My Original Fiction: Those Who Return

Dear Readers, Today I realized I should just put this story up here, free to read and easily accessible. "Those Who Return" is my loving response to Ursula Le Guin's famous "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas." (Content Warning for the Le Guin: child abuse.) Many, many, many writers have written responses to Le … Continue reading My Original Fiction: Those Who Return

Recommended Reading: Pandemic Installment: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

I'd already started reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer before the Covid-19 stuff really took off and a pandemic was declared. Once everything started spiraling, Braiding Sweetgrass became my touchstone, my comfort, my tether in this unraveling world. It was already everything I needed in … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Pandemic Installment: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Recommended Reading: (H)afrocentric by Juliana “Jewels” Smith

My local library is small and a bit sad, with lots of empty shelves. But I looked around anyway, and while I couldn't find many novels of interest to me, I did pick up this Volume 1-4 collection of (H)afrocentric comics by Juliana "Jewels" Smith, illustrated by Ronald Nelson, out from PM Press. I sure … Continue reading Recommended Reading: (H)afrocentric by Juliana “Jewels” Smith

Recommended Viewing: Gentefied

Ok, so this just dropped on Netflix two days ago, and I already watched it all, then cried about how long I'll have to wait for a new season. It's got everything I want in a good story: fleshed out characters with diverse identities, overlapping problems, no easy solutions to anything under late capitalism in … Continue reading Recommended Viewing: Gentefied

Recommended Reading: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

I'm as guilty as the next person of judging books by their covers and assuming I know what certain genres and sub-genres are and aren't, and which aren't for me. Had I not been gifted this novel, I never would have read it, despite knowing it won the Hugo AND Nebula awards. War, space ships, … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Teaching at The Loft this Spring: Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in Six Weeks

I did this class once before, and it was fabulous! People had a great time and wrote cool stories. There's NO PRESSURE! Such a relief! Sign up HERE. Class Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in Six Weeks Artists Harmony Neal We'll go through the process of drafting and revising a short … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft this Spring: Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in Six Weeks

Teaching at The Loft this Winter

Through the Looking Glass: Write & Revise a Story in Six Weeks Harmony Neal We'll go through the process of drafting and revising a short story with hands on exercises to help you practice elements of craft like piquing reader interest, specificity, setting, character, and plot. This class will teach you how to come up … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft this Winter

Teaching at The Loft Starting Tuesday

Class The Loft Presents If: Speculative Fiction: Making the Future Irresistible Harmony Neal We'll read speculative fiction stories from A People's Future of the United States, including authors A. Merc Rustad, Lizz Huerta, Charles Yu, and Tananarive Due. We'll draft similar stories of our own. The editors :asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American … Continue reading Teaching at The Loft Starting Tuesday

Recommended Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

What has patriarchy done for us lately? Or ever? It's assumed by many that patriarchy benefits men at the expense of women, but feminists have long pointed out that patriarchy harms EVERYBODY, men included. As a feminist, I have a vested interest in telling truer versions of popular myths, and Madeline Miller's Circe does exactly … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller