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All my life, writing has been my therapy. Then came the triple whammy of 2020: the pandemic, divorce, and my dad’s illness.
Some days, I can’t write. Not poetry, not fiction, not an essay.
The feelings swirl inside me like fragments of fruit in a blender not yet ready to become a smoothie. I pick up a pen, and there’s nothing.
Then, I turn to drawing.
My hand remembers. I sketch the faces I’ve trained it to sketch and in them, there is some peace and comfort.
Often, it is the other way round. I can’t draw but the words…
It has been known now for some time that cats have deep emotional lives and are capable of great love and affection for their humans.
We frequently read about it in news stories, the most recent of which is the Malaysian cat Nana who still visits her human’s grave every day since he passed on 2 years ago.
Love is always best shown through actions, not words, and it is in these 8 ways that your cats show you they love you.
When you love someone, you want to spend most of your time with them.
For cats, it’s the…
Geneve Flynn is an award-winning speculative fiction editor and author. She has two psychology degrees and only uses them for nefarious purposes. Her short stories have been published all across the globe and she co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women with Lee Murray.
Interstellar Flight Press: Hi Gene, congratulations on your Stoker! It is truly well-deserved. Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women. What a groundbreaking anthology! Tell us about its inception.
Geneve Flynn: Thank you! It still doesn’t quite feel real.
The anthology came about because Lee Murray and I are both, in some…
Christina Sng speaks to the award-winning filmmaker and poet Jamal Hodge about his incredible film Mourning Meal and how it was born from a poem.
The film imitates life and now life imitates film.
— Jamal Hodge
JAMAL HODGE is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and writer who is a sitting Board Member of Harlem Film House and Axs Lab. Since May of 2016, his films have been an official selection in over 100 Film Festivals, and have won over 50 awards including The Vanguard Award (Best of The Fest) at the Hip Hop Film Festival (2020), Best Director at The Chelsea…
Bryan Thao Worra is the Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate and the author of 10+ books. He holds over 20 national and international awards for his writing and community leadership. He is the President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association and a professional member of the Horror Writers Association. He has presented at the Smithsonian, the London Summer Games, and around the world on the role of the imagination and memory in creative writing as a poet and prose writer, particularly focusing on the creative journeys of Southeast Asians. You can visit him online at http://thaoworra.com. …
After he died,
My father told me,
Don’t look for me
In my bones and ashes,
I am not there.
I am now free —
I am pure energy
Released into the world
After years of captivity
In a body that consumed me.
See, I am here
With my sister and my mother
And we are strong and happy,
Free from bodies that chained us.
Here we are, always close to you,
Written in your code, your DNA,
Wired to be forever with you
Because of love,
A universal tie that binds us
Together for always.
Note: My father died at 11.08pm +0800 GMT on 24th February 2021. He was 86. Goodbye, Dad. I will miss you forever.
Lee Murray is a multi-award-winning author-editor from Aotearoa-New Zealand. Her unique perspective as a Chinese New Zealander has been instrumental in the success of her writing, from her military thrillers to supernatural crime noirs, culminating in her first collection Grotesque: Monster Stories and the birth of Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, an anthology by women writers of Asian descent, edited alongside Australian-Chinese editor Geneve Flynn. In this interview, Murray talks about her life as a Eurasian in New Zealand and how it has influenced her writing.
Interstellar Flight Press: Tell us about yourself and your Asian influences through your…
“The sun always shines on TV.” ~a-ha
Once upon a time, I thought so many of the relationships I watched on TV and in the movies were perfect, so romantic, so ideal. Now, I realize I was painfully wrong about most of them.
Poisonous, toxic relationships on film and television are often disguised as romantic, with such tropes as:
“If he is mean to you, it means he likes you.” (No, he is just mean.)
“She cheated on you to make you jealous, isn’t that romantic?” (No, it is infidelity, pure and simple.)
“You’re his wife, of course he has…