On the Scales of Dragons – Kathryn Yelinek

High above the island of Dreden, the wind roared in Tala’s ears, chilling her despite the warm bulk beneath her, and she wished humans could mindspeak as dragons did. Instead, she rapped her knuckles against one of Kendriley’s incised neck scales and spoke magné, a minor Word of power that amplified her voice. “I don’t think the people of Dreden want visitors. Any chance those Xs are bones?” Kendriley dipped her green head to survey…

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Another question for Kathryn Yelinek

Q: What’s easier for you – imagining a happier world, or a darker one?

A: If we’re talking about a future for our own world, sadly it’s easier for me to think that this world will get darker, at least in the immediate future. However, if we’re talking about an imaginary story world, then it’s easier for me to imagine a happier one. I write and I read fantasy to experience places unlike the world I inhabit every day. Why not make those happier ones?


Kathryn Yelinek’s story “On the Scales of Dragons” was
published on Friday, 11 May 2018.

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More about Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek works as a librarian in Pennsylvania. In addition to the required hobbies of reading and writing, she enjoys bird watching, star-gazing, gardening, and going to see Broadway musicals. She and her fiancé share their home with two parakeets, whom they are actively striving to make into the most spoiled birds in the Western Hemisphere. The birds don’t seem to mind. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Deep Magic, Metaphorosis, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

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Kathryn Yelinek’s story “On the Scales of Dragons” was
published on Friday, 11 May 2018.

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It came from Kathryn Yelinek

Kathryn Yelinek’s story “Hearts and Roses” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 November 2016. “Hearts and Roses” came about by merging two different ideas, as so many of my stories do. First, I’ve always enjoyed stories about individuals who have been turned human from something else, e.g., The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn. I’d been wanting to write a story like that for some time but couldn’t find a hook for this idea. Then…

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Hearts and Roses – Kathryn Yelinek

Every morning at exactly 8:47, three things happened: a swallow fed three nestlings in the eaves outside the mistress’s bedchamber, a rabbit nibbled grass beside the white stone driveway, and a crow pecked at something that caught the morning sun on the perimeter wall. Leaving her feather duster on the dressing table, Rosa opened the window and leaned out to watch. The breeze smelled of honeysuckle and blew warm over her light green skin, rustling…

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