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!

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 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.

A Hollywood Werewolf and Three Poems: Free Writings Out Now in Echoes!

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Hi, friends! Recently I said goodbye to the town I lived in for the past year, McAllen, Texas. My favorite thing about McAllen was its fabulous library, as well as the friends I made there.

I had the good fortune of being part of the McAllen Public Library Writing Circle, a writing group that meets monthly at the library. An anthology they just published features three new poems and one new story from me, as well as work from other great authors, on the theme of “echoes.”

My story, “What Spawned the Sequel,” is about a rejected werewolf actress who dreams of giving a speech at the Oscars. Her dream comes true, but not in quite the way she hoped. My three poems in the anthology range in scope from national political catastrophes to a casual chat in a coffee shop.

You can access the Echoes anthology for FREE here: https://mplwritingcircle.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/echoes-anthology-1.pdf You can also buy or borrow paperbacks at the McAllen Public Library, where you can check out Beyond Acacia Ridge too!

New game! Red Dog and the Endless Spaceship

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Howdy, folks! I’ve released a new free game (with graphics and sound) on itch.io called Red Dog and the Endless Spaceship. Give it a whirl over here: https://fontainepen.itch.io/red-dog-and-the-endless-spaceship

I made this silly little game with Adam Le Doux’s Bitsy Game Maker. Bitsy is a very accessible game editor; even if you have no programming experience whatsoever, you can quickly and easily use it to make a simple game. Try it out! https://ledoux.itch.io/bitsy

Break Stuff, a new Twine game for IFComp!

Today is the start of the judging period for the Interactive Fiction Competition! See IFComp’s announcement here: https://blog.ifcomp.org/post/188069134484/the-25th-annual-ifcomp-is-here There are eighty-two entries this year! My entry is a Twine game called 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 a brief foray into depression, lost love, feminism, growing up, and the brokenness that makes us human. Please see the content warnings listed with the entry on the site before you decide whether to play it or not. Break Stuff can be found among the rest of this year’s games on the ballot here: https://ifcomp.org/ballot I hope you will enjoy it!

INSIGNIA Anthologies are FREE at Smashwords!!

The Insignia series is FREE on Smashwords this month with coupon code SS100! If you want to read seven excellent anthologies of fantasy, science fiction, and poetry with Asian characters, settings, and themes, now is your chance! Insignia: Asian Birds & Beasts (Volume 6) includes my story “The Star Ball” about a young entomologist-in-training and a kitsune who wants to take over Kyoto. Check it out-for FREE! And be sure to spread the word about the series!

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Hyenas at the Library!

Friends from Hidalgo County, Texas! Beyond Acacia Ridge is now available at the McAllen Public Library! If you have a Hidalgo County Library System card, you can check it out! Here it is in the catalog: https://hcls.tlcdelivers.com/#section=resource&resourceid=2339874866&currentIndex=0&view=fullDetailsDetailsTab

I LOVE the McAllen Public Library! I get a lot of writing and editing done there—and reading, of course! The Black Iron Café in the library is also where I discovered the magic of frappés. MPL hosts interesting events, including the McAllen Public Library Writing Circle meetings. It’s just a great place all around, and I am honored to have my book featured in their collection.

PSA: Support your local libraries and bookstores! They are important hubs for the literary scene in your community. Keep calm and hyena on.

Free Twine Games!

I’ve started posting free Twine games on itch.io! Twine is an open-source tool for making interactive stories. I’ve been using Twine to write short text-based HTML games, in which the reader’s choices determine the outcome of the story. My goal is to write and publish one Twine game per month in 2019. Here are the games I’ve made so far!

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This Game is a Dog: A delightfully weird game about the adventures of your text-based dog. Play for FREE here: https://fontainepen.itch.io/this-game-is-a-dog

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Through Time and Space: You can travel anywhere in time and space…but at what cost? Play for FREE here: https://fontainepen.itch.io/through-time-and-space

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Cassandra the Wolf Princess: By day, you work at a soul-sucking corporate job. By night, you dream of running with the wolves. What happens when your two worlds collide? Play for FREE here: https://fontainepen.itch.io/cassandra-the-wolf-princess

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The Secret: Should you confess about your crush on your friend? Play for FREE here: https://fontainepen.itch.io/the-secret

These games are all short and free to play. If you can play one and leave a comment or rating, I will greatly appreciate your feedback! Please note that my games currently only work in computer browsers, not on tablets or smartphones.

Be sure to follow me on itch.io at https://fontainepen.itch.io/ and keep an eye out for my next monthly Twine games! Thank you so much for your support!

The Moon Fox

Today, my short story, “The Moon Fox,” was published at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores!

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This story is about a little fox who is trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs. It’s a tale that’s very dear to me, and also my first short story sale at the professional payment rate set by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, 6¢ a word.

You can read the story for free at this link. I hope you will enjoy it! https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/fiction-all/stories-for-young-people-from-4-to-400/the-moon-fox/

Photomanipulation by Fran Eisemann. Stock used: “140” by m-everham-stock; “Full Moon” by raven2663