Short Story Review: Laughter Among the Trees by Suzan Palumbo

The highway to the campground cuts through the granite Laurentian Plateau like a desiccated wound. It’s been twenty five years since I’ve retraced this road and, though the comfort stops along the route have been expanded and streamlined, the forest and rock remain the same: Ancient, silent and unflinching.I was fourteen when we retreated South … Continue reading Short Story Review: Laughter Among the Trees by Suzan Palumbo

Behind the Curtain: “Bad” Mental Illness and the Danger of Visibility

Over the last six months or so, as I write this, I've dealt with a number of attempted harassment campaigns. The majority of them, admittedly, didn't go very far. I'm lucky in that respect - I don't make a good target of outrage, I'm hard to get fired since I work for myself, and I'm … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: “Bad” Mental Illness and the Danger of Visibility

1.12 – Avery – Capitol After Midnight

Song: blind (CRi Remix) by Jean-Michel Blais second meeting ˑ an urban quietude ˑ remember this I found Willow for the second time overdosing outside of Maverick’s bar. She wasn’t dying - not yet, anyway - and for a lot of people, they probably would have walked by, not thinking to check on the way … Continue reading 1.12 – Avery – Capitol After Midnight

Behind The Curtain: Metaphorical Incest, Fanfiction and Cultural Taboos

TW: As you might have gathered from the title, this column discusses incest, fanfiction policing, pedophilia, and abuse (of various kinds; child sexual abuse, relationship abuse and parental abuse all come up.) Ah, the fanfiction wars. They'll probably never end, and trying to determine when exactly they began is a matter of definition more than … Continue reading Behind The Curtain: Metaphorical Incest, Fanfiction and Cultural Taboos