Something special to share: In Floating Fields

Susan DeFCreative Writing, fiction, Reading, StoryQuarterlyLeave a Comment

Sometimes a story emerges from deep inside your bones—from your deepest childhood memories, from the architecture that shaped your imagination. 

“In Floating Fields” is such a story, and I’m pleased to share that it’s now available in the online edition of StoryQuarterly. (It will be featured in the print edition later this year.)

It’s a story set in part in my grandmother’s house in rural West Michigan—in the sandy soil of Oceana County, once known as the Asparagus Capital of the World. 

It’s a story set in part in the house of the Russian witch Baba Yaga, which rests on four stout chicken legs, deep in the heart of the dark woods.

The architecture of the imagination is such that these houses may in fact be the same house, as my memory appears to have superimposed what I was reading (fairy tales) and the place where I was reading them (an old farmhouse in West Michigan).

This story comes from a time in my life when my parents were heading toward divorce. A time when I was just starting to make sense of having parents with two different skin tones, and two different cultures.

A time in my life when I was beginning to understand, to paraphrase a line from the story, that I was two, and not one like everyone else. Beginning to understand that in order to save myself from fracture, I would have to write my own story.

This week, we swing together through the bright apex of the year, the summer’s solstice. It’s a time of year that always feels like a gift to me.

What a pleasure it is to offer you this gift of my own this week: A story forged in the dark, in the deep, in the nebulous knowledge of my own becoming. 

A fairy tale, for everyone who’s ever had to find their own way through the dark woods.

And today, I’m sending a little wish your way, like a falling star in a summer sky—a wish for such a story to find you, to push its way free from your own memory and marrow, and show you your own way home.

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