Taxidermy

Taxidermy

His hands moved nimbly over the bird’s outstretched wing. He could feel the heat of the lamp to his left and see the dark mass of his shadow falling to the right side of the table. The ache in his back started at the base of his spine and climbed up each vertebra until it [...]

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Room

Room

“I am alone. I have always been alone. Alone is what I am.” — Loren Eisely, “All the Strange Hours” My bedroom is small—crowded from floor to ceiling with books. Books on the shelves. Books stacked on the floor. Books overflowing onto the dressers and multiplying. Twin stacks stand atop the clear glass tank that [...]

Things That Await Me in 2017

Things That Await Me in 2017

For many of us, 2016 was a punch in the gut. We remember those we lost with heavy hearts, including celebrities David Bowie, Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, and Carrie Fisher, as well as those involved in the Pulse nightclub shooting and the destruction of Syria. It was a rough year for divisive politics and violent incidences around the world, and most [...]

NaNoWriMo / Week One

NaNoWriMo / Week One

Today, I had the luxury of spending the morning at home, a steaming cup of tea beside my laptop, the rare appearance of sunlight filtering through my bedroom window. I was facing the dreaded blank screen. A fresh day. A fresh page. A fresh chapter. I thought about something Daniel José Older, author of the [...]

Midnights

Midnights

It’s dim in the back parking lot of the high school. Their shapes move together, pushing and pulling each other until they reach the perimeter of bushes. With the parking lot at their backs, they stop to catch their breath. Noah’s heart is hammering against the curve of his ribs, his breath billowing from between [...]