Vylar Kaftan is a Nebula-nominated writer, whose work is smart and feminist and lush. We were very excited when she sent us a story we both loved for Kaleidoscope. Here’s what she has to say about it.
When I heard about Kaleidoscope, I knew I wanted to be part of it. A kaleidoscope finds its beauty from the whole, in the unified picture. Without it, we’ve just got scattered pieces of plastic.
Even as a kid, I noticed many YA anthos and reading textbooks pigeonholed their stories. I saw stories filling one “diversity type” off of mainstream fiction, each neatly in its own place in the book, as if there were slots: “this is our race issues story, and this is our science fiction story”. This meant you rarely saw a story which is both science fiction AND racially diverse. That’s the problem Kaleidoscope is fixing and that’s why it rocks.
My story, “Ordinary Things,” involves a 19-year-old bisexual woman trying to understand why repeated rituals soothe her anxieties, as her world crumbles around her. It’s what many writers call “a gift from the muse.” I wrote it in about 5 hours, without stopping, and changed very little when I edited it. I’m delighted that this story will appear in Kaleidoscope.
We’re also delighted that “Ordinary Things” will appear in Kaleidoscope! We need your help to make sure that happens, though. Please visit our Pozible page and become a backer today!