Welcome

Nomesque Fiction is a collection of fictional short stories. Many of them belong to a series, and updates on selected series are added once or twice a week, as well as standalone short stories being added occasionally. Chaotic? Maybe. Fun? Always! :-)

Update

Sorry, folks, it’s been dead as a doornail around here lately. On the bright side, it’s because I’m writing too much, not too little. I’m 20 000 words into Maisy May, and I’m going back and forth along the storyline so much that any attempt to post instalments is likely to suck. I think it’s close to finished – I’ll update soon :-)

About the Stories

 

Life in a Fairytale

Classic western fairytale (prince, princess, frogs, fairy godmothers and the like) meets modern day reality head on. We have a princess flashing her butt to win the heart of her peasant admirer, a kitten causing outrage at the local hospital – and of course, the traditional frog prince. Sounds girly and wussy? Check it out, you might be pleasantly surprised.

 

Modern Fables

These are individual stories and, like all good fables, each has a moral. Juliette and the Beast has to be my favourite out of the lot. It’s about an abusive relationship, and what one woman puts up with because she thinks she should.
 

Alien Encounters

Silly little sci-fi series about a woman who blogs complete lies, and makes money from the advertising, because lots of people read her blogs and sympathise, or get excited for her, etc. Then she gets kidnapped by aliens – and she can’t breathe a word.
 

Peter Pan Revisited

This series is NOT light and fluffy. Drugs, gangs, swearing, murder attempts, bad jokes. It’s about a guy who refuses to grow up, and the woman who’s committed to helping him out of his messes.
 

Computer Blue

The future earth is REALLY crowded. So the government encourages its citizens to suicide to free up space for others. But suicide doesn’t mean you’re really dead
 

Lucky Me

Contributed by the talented Brian A Lynch. A woman wakes up in a new life, with caring flatmates but zero memories. Just some lightning-fast reflexes and some weird flashbacks.
 

Spirit Guide

Paranormal fiction? A teen girl is suddenly convinced that Heath Ledger speaks to her from beyond the grave… and that he’s been assigned as her spirit guide.
 

Maisy May

Maisy is a teen girl who, despite her cutesy name, has definite emo tendencies. She meets a boy named Mark – on the outside your perfect Christian boy. How do you find out who you really are while putting up a perfect front?
 

Deadish

Linda is dead. She’s kinda peeved about that. What’s more, she seems stuck in ghost form. She’s obsessed with finding her body, but that’s a little harder than it sounds. So she resorts to taking creative, vicious revenge on her killer until he spills the beans. Dark, and possibly confronting in places, but hilarious in others.

 

Dropbear

Australia’s marsupial population has turned vicious overnight. Koalas are biting the hands that feed them, possums have developed a taste for blood, and the dogs and cats are considering staying in at night. Is a mystery virus to blame?

Navigation

A link to each of the stories on Nomesque Fiction can be found on the left side of the page. They’re arranged by series. Some, but not all, contain links to the previous and next stories in the series. This bit is a work in progress – eventually all stories will be provided with simple navigation links like this.

Authors

The vast majority of work on this site is mine. The only exceptions, currently, are the Lucky Me stories – written by Brian A Lynch.

Subscribing

If you’d like to read each new story as it’s published, you might want to subscribe. Subscription is completely free. The links to do so are on the right, under Subscribe!. Click on the big red button to subscribe via a feed reader. Subscribing via a reader requires you to have an account with a feed reader of some description. Sounds technical, but it’s simply a program or website which keeps an eye on your favourite blogs and displays any new posts for you. A good choice if you regularly visit a number of blogs looking for updates.Google Reader is one of the most common, and if you already have a Google or Gmail account, it’s even easier to set up. Another option is to subscribe via email – this will mean that each new story will be delivered to your email inbox.

Commenting

I like to receive comments on these stories – even if they’re negative. All I ask is that you make your criticism constructive. Comment via the Leave a Reply box at the bottom of each story, or use the Contact Me page if you want to comment privately.

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27 Comments

  1. Hi, I really like the way you’ve organized your blog! It’s easy to navigate, easy on the eyes and I’ll be back!

  2. Ccyager – thanks, mate! I’m glad the design’s had the desired effect.

  3. Hey Naomi,
    wow, you are really cranking out the wordage. No wonder you are a touch tired and emotional.
    PS: Just testing the whole concept of the linkback comment – You may have taught me something there. Also, with Brisbane and Redcliffe blogs, you sound like you are from my neck of the woods.

  4. Jason – Nice to see you over in this neck of the woods! :) Yeah, I do have a strange tendency to write more than I talk (bit scary for those who know me in the outside world and struggle to get a word in edgewise). But this wordage seems to soothe me rather than stress me – now writing software manuals? THAT stresses me!

    The linkback on comments, you mean? Handy feature – it’s helped me find a few blogs I otherwise wouldn’t.

