“Onward and Outward” in The Normal School!

A belated update: in the fall, a favorite story of mine found a home in the awesome journal The Normal School out of CSU Fresno. I’ve actually had this story kicking around since 2007 or so, so it’s great to finally have it out in the world!

This was the first story I wrote about metamorphosis and animals, which became quite a theme for me, so it has an extra special place in my heart. (Plus it was part of my application to grad school, and I like to think it helped there!) While the same basic story has stuck throughout the revisions, it took me years to get it to a place where it felt complete. Big thanks to my residency at The Lighthouse Works back in 2014, where I got this almost to the finish line.

The story isn’t on The Normal School’s website, but you can subscribe and order issues from their website. It’s in the Fall 2018 issue (Volume Eleven, Issue Two). Here’s a teaser:

The man went to sleep with his wife beside him in bed and the next morning woke to find a leopard shark in her place.

You won’t believe what happens next! 😉