Sunday, September 14, 2014

Missing My Own Ball

Oh my gosh, well, color me silly. I totally missed that my story“Talking Animals” went up on Every Day Fiction!
It’ll only take you a couple of minutes to read it. So go read it!
Now that you have read it.
This is one of my very favorite pieces I have ever written. It fell out almost completely perfect, and referenced a lot of my favorite books. I really enjoyed thinking about a twisted version of anthropomorphic animal stories, since those were always my favorite books as a child. I also enjoyed blurring the lines between fantasy and reality as I wrote about the ways the rats–are they real? are they not? you don’t know!–destroyed the other animals.
The final line was originally “and cheered for NIMH.” I love that line still, but after enough comments about the specificity of the reference, I decided it needed to be “the rats.”
This post, and my bibliography and other fun stuff, can be viewed at


  1. I recognize that this is an awkward place for this comment, but I just wanted to say that story about the Aqueduct in the Fantasy magazine was absolutely fantastic. I only bought the magazine because they were our of Asimov's, but it turned out to be pretty lucky because I loved it. I read it twice, which I pretty much never do with anything in any medium. As a sci-fi/horror writer, I'm pretty inspired by the idea of having a short story made of shorter stories, and might try one myself.

    Well, I just thought I'd say so.

    -Ryan Notch

  2. Oh whoa, thank you! I totally just found this post. I really appreciate your comments.

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