1. I wrote this thing, “The Perils of Rosella.” It’s part processing a death. It’s part cracking open the chest of childhood. Its part figuring out who I am now.

2. There’s a home for this piece and it’s a mag called Cartridge Lit. I believe in what they’re doing, investing time and energy into storytelling influenced by games. Because it’s a part of our narrative. In 50 years almost no one will remember a time without this frame of reference. It’s a brilliant concept — dedicating a place for those stories.

3. It’s a piece I was terrified to write, then terrified to finish. Sometimes playing with format can burn a writer badly. But this came out burning, so it turned out to not matter so much. I read an article this morning postulating that the responsibility of any essay to make sense lies within the reader. I hope, then, that you’ll read this mixed bag of game and genre and reality and recounting of this thing and I hope somewhere deep inside it reverberates in you, dear reader. Maybe you, too, will remember a story like mine or like Amanda Miska’s tiny, gorgeous piece, FA6-DBB-4CI, or like Brian Oliu’s chilling Goonies II. These stories are in all of us, even in a game of solitaire. May we all look deep enough to find them. xo


As I write this post, I’m sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen, watching the May snow fall thin and fine. It’s not sticking, but it’s as Montana as the weather gets. I wrote “Pros & Cons of Montana” as paean to my home place, the land that pulls me like a magnet, the sky that I still dream about — wide and unforgiving. Synaesthesia‘s lush new issue features countless writers I admire and I couldn’t be more humbled to be among their words. Grab a drink and a spot on the grass and read with me. Share what the bones of this great big beautiful country sing to us in the silence.