Advisors at Naptime

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Advisors at Naptime

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS where perfectly serviceable vampires are replaced by medieval nuns? And modern-day Portland, Oregon, disappears only to be replaced by an English village?

Advisors at NaptimeNo?

That’s probably for the best because that whole where-the-heck-did-Portland-go chain of events would be disconcerting. However, the nun v. vampire thing might be interesting (and my money would be on the nuns).

I think I need a nap.

So does Carol. She might only be five-years-old, but she’s got big problems (although no vanishing vampires) in “Advisors at Naptime,” our story podcast for this week, written by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

This podcast is no longer available. To listen to the current podcast, please click here.

Advisors at Naptime” is available in ebook and trade paperback at your favorite retailer.

Publisher’s Note: Finding Solace in Fiction

My blog last week was eerily timely. Truman slipped away at home with me by his side in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

I was right: It has been beyond brutal.

As such, I’m not much of a conversationalist right now. But the world keeps spinning and with each revolution comes the potential for new worlds to get lost in when living in one’s own is far too painful.

Ironically, the first project I have to tell you about has an orange tabby on the cover, so Truman certainly would have encouraged you to read it, having been a beautiful medium-haired orange tabby himself.

Smith’s Monthly #58 published last week, and it features a brand-new short novel all about cats. Here’s the synopsis:

This 58th issue of Smith’s Monthly contains more than fifty thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith, including a new short novel, Big Eyes, in his Pakhet Jones series about the superhero for cats, and four new short stories from some of his most popular series: Marble Grant, Bryant Street, Sky Tate, and Thunder Mountain.

Also included is The Case of Pilgrim Hugh: Five Strange Detective Short Stories, from Dean’s series about the always weird cases that private detective Pilgrim Hugh takes on.

Settle in for some great reading!

You can read more about the latest issue of Smith’s Monthly here. And you can subscribe to the series here.

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #16 also published last week. Cats prowl its pages, too, in places.

Here’s the synopsis:

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up nineteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.

No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“For All Your Head Needs” by Rob Vagle
“Jingle, Waddle, Hop…Penguin Style” by Louisa Swann
“Just a Old Lady” by O’Neil De Noux
“A Fool and His Money” by Jerry Oltion
“An Uncommon Tern of Events” by Johanna Rothman
“Over The River” by Ray Vukcevich
“To the Grave” by Brigid Collins
“Quiet Voices” by Chrissy Wissler
“Daffodils Full of Tears” by C.H. Hung
“Collision” by Sebastien de Castell
“Ways of Counting” by Jim Gotaas
“For the Captain, my Captain, Again and Again” by Stephannie Tallent
“The Root Canal Tango” by Robert J. McCarter
“To Rescue My Best Friend” by Kent Patterson
“Advisors at Naptime” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Snowman’s Chance in Hell” by Robert Jeschonek
“Homeless” by Annie Reed
“The Steam-Man’s Plantation” by J. Steven York

You can read more about the latest issue of Pulphouse here. And you can subscribe to the magazine here.

Before I go, a quick shout out in gratitude to authors David H. Hendrickson (you read it, right?) and Johanna Rothman (I love a good pun) for making me smile with their story titles.

I needed that.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

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Publisher’s Note: Not Your Average Five-Year-Old

My daughter was not the average five-year-old. She’s not the average six-year-old, either, and I doubt she’ll be average at any age. I know, I know, all parents think their precious little pumpkins are special. This is not that. My daughter is brilliant in a way that scares the living daylights out of me.

I know what it’s like to possess an above-average IQ. It took me a long time to realize that my brain works differently than the average brain. Which means I’m smart but weird. I accept that. What it doesn’t mean, however, is that I’m incapable of doing dumb things. Hell, I have two ex-husbands who demonstrate that I can make dumb choices.

I can already tell that my daughter’s IQ is higher than mine. The way her brain makes connections…nothing gets by that kid. She hasn’t figured out yet that she’s different, but it’s starting to dawn on her, I can tell. And once she knows she’s smarter than the rest of us…lord help us all.

So, I focus on teaching her the things she’ll need to balance out that intelligence. Common sense, empathy, compassion, leadership. Those are the qualities that make the difference between a brilliant leader and an evil mastermind.

advisors-at-naptime-ebook-cover-2016-web-284So, why am I thinking about this right now? Because this week, one of my all-time favorite Kristine Kathryn Rusch short stories is available for free on her website. (I know, I know, it’s not very smart of me to point out you can read the story for free when it’s my job to get you to buy it, but, hey, I’m no evil mastermind.)

The story is called “Advisors at Naptime,” and Carol reminds me of my own little genius.

Here’s the synopsis:

Carol wants a nap. Carol needs a nap. And no one will let her have one because the grown-ups need her. But the grown-ups underestimate Carol. And they fail to realize that Carol will do anything to get her nap.

You can read the story here. And you should. It’s a great story, and it’s free. That’s just a no-brainer.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

The resilience of youth

You’ve probably heard people talk about how resilient kids are, especially little kids. I’ve always heard that, too. But seeing it in action is a totally different thing.

My four-year-old daughter, you see, broke her arm two weeks ago. And by broke I mean badly. Both bones in two pieces. One cleanly, the other not so much. Fortunately, the bones didn’t pierce the skin. But she needed to be put under to have it set, and she’ll be in a splint (which helps hold the bones in place better than a cast, in this case) for about six weeks.

