We Wait for a Better Future

“We Wait for a Better Future” was published in The Arcanist on March 18.

On maybe the fifth or sixth time the world is predicted to end, I abandon the nonstop news and slip upstairs to my daughter’s bedroom, imagining I can see her future like a precog.

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I’m constantly imagining what things will be like for my children 5, 10 years in the future. I’m wondering, will their future be a good one? This is a little short story I wrote touching on those fears and dreams.

I Can Be a Hero Too

“I Can Be a Hero Too” was published in Daily Science Fiction on Tuesday, March 9.

Daddy fingers the sturdy laces on the seven-league boots like he used to finger Mama’s rough, black hair. Like gold strands. Priceless.

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I’ve long wondered about the background characters in long-told stories like Beowulf. What lives did they lead? Did people mourn them if they died?

From the founding moments of my country, a whole group of people were relegated to the role of the background character. They lived, died, and history’s eye was turned elsewhere. What stories of heroism have been lost because they weren’t considered important? I wish we knew, and I hope history is paying attention now.

Publications

In the Book Grove, Hexagon Magazine (forthcoming)

The Sweetest Things, All Worlds Wayfarer (forthcoming)

Would You Like Fries With That?, Stupefying Stories

We Wait for a Better Future, The Arcanist 

I Can Be a Hero Too, Daily Science Fiction

Death Poems of the Folded Ones, Escape Pod Flash Fiction Contest

The Fruits of Sisterhood, Daily Science Fiction

The Midwife, Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 42
          Author interview with Luna Station Quarterly

The Pieces that Bind, On the Premises

The Food Critic, Theme of Absence
          Author interview with Theme of Absence

Like Grandma Made, Bards and Sages, April 2020

Once More With Feeling, Daily Science Fiction

Ancestry, 50 Word Stories

On the Premises Mini-Contest #42, First Place Winner. The challenge was to write a story between 30 and 50 words long in which no word was longer than seven letters.

The Peasant, The Pea, The Ghost - SCHEINA - Cover A. Bergloff_small

The Peasant, the Pea, and the Ghost,
published in the October 2019 edition
of Enchanted Conversations Magazine.

The Forest in Winter - SCHEINA - Cover A Bergloff_small

The Forest in Winter,
published in the December 2018 edition
of Enchanted Conversations Magazine.

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