• INSPIRATION

    Wrestling with Self-Doubt

    For the past month or two, I’d been struggling with crushing self-doubt where my writing is concerned. I’m not really sure what triggered this downward spiral. Every writer has thoughts like “jeez, my writing sucks” from time to time, but for one reason or another, I wasn’t quite able to get that particular voice out of my head. I’m realistic enough to know that my writing isn’t all that stellar but I also know that it isn’t totally abysmal. Even so, insecurities about whether anyone will ever read, much less like my work kept building up to the point where I wasn’t able to bring myself to work on a…

  • FICTION

    Space Age Mermaid

    Sulily sleeps suspended inside a transparent, cylindrical womb filled with luminous blue fluid. Her suit sticks to her body like a second skin and has knobby nodes that run up the length of her spine and end at the soft helmet’s base at the back of her neck. From the center of the helmet, wires fan outward and upward, gathering at the control center at the top of the container. Sulily’s mouth and nose are covered by a breathing apparatus with a serpentine root that coils and stretches down to the base of the cylinder. From time to time, her eyelids flicker and her fingers and toes twitch. Otherwise, she…

  • FICTION

    Cat Skin

    “Say, Doc,” Chloe asked lowly. “You know why I’m in here?” The doctor was a young one, fresh out of university. She wore round glasses and her hair in a serious bun. It was nearly the end of their session, six going on seven in the evening. She eyed Chloe sagely. “You know why you’re here, Chloe.” Dr. Finley said softly. “This is a safe place, where we can talk about the things on your mind.” Despite her cajoling words, the doctor was well aware that the girl sitting on the loveseat across from her wasn’t talking about this room, all Zen-like and bursting at the seams with soft colors…