My Newest Short Story: “Invasives”

The cover of Stone, Root, and Bone issue 3.

During her lunch break, Justine encounters a startling scene on the docks. She reflects on how she could have handled it, but dealing with invasive species is a tricky matter. Perhaps the river itself will offer guidance?

“Invasives” by M. A. Phillips

Yesterday, Issue 3 of Stone, Root, and Bone ezine released! That means my latest short story, “Invasives,” is out in the world! I already received some lovely feedback from readers and fellow writers. Thank you so much!

I want to share with you that the scene Justine witnessed is almost exactly like an experience I had in Clayton, NY a couple summer’s ago. Seeing creatures suffer, even an invasive species, made me feel helpless and hopeless. I struggled with my response (or lack of response) for some time. This story came out of that after stumbling upon a bone I once found on a sandy beach. The spirits of the water encouraged me to write and, maybe, help in that way. It’s a start.

It’s not too late to get a hold of Stone, Root, and Bone ezine! You can purchase a digital copy from Hagstone Publishing (as well as previous issues). In addition to my prose, this article has some moving pieces about how others connect with the land and the spirits who dwell there. It truly is a lovely issue, and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do!

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