Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God – Jennifer Shelby

A lone man watches over the universe, and the pen he wields contains the power to erase from existence all he deems unworthy. His daughter, Zsezzyn, plays at his feet. She likes to watch him work — the steadily deepening crease on his brow, the scales on which he measures a balance of right, wrong, and the gray that lives between. One day, he will bequeath his pen to her, and this cave where the …

A question for Jennifer Shelby

Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much?

A: I was born in Nova Scotia, a province in Eastern Canada, and currently live in New Brunswick. Looking out my window I can see Nova Scotia across the Bay of Fundy. New Brunswick is where I grew up and the smell of the Bay, dramatic shoreline, and deep forests are home. I moved to Central and Western Canada for my education but always gravitated back to New Brunswick again.

As a child I travelled through most of the United States in the back of my parents’ Volkswagen. I gawked at New York City and the Grand Canyon in between Battleship games with my brother and a handful of Nancy Drew novels.

In my early twenties I spent three months in rural Costa Rica as part of a conservation volunteer group. I treasure the experiences I had in the rainforests there and the beautiful communities that welcomed us into their lives. There were blankets of fireflies along the edges of one forest that will forever haunt my dreams.


Jennifer Shelby’s story “Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 June 2020.
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About Jennifer Shelby

Jennifer Shelby hunts for stories in the beetle undergrowth of fairy-infested forests. She fishes for them in the dark space between the stars. Zsezzyn, Who is Not a God’s publication in Metaphorosis is part of her ongoing catch-and-release program. You can learn more at jennifershelby.blog or on Twitter @jenniferdshelby


Jennifer Shelby’s story “Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 June 2020.
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