I thought for a long time about delaying this episode or simply not releasing it at all, but for all the darkness in the world, we still need art. We need voices of hope. It is Pride month, where we celebrate who we are and how far we’ve come, and where we honor and remember those who came before us.

Stonewall was a riot against police brutality, started by Marsha P. Johnson, a Black, trans woman. We would not have Pride without queer, Black activists.

This Pride in Place episode was inspired in part by the folx at Buddies in Bad Times Theater in Toronto, a space dedicated to the promotion of queer theatrical expression.


The contributors who wished to be named for this episode are:

K. B. Wagers, Twitter @kbwagers, Insta @midwaybrawler 

Jill Seidenstein, Slow Bloom 


You can find your local community bail funds at bit.ly/localbailfund 

Consider raising up Black spec-fic writers by subscribing to FIYAH Literary Magazine (@fiyahlitmag)


Join us again on June 19th, when our guest will be Megan E. O'Keefe

For this month's episode, we're joined by Annalee Flower Horne (@LeeFlower). They read the first chapter of their trunked novel, Diamonds in the Sky, and we talk about Esperanto-speaking space-Quakers, source control management, representation, appropriation, mental health, and test-driven development.

Things we mention this episode:


"Seven Things Cadet Blanchard Learned from the Trade Summit Incident," by Annalee Flower Horne, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/Aug 2014 issue

Mary Robinette Kowal 

Star Trek 



The Dazzle of Day, by Molly Goss

Quaker process 

Occupy Wall Street 

Mass Effect 2 

Civil Air Patrol 

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria 

Carborundorum > /dev/null,” by Annalee Flower Horne, Fireside Quarterly, July 2018

Test-driven development 

"The Great Divide," Avatar: the Last Airbender season 1, episode 11

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

Mary Sue 

Star Wars 




The MICE Quotient 

"it me, ur smol," by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

it me, ur smol (Twitter bot)

The Bias 


Join us again on Friday, June 5th, for our Pride in Place special!

Joining me live in studio for this month's Shelter in Place special is my spouse, Elizabeth! We revisit the original concept for this show with some excerpts from her story "Horse Story," and talk race-consciousness, pin-gays, and representation.
Join us again on Friday, May 15th, Annalee Flower Horne will be on the show!
For close to the start of our second season, I decided to turn the table on myself, and Sharon Hsu (@pensyf) was kind enough to agree to come back on the show to guest-host! I read my story, "Green Line," and we talk about Philadelphia, our evolution as writers, and why podcasting is great.
Things we mention in this episode:
365 Tomorrows (and my story, "Monday")
Codex writer's forum
Join us on May 1st for our next Shelter in Place episode, featuring my spouse, and on May 15th, when our guest will be Annalee Flower Horne.
Welcome to our first shelter in place special episode. On this episode, I'll be reading my 2009 story, "Steel Yard." Please note that things get a little spoopy, so if you need something lighter at the moment, I won't fault you for skipping this one.
Join us again in two weeks, on Friday, April 17th, when I'll be back with a regular episode featuring me and special guest host Sharon Hsu!
Season two starts off with guest Jordan Kurella (@jskurella) reading an excerpt of their very dark and murdery story, "Awake, Arise, and Be Forever Fallen." Following that is a great discussion of problematic storytelling, the pitfalls, and how we can write and act with empathy when representing marginalized groups in our stories. We also talk sensitivity reading and the fine art of apologizing online.
Things mentioned in this episode:
"The Air Gap," by Hilary B. Bisenieks, in LampLight Magazine
Mary Robinette Kowal's explanation of the MICE Quotient
"A Promise of Dying Embers," by Jordan Kurella, forthcoming at Diabolical Plots
Join us again on April 17th, when our guest will be me, Hilary B. Bisenieks, and Sharon Hsu will be joining us as guest host.
On this episode, K. B. Wagers (@kbwagers/@midwaybrawler) joins us to read an excerpt from their novel, Reluctant Heroes and talk competence porn, how Twilight-bashing is shitty and counterproductive, social media, and tattoos.
This episode marks the end of season 1 of Tales from the Trunk! Thank you all so much for joining us on this ride!
Things we mentioned on this episode:
SFWA Grand Master, Lois McMaster Bujold
Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyers
The Merlin Mystery, by Jonathan Gunson and Marten Coombe
Behind the Throne, by K. B. Wagers
Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente
Out Past the Stars, by K. B. Wagers
Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
"The Hades Business," by Terry Pratchett (his first published story), which appears in A Blink of the Screen
A Pale Light in the Black, by K. B. Wagers
Join us again next month, on March 20th, when we'll kick off season 2 with guest Jordan Kurella!
With awards season firmly upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to put together an eligibility-post-as-audio, not just for the show, but also for all the amazing guests I've had on this past year.
What I mentioned this episode:
Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey
"Away with the Wolves," by Sarah Gailey
Here's The Thing, Sarah's newsletter
"The Sweetest Fruit of Summer," by R. K. Duncan
Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes
The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes
The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith
A Choir of Lies, by Alexandra Rowland
"Fanfiction: The Infinite Free Buffet," by Alexandra Rowland
"The Moving Stars," by Premee Mohamed
"Us and Ours," by Premee Mohamed, in A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods
"paper, incense, need," by Sharon Hsu
The transcript for this show is available here.
On this episode, World Fantasy Award winner C. L. Polk (@clpolk) joins us to talk being an early-career writer, losing at NaNoWriMo, her early strategies for submitting stories, and why stories don't land. Cee reads to us from a trunked first draft, "Memory and a Monkey," which is a very fun sci-fi detective story. The sequel to Witchmark, Stormsong, comes out February 11th, 2020 from Tor.com books.
On this episode, we mentioned:
Witchmark, by C. L. Polk
The His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman
"Writing Begins With Forgiveness," by Daniel Jose Older
"Bullet in the Brain," by Tobias Wolff
Diggers (my dad actually got me Truckers), The Bromeliad Trilogy, by Terry Pratchett
Stormsong, by C. L. Polk
The Midnight Bargain, by C. L. Polk
"The Air Gap," by Hilary B. Bisenieks, LampLight Magazine
Join us again next month, when I'm excited to announce that our guest will be novelist K. B. Wagers.

This month, friend and neighbor of the show, Sharon Hsu (@pensyf) joins us live in studio (dining room). Sharon reads her story, "Grown-Up Business," and we talk about academia, art, and how terrible capitalism is. Sharon's latest story, "paper, incense, need," is out now in issue 2.3 of Augur Magazine. You can get much more of Sharon, along with co-host Charis Ellison, on their podcast, As My Wimsey Takes Me.

Join us again on January 17th, 2020, when we'll be joined by World Fantasy Award-winning author C. L. Polk!

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