My first audio story, read by The Voice of Dog!

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Greetings, friends! Today, my short story “Of a Hawk and a Lighthouse” has been released on the podcast The Voice of Dog by Khaki!

In this story, an abandoned lighthouse on a lonely cliff receives an unexpected visitor. Her new friend helps the lighthouse shine again. But will it last?

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You can listen to Khaki’s lovely reading of my story here: https://anchor.fm/the-voice-of-dog/episodes/Of-a-Hawk-and-a-Lighthouse-by-Amy-Clare-Fontaine-egeflv/a-a2l6r9b I hope it adds some light to your day!

Remembering Daddy

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On Father’s Day in 2018, we buried Daddy’s ashes, on a hill overlooking the sea. It was a sunny day, and Daddy loved the sun. Even on overcast days, he would hone in on the smallest patch of blue sky. And if he couldn’t find it, he would still express cheerful certainty that the sun would show its face again soon.

As a writer, I am painfully aware of the limits of words. How little they can hope to capture of a relationship that spanned a lifetime. My father’s gentle warmth, the wordless melodies he sang while doing the dishes or gliding about the house…these are not things I can share with you in words. Not really.

I miss my dad more than words could ever say. His love for God and his family, his compassion for the world’s people and creatures, his quiet strength and wise humility continue to inspire and drive me. I take courage in knowing that his love is still with us, like the sun on a rainy day. Though I no longer see him, I feel his embrace, carrying me through the storms of life.

My father’s love made me who I am today. When I wrote new stories, he had me print them out and put them in a binder so he could read and reflect on them. When I got accepted for wildlife jobs, sent to Kenya and Yellowstone and other far-flung places, he was always so happy and proud, delighted to see me chasing my dreams. He showed unending support for my efforts and great interest in my work. His intellectual curiosity, openness to adventure, and his zest for life, along with his patient trust in God and the goodness of the universe, are part of the rich legacy he’s gifted me.

If you are lucky enough to have a loving father figure in your life today, I encourage you to show that person how much they mean to you. If you are grieving today, whether from the death of a loved one or the pain caused by a broken or hurtful relationship, then I send you my deepest condolences and pray that you’ll find healing and consolation. In any case, I hope you’ll reach out today to the people in your life, father figures or otherwise, who’ve shown you support and encouragement and brightened your path. Life is too short to wallow in darkness. Do your best to find the sun.

The beautiful obituary my mother wrote about my father is here: https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/jun/24/obituary-norman-richard-fontaine-1924-2018/

Animal Sighting Simulator: A New, Free Twine Game!

Ahoy, friends! Tonight I submitted to my first ever game jam, an itch.io jam hosted by NarraScope 2020. My submission is a short text-based game titled Animal Sighting Simulator.

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As a disillusioned urbanite in a world where most animals are extinct,  your only consolation is a gaming system that simulates nature.  But thanks to your artistic vision, that’s about to change. Pick your creatures and your creative medium and make your dreams come true.

You can play Animal Sighting Simulator for free on itch.io here: https://fontainepen.itch.io/animal-sighting-simulator

I hope you will enjoy it!

My essay “Animal Attributes in Furry Writing” has been published!

“Animal Attributes in Furry Writing” has been published in From Paw to Print by Thurston Howl Publications! This essay I wrote discusses zoological topics writers might consider when crafting anthropomorphic animal characters. As both a wildlife biologist and an author, I’m thrilled to share my thoughts about this subject with you! Proceeds for the anthology go to the Furry Writers’ Guild.

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Amazon Paperbacks: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1945247762/
Publisher Paperbacks: https://boundtales.storenvy.com/products/30392965-from-paw-to-print-essays-about-writing-in-the-furry-fandom
Ebooks: TBA

FWG Monthly Newsletter: May 2020

Hey, friends! Take a look at the Furry Writers’ Guild’s latest news via their monthly update, including open markets, new releases, and more! And definitely check out the recent interview with awesome author Allison Thai for Asian Pacific Heritage Month!

Best wishes,

Amy Clare Fontaine

Furry Writers’ Guild

Hello there FWG members! For those of you that have been with us for a long time, you will be excited to hear that we are bringing back the monthly newsletters! For those newer to the guild, we once produced monthly newsletters to tell people about things like new open markets and guild news. We’re hoping to bring this back to give all our members information to help them thrive while writing anthropomorphic fiction!

First it’s been a very busy month for the guild. We updated our website, got a new logo, opened up a new Discord channel, updated our membership listings, and voted on new by-laws and a new code of conduct. With all of our listing updates, we are showing 114 active members! We’ll keep accepting any updates as they come in, but we’re happy so many of you got the form filled out fast.

The vote to…

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My Twine Game Break Stuff is Now on itch.io!

Hi, friends! Last year, I entered the Interactive Fiction Competition with a Twine game titled Break Stuff. My game took 29th place, which earned me a cash prize, part of which I donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and RAINN, as well as a Steam key for a lovely game called Heaven’s Vault.

