Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Free Fiction Monday: The Thanksgiving After

Note: This week’s free fiction story was originally published in 2019 as part of the first WMG Publishing Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories (you can learn more about that project here). What follows is an excerpt of the introduction that accompanied the story when it was first published last year.   Thanksgiving, for those of you who don’t celebrate it annually, is my favorite American […]

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Squishy’s Teams arrives

I stealth published a novel this week. Squishy’s Teams is in my Diving Universe, but it’s not a novel about Boss. I wrote this in the middle of writing the big story arc that I’m finishing up this year. I wrote Squishy’s Teams to explain something to myself. (I do that a lot.) I needed to know what happened in the Empire when Squishy sent […]

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Holidays 2020

Here in the U.S., we are heading to one of our biggest feasting holidays—Thanksgiving. As those of us who follow the science know, COVID super-spreader events usually involve food and drink. People remove their masks, eat and drink and laugh and talk and sit around for hours, and then someone—or many someones—get ill. As a result, all of the experts, as well as government officials, […]

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Business Musings: Trainwreck November Edition

Three days before I sat down to write this blog post, I finished reading Drama High by Michael Sokolove. I clutched the book to my heart, and thought, no one will ever see books like this again. Then I mentally slapped myself. I had slipped into traditional writer think. Drama High was published by Riverhead Books in 2014. Riverhead was once a literary imprint of […]

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Thank you

The WMG Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter ended yesterday with a heck of a finale. We hit the fourth stretch goal, and on Sunday, I wasn’t sure we’d hit the third. So thank you, thank you, thank you, backers. For the rest of you, you can still get the Holiday Spectacular, just not all the nifty Kickstarter rewards. If you follow this link, you can sign up […]

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A Quick Reminder

Time’s almost up to get your WMG Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories through the Kickstarter. (Where the prices are low, and the rewards are great.)  The influx of stories starts on Thursday, November 26, so you need to sign up now. Heck, the Kickstarter ends in just a few short hours, so head over. Right now!

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Free Fiction Monday: The Light in Whale Cove

Sheriff Dan Retsler finally believes in magic. His experiences in Whale Rock make magic impossible to ignore. But Retsler never signed up for magic, so he plans to leave Whale Rock. His successor arrives just as the ghosts return to the lighthouse. Now, he must train a newcomer in the dark side of Whale Rock, while making sure the terror entombed in the lighthouse won’t […]

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A Reader’s Holiday

As I write this, we have a little under 2 days left on the WMG Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter for 2020. I really do think that this Spectacular will help all of its subscribers get through the stay-at-home Zoom holiday season that’s coming up. We have three Calendars of Stories in the Spectacular. The one I focus on is the winter holidays section, because it is […]

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Business Musings: Moving Forward

Well, that happened. Thank heavens. Seriously, 2020 has lasted, by my count, 4,852,376 days so far, and of those, 50.000 of those days occurred last week. As predicted, all business slowed to a crawl as the entire world watched the United States finished voting on November 3, and then tallied the votes. Hardworking people in municipal and state governments all over this country stayed up […]

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Something To Look Forward To

During the last few holiday seasons I spent in Oregon, I was so sick that I couldn’t go to most holiday celebrations. I’m allergic to much of the universe, I guess, and in the tiny Oregon town where I lived, I couldn’t go to any restaurant because they cross-contaminated. Not to mention the fact that they had terrible ventilation systems, so if someone showed up […]

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