Friday, April 24, 2015

My first fiction writing

M2M has been quiet for a couple weeks.  I’ve been working on some things here in Oklahoma and preparing for the summer.  But there has been one big development in my path from Marine to myrmecologist to…something else?

This semester I’ve been working on a secret project—fiction!  I wrote a short story and it just got published earlier this week in the journal Origins.  Now that it’s out there for the world to see, I suppose it’s no longer a secret.

The story—A Hedgehog in Bloom—follows an unnamed Marine linguist as he grapples with his role in a morally ambiguous war in an unfamiliar landscape.

Some of its themes may be familiar to M2M readers—place, language and nature—whereas others may be new—war, ethics and self-identity.

Although it draws on my experiences as a Marine in Iraq, please remember that the story is fictional.

You can view an online version of the whole journal here, and a free pdf of just my story here.

I hope you enjoy it!

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