My story? It starts with being perpetually curious…
Particularly, curious about how things work, how they’re made, and how they can be reconstructed to solve different problems in unique situations.
As a child, the fact that I never took the toaster apart is a testament to my mother’s vigilance regarding her small appliances not my desire to disassemble it into all its disparate parts.
Odd? Perhaps. But when the specificity of the appliance is removed, the impulse is that of an engineer.
While I understood the process—bread goes in, heat is applied, and toast comes out—I wanted to know the how.
There had to have been some sort of spring action down in there—how was it set up and what did the mechanics of the delayed release look like? Why did it sometimes catch and sometimes didn’t? How many filaments and how were they attached? Was there more lurking in the underbelly? Were systems separated or was it all one big blob in there?
My impulse was to crack it open and find out.
Nonfiction Writing Samples
- Food Blog: Speak Coffee To Me
- "How to Silence the Persistent Ding of Modern Life: 8 notification types to disable for increased productivity" | Medium.com Featured Article
- "Our Lack of WFH Boundaries Will Haunt Us for Years to Come" | Index
- "It’s Been Tough to Hold Things Together Lately : Everyone’s talking about how ‘things are looking better’ and I just feel like a fraud because I can’t feel it" | Medium.com
- "Does Your Creative Hustle Suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? : My work ethic, like a badger, keeps trying to hibernate" | The Startup
- Book Review: Meet Ray, the Lightbulb Who Might Change Your Life-Mindset | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Book Review: Recipe for Persuasion | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Book Review: Helen Hoang’s Romances on the Spectrum | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Book Review: Salma the Syrian Chef | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Book Review: Diggersaurs Explore | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Book Review: Technically, You Started It | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Book Review: The Joy of Preserving Food in Jars | Reviewed on aadl.org
- Review: Killjoys | Reviewed on aadl.org
- "5 Experiments for a Happier, More Productive Self" | The Ascent
- "Always Write with a Dictionary Open" | The Writing Cooperative
- "Why You Should Have Staff Meetings in an Office of One" | The Ascent
- "You Will Find 'The One' When You Stop Looking (& Other BS I Was Told in My 20s)" | The Post-Grad Survival Guide
- "Seeking Something Great… Eventually : Going from flirting with meditation to committed relationship" | Medium.com
- "3 Steps to Write a Better Query Letter for Your Novel" | The Writing Cooperative
- "Advice on (Writing) Advice: Why you don't have to follow advice… even this advice" | Medium.com
- "How to tell Surrealism from Fantasy Fiction in 3 Steps from Ursula K. Le Guin" | The Writing Cooperative
- "What Is 'Speculative Fiction'?'" | Blog & Eccentric Review (2012 version previously posted at World Weaver Press)
- "Small Presses: Tiny But Mightly" | Odyssey Writing Workshop Guest Blogger
- "Bridging Gaps and Weaving Worlds" | Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine Guest Blogger
- Book Review: Mage's Blood by David Hair | Reviewed on NewMyths.com
- Book Review: Silver by Rhiannon Held | Reviewed on NewMyths.com
- Book Review: Rook by JC Andrijeski | Reviewed on NewMyths.com
- "A Case for Contests" | Third Coast Literary Magazine Blog
- "Making Memoir" (textbook article) | Writing Beyond the Rules: Juxtaposition, Disruption, and Multiple Genres, Edited by Joyce R. Walker and Kristin Denslow, 2nd Ed. 2009. (Article reprint) - Illinois State University Writing Research Annual.
- "Yaga Dreams of Growing Up," PodCastle, 2015.
- "Candy, Shoe, and Skull; Sallow Flowers Plucked Like Chains," Niteblade, 2015. Pushcart Prize Nominee
- "Breath Stirs in the Husk," Pseudopod, 2014.
- "Yaga Dreams of Growing Up," Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. No. 29, 2013.
- "Breath Stirs in the Husk," Urban Green Man, edited by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine (EDGE Publishing), 2013.
- "Garbage-to-Gold Spindle--On Sale Now!" - Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine. March 2011.
- "Apology" - SWINK. Nov. 18, 2010.
- "Not Yours" (previously titled Color, Pattern, and Fantasy) - The Northville Review, Aug. 2010.
- "Fireworks" - North American Review. May-Aug. 2009.
A Bit About Me
Eileen Wiedbrauk is a writer, editor, geek, designer, coffee addict, cat herder, public library fangirl, founder and former Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press, MFA grad, Odyssey Workshop alum, escaped cubicle minion, kdrama devotee, avid reader, and a pretty good cook. She wears many hats, as the saying goes. Which is an odd saying in this case, as she rarely looks good in hats.