mallards on the move
Public domain image from Gateringe.com. Credit: Noah Kahn, USFWS

Intellectual Refuge recently published a favorite story of mine, We Would Have Had Wings, after nearly a 10-year search to find it a home.  One reason I like this story is that I experienced a shift in my writing when I wrote this–a move away from internal narrative and man-made structures to ground my characters in the more natural world.  Since then I found myself routinely drawing on nature and animal behavior to help my protagonists better understand the worlds they inhabit.  For someone who grew up in the suburbs and spent my entire adult life in cities, drawing on natural elements has been a refreshing and welcome change.

Chris Schneider, editor of the online zine Intellectual Refuge, continues to be a strong supporter of both my fiction and creative nonfiction.  For this, I thank him most gratefully and encourage people to support the magazine.

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