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Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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Fantasy World Building Guide

1. What kinds of flowers do the men of each culture put in their hair?

2. Grieving, forms of.

3. Are dreams seen but not heard? Heard but not seen? Felt only by the sense of touch at night?

4. How do people like to get wasted? Choose at least six social classes.

5. When people look in a reflective pool of water, what do they see?

6. What material are dice (or other form of gambling device) most commonly made from?

7. Are feelings considered to be insects or mammals?

8. Fingers and toes, attitudes toward.

9. What makes memories real?

10. Do the inhabitants of a continent believe that their land is, or used to be, a pristine eden, and yet have a nagging feeling in the back of their heads that at some point in the distant past (or perhaps it can’t be captured by linear, mortal time), it was decided that past inhabitants simply disappeared, simply because they were deemed inconvenient by the Author of the World?

Wed, June 24 2009 » Fiction

3 Responses

  1. David Moles June 24 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    Much better.

  2. Haddayr June 24 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    You nailed it.

  3. Susan Dunham July 6 2009 @ 12:31 pm

    I don’t understand people who are this creative. It amazes me. I read this, and your writing (the story about your parents being elm trees was sad and funny both), and I decide to stick to reading.

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