“Everyone Gets A Happy Ending” Now Available in Interzone #268

My story “Everyone Gets A Happy Ending,” which concerns itself female friendships, the nature of family, and the bunny apocalypse, is now out in the January-February 2017 issue of Interzone. I wrote this story over a number of months, which is pretty standard for me. I tend to put stories away and allow them to ferment multiple times before they actually transform into something resembling completion. I finished my final draft during a writers’ retreat hosted by Scott H. Andrews in the mountains of western Virginia. During that retreat I also completed my Black Static story “A Pinhole of … Read more

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“One Thousand Paper Cranes” Now Out in Kaleidotrope

“One Thousand Paper Cranes” took its time. Both the writing of it and its emergence in a magazine. I’m almost afraid to go back and read it. What was I thinking about a year ago? Who was I back then?  Questions which tie to the story.

“One Thousand Paper Cranes” is a very Julie story. It’s about love and loss and science(!).  Set in a near future world, stretching time has become a state-sanctioned way of fixing personality problems. Troubled, self-destructive, acting out? Try CR-Rest: chemically-regulated, restricted-environmental-stimulation therapy.

“One Thousand Paper Cranes” is also concerned with the fate of the … Read more

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My Narration of Sharon Shinn’s “The Double-Edged Sword”

So I’m behind in my recordings. I owe a narration to one podcast and have another due in January. Finding a time in my home when I only have to contend with curious dogs and less curious cats is tricky, which is why recording Sharon Shinn’s “The Double-Edged Sword” was such a victory.  At 40 pages it’s squarely in that special category: novelette. In other words it’s a satisfyingly long read, or to put it another way it’s an epic short story.

Aesara, the protagonist, is strong and wild and scarred by life in a way that colors–or even dictates–her … Read more

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