"A woman, explaining things," B&N Sci-fi
July 21, 2017

there's a new doctor in town.

"River song in hades," Tor.com
July 18, 2017

the connections between River song and persephone are deep but threatening.

"Why millenials yearn for magical school," uncanny magazine
July 2017

we were told that there was a better world waiting for us. 

"bread and circuses," B&N Sci-fi
July 7, 2017

an examination of the escapism inherent in circus narratives.

"On feasting," B&N Sci-fi
June 19, 2017

on the colonialist underpinnings of feast narratives in fantasy literature.

"Facing Facts: American Identity is Based on Alternate History," TOR.COM
May 4, 2017

the fiction of american history is the best alternate history ever written.

"city of villains: why i don't trust batman," uncanny magazine
May 2, 2017

can there be a billionaire playboy in a just world?

"The literary art of drunken secret-telling," B&N Sci-fi
May 2, 2017

an analysis of the ways writers rely on booze, and not just to forget the characters we've killed.

"The ecology of alt-history," B&N Sci-fi
April 19, 2017

the connections between ecology and the structure of alternate history

"Sarah Gailey Yelling About Books: Max Gladstone’s Hugo-Nominated Craft Sequence," B&N Sci-fi
April 5, 2017

"The Woman in white," TOR.COM
March 21, 2017

an examination of the role of costuming in storytelling.

"10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Will Remind You What Joy Feels Like," B&N Sci-fi
March 20, 2017

"The Badass black tank top walks the line," TOR.COM
March 8, 2017

an examination of the role of costuming in storytelling.

"The Allure of the Red dress," TOR.COM
February 23, 2017

an examination of the role of costuming in storytelling.

"A Well-Worn Story: Examining Iconic SFF costumes," TOR.COM
February 7, 2017

an examination of the role of costuming in storytelling.

"minerva bright and burning," TOR.COM
January 3, 2017

She who has hidden, and fought, and hidden, and fought. She who has never laughed in the face of danger—she who has instead stood and faced it with a straight back and a thin-lipped, unamused stare. If anyone has the right to say “do your duty,” it’s Minerva.
[part of the women of harry potter series]

"Relentless Optimism," TOR.COM
December 13, 2016

Luna has spent years being told to give up. She has spent years being told that if she doesn’t give up, she’ll be left alone, barefoot and reviled. She has spent years among the Ravenclaws, being treated as stupid because she will not bend to cynicism.
[part of the women of harry potter series]

"Evil in Authority," TOR.COM
November 28, 2016

We trust that the system will stand strong against evil. We hope that it will break before it allows us to bleed. But sometimes, it doesn’t break. Sometimes, it doesn’t even crack. Sometimes, it just… bends.
[part of the women of harry potter series]

"Molly Weasley: Rebel Par Excellence," TOR.COM
OCTOBER 31, 2016

molly weasley fights.
[part of the women of harry potter series]

"Ginny weasley is not impressed," TOR.COM
OCTOBER 31, 2016

Ginny weasley is not impressed by your nonsense.
[part of the women of harry potter series]

"Mentally ill women belong in your stories, too," TOR.COM
OCTOBER 17, 2016

literary fiction loves stories of mentally ill women - so, why doesn't genre love us?

"Why We Write About Witches," TOR.COM
October 03, 2016

When we write witches, we are writing about our expectations of women, and what we hope—and fear—they would do if they had access to power.

"Hermione Granger: More than a sidekick," TOR.COM
September 20, 2016

When Harry’s not there, Hermione is busy. She’s not waiting for him. She decided at some point that it wasn’t Harry’s story, it was everyone’s story, and she acts accordingly.
[part of the women of harry potter series]

"Do Better: Sexual Violence in SFF," TOR.COM
AUGUST 22, 2016

I don’t want to accept “that’s unrealistic” for an answer from a genre that typically takes “that’s unrealistic” as a prompt.

"In Defense of villainesses," tor.com
August 09, 2016

a defense of cartoon villainesses. What could you become if you burned all the bridges that were holding you back?

TRIGGERED, THE BOSTON GLOBE
MAY 2016

a personal essay exploring post-traumatic stress disorder. content warning: misogynist slurs, mention of assault and violence.

"The Harry Potter series is actually one long story about PTSD," Mashable
February 11, 2016

an examination of themes of trauma and trauma recovery in the harry potter books

"Character-Driven Narrative (Or: How to Make Fictional People Do All The Work)," Fantasy Literature Magazine.
January 2016

In this three-part column at Expanded Universe, I explore and workshop character-driven narrative.
Part 1  ~  Part 2 ~ Part 3