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New Fiction: Ishka’s Garden

An Honorable Mention from The Heroes Half of The Contest

Beneath the alabaster arches over my narrow windows, something flutters against my curtains, interrupting my reading. I squint toward the sound as I rub my earpoints. They’re sore from concentration. I’ve spent my half-day studying the techniques recorded in the leather-bound journal of a master arborist.

A tree in my garden needs pruning before the Moontide festival. The tree that I’ve come to think of as Seesha’s Tree. My little friend will be so pleased with her new home. Fesh designed it well and picked the perfect branch. The two of them favor my Mergone and not many Fae can say a pair of the winged creatures live nearby.

When Babies Arrive: A Springly Walkabout with a Blue-Haired Farmer

When the grasses die off, all the creatures depend more on bucket-feeding. Everything comes and goes in cycles. In keeping with that rhythm, this past November, we went from around two hundred animals down to around one hundred.

We’ll stay at that number until the baby season comes…

Trigger Warning Writing Contest: The Winner, Runner Up, and 6 Honorable Mentions

The launch of our new website interrupted publication of the honorable mentions in our Spring Shock “Trigger Warning” Writing Contest. Here they all are:

Grand Prize Winner:

 
Honorable Mentions

  • “Choice of Tech” by Bokerah Brumley
  • “Nothing Like It In the World” by David Walls-Kaufman
  • “Right In The Childhood” by Josh Lieblein
  • “India Summer” by Mark Ellis
  • “From the Notebook of Norman Dornan, Father of the Stomach Condom” by Frederic Himebaugh
  • “Comeseemenow” by Aaron Smith
  • Choice of Tech

    An Honorable Mention in the 2017 Spring Shock Trigger Warning Writing Contest