I'm in e-print again! My story "The Woman Who Shook the World-Tree" is up at Tor.com. You can read it there for free.
This is the fourth of five stories in David G. Hartwell's "Palencar Project." David sent copies of John Jude Palencar's evocative painting above to a number of science fiction writers and challenged us to write stories for it.
It is not ego that makes me feel that my story is the best but, rather, a perfectly natural tendency to write the sort of fiction that one likes most. I'm sure the other writers feel the same way about their own stories. Nevertheless, there's a lot of fun to be had, reading all the stories and deciding which you prefer and under which conditions.
For me, the chief appeal of this story is Mariella Coudy, its protatonist. She was an admirable character and one whom I enjoyed spending time with.
You can read the story here.
And you can find Palencar's website here.