Great stories […] make you want to tell your own stories that reach out and grab someone like the story you just experienced did to you. Or better yet, they make you want to tell your own stories even better. In that post-story moment you know for a fact you have a story in you somewhere that will make someone feel like you’re feeling, make them feel even more powerful than you feel. We’re all storytellers, after a fashion, even if the stories take their sweet time leaving our heads. Eventually we find the story that sends us careening past uncertainty and fear to tell our own, whatever form they may take.
That’s what this collection does for me. Reading Kameron Hurley’s writing makes me want to take on the world. Her words are like a direct challenge to write and write viciously and without apology: write hard things, write beautiful things, write things that make people happy or sad or that make them belly laugh. Write, even when you’re afraid of failure. Write especially when you’re afraid of failure.