Finished, Finally.

A friend gave me a hollow ostrich egg for Christmas after the two of us had a brief discussion about ostriches and the fact that she’d once owned an ostrich farm.  It was an unexpected, truly touching gesture, and I wanted to do something to thank her.

So I figured I’d write her a story with an ostrich in it.

The idea grew into an epic African coming-of-age fantasy, and the longest short story I’ve ever written.  I just finished it.  It was so hard for me to get it on page that I made finishing it my goal for the Clarion West Write-a-thon.  (So I’ve also met my write-a-thon goal!  Feel free to pledge!)

Now, I can write other things!  Like the screenplay idea that has been on the back burner for like a year, or the sequel to my novel, or, more likely, a bunch of flash pieces.  ^_^

About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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