Works in Progress. Being planned for release in 2020 or after.
This Merry Summertime. Coming July 2020
This Merry Summertime is an anthology of seven comedy shorts. 4 of them (Sarcophagus; In the End the Story Ended; The Destiny of Princes; and A Matter of Life and Hair) are entertaining scripts that gently satirize the genres of paranormal fantasy, lesser-known classics, silent film, and western romance while providing fresh takes and strong characters to tell these archetypical kinds of stories. The other 3 (Ella Substituted; Movies at the Beach; and Everwood) are short stories that use comedy adventure and mild fantasy elements to explore family life and young women’s place in the world. The theme of the book is reconciliation and renewal as the characters traverse through fiction tropes to find eventual peace and meaning in their lives and the stories celebrate youth, especially for girls, but for everyone who has happy memories of a time in their lives when life was an eternal—and sometimes hilarious—summer.
Amethyst Dirgensa, a village girl living a peaceful, rural life in a distant province under Aure’s rule of the far future, travels to the palatial home of a secluded UP family. The UP are never seen by those of the lower classes and are among the few to fraternize with the Emperor Aure himself. After quite a time getting to the residence called Temmark Osteraith, renovated from an ancient country house, Amethyst finds herself embroiled in the midst of a large crowd. More important, though, is the question of why all these practically innumerable people have been asked here at all to visit a Prince who goes by the absurd name of The Elevated UP Temmark. . .
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The Girl from the Village
Nobody ever talked about what went on in Quirtut. There were things my family never told me. Partly because we don't go visiting the Hill Dwellers in the boondocks. Still I probably should have found out before I went out to the Hills myself. I didn’t plan to go. It was the refugees. There were two of them and they said they’d come a long way to find some derelict old priestess. Who, it turned out, was the only person in the world who wasn’t looking for them.
I am Tessa Bar’Shali. And this is the story of the day my life changed forever.