Author Archives: Mandolin

Haiku for February 3rd

Friends go visiting.
At our hearth, no time has passed.
Listen, we’re laughing.
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Check Out the 2021 Locus Recommended Reading List

Lots of short story goodness on the Locus Recommended Reading List! I’m excited to see my short piece, “Thirteen of the Secrets in My Purse,” in there. I’m really excited to see how much it’s resonated with people! Sometimes, it’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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An Alphabetical Guide to Potential Building Materials for Aspiring Urban Planners

This month, my patrons are receiving an exclusive flash piece, “An Alphabetical Guide to Potential Building Materials for Aspiring Urban Planners.” I wrote this for the annual flash fiction contest I participate in every January/February. The goal is to write … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cat Pictures! Pete in a Hat

This is one of the images I used in Scragamuffin, the chapbook I released as October 2021’s exclusive Patreon reward. I thought it might be fun to release the pictures with the photos that inspired them. Pete doesn’t look particularly … Continue reading Continue reading

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Haiku for January 27th

The cats cuddle close
wanting the warmth of my skin
offering their fur.

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Cat Drawing! Wander Face

Cat drawing! Just Wander’s face this time when he was an adolescent with a half-grown mane.

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Haiku for January 20th

Waiting in the cold,
trying not to let my mind
rush when all is calm.

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Upwards Toward the Light

This poem was published in a poetry anthology memorializing Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s composed from scraps of her writing, cut up, pulled apart, and stitched in different ways to create an elegy. Upwards Toward the Light We have nothing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Haiku for January 13th

Winter-whitened sun
makes a cold, pretty morning–
gentle, short-lived light.

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Haiku for January 6th

Bitter, windy, dark,
clattering cold strikes the rain,
sharp, overwhelming.

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