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The Cartographer’s Requiem

3rd July 2014 | 0 Comments

“The Cartographer’s Requiem” is that rarest of beasts for me – a secondary-world fantasy story. I love reading them – they just don’t seem to come out of my writerbrain! Til this one. The seed of it was the image of a bright red train cutting through a featureless vellum-esque plain; that occurred to me […]


14th June 2014 | 0 Comments

Mat Joiner and I have just launched Liminality, a magazine of speculative poetry! In anthropological terms, liminality is the midpoint of a ritual: the threshold where a person is no longer quite who they were, not yet who they might become. In between masks, what face might you have? What might you be in transit? […]

The Selves We Leave Behind

6th June 2014 | 0 Comments

” The Angel of Fremont Street” and “Fortune” were always meant to reflect each other. Versions, shall we say, of the same characters, in a way that’ll make sense when you read them. But it’s been difficult to show you “Fortune”! Because it was published in a very limited-edition anthology! BUT NOW YOU CAN HAVE […]

Upcoming reprints!

23rd April 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s going to be a big year for reprints for me! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about all of them yet. Expect more posts soon. But here’s what I can tell you: My very first two short stories, “The Angel of Fremont Street” and “Fortune”, will be reprinted as an ebook by Upper Rubber Boot […]

The Final Girl

23rd April 2014 | 0 Comments

I had a rough few years that I’ve spoken of elsewhere. One major side effect of the past few years? I stopped writing. The seed of The Final Girl was there before that, though. It started at a conversation at Wiscon where I said to Lisa Bradley “You know, someone should write something about Final […]

The Year in Shira

31st December 2013 | 0 Comments

Sadly, I didn’t write much this year; 2013 was a year full of things both horrible and wonderful, and the horrible stuff kept me from my work. But for the first time I co-edited a thing. Working with Michael on Flying Higher was great for me on a lot of levels; it started out as […]

Becca at the End of the World

21st October 2013 | 0 Comments

My bio at Apex Magazine for this story includes the sentence “Her daughter just started college and is not a zombie.” This is relevant. The thing is that I’m generally bored with zombies and vampires. I haven’t seen much *new* done with them in some time. So I’d never planned to write a zombie story. […]

Flying Higher! and Limbo

4th September 2013 | 0 Comments

So while I was away, I co-edited an anthology! From the introduction: One lunchtime at Wiscon (the major feminist SF/F convention held in Madison, WI), we were discussing poetry. Like you do. In particular, we were discussing topics that Michael didn’t think could make for good poetry under any circumstances. Specifically: Superheroes. Shira and Alex […]

Not Too Bold

4th September 2013 | 0 Comments

The acceptance letter for this read “This is finally a serial killer poem that I am very happy to accept!” Let me back up. I grew up on fairy tales. Not just Little Red and Snow White; I dug deep into Grimm’s. My favorite was The Robber Bridegroom and its variant, Mr. Fox. I was […]

Happy Hour at the Tooth and Claw

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

So, you may remember that Mike Allen had a Kickstarter for Clockwork Phoenix 4, and that his $10K goal, which he made, was that he’d start a new magazine. He hit the goal, and we all got a little ridiculous on Twitter. ******* Me: Hey @mythicdelirium when do submissions open for your BRAND NEW MAGAZINE […]