Fiction, &c.

Cygnoir the Writer
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When I was four years old, I wrote a story about a giant rabbit with no eyes or mouth that haunted my dreams.

The rabbit went away, but I kept writing.

Stories I enjoy reading and writing are the ones that skulk around the edges of themes and genres — stories with puzzles and patterns and hints rather than answers.

My formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in the structure and culture of the English language as well as a master’s degree in library and information science. Informally, I taught myself how to whistle like a train.

I live in Edinburgh with my husband, two cats, a few gadgets, several fountain pens, and many books. [More?]


On the Page

Short Fiction

InnsmouthMagazine2014_Issue15 … coming this summer …

365:10 Your Hands
“You learn to sleep in fits and starts, waking from faceless dreams with your nails at your elbow, attempting to break new skin with vicious scratching.”
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Day 117 of Project 365: The Kettle and I The Kettle and I
“He slides us a pouch through the metal door in the counter that contains the room chip, the pad loaded with end-of-life documents, the packet of tea to be brewed.”
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sad pink skeletons Sternum and Coccyx
“Sternum pushed herself on the swing, toes light on the worn floorboards. Her smile was smug, but she draped a doily of charity over it.”
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Poetry

Talons With Talons
A pantoum about a suffocating relationship.
[ Read online ]

Blog Posts

poll: your favorite and least favorite words I write about writing. I’m also collecting 50 rejection letters in 2014. Current total: 3 subs, 0 acceptances, 1 rejection.
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On the Stage

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

P1200262 Planet Scotland
Satellite 4 (Eastercon)
20 April 2014
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Writers' Bloc: The Culture Collider Writers’ Bloc presents
The Culture Collider
for the Edinburgh International Science Festival
13 April 2014
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unnatural-scotland Writers’ Bloc presents
The Year of Unnatural Scotland
30 October 2013

Unbound - Writers Bloc Edinburgh International Book Festival presents
Jura Unbound: John Lemke and Poppy Ackroyd with Writers’ Bloc
14 August 2013
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Illicit Ink: This Side of Paradise Illicit Ink presents
This Side of Paradise: A spoken-word utopia in honour of Iain M. Banks
7 July 2013
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NFFD_size_is_everything Illicit Ink, Inky Fingers, and Writers’ Bloc present
Size IS Everything: National Flash Fiction Day 2013
22 June 2013

First Bloc Writers’ Bloc presents
Séance Fiction
31 October 2012

underword: flash fiction Underword presents
National Flash Fiction Day 2012
16 May 2012
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In Phonic

People more audio-savvy than I am have recorded some of my poetry. When I figure out how to do this myself, I will post some stories as well.


In Training

I was a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine from October 2011 to June 2013. It was an astounding learning experience, and one I recommend highly.

I also recommend these writing workshops that I have taken.

Photo credit: FunkyPlaid.