A Green Christmas?

by Laura Diaz de Arce At the time I am writing this, my living room is littered with storage bins, and a ten-foot plastic Christmas tree sits unfinished at one end. Inside and on top of almost every pre-decorated surface are mounds of synthetic tulle, garlands, ceramic houses, glass, and glitter. I am drowning in beautiful green and gold artifice....

Fiction: The Koi Empress by Nyla Bright

by Nyla Bright The sight of the two-foot-long golden koi in the grip of a snake was horrifying. Alexandria’s mother had told her some of the fish in her grandmother’s pond were worth as much as a car. “And,” she had said, “there is a goldfish that is priceless. Watch out for that one.”  The gilt scales flashed in the...

The Three Best Types of Audiobooks

Over the past couple of years I’ve had a near total polar switch in my reading habits. Now, I listen to audiobooks far more than I read physical books or e-books. Part of this a function of my day job, and part of this is a corrective measure after having a particularly low reading total a few years ago. Listening...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were so slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets. Masonic, mythic secrets to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous...

A Million Reasons for Rejections

There are a lot of different reasons why editors (or agents) decide to pass on a written work. Often, writers can glean from insights offered in personal rejections that address the specific reasons why the editor decided to pass on their submission. Providing personal rejections is time-consuming, however, and not all writers are receptive to feedback. As of August, we...

8 Must-Read Feminist Nonfiction Books

8 Must-Read Feminist Nonfiction Books

by Margaret Kingsbury Trigger warning: this post discusses sexual abuse as well as other types of violence against women. Feminism is essential. 90% of women inmates in the United States have been sexually abused (Waldman and Levi). 700 million women alive today have been married under the age of 18 and  14% of Arab girls marry under the age of...

The Problem with Female Villains

The Problem with Female Villains

by Ivonne Spinoza We like to think of villains as fun rebels these days. Characters like Loki from the Thor movies are fan favorites, and we even love questionable anti-heroes such as the modern interpretations of Sherlock we’ve gotten in recent years. If you look further, though, this sort of playful acceptance of attitudes that would normally be somehow socially...