Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Patricia Josephine: A Quick Spell Release Day Celebration





We are bewitched by what we can't see.

Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.

Will you believe? 

My Review

I was fortunate enough to get an advanced review copy of A Quick Spell, and found the stories surprisingly full-seeming for 200-word tales! The author has grouped the stories into three loose themes: "Fantasy and Otherworldly" "Gods and Monsters" and "Magic & Witchcraft". The distinctions are real, but the titles of the section confirms that these are all tales of the fantastical and eerie. 

I found that the brevity of the stories and the similarity of themes (and often of outcomes) means the book lends itself best not to a straight read-through, but to the kind of dipping and tasting that so often is all we have time for these days. Load the book on your phone and read a tale or two as you wait for the dentist or stand in line at the grocery store. You won't regret it.


About the Author

Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.


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Welcome Patricia Josephine! Patricia has been kind enough to share a bit for us about writing super-short stories!

The challenge of writing short fiction.

You may think writing a 200 word story isn’t that challenging, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some writers may actually say it’s harder than writing a full-length novel, and I know a few who don’t write shorter fiction because they can’t wrap their brains around it. Their muse only works in long form.

Writing short fiction is different from a novel. With novels, you have an unlimited number of words you can use to paint a picture for the reader. Short fiction you have restrictions on word count. You may only have 1000 words. You can even have as little as 50. When you have that limit, you are forced to choose more carefully. Your strokes have to be broader instead of going into minute details as you can with a novel.

The way I approach short fiction is similar to my novels. I just start writing. I figure out the story as I go and when I get to the end, I edit. I edit until the story is at the word limit I’ve imposed. That’s done by cutting descriptive words. The sentence doesn’t need the color of someone’s shirt for example. Thoughts the character has might get axed as well. If it doesn’t serve the basic story I want to tell, it can go.

Sometimes that doesn’t always work. Sometimes the story I’m trying to tell needs to be longer. When that happens, I stop worrying about word count and let it end as a novella or novel. I have a zombie apocalypse story I hope to release in the future that I initially intended to be 100 words. It ended at over 10,000!

Writing short fiction is a great exercise. It makes you think about word choices and their importance to the story. I encourage anyone who enjoys writing to give it a shot.

Thanks for sharing, Patricia! I can vouch that short-form fiction is both challenging and fun to write.



  1. Love this, both the review and Patricia's article. Patricia's stories are always great.

  2. Thanks for the review. You pretty much touched on how to best enjoy the book. In quick chunks whenever you get a moment of boredom. ;)

    1. So maybe not such a brilliant insight on my part :D

  3. That sounds awesome. I have a number of books on lore that I read like this. I need to look for this one, thanks for the recommendation!


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