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Short fiction debut: "The Weight of a Thousand Needles"

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

My first pro sale, "The Weight of a Thousand Needles," has been published in Lightspeed #109!


It will be available on the Lightspeed website and as a podcast next Thursday, June 13, 2019. If you want to read it now, you can buy the issue or subscribe to the magazine if you'd like!.


This story was my submission story for Clarion West, and it's very near and dear to my heart. I wrote it in the back of my Byzantine history class in the second year of my PhD, feverishly hammering away at the keyboard as I pretended to take notes.


Charles Payseur reviewed it in Quick Sips. Here's what he had to say:

The emotionality of [the story], the efficiency of the prose, the evocativeness of it is just so strong. It weaves the magic into a sort of spell on the reader, drawing me at least into this world, into this story, this fantasy, that couldn’t possible happen and yet feels true. [...] For me at least the story is about that, about pulling out some of the needles that weigh us all down, offering some much needed relief at a time when it feels like we might be voiceless, like evil will always triumph and romance and love will be crushed under an iron boot. The story pushes back against that, telling a beautiful story that doesn’t need to be more than a bit of fluff but is more, is actually a rather brilliant statement, that stories have power and can keep us moving forward, and that compassion is often a more important trait than cleverness. A fantastic read!

You can read the rest of the review--and Charles's reviews of the rest of the wonderful stories in this month's issue of Lightspeed--on his website!


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