Blanket Fort

Mel Hattie
Weekly alternative short fiction and essays about culture, sci-fi, creativity, folklore. The magical and mundane, weird and wonderful.
Created 19 Jan 2021
  • With Change and Gratitude
    28 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 6 6
    Dear reader, For the past 273 days—39 weeks—I’ve been engaged in writing this newsletter to you. To be honest, when I started out I wasn’t sure I’d get this far! There’s been something beautiful about...
  • On Attention
    21 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 4 6
    I’m a photographer. Every day it’s my job to go through hundreds of images and cull the wheat from the chaff. As a result, I spend a not-insignificant amount of time thinking about choice, aesthetics,...
  • The soft oblivion of Taylor Swift
    14 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 5 2
    I can’t remember if I was a Taylor Swift fan before the pandemic. I don’t think I was. Sure, I remember shimmying around to “Shake it Off” and enjoyed the “Wildest Dreams” music video. I thought “Bad ...
  • Flash Fiction: Chrysanthemum
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 5 4
    The thick pads of his fingers don’t feel the sharp ends of the copper wire sticking into them. The man is old and he sits, face in a perpetual frown of concentration and patience as he weaves the warm...
  • Help! Everything is important and I can’t go on
    30 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 6 4
    Who would’ve thought September would have all the audacity to make it here, to the end of the month. As the hopeful shine and fresh-eraser-smell of early September falls away, something else starts to...
  • Flash Fiction: You never listen
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 6 2
    The box was made of dark, pitted wood that looked like it had been sitting on the bottom of the ocean for a thousand years. It was exactly the size of a breadbox and sat on the stainless steel table o...
  • Your chance for a restart
    16 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 4 2
    It felt weird sitting down to write this! I feel like I just finished something, having wrapped up my summer postcard series and met my goal of publishing ten short stories for the year. After that, I...
  • Blanket Fort: Milestone Celebration and Giveaway
    09 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 8 14
    Back in January, when we were all dragging ourselves through the first full winter of the pandemic, I set a goal for myself. The goal came about because I wasn’t feeling great (were any of us?), had b...
  • Postcard #4: Taiyaki in Yamaguchi
    02 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    This is the final postcard of my non-fiction summer-reads food series. In Postcard #1 we sipped morning coffee in the Bosnian highlands; Postcard #2 took us to the Philippines, where we dealt with com...
  • Fiction: Rage and Glory, Part III
    26 Aug 2021 • 24 min read • 4 0
    Catch up on the story here: “Rage and Glory, Part I” and “Rage and Glory, Part II.” “The soldiers line up, four to a woman, circling us in a human cage. They begin marching. They’re taking us back to ...
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