“Ephemera” available to read today

My story “Ephemera” is available in November’s issue of Flash Fiction Online. It’s part of an issue that seems to me to centre on a theme of journeys, both physical and internal — although Suzanne Vincent’s editorial for the issue points out that all of the stories have a feeling of deviating from reality. As always with FFO I’m impressed with both the range of stories included and how much story can be told in under 1,000 words.

The editorial describes my story as follows:

‘If you broke up with your significant other, who would get the cat? How about the television? What if the television could choose for itself? Catherine George’s “Ephemera” examines that question.’

I wrote and revised the story (like almost all my stories) sitting on our three-legged living room couch (one of the legs has been replaced by a dictionary), so I like to think the couch, at least, is loyal to me now.

The entire issue is available here.

August News

Pleased to announce that my story “Ephemera” has been accepted for publication by Flash Fiction Online.

It’s a fantasy story about the way we navigate and build our sense of identity in relationships, and the connection between our sense of self and our material possessions. More succinctly: it’s about who gets what stuff in a breakup.

Looking forward to returning to Flash Fiction Online!

“Bedtime Snacks for Baby” recommended at Salute Your Shorts

“Bedtime Snacks for Baby” got a recommendation in May’s SFF Short Fiction Roundup over at Salute Your Shorts, Maria Haskins’ column at Barnes & Noble.

Salute Your Shorts is where I went for recommendations when I first started reading speculative short fiction (it still is now!), and it was in that process of reading that I realized I wanted to start writing SFF short fiction, so there’s a direct line from Salute Your Shorts to the existence and publication of “Bedtime Snacks for Baby.” So I’m extra pleased to have a story appear on this list.

Review of “Bedtime Snacks for Baby” at Quick Sip Reviews

Charles Payseur of Quick Sip Reviews has reviewed this month’s edition of Flash Fiction Online, including “Bedtime Snacks for Baby.” It’s a lovely review (although be warned it has spoilers, so you might want to read the story first before checking it out!).

Charles does a monumental job keeping up with and reviewing a wide swathe of SFF short fiction every month, so I’d also recommend checking out his site more generally.

“Bedtime Snacks for Baby” available to read today

My flash fiction piece “Bedtime Snacks for Baby” is available to read today at Flash Fiction Online. The issue is focused around mothers, just in time for Mother’s Day. Mothers are often not the focus in SFF writing — see, for more insightful comments than I can manage, Aliette de Bodard’s thoughtful (and BSFA award-winning) discussion of the erasure of mothers/motherhood from SFF fiction — so it is nice to see that focus.

The more I write the more I find that mothers (and parents, more broadly) and babies are a preoccupation in my fiction. It appears I am following the advice to “write what you know”, with two children under the age of three at home and the resurgence in my writing coming during a maternity leave.

(A tangent: I am very grateful that both my employer and the Canadian government have supported my ability to take two maternity leaves in the past three years, and particularly grateful in this context as I found myself as a writer again during this last leave.)

If you like the issue, e-book/digital copies are available here.

March News

Pleased to announce that my story “Katabasis” has been accepted for publication by Augur Magazine.

The story is about finding your home in the world, the way that certain places can feel like magic to some people (it’s set in the Gulf Islands, one of the places that’s always felt like magic to me), and … maybe a portal from another world? Or maybe not — this story’s a bit hard to describe.

It’ll be out in Issue 2.3, in November 2019.

“The Bear Wife” available to read today

My story “The Bear Wife” is available to read online today, at Metaphorosis Magazine. It’s a contemporary take on the animal-wife folk tale — a woman who was once a bear struggles with reconciling her old life with her new, and with the pleasures and pains of new motherhood. Digital copies of the February issue are also available here. The theme for the issue is “family” and there are some wonderful stories in there.

Also, the cover art for this issue is amazing — it’s wonderful to see my story illustrated like that (art by Saleha Chowdhury).

Hope you enjoy!

December News

Excited to announce that my flash piece, “Bedtime Snacks for Baby,” has been accepted for publication at Flash Fiction Online. Flash fiction is a whole different ballgame than longer short fiction — figuring out how to get a whole story in under 1000 words was an interesting journey! — and so I’m very proud to have this as my first flash sale.

I don’t want to say too much about the story for fear of spoiling the surprises, but it’s about a baby with unusual appetites and standing with your children, no matter the consequences.