Ten Plots Generated from Other People’s Problems

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  1. I don’t like my eyebrows.
  2. I’ve never been kissed.
  3. I don’t want to clean up my mess.
  4. I’m involved in a gang.
  5. I don’t know if I’m gay.
  6. I want my cat to be a cover model.
  7. I don’t know if I’m depressed/colorblind.
  8. I’m racist.
  9. I’m overstimulated.
  10. I have ghosts.
  11. I’m always wrong.

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About Cat

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches by the shores of an eagle-haunted lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov's, Clarkesworld Magazine, and the magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Her story, "Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain," from her collection Near + Far (Hydra House Books), was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is currently working on Exiles of Tabat, the third book of the Tabat Quartet. A new story collection, Neither Here Nor There, appears from Hydra House this fall.
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