The Story behind the Story: Under the Rabbit Moon

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In my latest short story, I’ve been sailing. Sailing with some kids from Vashon, that island just south of Seattle, but some ways, a million miles away from it. It’s not a carless island, like Mackinac (at least until Pence got there), but it is one lacking in bridges, and therefore connected to the rest of the world primarily through … Read More

Fall Classes: Final Draft + Alt. Architectures

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Hello, friends! I wanted to let you all know that I’m teaching a couple of classes this fall–one online, for LitReactor, and one in Portland, OR, at the Corporeal Writing Center. One participant called the first class, Final Draft, “a finishing school for writers, distilled into just four weeks.” I call it the class I wish I’d had in the … Read More

Dispatches from Anarres: The Worlds of Le Guin

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I just finished watching the PBS American Masters episode on Ursula K. Le Guin (the full video is available here), and it brought up so much for me, as a fan, as a writer, and as an editor as well, immersed as I have been this summer in editing Dispatches from Anarres, a collection of short fiction in tribute to … Read More

The Story behind the Story: Metamorphosis No. 2

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Flash fiction can be many things: a small story, a prose poem, or, if you’re so inclined, a game. Some years ago, I invented such a game for myself, in which I wrote a first scene, the first image that came to me, in as much detail as I could conjure. Then I wrote a second, incorporating as many details, … Read More