short story – a castle near Nowhere

Eachann and Moire have never liked each other. I’m their peacemaker, but sometimes it’s hard to reason with ghosts. Of course, babysitting the dead was not in the job description when I applied for a position in the castle. I’ll bet you’ve once heard someone say ‘I live in the middle of nowhere!’ Well, I [...]

book review – Everless

I think back to the stories I wrote as a child, how Fox and Snake's innocent games slowly darkened and changed until Snake was curling around Fox's heart, stealing the life from her. I have to say, during the first half of Sara Holland's debut book I thought that it was just fine.  I was [...]

book review – Maybe a Fox

What happens after you die? [...] Maybe you turn into wind. Maybe you turn into stars. Maybe you go to another world. Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee's Maybe a Fox is a sweet, heartrending tale about family, grief, and wishes. It's been a while since I've read something written for a children/pre-teen audience, but I couldn't [...]

short story: celestia pearl and the glass fairy

Celestia Pearl was made of rags and scraps. Her strings were frayed, her limbs were splintered. Her winter white hair was matted and knotted on top of her head, glistening like frost from old spilt glitter. Her grey-white dress was stained and threadbare and there were holes in her striped tights. From her perch on [...]

short-story : red, white and silver

There were still stitches on her chest, black thorns twisting over her heart. She ran a finger over the crude threads as she looked at the thin, snowy dress waiting for her and hoped that the stitches wouldn’t show beneath it. Bring me her heart, her stepmother had said. And so they had. Whatever beat [...]

short-story : refrain

Dust, like a constellation of stars, drifted through the sunlit room. It covered the books and photographs, the forgotten ornaments on the windowsill. A soft, silver coat fell on everything but the polished walnut piano against the wall, shining under the sun’s spotlight. The door creaked as she entered, snow-haired and slippered-feet, and sat down [...]

Icelandic folktales

So I've just come back from a little adventure in Iceland! it is an absolutely beautiful and inspiring country, full of stories and myths and magic. Plus, did you know that the literacy rate there is 99%? Impressive! So I thought I'd share one little tragic story and another sweeter folktale that I was told there. [...]