    For some reason I had you pegged as living in Sydney. Probably because Curly does :P I’m in Ipswich, myself.

  5. Nice blog :-)

  6. I have enjoyed reading your stories, Naomi. Perhaps you can make your software manual writing less stressful by writing them in a similar vein. Your users could be called Jack, the software, beanstalks and Google the giant, Microsoft the beast, software glitches caused by the Imps …..

  7. Hi Sue, nice to see you in this neck of the woods! :-) Oh, the temptation to spice up my documentation…. :-D

  8. My fellow on Facebook shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed at all that I came to your blog.

  9. Hi! I see that you’ve linked to the Web Fiction Guide listing for Addergoole – thank you very much for the link and your wonderful review!

    I’ve linked back to your page at my links page.

    Thanks again,

    Lyn

    • Lyn – you’re welcome, and thanks for the link back! :-) I’ve much enjoyed Addergoole.

      • I’m glad you’re enjoying it; I’ve been enjoying your stories (and sending my friends by) as well.

  10. You have so much to read I find myself coming back everyday!

    To be honest, I visit your site so much that the email subscription feed is kind of useless on my end. XD

    Great site! Love your stories, and the fact that you always respond to the readers! :D

    • Sorrel, you’re the sort of reader I dream of – thanks so much for going to the effort of the thoughtful comments you make :-) I’m so glad you’re enjoying the ride!

      • Whenever I read a story, I try to make it a habit of responding. And if I can’t at that time, I remind myself later to go back and comment, even if it’s small.

        I really enjoy your stories, and I usually try to read a few a day. So far I really like the Alien Encounters series, and the Modern Fable shorts the most.

  11. Great looking site – I’m glad I found your online stuff. I’ll have a read of some of your stories as time allows.

  12. Hey Alan, welcome! :-) I hope you enjoy NF.

  13. I noticed on another blog you were unable to publish on Amazon because you needed a US bank account and a tax ID number. I used to work for Pentagon Federal Credit Union which is mainly for US service people but there are ways anyone can join. I can’t remember how you get a tax ID number right off but go to their website and e-mail them. https://www.penfed.org/ They will get back to you. It’s a huge credit union and very secure. I used to work with members all over the world. Check online or in your local phone book for US Banks with online access.

    We Kindlers are always avid for more e-books so don’t give up on Amazon. The Kindle is so much easier on my aging eyes & it looks like you have plenty of stories I want to read.

  14. Sorry to have been absent for the last few months, life has been complex!

    Congrats on the ebook publication. May I be very rude and ask what the takeup rate is for each medium on offer?

    Best

    dave

  15. Hey Dave, welcome back! :-D How’s life now?

    Takeup rate – irritatingly, Smashwords doesn’t yet provide statistics on which formats are being downloaded – just how many copies are downloaded. However, based on people I’ve talked to, PDF is popular for computer-based reading, and ePUB probably the most popular for e-ink devices (although I need to clarify – this is from third-party sites, in the US Kindle is probably the most popular format, but people tend to only obtain kindle books from the kindle store). Does that help at all?

    • Life… well, still breathing after some doubts…

      Takeuprate… that is most helpful, thankyou. For my winter homework strategy (that is my unpaid day job to while away the godawful weather until next spring) I’m considering transmogrifing some of my fiction work, and possibly a recent non-fiction project, into appealing on line formats.

      I find issuu (pdf with turning pages on whole screen) good and kindle does not yet exist in britland so the choice is limited. I’ll make a decision before the first frost then go for it!

      Bless to you and yours

      dave

      • Awww… I’m sorry to hear it’s not going fantastically. Heart issues?

        Smashwords is beautiful when it comes to publishing ebooks. Simplicity plus, once you get the hang of the formatting guide. But they do spell things out fairly clearly.

        You might want to have a poke around MobileRead Forums – it’s a site for people with ebook-reading-devices of various descriptions. I’ve found it very friendly, and very useful in working out what consumers are wanting.

      • For me, more heart and fear that I had liver cancer, turned out to be a lump of fat (?). For Hazel persisting flare of sarcoidosis and dose of shingles.

        Both currently sort of OK, I’m pleased to say.

        I shall followup on both your recs, thankyou again.

      • Well, I’m glad to hear that things are improving – poor things, it’s harder when you’re both sick together too, eh?

        BTW, Smashwords have just announced that they’re distributing ebooks to other ebook retailers like Fictionwise, which might just do wonders for sales… :-)

  16. This is gonna be my favourite

  17. Wow, Naomi! You’ve been busy! I haven’t been here for a while and I’m rather embarrassed about it. Blame it on life hijacking my blogging life….(smile)

    I can’t remember what I was reading before so I might as well start with something new. What do you recommend?

    Cinda
    http://ccyager.wordpress.com

  18. Great collection of short fiction!
    Do you need contributors? I write short, dark fiction.


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