Tagged: fiction

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

2018: The year in review

Like any year, 2018 had its ups and downs, perhaps with a few more downs than ups. I set too many goals at the beginning of the year, and lost track of most of them in June. Most of those goals were vague and unrealistic. Something to work on this year. Still, I made some...

Nanowrimo 2018 winner banner

I wrote 50,000 words this month!

A few minutes ago, I validated my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s the first time I’ve written 50,000 words in 30 days since 2011, or 7 years ago. Coincidentally, my first-ever NaNo win came in 2008, so snagging a win this year feels especially apropos. I ended the month with 50,313 words (by NaNoWriMo’s count). Of...

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

The truth of fiction in The Things They Carried

I first read this book as a senior in high school. I didn’t know how to react to it. It made me very uncomfortable (especially the few scenes in which animals are involved) but it also struck me as being undeniably true, and for that I couldn’t put it down.  This book is one of...

#WeekendReads: Night Beast by Ruth Joffre

#WeekendReads: Night Beast by Ruth Joffre

The past two weeks have been a bit weird. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Lexi and out in my garden. My anxiety is high right now for a number of reasons, so I’ve also been making time to sit on my porch and read in the evenings. All of this helps, but...

New flash fiction in Uproot!

New flash fiction in Uproot!

I have a short short story—”Lonely Weather”—in Issue 5 of Uproot, a journal focused on “place, migration, and dislocation.” Mia walks west. She walks without stopping for rest, for sleep, for food, for water, because she is a ghost and feels no physical pain. The word echoes in her mind: ghost, ghost, ghost. She hopes...