Words for Thought

by on Jan 31, 2018 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to the first Words for Thought of 2018. As we slide from one year into the next, it seems appropriate to focus on stories about worlds intersecting, liminal spaces, and people who are in one way or another caught in-between.   Big Mother by Anya Ow, published at Strange Horizons, is a story set in Singapore featuring five characters occupying the liminal space of childhood. A girl, her younger brother, and their neighbors gather almost daily to go fishing. The oldest boy in the group is obsessed with catching snakehead fish. They try various bait with no luck, until one day they briefly snag a fish they’ve nicknamed Big Mother. The line breaks immediately, and...

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Words for Thought — December 2017

by on Dec 29, 2017 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Well, here we are at the end of 2017. It’s been a year, hasn’t it? But through it all, fiction has brought me joy, as have the people who create it. I feel lucky to be part of incredible, creative community of writers who support and inspire each other, so thank you all. There’s no particular theme to this month’s stories. They’re works that spoke to me, including a few from earlier in the year because December is when I try to catch up on all the amazing things I’ve missed during the year. I hope 2018 brings you all good things, including many new short stories to love. See you in the new year!   “Learning to Swim” by Mimi Mondal published in Anathema...

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Words for Thought — November 2017

by on Nov 30, 2017 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to this month’s Words for Thought. Despite the general bleakness of the season, this month’s stories are all about new beginnings and seconds chances. Appropriate to the cold, the falling of leaves, and the graying of the sky, however, many of the stories are also touched with sadness. A Recipe for Magic by Kat Howard and Fran Wilde is the second offering from Barnes and Noble Sci Fi Blog’s new original fiction series. Esmé runs a bakery where each recipe is infused with magic; wedding cakes hold spells for joy, and vanilla cakes hold spells for memory. The bakery’s countertops were clean, but the air still tasted sweet. A sugary grit the color...

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Words for Thought — October 2017

by on Nov 1, 2017 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

“October Country…that country where it is always turning late in the year […] That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts.” — Ray Bradbury, The October Country October is a fundamentally lonely month. Appropriately enough for the season, this month’s reviews focus on stories of loneliness and isolation, but stories that offer hope as well. “The Whalebone Parrot” by Darcie Little Badger in October’s issue of The Dark opens with Emily traveling to an island to help care for her pregnant sister, Loretta. Loretta’s husband, Albert, is an Englishman who married Loretta in spite of his...

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Words for Thought — September 2017

by on Sep 29, 2017 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Welcome to another edition of Words for Thought. This month is full of uneasy and haunting tales about hidden things being revealed that stick with you long after you finish reading them. The Lamentation of Their Women by Kai Ashante Wilson published at Tor.com is a violent yet lyrically-written story. Nisha’s aunt, rumored to be a witch, is dead, and Nisha has a few hours to gather anything she wants from the apartment before it’s repossessed. She calls on her on-again, off-again, cheating boyfriend, Anhell, to go with her. They discover a body folded away in a chest under the coffee table with a machete and a shotgun. That’s when the devil changes...

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