As promised on my twitter, here is the new drabble. I am now paranoid that I talked it up too much with the “drabble you won’t want to miss.” Maybe it is miss-able but its themes have been heavy on my mind.
Does it remind you of a certain song?
Let me know in the comments if it worked/didn’t work for you.
And stay tuned, I’ll soon be posting an analysis of a short story I love.
“Mama!” Matty’s always tugging on her tired skirt for attention.
Gail slips on the little yellow VR headset over Matty’s disappointed eyes. “Mama’s here,” she says, and flicks the power switch on. She just needs a minute’s peace.
An hour’s passed before she notices Matty’s mouth open in a silent scream.
Guilt-ridden, Gail shuts off the VR. It releases Matty’s wails to the room.
He doesn’t let her near, hate and fear in his eyes.
She doesn’t want to think about what he’s seen because she forgot to adjust the viewer settings.
They don’t truly bleed. They don’t truly laugh but “if you unplug us, do we not die?” My drabble “In Defense of Simulations” is out today. It’s only 100 words but I hope it makes you think, question, feel.
Beaks up! The MURDERBIRDS kickstarter is almost nigh and you can sign up now so you won’t miss your chance to support my story “Forget-Me-Not and Morning Dew” and the other amazing stories in the collection right away. Early bird gets the worm!
I encourage signing up because with the way kickstarter works, it’s a positive feedback loop. For the nonscientists: the faster it’s funded (if it reaches its goal on the first day for instance) the more likely kickstarter is to advertise it, and the more likely others will see it and want to fund it.
I am fortunate enough to share another published story with you all. This one deals with the burdens we carry. How much misery would you be willing to keep? How much to part with? I hope we are building to a future where people support each other out of their misery rather than force acceptance through the pain.
Click below to read EJ’s choice. Be sure to click “display entire story” at the cut off. I hope you like it!
What happens when too many people choose simulated perfection over reality? My protagonist, Logan, is trying to bring back the survivors, his daughter among them. Can he do it without getting tempted himself? What would you choose?
I got a short piece of mine published in a special anthology and it’s finally available for purchase.
The story is about Dinah, an observant woman using her faith to try to do everything she can to save her family from Covid-19. Through prophetic dreams she discovers, contrary to her learning, that there had always been a Talmud written by women sages lost to time because of social pressure. Can she save her mother and other members of her community using the miracle of her dreams or does her discovery doom them all because of heresy?
Strange Fire: Jewish Voices from the Pandemic leans into the crack between the faith we are supposed to practice and the faith we do, particularly in times of crisis. That may look like atheism paired with orthopraxis. It may look like charms and prayers one step removed from spells. It may look like philosophy in the light of secular redemption. It may look like blasphemy.