Posts Tagged ‘ fantasy ’


16th November 2012 | 0 Comments

Almost every story I write comes from multiple seeds that seem unrelated, but collide in my head. Like temporal lobe epilepsy, quantum physics, a certain waiter, and a particular habit of Charles Fort’s did to create “Valentines”. In this case, there were two particular things. The not-deeply-personal thing: At PiCon, in August 2011, I was […]


2nd October 2012 | 0 Comments

“nameless” is actually the first thing I wrote in the world of what’s now my novel-in-progress, Cicatrix. I had an image of a dancing woman with twisted scars on her shoulderblades, what might have been wings… The poem didn’t quite work. It sat on my hard drive for a while as I did other things, […]

Mushroom Barley Soup: An Invocation

28th August 2012 | 0 Comments

When I was little, my grandmother made the most amazing mushroom barley soup. She made it from scratch, and that alone was so different from dinner with my parents, who don’t cook. (My father grills. But usually dinner at their place is takeout.) Just the flash of her knife on the cutting board was something […]

The Changeling’s Lament

7th October 2011 | 2 Comments

Like many of my poems, “The Changeling’s Lament” started as a few lines scribbled on the notebook next to my bed – “I have studied so hard to pass as one of you. I have tells – blisters, tremors, bruises.” That sat there for a few months, I think; it lingered in the very back […]


14th February 2011 | 0 Comments

I am delighted to announce that I have sold my urban fantasy series, Shayara, to Drollerie Press! Shayara started out years ago as simply a story I told myself. Over the years, it’s also been a comic book and a web-based illuminated manuscript of sorts. The medium has changed, but the story has always remained… […]

Between Truth and Life

23rd December 2010 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, wonderful poet JoSelle Vanderhooft told me that she was editing an anthology of steampunk lesbian stories, and that she’d like me to submit something. “JoSelle, you know I hate steampunk, right? That it makes me go argh that the aesthetic is pretty much NeoVictorian with some gears glued on, and there’s no […]

Salt Brides

23rd December 2010 | 0 Comments

“Salt Brides” is yet another Wind Tunnel Dreams experiment; this time, my challenge to myself was a month of myth and fairy tale. All of my friends love selkies, you see. Several have written about them. But I never had, despite growing up half-in the ocean and writing about mermaids, mangrove dryads, and the like. […]

Nine Things About Oracles

23rd October 2010 | 0 Comments

So this fabulous ridiculous thing happened. The remarkable Elise Mattheson, whose jewelry has sparked many a story and many a poem, made a piece called “Nine Things About Oracles“… And it inspired everyone. No, seriously. At last count, “Nine Things About Oracles” had sparked 108 poems. So this is another piece where I feel like […]


23rd December 2009 | 3 Comments

I wrote “Valentines” when I was supposed to be writing something else entirely. I’d gone to visit my friends at Wyrding Studios, and had intended to finish my short story “Undertow” while I was there. Instead, I ended up curled on their couch capturing “Valentines” as it fell out of my head! Surprise! And I […]


29th May 2009 | 0 Comments

Oh, this one’s a doozy. In December 2008, my dear friend SJ Tucker fell drastically ill. S00j is a traveling bard; as such, she din’t have health insurance. Fortunately, she has a bunch of creative and determined friends! We started a community and auctioned stuff we made. But it wasn’t enough. So Phil Brucato and […]