Joined May 2009.

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Hello! I’m Acantha :)

Most of my writing focuses on fantasy and science fiction, and I tend to write things that are a little out there in terms of accessibility. Sorry for that :)

Outside of writing, my hobbies are baking, reading, crafting, and gaming (both the video and the pen-and-paper variety). My favorite authors include Robin McKinley, Umberto Eco, Neil Gaiman, and J.R.R. Tolkien, plus many, many others. I’ve been told I read too much for my own good, but I’m of the belief that you can never have too much to read :)

I used the same pen name back on Ficlets, in case you’re wondering!

Can I just say how great it is to be back? Because it really is great. I missed this place so much.

Thanks for reading!


  1. UVC

    Shiloh met the sun on a park bench in July. She wasn’t want he expected. She chain-smoked, lighting each cigarette with the still-glowing stub of the last. She wore shorts last seen in a Nair ad from the seventies and had a shag of messy amber cu...

  2. The Moon and Me

    “You’re clearly an idiot,” he said, eyebrow raised in a perfect arch over his too-bright silver eye. “Obviously, I’m the moon.” “I thought the moon was a woman,” I said, with what I’ll admit was a p...

  3. I Kissed Jenny

    I kissed Jenny and the lights went out. I’m not sure whose fault it was or why exactly it happened because, to be honest, it wasn’t a very good kiss. But she appreciated it, at least. Jenny smelled like lemons and formaldehyde, probably bec...

  4. Cupid in Many Forms

    The clown stared at Don Quixote with more disbelief than he normally mustered. “Seriously, old man? Seriously?” “Good fellow, my sincerity is not in question.” Quixote ran a gloved hand along his mount’s shell. “I as...

  5. Love and El Dorado

    “Well?” He watched me expectantly, dark eyes wide with excitement. “What d’ya think, Q? Awesome, right?” I squinted down at the table. “It’s, uh…” It’s hurting my eyes, I wanted to say. “...

  6. How Dark These Edges of Edelweiss

    He loved her hair, fragile and ivory, still fair against her eggshell-pale skin. Her fingers, translucent and papery, rested gently against his own icy cheek. No matter how many wrinkles hung in the corner of her eyes, they still remained as clearly an...

  7. When We Fall

    “Move over.” “No, you move over.” “Move over.” Rune shoved him, hard; Vyers felt a momentary twist of vertigo in the pit of his stomach before falling off the bed and planting his face firmly into last week’s underwear. He rea...

  8. One-point-four-zero-five times Ten to the Tenth Power

    Man was never meant to fly. I know that. Intimately well, actually. Hell, that’s why I decided to prove them wrong. Yeah, it didn’t work out so well. Who would have thought the issue would be how to get down? Also, it’s boring as hell...

  9. How to Tilt at Windmills

    “This is a skill I’m never going to need, old man.” Don Quixote wasn’t one to be discouraged by an unwilling student. “Nonsense, my good friend. One must always be prepared for battle, even in the most unlikely of places.&...

  10. Lethe Runs Deep

    Charon had recently traded in his boat for a jet ski, much to the chagrin of the spirits waiting on the shore for passage to Hades. When he was in a particularly good mood, he’d do tricks. He liked the roar of the engine, the feel of the smooth p...

  11. On the Road with Quixote

    “You are the worst clown I have ever met,” Don Quixote said with as much disapproval as he could muster. The clown sniffed. “And you’re crazy, old man,” he replied, picking at a piece of lint on his blue-and-yellow motley....

  12. Star of Bethlehem

    He looked confident, but the way he clung to her hand told her otherwise. Their entwined fingers, green and pink, made a strange contrast. They stood before a tree that was also a person and also a cradle for the galaxy. Ten thousand years hung heavily...

Acantha's Followers (11)

  • uselessness
  • Rusty Awkward
  • Arizona Spokes
  • Vail Indigo
  • Oy
  • ElshaHawk (LoA)
  • jesteram
  • Raynbow_Sunshine/Ramy
  • Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)
  • StudMuffin (LoA)
  • ProvokingThieves