“Once, in the grocery store parking lot, Leo had grabbed my car door and said if he ever caught me and Harriet together, he’d put an end to me and my sick ways. I’d never told her. Harriet was a wild bird; she’d be across the river in a breath if you startled her. I needed to be quiet and observe, leave out small soft things for her to find, things to tempt her to build a nest.”
I always thought we should hear Paulina’s version of events in The Winter’s Tale. My story “Runoff” is out now in Cloud Lake Literary.
Friends! I have a story coming out in Cloud Lake Literary. I’m more shocked than you are because 1) this story is a very personal and weird retelling of the Winter’s Tale and honest to god I never thought anybody would want to read it, 2) this was the story I wrote during Viable Paradise, meaning I bashed it out in 2 delirious days and it doesn’t feel or act like any other story to me, and 3) it’s science fiction. Cloud Lake Literary is literary.
And! This is my first Canadian sale. I moved back to Canada in June after spending my entire life upwards of age 5 in the U.S., so I feel like a giant imposter, but I am technically Canadian by birth. Through careful study and practice, one day I hope to be perceived as Canadian by all-around good manners and ability to tell a moose from an elk. I could not be prouder to be in this all-Canadian magazine. I’ll clutter up your inbox again when it comes out in October. Sorry.