“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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My Narration of Sandra M. Odell’s “Telling Stories”

PodcastleMy narration of Sandra M. Odell’s “Tell Stories” is out in Podcastle 433. This story was both a joy to read and a writerly lesson for me. Writing humor is hard, much harder to my mind that writing dark fiction, or angry fiction, or just about any other kind of fiction. But Odell’s premise is surprising and her characters so damn real. It’s funny and heartful all at once. I really enjoyed working on the piece

Listeners are bound to be charmed, amused, and filled with the huge heart that clearly beats inside Sandra M. Odell. She knows funny, … Read more

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