Tag Archives: speculative fiction

New Stories

I have three new stories out in the world at the moment…

I have a tiny flash fiction piece in the album notes of Maximum Splendid, the new Rapscallion album. I’m very taken with the music, and it’s always lovely to be part of a steampunk thing! Hard copies here – https://rapscallionband.com/store#!

And you can listen to a couple of tracks over here – https://rapscallionband.com/music

Over on Patreon, I’ve started serialising a new book. That’s available to anyone who signs up as a Dustcat, Steampunk Druid or Glass Heron. It’s a speculative novel, plenty of magical Pagan elements, plenty of weirdness… Spells for the Second Sister isn’t available anywhere else at present.  You can find that over here –  https://www.patreon.com/NimueB

The Hopeless Maine kickstarter hit its funding goal, so we’re now looking at stretch goals. The odds are very good of hitting the first one, and at $7k everyone who has supported the project gets a new story as a pdf. That means the odds are very good of getting a story for a dollar. There are lots of other interesting things you can have should you feel so moved.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hopelessmaine/hopeless-maine-the-graphic-novel-by-tom-and-nimue-brown/

Here’s a little taster…

That morning he found a large, yellowish ball of spider eggs inside the collar of his jacket. It was not an omen. Durosimi did not believe in omens.

Any occultist worth their salt knows that divination, prophecy and other variations on a theme of anticipating the future, are tricksy things. Durosimi considered it an inexact science at best.  He preferred exact science and dependable outcomes. Alchemy, necromancy, demonology; why try to see the future when you could create it through deliberate action? Most of what passed for divination was nonsense anyway.

The ball of spider eggs did not mean anything. The large, dead spider that somehow got into his breakfast did not mean anything. Only that the latest cook was as incompetent as the previous one.


Wherefore- a new project

Wherefore is a new project I have under way. It’s contemporary set, speculative fiction and I’m posting it as youtube videos – aiming for three times a week. The videos are about ten minutes a piece – because lots of people have very poor concentration right now. The story is being approached in a soap opera style so I don’t have to worry about the overall shape or structure of it too much. Let’s see what I learned in my years of listening to The Archers! This will be paranormal Archers with more romance, polyamoury, queer characters, and complicated relationships. I’m aiming for suitable for over 12s as a broad indicator – it’s not especially sweary and when anyone shags they won’t do so in graphic detail! There’s not going to be much violence, if any.

The best way to follow it will be to subscribe to my youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2iAnLZ1JJzOfltGrnS0P8Q

I think there’s some comfort to be had in faces and voices, which is why I’m doing it this way. BUT if you can’t do audio and want to have some daft speculative fiction in your life, just comment and I’ll send it to you by email as I go along.

Here’s episode 1

And episode 2

Like most creative people, we’re seeing a drop in household income right now. There’s a great deal of uncertainty in the publishing industry – which is where most of our work has come from. If you’d like to help fund us I have a ko-fi page –  Ko-fi.com/O4O3AI4T

And I’m also on Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/NimueB

Not all self employed people can re-purpose for an online economy, so please watch out for friends who are in difficulty right now. Beauty industry folk, taxi drivers, gig economy workers, people who worked events but not as performers and many others… Please look after whoever you can.