Posts Tagged ‘ short stories ’

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]


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 […]

I Am Thinking of You in the Spaces Between

7th October 2011 | 0 Comments

I travel more than most, less than some, and I have a special love for liminal places. Especially when I’m alone and not having to manage anyone else. Buses, trains, airplanes. I like being between. In March 2009, I had the exceptional fortune to be on the now-legendary Trains of Heaven trip with SJ Tucker […]

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 […]