“Idle Hands” is the reason I love damselflies, dragonflies, and the Azores, at least from afar. It all started with one isolated species of damselfly found on the Azores Archipelago. Ischnura hastata has been found to reproduce parthenogenetically, that is without males. This fact, along with some beautiful images of the islands themselves, somehow inspired a generational story about mothers, daughters, the multiverse, and a family’s unusual addiction.
It took “Idle Hands” a few years to find its way to both final draft and a welcoming home. I couldn’t be more thrilled with where it landed. The New Haven Review … Read more Read more
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 Read more
“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 Read more