Posts Tagged ‘ fantasy ’

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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


And the War is Never Over

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

This poem had been building for quite some time. I’ve been volunteering with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center since 2007; I’m a community education volunteer and a survivor speaker. In the former role, I’ve been doing a lot of work within my local community and the greater SF/F community regarding sexual violence. It’s been […]


Where We Died

20th June 2013 | 0 Comments

This one, I remember writing. It’s a shadow of sorts of my first published short story, “The Angel of Fremont Street”. It draws from the same inciting incident – but instead of an examination of the years beyond, “Where We Died” is a snapshot, one few-second slice of a life right before everything changes forever. […]


Ereshkigal’s Proposal to Hades

16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

(Art by Paula Friedlander!) I am tired of Persephone Poems. We all have them! I have two. It’s an attractive narrative – the lovely, innocent young maiden seduced into the underworld. People have done interesting things with the story. But it’s one of the most popular narratives out there, poetry-wise, and I am drowning in […]


The Oracle Never Dances

16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

(Art by Paula Friedlander!) It’s funny how many of the pieces I sell to Mike Allen of Mythic Delirium originate with him, in one way or another. This one is quite directly traceable to him! Every year at Readercon, Mike runs a speculative poetry workshop. One year, Readercon had other poets listed as participants – […]