“Dark, Beautiful Force” is in Daily Science Fiction

“Dark, Beautiful Force” is now up at Daily Science Fiction!

You can read it here: http://dailysciencefiction.com/science-fiction/superhero/jessica-may-lin/dark-beautiful-force

Superheroes. Love, disillusionment, and donut holes.

“Mortar Flowers” is in Nature!

My first sale ever, “Mortar Flowers,” is out today in the June 13th issue of Nature!

You can read it here:    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v498/n7453/full/498266a.html                          (Check out the PDF version–it’s quite pretty ;)).

Well, what a crazy, wondrous journey it has been. I had 82 writing rejections at the time of the sale.
As for the story behind the story:

A few years ago, I stumbled across the concept of Sarajevo roses, and I developed a reverent fascination for this unique, deeply meaningful art form. When I then read that the concrete was being replaced in the Sarajevo and the roses were disappearing, I was struck by an instant sense of loss. I kept trying to find out who had made the roses in the first place, but I never did. That was the inspiration for the Cement Florist.