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Healder: The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March

Cover image for K. A. Cook's 'The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March'. Vector/cartoon styling of a creepy folly/shack/treehouse with various gothic accountrements and a crow or raven perched on the roof. Folly is surrounded by more vector images of trees, bushes and scrub set on a cartoony green-hill background. Typeface for author and title credit is white stroked with black. The whole thing is very flat/one-dimensional and looks like a still from an 80s cartoon.Tes Alden, collector of words, rescuer of books and counter of objects, knows ze isn’t like everyone else. This wouldn’t be such a problem if everybody else didn’t struggle with it. Hir mother prays a run-down school in the middle of nowhere may be the best place to stow hir brand of peculiarity, and Tes has nowhere better to go.

Darius Liviu lost a limb and his lover in the hell of Mul Dura. He spent the last three months as a guest of the Greensward, crafting a jointed hand from elf-sung wood and trying to ignore the mutterings of the ghost that haunts him. Now, he returns to the College to take up the second-most dangerous job open to a magician: teaching.

Tes just might be a magician in the making, if ze can survive adventures in alliterative magic and hir own lethal curiosity. Darius, though, keeps a secret that makes the usual problems of overgrown rhubarb, basilisk hordes, verbose eldritch objects, shrieking purple monkeys and cauliflower explosions look like nothing at all.

The elves are coming, and nobody fears elves more than Kit March.

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Genre: Vaguely comedic, increasingly serious fantasy featuring trans autistic adult protagonists.

Update Schedule: Somewhere between once every two to four months depending on my chronic pain. I don’t have enough executive functioning and reliably pain-free days to be more consistent than that.

Header: Kit March Short Fiction

Certain Eldritch Artefacts: Alliterative magician and College graduate Darius Liviu has travelled half the world in search of the rarest of rare magical artefacts: a tolerable talking sword. He knew it wouldn’t be an easy quest, but, after a year of failure, one last rumour sees him risk Rajad’s chaotic, cluttered, terrifying Great Souk. The noise, the smells, the people and his inability to move without provoking disaster make everything difficult, but Darius dares the nightmare in hope of an item that just might draw the eye of the man he loves.

The sword he finds may or may not be tolerable. It may not even be a sword. It has other ideas on the matter of being a lover’s token, however: ideas that make Darius ponder the reason he travelled at all…

The Adventurer King: Seven years ago, alliterative magician Darius Liviu met a talking sword belt in the Great Souk of Rajad. Since then, he trained as a swordsman and now works as a mercenary guard. He picked up a few jobs with merchants who don’t mind the loquacious belt, but he is yet to find the work—or the employer—that gives his training and life purpose. Efe Kadri of Siya, or at least his sister Aysun, might have the answer, if Darius has learnt enough from the belt to handle an arrogant, ignorant and impassioned monarch set on saving the world…

Cover image for "Footnotes and Hypernyms" by K. A. Cook. Cover shows a cartoony scene of the interior of a witch's house, including: a stone fireplace and chimney with a mantle piece with a glowing capsicum, a fish skeleton, two blue-glowing mushrooms and a jar of eyes; a wooden rocking chair; a wooden stool; a zebra-skin rug; hanging cloths in various colours and a piece of torn paper on the floor. "Footnotes and Hypernyms" and "K. A. Cook" is written in black-outlined white handdrawn type.

Old-Fashioned: Amelia March tries her hardest to live a quiet life with a black cat and a village in want of illusion and witchcraft. Would-be lovers entering one’s house after dark make this rather more difficult, but they’re just one of the many unexpected perils of the position. Her cousin Kit, on the other hand, is a great deal harder to manage than the annoying lovelorn…

Conception: Amelia is just starting to think that she has this witch thing figured out … until Kit turns up on her doorstep one spring day, returning from the Greensward with two feet, a belly, a sword of some distinction, a story, a young girl named Osprey, a beaming smile and a grand plan to start a school for divergent magicians…

“Old-Fashioned” and “Conception” forthcoming!

Header: Short Fiction

Cover image of "Their Courts of Crows" by K. A. Cook. The top half of the cover shows a black silhouette of a tree branch crossed with a longsword, with three crows taking flight around the branch. The bottom half has the text "their courts of crows" in a white fine sans-serif type in a black box above "k. a. cook" in black text on the cover's white background.

Their Courts of Crows: Prince Paide ein Iteme has lost his father, his family, his people and his home to a conquering necromancer queen and her armies of the risen dead. A last horrific battle sees him forced to discuss surrender, but that conversation is no small amount complicated when said conquering necromancer is his mother. Who might not have been entirely wrong in her overthrow of Paide’s father…

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