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Seeking Patronage!

6th October 2017 | 0 Comments

I am 37,000 words into an antifascist urban fantasy novel, and it has only just now occurred to me that I should let people know that they can help me out with that! Here’s my Patreon, and if you want other rewards, let me know and we can work something out.

General update!

18th August 2017 | 0 Comments

* You haven’t seen short stories by me in a bit because I no longer write them! I’m on to novels. * Currently seeking representation for psychological thriller Stars Burn Down. * Currently on submission: poetry manuscript The Life Cycle of the Phoenix. * Current novel project: My Empire for Ashes (urban fantasy). * Current […]

The Word for Loss is Missing

14th November 2016 | 0 Comments

Times are dark, right after the presidential election, so here’s a fun poem about the horrors of colonialism. I usually write speculative poetry, but this poem is based very much in fact. One of the particularly malignant things about colonialism is the way colonizers rob the colonized of their very language. The language of the […]

In Our Rags of Light

16th August 2016 | 0 Comments

I spent a year writing about the justifiable anger of teenage girls. Most of that was in the novel that I’m currently shopping around (hey agents – call me!), but a lot of it ended up here, in a story that takes place in a very specific environment for teenage girls: the South. It’s the […]

Four Chambers

4th September 2015 | 0 Comments

In early 2014, I was emerging from the second of two abusive relationships in a row. I very deliberately carved out space and time to ground and center myself, to think about what I needed and wanted, to not get swept up in another toxic person’s intense and charismatic courtship. It was the best thing […]

Never Chose This Way

9th July 2015 | 0 Comments

…this one is personal. I saw a call for stories dealing with the concept of institutions. The call was deliberately loosely defined; a story about the institution of marriage, say, would have fit. But my brain kept cycling back to something and saying “maybe it’s time.” And would not let it go. I grew up […]

The Binding

1st July 2015 | 0 Comments

This one went up a bit ago, and it slipped right by me! It’s actually fairly strange for me to look at “The Binding” these days; I wrote it in 2012, before all of the massive life changes that changed how I wrote. It sold to Lakeside Circus quite a while ago, and I… forgot […]

The Year in Shira!

30th December 2014 | 0 Comments

2014 was actually the most productive writing year I’ve ever had – it just doesn’t look that way from the outside! Since I barely wrote in 2012 and wrote nothing in 2013, I only had two stories actually come out in 2014, both written in 2014. Those are “The Final Girl” and “The Cartographer’s Requiem”. […]

Catching up!

5th November 2014 | 0 Comments

Most of my year has been spent focused on the novel I started in February! I finished the first draft last week, and am letting it rest before jumping into revisions. In the meantime… * The poetry magazine I co-edit with Mat Joiner released its amazing first issue! We’re reading now for issue #2. * […]

Israel is Not My Birthright

28th July 2014 | 0 Comments

Normally this is where I’d write about why I wrote this story, but this one is self-explanatory! This is my first nonfiction piece, and I’m blown away that it was accepted by Salon. It seems to have struck a chord with many, and I appreciate that greatly. “Israel is Not My Birthright” was published on […]