Fiction, &c.

Photo by Chris Scott

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?]

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On the Page

Short Fiction

Bowl of hearts. Leftovers
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Story Shop 2014
“Today, for the shallots, tuna, and beans — an unremarkable plating in a career of unremarkable food — she would flavour it with the memory of the first time she realised she was alone.”
[ Read online & listen to excerpt · Blog post ]

InnsmouthMagazine2014_Issue15 Paper Turtles
Innsmouth Magazine, Issue 15
“I liked the shop because of this cleanliness, this closed-loop recycling of physical and psychic energy. But every once in a while, the spirit of something bigger, like a cat or a dog, would wander in.”
[ Print · ePub & Kindle · Blog post ]

365:10 Your Hands
Map Literary, Spring 2014
“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.”
[ Read online · Blog post ]

Day 117 of Project 365: The Kettle and I The Kettle and I
Bewildering Stories, Issue 471
“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.”
[ Read online · Blog post ]

sad pink skeletons Sternum and Coccyx
Impetus! 2008
“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.”
[ Read online ]


Talons With Talons
Poem Memoir Story, Issue Four
A pantoum about a suffocating relationship.
[ Read online ]

Blog Posts

poll: your favorite and least favorite words Occasionally I write about writing. So meta!
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On the Stage

Upcoming Events

Location When Summary Description
The White Horse Bar, 266 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8 AA, United Kingdom 24 April 2015 at 18:00 – 22:00 Venus Carmichael

Past Events

RLSDay 2014 Edinburgh City of Literature presents
#RLSDay 2014: Stevenson Unbound
13 November 2014
(a special guest of Andrew C. Ferguson)

Illicit Ink Underground: Technobabble Illicit Ink presents
5 October 2014
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edinburgh-international-book-festival-2014-header City of Literature Trust’s Story Shop 2014
Edinburgh International Book Festival
13 August 2014

P1200262 Planet Scotland
Satellite 4 (Eastercon)
20 April 2014
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Writers' Bloc: The Culture Collider Writers’ Bloc presents
The Culture Collider
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 Jura Unbound presents
John Lemke and Poppy Ackroyd with Writers’ Bloc
Edinburgh International Book Festival
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

Here are some recordings of me reading my poetry.

I also enjoy collaborating with other writers and musicians on their work.

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: Chris Scott.