Dystopian landscapes have been on my mind quite a bit since the election, (don’t get me started). I considered working on a dystopic short story, but have continuously put the idea to the side. Mainly, I have procrastinated because I have very little time on my hands. I have been busy with school, work and trying to finish my book, as well as come up with an idea for a short story in an upcoming anthology I want to submit to. Last Sunday, as I was coming home from Malibu on the 10 freeway, the sky was wild. DTLA was shrouded in cloud cover. My landscape looked like a cover for a dystopian novel. Was it a sign?
I wasn’t driving, so I took a few photos and it brought the idea of writing something dystopian to mind again. Is there too much dystopian literature out there? Is there enough Chicano dystopian literature? I don’t think so. I think I’ll have at it.
Teller of tales, writing about the Choloverse, short stories, essays, and historical fiction. PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship finalist 2013. Author of stories in Ban This! and Lowriting. Published poet. English major. Medievalist.