Karen Robiscoe

Biography

"Good Penny" 05/14. Villanelle published in Steam Ticket Journal: A Third Coast Review

"Word Mosaics" 01/14 --chapbook by Fowlpox Press

“Fairy Tale Hive” 10/2013 – 12 poem limerick series in Bohemia Journal

"Silent Night" short fiction published in KY Story's Scary Story Anthology 9/2013

"The Poseidon Adventure" poem published 9/2013 in Bohemia Journal

“Tossed & Found” short story–in 07/2013 print/e-Book edition: Dark Light 3 (CH & BB Publishing)

"Santa Barbara White Fire Nearly Contained"--05/31/2013 news article syndicated on Yahoo News Network

"What Happens in Vegas"--05/2013 short story print edition PstD Volume #3 (Postscripts to darkness)

1 of 2 Featured Literary Artists in 9/1/2012 edition of: Art4TheHomeless Webzine

Qualified in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Awards 2012 - General Fiction category.

Semi-Finals in SFWPA annual writing contest 2009 (excerpt)

Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writing Contest, 2009, Mainstream Literary Division (excerpt)

"Wash Day"--6/2012 poem e-published by: Handful of Dust

"To Jabberwock from Charon: Wherever I May Find You"--10/2011, creative non fiction-e-published by: The Whistling Fire

"New Shoes"--06/2008 poem published by: SPECTRUM Anthology at UCSB, edition CLVV

"The Write Ingredients"--06/2007 poem published by: SPECTRUM Anthology at UCSB, edition CLVIV

Smashwords Interview

More about iScribe...
Recently I interviewed with Cristian Milhai over at his place, & I thought I would run the post here--kind of like a rerun of a good TV show. Hope you get a kick out of the direction I took writing the "get together".

I'm breaking with my usual area of focus today, interesting blog posts, to review the work of Karen Robiscoe, an avid blogger & author I've come to know through the Wordpress Blog-o-sphere. I've been impressed by her style & diversity since happening upon her blog: CHARRON's CHATTER, so much so I invited her to guest blog at my site today. *looks worriedly toward crashing sounds emanating from the kitchen*

Of course, no one was more surprised than me to find the lady on my doorstep this morning, but I have to admire her get-up-and-go. She certainly got up & went *winces at the sound of shattering glass * and who knew she even had a passport? (Note to self: privatize address) It seems Karen interpreted the invitation to guest blog with me quite literally, traveling all the way to Romania to do so, but I suppose that's a hazard of interviewing the literary minded, at least if you interpret the root of that word liberally. *cranes head nervously toward sound of suddenly barking dog* So, without further ado, let's meet the lady now!

Cristian: Welcome, Karen, welcome. How was the flight?

Karen: Fancy. *sits on couch, and pummels cushions enthusiastically* And a little long. We circled the runway for hours!

Cristian: Blame Twilight for that. Part of the reason I invited you to visit virtually.

Karen: Two bags of peanuts., though.

Cristian: Jet lag is the worst.

Karen: It certainly is. Especially if you use frequent flyer miles. Do you know they actually seat passengers in the cargo area now?

Cristian: *points to splintered frames askew on a fluffed cushion* Are those my glasses?

Karen: I got all kinds of cozy with a giraffe. That's probably what's riling your dog.

Cristian: I don't have a dog.

Karen: You do now. Where's your guest room?

Cristian: I don't really have one.

Karen: You don't mind couching it then, do you? *pounds cushions again, completely shattering frames* I have a bad back.

Cristian: You're getting off topic. I invited you here to discuss writing.

Karen: Writing? You want to talk about writing? I thought you said: biking.

Cristian: I want to discuss your blog & pending book release.

Karen: And after all that trouble I went to ship my unicycle. *sighs dramatically*

Cristian: Tell me, Karen, while I still have patience—and readers. What kind of writing do you feature at your blog CHARRON's CHATTER?

Karen: The pixelated kind, mostly. Are you sure we're not biking? I noticed some really excellent trails on the way here. Right after I stopped to gather these wild mushrooms. *reaches in bag, and produces some suspicious looking fungus* Want some?

Cristian: I'll pass, thanks. So you'd characterize your writing by dots per inch?

Karen: Uh-huh. Except for the Post-Its. I get crazy heavy-handed with Post-its. I use yards of the things. I've been known to write entire novellas on Post-Its.

