Recent Reads: Operative, by A. Deen

The second installment of the Insurrection short story serial--which Anela, the indie author champion behind Amid The Imaginary, offered me in exchange for my honest review--ups the ante on its predecessor. After devouring Subversive in one sitting, I plunged immediately into the sequel. Operative focuses on Ellie, a young analyst forced to choose between love and duty. Following the cliffhanger events of... Continue Reading →

Sentenced: Struggles with Short Stories

Stephen King must have a much more affectionate relationship with short stories than I do. The past two months I spent writing pieces for ASU’s cli-fi short story contest—submitting them just a few days shy of the deadline last Friday—didn’t feel like a passionate, mysterious encounter. More like a home invasion. Let’s review the charges:... Continue Reading →

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