Our latest story
A perfunctory stare hovers above the counter of Sharpington Coffers, a small antique store on the south side of Picadilly Circus. The owner of the stare, one Mr. Bartholomew Sharpington, watches his entrance with the patience of the rat catcher, waiting outside a hole for his prey, his customer, who will be walking through those doors… any… second… now. Ching. Ching.
A tall man in a black hat steps into the store and shakes his wet jacket onto the floor without so much as an apology. Sharpington, used to the rudeness of Londoners, pulls his cheeks up into a smile as if…
I can’t seem to finish the analogy here. He smiles as if… what?
Some Notes for Future Revision:
- Get rid of the words “perfunctory,” “of the store,” and “rat catcher” (instead say, “… with the patience of a cat.” Or “a cat’s patience.” Pick one.)
- Get rid of “without so much as an apology.” Unnecessary.
- Do you need the Ching Ching?
- Don’t forget, the Insta-Karma people said that when you remove his visor, make sure the red light is off, even if his identity doesn’t take, otherwise the degeneration might accelerate. DON’T FORGET.
Sharpington’s Coffers – Current Score 49.8 – Erik Goldsmith
The Cure for Cancer – Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Wife of Fabian Vitalik – Mariah Montoya
My Book Report on Starlight – Joachim Heijndermans
Q: Do you read more fantasy or SF (hard or soft)?
A: While SF is something I’d love to delve into, I definitely read more fantasy. My high school math teacher once told the class that he loves calculus because you can find real answers by using non-real numbers. Well, I think fantasy is like that too: we find truths within non-truths, and reality within magic.
Illustrator Melissa Kojima thinks she is ill-fitted in her pint-sized human form and sometimes fancies herself as a black, fire breathing dragon because it would more adequately house her larger than life personality and energy. With her verve and vivacity, she has been creating strange, mysterious and magical art for over 20 years. Some of her favorite projects have been to create; fantastical animal opera masks for LMU opera department, a downloadable DIY, paper fairy mobile for a children’s website in New Zealand and a chalk art story hunt about a mermaid all over downtown Portland, Oregon. She has sold art in galleries and been hired to illustrate many books. She is currently working on a series of ghost paintings and fantastical creature sculptures. If you want to have a peek into her strange, secret world, visit: www.melissakojima.net or www.SecretSocietyofMagicalCreatures.com
Melissa Kojima‘s image “Magic in the Wytchen Woods” is the cover art for our December 2017 stories.
Q: What’s your favorite type of pie?
A: My favorite would be ‘appel taart’, or apple pie. While we don’t really call it a pie in Dutch (‘taart’ can also apply to cake, and while ‘vlaai’ is closer to a pie, this certainly doesn’t fall under it), I am very fond of our apple pie. Though don’t confuse it with ‘Dutch Apple Pie’, because trust me, it is nothing like that.