We grew up together without ever exchanging a word. It was only after she was buried in the cold earth that I accepted her friend request.

Bryn Yoder works odd jobs while waiting for a long-lost Nigerian relative to pass and bestow his fortune upon her. Fingers crossed.

I was grateful for my credit card consumer protection plan until I went to buy a ring. They called me, concerned, to tell me about Mark.

Sylvia Anna Hiven lives and writes in Atlanta. She is single.

Welcome back, Jen! Netflix recommends SHAME because you enjoyed Michael Fassbender in X-MEN and drunk-dialed Kevin. (Jen, it’s been months.)

Anna Kander writes with her sidekick, a fearless blue fish who doesn’t realize he’s one inch tall. Find her at http://annakander.com.

If I adjust my lens, and if the bedroom curtains are pulled back far enough, it looks like she’s smiling just for me.

Justin Short lives in Missouri.

When the wild things came, everything was different. They were younger, and confused, and wanted to hold my hand.

Derek Dexheimer (@dex3703) is getting better all the time.​

The damage healed, forests and oceans cover the world. There is one desert. At its center, an old Donkey Kong machine plays itself.

Derek Dexheimer (@dex3703) is getting better all the time.​

Nobody had time for boys or sun. The ship was cold, leaking regret and self-indulgence, the grownups bailing as fast as they could.

Derek Dexheimer (@dex3703) is getting better all the time.​

People harp on right and wrong, but I don’t know. Once you’ve seen a dying star blow ten planets to ash, your perspective changes.

Derek Dexheimer (@dex3703) is getting better all the time.​

July is another featured author month, this time showcasing Derek Dexheimer (@dex3703).

This is Derek’s second round in the spotlight. He was also featured in September 2016, so if you needed an excuse to peruse the archives, now you have one.

And so the world was actually a library, each individual storing a piece of information they thought of as their ‘life’ for a forgetful god.

Liam Aidan (@Liam_Aidan) is a self-certified urban spaceman & cake enthusiast. He’s also the author of a book of nanofiction called Vestigial Tales.