Because Men

I never make eye contact because I don’t intend to look kind or inviting in any way. Because men.



Sand & Silt

We all have a story like this, / innocent in its setting, nefarious / in how it stays / spurred into our bones as we grow.


She Has a Way with Worlds:
The Women of Science Fiction

Last month marked the 2018 Hugo Awards, honoring the year’s best fantasy and science fiction writing. Women swept up top awards in almost every category, including Best Novel (The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin), Best Novella (All Systems Red by Martha Wells), Best Novelette (“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer), Best Short Story […]


Newfangled Creature

Make a game out of nothing. Make rules and order out of air. Guess who is hurting you. Start over, do it again. Feel trapped.




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Mother Chimera

When I woke in the recovery room after surgery, a nurse’s head hovered over mine. “It’s okay,” she said. “I had one too, and now I have three healthy kids.”
And just like that, I gained access to a world of miscarriages.


Blue

We deliberate: not sky, not baby, not periwinkle or teal.


photo of a MacBook Pro laptop on desk with notebook papers and pens in front of it

Conditions

She feels the tidal pull of a future without him. She has almost forgotten what life was like, all those years ago, when they’d talked over books and equations, she his little witch.


Japanese drawing of a girl on a fan

Girl Zero

I could go swimming in a forever ocean. I was made of light.


from August

California/
a fire my mind/
entirely a house of cinder in/
a house of cinder