January 17th, 2007

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On the request line: "Mirrors in Mirrors"

I received an e-mail from someone asking to be pointed in the direction of my poem "Mirrors in Mirrors," which appeared in Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, and was reviewed at SFReader.com. Alas, Penumbric is no longer publishing and their archives are not currently online, so I thought I'd post the poem here.

Mirrors in Mirrors
by Karen A. Romanko

Gazing in pupils
How many now?
Two I see

Narcissus ponds
built to hold
reflections of me

Mirrors in mirrors
How many now?
More I see

Shallow gene pools
filled from one
identical to me

Copyright (c) 2004 Karen A. Romanko. First appeared in Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, June 2004. 


"Nerdier G. Handsomely" and his ilk

On checking my spam folder, I see I've been receiving e-mail from some correspondents with, um... interesting names: Wednesday January, Graphical Unique, Bugs View, Putting Succeed, Seymournhkx, and my personal favorite, "Nerdier G. Handsomely." If any of my fellow authors are looking for character names, feel free to grab these or use them for inspiration. There's something for everyone: Wednesday January for romance or erotica (that could work for a spy-pastiche too), Graphical Unique for SF, Bugs View for crime, Nerdier G. Handsomely for a comedy of manners, etc.

Does anyone remember life B.S.? (Before Spam)