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Why I'm Thankful for A Viable Paradise

In October I attended my first workshop for speculative fiction writers. A Viable Paradise 18 was held on Martha’s Vineyard, where the season stood on the cusp of change. It was still warm when I got there, the leaves mostly green. I came back a different person. It’s been interesting to observe the shift.

Online Again

"Commando" Published in Crack the Spine

My story “Commando” is featured in this week’s issue of Crack the Spine. “Commando” is a coming-of-age tale that examines a young woman’s fraught relationship with her body, her mother, and the world. I tried many points of view, many structural experiments, and what finally seemed to work was this combination of simultaneous removed narrative distance (neither character is named) and intimate perspective. Have a read and feel free to comment, either here or at CTS. I’d love to know what you think!

"No Cover" Published in Cirque

“No Cover in Tucson,” a vignette about my visit to the Southwest as a love-starved Alaskan in 2005, is featured in the current issue of Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim. A PDF of the issue is available for download through the journal’s website; hard copy can be ordered online. It’s a fine issue full of established and emerging talent from the far north. The radio version of this piece is also available in the nonfiction samples page of Uncanny Vale.

NaNoWriMo: What I Learned

As early as January 2012, I looked forward to November, National Novel Writing Month. I would take the whole month to write. I would do the research my fantasy novel needs to gain the cultural depth I want it to have, and I had time to do all of this, for November was many months off.