restoration ecology

A year of big changes, many of them good, has meant stretching in unexpected ways. Experiencing an emptier, quieter household after sending a kid off to college. Becoming busier as an educational consultant. Listening to a body that seemed drawn to injury for the better part of three seasons. Learning about what it means to be a good bee “mama” over winter when we lost both hives (and were left with 60+ pounds of surprising, delicious honey).

There’s more that’s not worth reporting here, and there was enough of it that my fiction life is one I threw under the bus. Often, I write in spite of frustration and anger, but not this year.

Still, I’m always writing in my head, and I’m hoping now that I’ve sat down again to make words, those stories I’ve been percolating about will present themselves. I’m hoping they’ll turn up, ready to show me what they’ve been up to after being kept from the page. Not unlike all those jars of honey we’ve processed which was meant to feed bees through the winter and instead feeds us.

While I dive in to crafting new stories, I’m grateful and delighted about an old story new to world at Sundog Lit.

You can read it here.

Sundog’s editors helped shape this piece and encourage me to see what I couldn’t, and I’m honored, thrilled, and tickled they said yes.

Categories: fiction, publishing, short story, writing | Tags: , , | 8 Comments

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8 thoughts on “restoration ecology

  1. timfearnside

    Laura, I’m glad this beautiful story found a deserving home. Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to read it.

  3. Tierra Busby

    Poignant. Reaches the heart. Well done, my friend!

    Tierra Busby Child Focused Law, PLLC 715 Broadway St. Longview, WA 98632 (360) 353-3801


  4. Absolutely love this gorgeous, complicated story! Hoooray! And hoooray for more head space for fiction. Cannot wait to read more of your gripping work!

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