all that kept them from sagging. "Heather?" he whimpered.
His wife emerged from the closet with the same predicament; both bikini top and bottom were too loose for c
Pool PartyTom was giddy. Here was his chance to prove himself capable to his friends! As a new homeowner, he had not only a place to host parties, but also an above ground pool and deck. Rather than be late to everything, he could take credit for organizing everything. His best friends, Jack and Stephen, were somewhat skeptical.Pool Party in Short Stories More Like This
"You haven't even unpacked, and already you want to host a party?" Stephen scoffed.
"You've heard of a housewarming party!" Tom insisted.
"Tom," Jack interjected, "you don't throw those for yourself. That's telling people to get you gifts."
"Fine," Tom said. "We'll call it a cookout, backyard barbecue, whatever. Pool party."
"Do you even know how to operate a pool?" quizzed Stephen.
"How hard can it be?" laughed Tom. "Fill it up with water, and all the pool stuff's in the garage."
"Give him a break," Jack told Stephen. "He's got a point. How hard can it be?"
Stephen avoided eye contact but relented.
Saturday, Tom was almost ready. He had ribs to barbecue, napkins, the go
Karen and the Unexpected Transformation"Where is he?"Karen and the Unexpected Transformation in Short Stories More Like This
"This is ridiculous."
"Excuse me. Ma'am?"
"You'll have to come closer. I can't hear you."
"That's better. What can I do for you?"
"I was wondering if you'd seen a friend of mine."
"What's he look like?"
"Well, he's not a friend exactly. He's sort of the narrator."
"That still doesn't tell me what he looks like."
"Have you seen anyone around here tonight?"
"Oh! There was this one fellow. He was waiting over there by those columns, when all of a sudden, he turned into a werewolf and ran off."
"How could you tell he was waiting?"
"He kept looking around aimlessly, and he was holding a pen and paper but not writing anything."
"Great, that must have been him."
"Well, if it was, I assure you he was in no condition to be narrating anything."
"Now what am I supposed to do?"
"What are you asking me for?"
"All I know is, there's supposed to be an unexpected transformation tonight, and he's supposed to take notes."
"I told you he turned into a werewolf. Are y
CourtshipGretchen was on page 76 of The Prisoner of Zenda when Terry introduced himself.Courtship in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey, pretty lady," he slurred.
Gretchen looked up to see a man in a tatty grey suit.
"Are you lonely?" he inquired.
Gretchen choked because she could taste the bourbon on his breath. She cleared her throat, then said, "No, thank you."
"I'm lonely," Terry informed her, and just stood there.
"I'm sorry," Gretchen sputtered, trying to focus on a gazebo in the distance instead of Terry slouched over her.
"I'll love and protect you!" Terry offered.
"I beg your pardon?" Gretchen asked out loud without meaning to.
"I'll love and protect you, pretty lady," Terry reaffirmed.
"Protect me from what?"
"Oh, I don't believe in monsters," Gretchen scoffed. Now she was more annoyed than scared.
"Not even lawyers?" Terry asked.
Gretchen went back to reading The Prisoner of Zenda.
"I got a St. Christopher's Medal," Terry boasted. Like Terry, it had seen better days. Terry threw out his hand to show
Far From HomeTabitha froze and snatched her breath before it could escape too quickly. It wasn’t that she heard a rustle in the underbrush that stopped her cold with her boot hovering in mid-step, it was quite the opposite. She didn’t hear a thing. No birds. No squirrels. No wind. It took her a moment to realize something was off. It came when she first noticed that all she heard were Jenny’s footsteps and the faint sounds of her gear bouncing against her as she walked. Tabitha’s eyes flicked to the little girl on her left and she could tell Jenny felt it too. Even though the combat serum was fading in her body, Tabitha called upon something much more primal as she swallowed as quietly as she could.Far From Home in Short Stories More Like This
An instinct as old as humankind went into action as Tabitha felt the unmistakable sensation of being hunted. The summer sun wasn’t supposed to set for another hour but the presence of the Rocky Mountains and the de
What You Make of ItConnor felt goose bumps on his arms as he stared at the brick wall at the end of the wide alley. He considered climbing it but it was easily twice his height. For an incoming high school junior, he was significantly shorter than his friends and the red wall stared back at him intimidatingly. His pulse quickened as he turned around in the sickly yellow glow of the streetlights. He took a few steps away from the wall and flinched when his foot landed in a puddle. The splash of the water seemed to launch a mixture of odors into the night air. Conner only recognized a few, scrunching his nose at the intensity of the unpleasant scents. However, as he attempted to escape the sudden influx of smells, he only opened himself to more. Refuse and stale food scraps threw their stench to the passing breeze and overwhelmed him. He coughed as he wished for the sudden overstimulation of his senses to pass and hoped that his head would clear so he could determine where to run to next.What You Make of It in Short Stories More Like This
Adventures in PupsittingChris cleaned his sneakers off on the Brewtons’ doormat as he waited to be let inside. He wondered if all werewolf families had the same “Wipe Your Paws!” doormat at their homes or just the ones he knew. Soon enough, the door opened and Mr. Brewton waved him inside.Adventures in Pupsitting in Short Stories More Like This
“Hey there! You’re just in time,” Mr. Brewton said. “We were worried it’d take you a bit longer to get here.”
