Fiction, &c.

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 Portland with my husband, our cat, a few gadgets, several fountain pens, and many books. [More?]

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On the Page


NaNoWriMo 2015 Winner The Head of a Peasant Woman

National Novel Writing Month, November 2015

I wrote a story that explored relationships at the intersection of virtual environments and the real world.

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Interactive Fiction

Departures Departures

Twiny Jam, April 2015

A brief interactive story about the ways we leave.

Jam requirements: 300 words or less.

[ Interact · Blog post ]

Short Stories

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

Guest posts

For Cat Rambo’s blog “The World Remains Mysterious”:

Critiques, Counts, and Quests: Motivational Tools for Writers

poll: your favorite and least favorite words On

Occasionally I write about writing. So meta!

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On the Stage

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Blind Poetics Blind Poetics

Featured Reader

14 December 2015

William McGonagall Captain’s Bar presents

Tribute to William Topaz McGonagall

with Gavin Inglis and others

29 September 2015

Venus in Orbit Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents

Venus in Orbit

19 September 2015

The White Horse Bar, Edinburgh

Book Fest 2015 Jura Unbound presents

Illicit Ink‘s Happily Never After

25 August 2015

Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Venus: The Lost Tapes Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents

Venus: The Lost Tapes

24 April 2015

The White Horse Bar, Edinburgh

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

Venus Returns Tribute to Venus Carmichael presents

Venus Returns

10 August 2014

Cortado Café, Edinburgh

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.