It was recently brought to my attention that Break Stuff is no longer playable on the IFComp website, so I have uploaded it to itch.io: https://fontainepen.itch.io/break-stuff

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In Break Stuff, you make decisions for a troubled young woman who just broke up with her boyfriend. When your old friend from high school comes over, she invites you to vent your negative feelings by breaking stuff. Who could resist?

Break Stuff is an exploration of depression, lost love, feminism, growing up, and the brokenness that makes us human. Please read the CONTENT WARNINGS on itch.io before deciding whether to play it.

I am grateful to all the people who reached out to tell me this game made a positive difference to them. You’re the reason I create things, even when it’s hard. Thank you.

Virtual conventions? Yes please!

Hi, friends! Check out Andrea’s review of the amazing virtual SFF convention, Flights of Foundry, that happened this weekend! This was a great experience for me too. I learned a lot, had a blast, and made cool new friends!

Best,

Amy Clare Fontaine

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This weekend, I attended my first fully virtual SFF convention, Flights of Foundry.  In fact, at the moment that I started drafting this blog post,  panels were still happening!

Fresh from the experience, I can say without a doubt- if you have the opportunity to attend and online convention, DO IT.   Flights of Foundry had a suggested donation, but you could register for free.  I did a donation for my registration, and for how much enjoyment I got out of my experience (and no travel expenses!), I plan to send them another donation to show my gratitude.

Are there some negatives to a virtual convention? yes, but in my opinion the positives far outweigh the negatives.    Keep in mind I have no idea what technological things were happening behind the scenes,  what I do know is that the volunteers kept the Go To Meeting feeds and Zoom feeds running…

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!! ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’ is OUT NOW!!

Hi! Want to read about a cat demon, a turtle ghost, and blade-wielding weasels? Check out my drabbles in this newly released anthology! Many other colorful characters await you in its pages. And look at that amazing cover art!

Best wishes,

Amy Clare Fontaine

INSIGNIA STORIES

INS-JFD-releaseday-promo-JPGCONGRATULATIONS  to all the authors who provided the incredible stories for this collection! It was so much fun to collaborate with past Insignia Series contributors as well as many new international writers.

And SPECIAL THANKS to Toshiya Kamei, who translated about 15 of drabbles for this book. He’s an INSIGNIA STAR! 

JAPANESE FANASY DRABBLES ( Insignia Drabbles Vol.1.) 

This anthology includes 79 drabbles (100-word stories) inspired by Japanese folklore and yôkai tales, as well as original fantasy and science fiction pieces.

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All Contributors:

Amy Clare Fontaine – A.S. Charly – Bayveen O’Connell – Beth W. Patterson
Carmen Indalecio – Charles Reis – Charles Venable – Christine Richmond – D.J. Tyrer
Eisuke Aikawa – Emma K. Leadley – Heather Ewings – Jacek Wilkos – J.M. Wong
Joel R. Hunt – John H. Dromey – Joyce Chng – Juan Takai – K.B. Elijah
Kelly Matsuura – Kimberly Rei – Kyosuke…

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Getting Into Both Clarions: The Deets

Hey, friends! Check out this helpful information from fabulous author Allison Thai about her (successful!) application process for the prestigious Clarion science fiction and fantasy writing workshops. Congratulations, Allison! Write on! Best, Amy Clare Fontaine

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I hope that this blog post would be useful for prospective applicants, or at least satisfy curiosity of what a (not THE, mind you,) successful application cycle looked like.

Table of Contents:
-application timeline
-how I got the news
-my writing sample
-my Clarion West essay

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Pre-order ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’!

The Japanese Fantasy Drabbles anthology from Insignia Stories is now up for pre-order on Amazon for just 99 [US] cents and will be released on April 16! 80 stories of Japanese mythology for 99 cents! This includes three new stories from me–about sickle weasels, a turtle ghost, and a cat demon–and the first published stories of my good friend Carmen Indalecio! Get it now at the pre-order rate, folks! It’s a steal! With gratitude and love, Amy Clare Fontaine

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The Kindle pre-order link for ‘Japanese Fantasy Drabbles’ is now live! 

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Releasing on April 16th, this anthology features 80 drabbles (100-word stories) inspired by Japanese folklore and yokai tales, as well as original fantasy and science fiction pieces.

CONTRIBUTORS:
Amy Clare Fontaine – A.S. Charly – Bayveen O’Connell – Beth W. Patterson
Carmen Indalecio – Charles Reis – Charles Venable – Christine Richmond – D.J. Tyrer
Eisuke Aikawa – Emma K. Leadley – Heather Ewings – Jacek Wilkos – J.M. Wong
Joel R. Hunt – John H. Dromey – Joyce Chng – Juan Takai – K.B. Elijah
Kelly Matsuura – Kimberly Rei – Kyosuke Higuchi – Malena Salazar Maciá
Massimo Soumaré – Mina Ikemoto – Monica Schultz – N.M. Brown – Natsumi Tanaka
Rich Rurshell – Russell Hemmell – Sheenah Freitas – S.J. Fujimoto – Stephen Christie
Steve Stred – ToJo – Toshiya Kamei (Translator) – Vonnie Winslow Crist…

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