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New Stories and Poetry Out Recently!

I’ve had two stories and one poem published recently, all of which are available online!

The first is “Wishes without a Birthday Cake,” in Land Beyond the World. This story came out of a writing sprint class that I took with K. Tempest Bradford (which I talked about here). The story underwent some revisions to get it into the shape that it was ultimately published in, but the core of what I came up with on the fly is still there! “Wishes without a Birthday Cake” is a short story that is fine for all ages, though it does look at the possibility of an impending divorce of the main character’s parents.

Secondly, “Amanita” was published in Flash Point SF. This story was based on a prompt of “mushrooms,” but also tied to the fact that Freema Agyeman’s character on Sense 8, Neets, was actually named “Amanita,” which is both a lovely name and a REALLY poisonous mushroom. So at that convergence point, this story was born. It, too, underwent quite a bit of revision before reaching its final form. This is a flash fiction story, quite short, and also a bit on the weird side, as might be expected in a story about mushrooms.

Third, my poem “Death, in a Fashion” is in the inaugural issue of just femme and dandy. Written as a critique of the fashion industry over time, particular the physical harm to bodies and the world that fashion has wrought, I’m so glad to have found this poem a home! This one was based on a group of photo prompts that came together in an amazing and gorgeous way to inspire this poem!

Finally, the poem, “Pinnacle,” is in the most recent issue of Songs of Eretz, with a theme of “love.” This poem started out with poking around at some online magnetic poetry, and then a bit of work to smooth out the rough edges. It makes a vague reference to the vapors at Delphi, which may or may not have inspired the Oracle at Delphi’s prophecies, and also bears a connection to my story, “Breathe Deep” (in Old Legends and New Fables). This poem is meant for adults, though younger readers will likely not catch the connotations here.

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