Posts Tagged ‘ poetry ’

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 – […]


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 […]

The Library, After

23rd June 2011 | 0 Comments

I originally wrote “The Library, After” at the very end of 2008; it was one of five unprompted Wind Tunnel Dreams flash stories. (Note: I dug this information out of my personal blog; in so doing, I found that I use the word “library” in WTD stories rather a lot.) Several of the stories in […]

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 […]


29th May 2009 | 1 Comment

This is the rare thing that rose up without a connection to Wind Tunnel Dreams, to jewelry, to masks, to anything but the fact that I am thoroughly steeped in fairy tales. That, and the fact that I am often subject to marauding troops of morbid Girl Scouts. No, really. My daughter is fourteen, and […]

When Her Eyes Open

29th March 2009 | 0 Comments

In September 2008, I did one of my frequent collaborations with Kythryne Aisling of Wyrding Studios. We solicited prompts from our readers… and every weekday, I wrote something and she created a piece of jewelry based on the same prompt. We had lots of fun – Kyth’s a great collaborator, a very gifted artist, and […]

Unruly Harvest

29th March 2009 | 0 Comments

At WisCon 2008, I went to one of Elise Mattheson’s haiku earring parties; she makes dozens of pairs of earrings that can be all yours for the price of a haiku. You go in and pick out your earrings, and she gives them a title. You write a haiku, based on the title or the […]

Wool and Silk and Wood

22nd February 2009 | 0 Comments

The fall of 2007 was rough. My longstanding comic project, Shayara, had fallen apart – the artist backed out for the last time. I’d been focusing my creative energies so long on Shayara, and I didn’t know what to do. So I posted asking for writing prompts, and decided to write flash fiction every day […]