Cristian: Speaking of novellas. You have an actual novel pending publication, don’t you? An urban fantasy titled: SPIRITED REMIX?

Karen: I do indeed. It details the adventures of a disenfranchised Spirit seeking posthumous redemption.

Cristian: Sounds interesting.

Karen: It is. The guest appearances by Carlin, Hendrix and Einstein help.

Cristian: Definitely an unlikely combination. When will SPIRITED REMIX be released?

Karen: Your guess is as good as mine. Say, what is this stuff? *grimacing as she finishes the last crumb of Cristian's breakfast*

Cristian: An Egg McMuffin.

Karen: It tastes so exotic! So delicate and flaky!

Cristian: That's the paper wrapper, Karen. *exasperated, and hungry now* And we're going to have to wrap this up.

Karen: That's okay. I have a yen to write some poetry just now anyway. Something with teeth! Fangs, possibly…

Cristian: To feature on your blog?

Karen: No. I posted a Non-Tucket before I left, and I like to switch it up. I'll post the poem after I feature an op-ed about current events.

Cristian: You mean those clever ,rhyming riddles you write?

Karen: Only if the news is funny.

Cristian: I meant the 'Non-Tuckets'. Where did you come up with that term, anyway?

Karen: On my keyboard.

Cristian: Yes, but what does it reference?

Karen: Oh, any number of things, as long as it rhymes. It's versatile like that.

Cristian: You write idiom-based poetry, too. Would you classify that as a Non-Tucket?

Karen: A rose by another name, eh Cristian? *Karen buries her nose in dish of dried flakes* Mmm, so fragrant. Is this pot pourri indigenous to the area?

Cristian: Those are corn flakes, Karen. Anything else you’d like to add before we close?

Karen: Bananas?

Cristian: Well, readers, I hope you've enjoyed meeting Karen as much as I have.

Karen: Can I borrow your car?

Cristian: You can keep up with Karen at: http://charronschatter.com/!
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Books

3D Effects
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Series: Cyberland, Book 3. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Join Link on his latest adventure in Cyberland. Up the newstream without a paddle, and pursued by Trojan Viruses and Web Bots, the narcoleptic blogger's only hope for escape from digital effluvia hinges on mad networking skills, sponsored ads, and the most unwitting of allies.
Screen Borrow
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Series: Cyberland, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,040. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00)
Book #2 "Screen Borrow" picks up where "Through the Monitor" left off--following the adventures of narcoleptic, blogger Link after he escapes Cyberland, only to instantly regret it. Joined by bird buddies: Tweetums and Repeatums, there's plenty of other, new characters to keep you on your toes, plus fun with those you've met already, including Sloth, Iris, Cheeky Butts, and more!
So Five Minutes Ago
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.50)
Set against the backdrop of a strip club on Halloween, urban fantasy: "So Five Minutes Ago" pokes good-natured fun at the trends of today's society, while skirting the more serious issues of outsourced and obsolete American workers. (short story)
Thank the Good God She Found Jesus
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(5.00)
Bad girl goes good–and then bad again–exchanging Hail Marys for Happy Hours, and piety for pilsner in a month of equalizing Sundays.
Tire Rims & Hailstones
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(4.00)
A short fiction looks at the lighter side of religion and X’s & O’s. Basically a tic-tac-toe of chemistry, agendas, revivals & hubcaps…
Through the Monitor
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Series: Cyberland, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,520. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00)
Jump down the rabbit hole--fall through a GUI--become the avatar you seem to be & join Link on a trip to Cyberland. Plenty of digitally generated shenanigans, and reasons to upgrade, this Window between worlds has Gates stamped all over it...

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Smashwords book reviews by Karen Robiscoe

  • The Devil's Apology on May 01, 2014

    Captured in conversational first person, the Devil in this Apology isn't the least bit contrite—nor hellbent on converting you to his way of thinking. Recounted as memoir, and reinforced by biblical concept, The Devil's Apology doesn't just embrace spiritual skepticism, it lauds it. Author Kevin Cooper is on figurative fire, naming key players in a narrative that echoes the older-than-ages battle between God and the Devil, and updates it simultaneously, tying in probing, theological questions to rudimentary string theory. A blue-print for any devil's advocate, The Devil's Apology is a page-turner, with apocalyptic undertone that paves a provocative alternative alongside the standard, spiritual path.