“No worries Mr. B!” Chris replied as he set his duffle bag down in the foyer and kicked off his shoes. “I took the Yamaha so I wouldn’t have to pedal all the way over.”
Mrs. Brewton greeted Chris as she wheeled a suitcase to the door. “Hello Chris, how’s your summer been?”
“Pretty normal so far, I can’t complain. Got some books to get through before the school year starts,” Chris said. “I’m just glad I could help you out.”
The couple chuckled and gave
Hunters' ThrillJackson took a slow, deep breath and inhaled all of the information the forest could provide for him. His ears twitched at every chirp and crackle in the late summer air. As he crouched motionless on a branch of a dense tree, he created a mental list of any changes to the area. He had no interest in the squirrels that scurried from tree to tree or the birds that perched themselves high above him. Like the flowing stream near the forest's edge, they were just another part of the environment but not his focus. With the hunting season drawing closer every day, he needed practice and the prey he was dealing with would demand careful concentration. His timing had to be perfect; his execution flawless or failure was inevitable. He ran through his timing estimations in his mind once again as he detected the first signs of his targets' approach. Right on schedule.Hunters' Thrill in Short Stories More Like This
"Five bucks says he's on the front p
Sidelines and Frontlines“There you are, good as new!” I said with a smile to my young patient. “Just stay away from any tall trees until it heals, okay?” I returned the bandage roll to its place in my first aid station and helped the ten year old boy off the cot.Sidelines and Frontlines in Short Stories More Like This
“Thank you Vanko,” the boy said. He glanced at his mother whose nod freed him to run along and play. As he scurried off across the grass, his mother thanked me as well.
“He used to be so careful,” she said. “But ever since we came here he’s been playing with those wolf pups and getting himself into more and more trouble!” I chuckled at this. After all, I used to be a med student at the capital’s best university until I met wolves. “He tried to follow his new best friend up a tree but you saw how that went.”
“I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about Mrs. Sukovich, children are stronger than we think they are.” I a
(Un)ForgivenOne does not rise through the ranks of the world’s most powerful cartel by playing nice. While a degree of connections, service, loyalty, and a number of other factors certainly play into advancement, the bottom line is hands will have to get dirty climbing the hierarchical ladder. Gestas Ortiz knew this and was more than capable of supplying violence. Born to an impoverished family of farmers, Gestas turned to the Sinaloa Cartel in search of a better life. A talent for brutality and enough charisma to lead several hit men into action elevated him above his peers. Early in his career, Gestas became known for his use of a coa de jima, an agricultural tool akin to a hoe with a flat machete-like blade on the end of a pole. Indispensable to the process of distilling tequila or mescal, the coa is traditionally used to cut the leaves off the agave plant prior to freeing the core from its roots. However, Gestas’ twisted ingenuity easily re(Un)Forgiven in Short Stories More Like This
The Next Phase: Stolen SunMaya covered her face with her arm in an effort to shield her eyes from the dull glow emanating from somewhere overhead. She mumbled in her sleep, asking her mother to close her bedroom curtains. When no response came, the teenager begrudgingly opened her eyes and stretched, all the while commenting about the strange dream she had. Unable to focus on any shapes as the light above her made her blink several times, Maya went to rub her eyes when she felt an object on her wrist bump uncomfortably against her head. Her subconscious mind noted the presence of the object but Maya was unaware of its significance. A yawn escaped her as she stretched where she lay. It wasn’t until her hands touched the cool surface of a concrete wall that a jolt ran through her mind, shooting her into a sitting position.The Next Phase: Stolen Sun in Short Stories More Like This
Her hair stood on end as realized she was anywhere but in her room. Instead of her blue walls decorated with posters of her favorite bands and mo
No Such Thing as a Simple MissionI have heard some people say knowledge is power while others believe ignorance is bliss. I choose to agree with both expressions because I know how true they can be. For generations, my family and I have used our knowledge to battle the dark, twisted and horrifying evil that lies just beyond the sight of humanity. Our skills and information have helped us succeed but if the public knew of the dangers that threaten them, they could be driven insane with fear. For some, it is best that they know as little as possible. For others, knowing the full picture could mean the difference between life and death.No Such Thing as a Simple Mission in Short Stories More Like This
Years of training with my family prepared me for my duty and my latest mission unfolded precisely as I had anticipated. Although it may have seemed like a routine Purge, everyone in my family knows there is nothing routine or simple about killing a werewolf. Nevertheless, I was determined to strike as quickly as possible to prevent the target’s escape and I was ready for anyt
The Next Phase: Chpt 1 The Midnight Exchange“Come on, could you give it a rest? You’re making me jumpy.”The Next Phase: Chpt 1 The Midnight Exchange in Short Stories More Like This
“Sorry. It’s just that being inside for this long isn’t working for me. I gotta move.”
“What do you mean ‘this long’? We’ve only been here since sundown.”
“Ha! That’s easy for you to say. You always loved this kind of thing but it’s like a cage in here.”
“So much for all that training I suppose? Well, you won’t have to worry about it for much longer. There’s about 20 minutes until midnight.”
Agent Noah Conrad lowered his glowing wristwatch and returned his eyes to the tripod-mounted spotting scope he had trained on the hotel across the street. His partner, Agent Arthur Williams, anxiously paced across the dark and empty room they had chosen for the stakeout. Although Noah insisted he would adapt to the scents in the abandoned flat, Arthur tried to clear his nose of the dusty odor in the air.