The endless room for creativity in fiction makes it difficult to bind it to a definitive set of rules.
Life on the Water
The morning wind swirled down cool and soft from the mountains, shaking the tops of the short pines on the foothills, stirring the dust at Ignacio’s feet and raising his hopes. He leaned back against the car, black and sleek, borrowed from his brother, and fingered the coins in his pocket.
Harvest day is the most important day of the week.
Lost in Translation: A Review of Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr weaves together a story across time and space, all the while asking the question, "What happens when stories get lost in translation?"
My Animals: How Susan Orlean’s On Animals Taught Me the Value of Human-Animal Crossings
By reading On Animals, I remembered my animals.
Uncoupled Love: A Review of “Marriage Quarantine” by Kate Walbert
Kate Walbert redefines marriage by exploring its disjointed sides during a pandemic.
A Box of Ingredients: Interview with Beth Piatote, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge and Author of The Beadworkers: Stories
I think about other Native people who may read that piece and can, through the piece, feel a connection to those lands...feel that they are there.
Coarsely, Shockingly Real: A Review of My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Unlikeable main characters abound in modern fiction, and this novel does not break that mold.
An Element of Sacrifice: Interview with Emily Dezurick-Badran, author of Issue 41 story “Remainder”
Sacrifice can be this totally joyful choice that people make, which is something that I've come to terms with more, recently.
Working with Waves and Watercolors: Interview with Mikaela Kristianous, Artist of Issue 41 Piece Regarding the Sea
I definitely take inspiration from the skies, like I mentioned, flowers, even food: strawberries, raspberries, those kinds of things.