These are some of the stories I’ve encountered lately that make me question whether or not I’m a good writer or have anything to say that merits the attention:
Dust, by Daniel Jose Older (from the anthology Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Ecospeculation)
Intimidation factor: Science fiction that reads like fantasy, with a gritty realness that I love about Daniel’s writing and inventiveness that I just plain envy.
The Faery Handbag, by Kelly Link (as heard on Selected Shorts podcast)
Intimidation factor: Fabulous first-person voice, charming and inventive story that makes a wonderfully subtle shift from (spoilers!) “is this really happening?” to “oh, yes, this is definitely really happening.” Perfect ending.
The Uncarved Heart, by Evan Dicken (from issue #212 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine)
Intimidation factor: An emotional story about coming of age and making difficult decisions. Told in a setting that is endlessly surprising. Each moment brings a element of invention that I wish I could achieve.
Are there works that intimidate you when you’re trying to create your art? Tell me about them! Let’s face down our crazy-talented demons together!