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I didn’t even know there was such a thing. When I heard of National Read a Fairy Tale Day, I knew I had to celebrate it somehow. But I didn’t want to just read one myself; I wanted to invite the world, the whole of civilization, to read a fairy tale, or something like a […]
I saw seven hawks playing in my backyard today.
If counting hawks is anything like counting crows, I ought to be entitled to a secret never to be told.
InkStains: 12 months, 1 day off per month, 353 handwritten stories. 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2013
My hand hurts.
InkStains isn’t over yet. Today is 22 Dec 13; I have 10 more stories to write this year.
But what will I do next year?
I can’t do another story a day project. I’d hate to repeat myself. Also, realistically, not all of these stories are good (some I think are excellent). I can’t do anything with […]
When the northern lights hit the spires of ice, they burst with color and the tinkling of bells. The city stands tall and deep, carved out of ice and snow, shrouded half a year in the dark of night.
It’s an ancient city. The scents of roasting and baking still waft through its streets. The air […]
Today is 1 December. 31 days remain in the year. I will write 30 more InkStains.
I originally intended to take up to 3 days off every month. But after several months of taking only a single day, I decided that was the true target: one day off, enforced. Some months, I almost didn’t take it, […]
They’re not magic dice.
Stanley stares at the pair of them. Brass, he thinks, or bronze — he’s not sure he knows the difference. Could be just gold paint. Staring at him on the bedside table, right under the lamp, in front of the clock, beside the book he’s been reading.
Outside, a storm rages. Lightning flashes […]
It started with a star.
The star burst into existence and burned brightly for a good many years before it grew bored.
The star said, “I should not be alone in this corner of the universe.” So the star spewed molten gas in great big streams.
The gases spun, looking much like a nebula to faraway observers, and […]