Cinderfella

I can trace the dawn of my writing career to Cinderella.  The Disney movie.  I saw it and was blown. Away. I had a perhaps uncomfortably enthusiastic appreciation for Cinderella’s abusive life at the beginning of the film.  “The only thing that would make this better,” thought five-year-old me, “is if she were a boy!” […]

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Intelligence Vs. Instinct

So, there I was, in, what? Fourth grade? We were learning about instincts. Birds that could fly halfway around the globe to find exactly the same nesting site. Salmon swimming upstream without their parents to guide them to the pool where they were born! I raised my hand. “Why don’t we have any instincts?” I asked. […]

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The Awful Lie of Fitting In

As a teen, I felt the agony of not fitting in. Advice from my peers didn’t help.  “Dress how you want! But not in that!” I wrote many angsty teen poems about the tyrannical conformity of teal and pink penguins. I couldn’t escape ridicule for my clothes. I didn’t have control over what clothing I owned. […]

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Asimov’s Magazine 40th Anniversary

Hey, New Yorkers! If you are in New York, I am, too! I’m attending the Asimov’s Magazine 40th Anniversary party at Housingworks Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, 7pm on Thursday, April 13. I’ll be the one clinging to a dark back corner in abject social fear.   by

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Suspense

  I’m starting to learn how to add suspense to my stories. Something I often lack because I’m such a nut about being brief. Naturally, the way I think best about suspense is to look at it through the lens of poetry. Warning: The following contains POETRY COMPOSED IN A BROWSER WINDOW.   Poets want […]

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Chase Your Weird

Last night I dreamed I was on a generational star ship modeled after a Russian palace.  It was in disrepair, abandoned, and it was snowing in parts of it. I will never write this story. Okay, part of that is that it’s just a setting, not a real story idea, but also I’d feel weird […]

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Stepping Out of Stream

In 2007, this article made the rounds: Pearls Before Breakfast. It went viral. It was forwarded to me dozens of times. It was supposed to be inspiring. It pissed me off. There’s a certain privileged tone to it, see. It implied that people were so stupid not to recognize greatness before them.  As though all […]

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