The bones couldn’t be fully realigned, so it’ll be a year or so before we know for sure if her arm will resume normal alignment and function. Why a year? Because in kids that young, the bones will remodel themselves over time. As in, they’ll reform and realign as she grows. That kind of break in an adult would have earned said adult a VIP ticket to surgery, with pins, plates, you name it. But a four-year-old can in some ways heal herself.

But their resilience comes not only in their physical nature. It applies to their state of mind, as well. Not two hours after Nola had come out of anesthesia, she was joking, laughing and enjoying the unlimited supply of popsicles her ordeal entitled her to. She took Tylenol for two days, then stopped complaining of pain. A week later, trying to get her to slow down was the problem.

I’m not saying she hasn’t been affected by all this. Of course she has. She was worried about going back to preschool (where the accident happened) and having her other arm broken. But that was temporary. She gets annoyed at her cast from time to time, but only when it really hampers her from doing things. She broke her right (dominant) arm, so now she’s learning to use her left. One silver lining is she’ll likely wind up being ambidextrous.

I only wish Mommy was so resilient. I generally take charge and hold it together well during a crisis, but I crash hard afterward. This was no different. From the moment I got the call from the preschool until the moment they took my daughter from my arms to carry her into the operating room, I remained calm and reassuring. But the second she was out of sight, I broke down. Part of that was the shock. Part of it was a response to my daughter pleading with me to come with her into the operating room because she was scared, but I was not allowed to go. The nurses, however, were amazing, and comforted my daughter (and later me) the entire time. But I’ll never forget that moment.

I’m still not fine. But I will be. Once she is fully healed, I’ll be okay. Only then will I stop worrying (well, much). Because as parents, we need to protect our children. So, if something bad happens, we feel responsible because we couldn’t prevent it (or couldn’t be there to prevent it). We lose sleep, we wish we could turn back time, we wish for magic wands.

But kids, they move on. Nothing stops them for long. They define resilience.

Advisors at NaptimeKristine Kathryn Rusch captures this idea beautifully in her short story “Advisors at Naptime.”  I have to admit, it’s long been one of my favorites. But now, I read it a little differently. It’s available in ebook from your favorite retailer.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

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We want to take a moment to remind our readers that Fantasy isn’t the only genre that can have a sense of whimsy with Five Goofy Science Fiction Stories from Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Readers know Hugo-award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch for her serious, deeply thought-out science fiction. But the former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction also has a silly side, one in evidence in the five stories in this collection.

Only one story, “Paparazzi of Dreams,” is at all serious, although it has a very skewed perspective of the world. “Going Native,” pretends to seriousness, like so many news stories do. In “Advisors at Naptime,” a child saves the world only because she wants a nap. In “The One That Got Away,” poker players thwart an alien invasion, and in Rusch’s popular “What Fluffy Knew,” a cat does.

Rusch takes her chosen genre seriously most of the time. But fortunately for readers, she doesn’t take it seriously all of the time.


What Makes a Bad Book? (3 Anti-Reader Crimes Some Authors Will Make)

This Sounds Really Familiar…

You know the feeling when you’re reading along on a book and you just know what’s going to happen. Like, yeah did I already read this?

But you know it’s a new book! Just came out. 

You pop online and doublecheck. Even scramble around in the beginning pages to find that copyright page. 

Yep. Brand new book.

But I swear I’ve read this before!

What just happened? OK, You either just:

  • Finished the book, got your noggin’ hit, selectively forgot your hours of previous new book interaction and just blissfully picked it up again (about as likely as beautiful toe fungus).
  • Or you have picked up a (bad) book where the author has committed one of these three heinous anti-reader crimes:
    • Gotcha! You’ve Just Been (Poorly) Troped
    • I Shall Trap You In A White Room and You Will Like It!
    • I Want to Be One of the Cool People, too!

I shall go into each of these is delicious depth, plus how to avoid bad books before you plunk down your money!

So come hang out with me on the MOTHERSHIP blog over the next couple weeks as I go into each of them. 

In the meantime…

A Great Story Series for those who like the THE TWILIGHT ZONE…

Bryant Street Kickstarter

  • Do you like:
    • Dark and Strange Stories?

Then welcome to Bryant Street! 


Bryant Street, a standard subdivision street outside of any city. Well-kept lawns, paint and roofs up to HOA standards, two- or three-car garages. 

Everything looks to any casual observer perfect and normal.  

But inside those perfect-looking homes, the residents seem just a little off. A little twisted or confused or a half-turn out of reality.  

Normal exists on other subdivision streets, but never on Bryant Street.  

Check out the BRYANT STREET Kickstarter!

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The andro-coupling must have jimmied out from underneath the Barklavian fish-tank that caused the resonating…

Oh right, hi! That’s me…sort of.

I obviously need more time to hacksaw this configuration into shape.

And I am waaaaaay out here in…well, we’ll get to that later.

While I strain all my ample abilities into shaping up some sort of coherent transmission relay, please let me send you to some truly fine places to start!!

(…and that hopefully have a color variation a little more pleasant than the awkward side of gross.)

This KICKSTARTER launches tomorrow at noon! And it looks super cool…if you like copious amounts of dark and strange, with an occasional dash of humor and a bit of the absurd.

Take it for a test run and see if it interests your fancy!

I like giving gifts. Here is one of the stories for you for free! Sent with joy…

CLICK ABOVE to go to your BRYANT STREET story gift

I’ll see you next week!

And hopefully you will see me!!!